Local golf round-up: Porteous set for Scottish PGA

Craigielaw club pro Jonathan Porteous

Craigielaw club pro Jonathan Porteous

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CRAIGIELAW club pro Jonathan Porteous has provided the swing advice to help Grant Forrest win a string of top titles.

Now he’s hoping to get in on the act himself after qualifying for the upcoming Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship.

Porteous was among a group of Lothians-based players to come through the first of two qualifiers at Crieff this week.

The Tartan Tour’s flagship event, won last year by West Linton’s Gareth Wright, is on from May 3-6.

• Caitlin turns on the style

GIRL power helped Baberton’s Caitlin Turner record an early-season victory.

She was the overall winner in the East of Scotland Girls’ Spring Meeting at Ratho Park with a net 67 playing off 24.

The event was supported by the Stephen Gallacher Foundation and the players earned praise from its manager, Scott Knowles.

“The girls played some excellent golf early in the season,” he said.

• US-based duo set to make mark

TWO ‘Warhawks’ could be set to make their presence felt on the Scottish amateur scene this summer.

Tantallon’s Calum Hill and Greg Smail from Craigielaw have both enjoyed great seasons for the University of Louisiana at Monroe on the US college circuit.

Hill recorded his first win while Smail chalked up three top-fives, including the Sun Belt Championship in Florida as ULM finished third.

• East Alliance lose out to West

AMATEUR dramatics contributed to the East Alliance losing for the third year in a row to their West counterparts in the UniRoyal Trophy.

Despite having home advantage at Bruntsfield Links, East went down 14-10 in a match that has been played annually since 1947.

West’s 5-3 win in the morning foursomes was crucial, as was their amateurs coming out on top 5-3 in the afternoon singles.