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Simon Mackenzie showed his liking for match-play golf when he was crowned as Scottish Amateur champion 20 years ago.

Now he has claimed the scalp of Keith Nicholson, the event’s record five-times winner, in the Lothians Champion of Champions.

In a cracking second-round tie played at Gullane, where both are members, West Linton title holder Mackenzie won at the 19th against his Haddington opponent.

Through to the fourth round at the opposite end of the draw is on-form Dunbar man Stephen Easingwood.

Weather conditions were appropriate as Silverknowes reclaimed the Edinburgh Municipal Clubs’ Winter League title.

They beat Braids United, conquerors of defending champions Carrickvale over extra holes in the semi-finals, 3-1 in “horrible weather” at Carrick Knowe.

Tam Caldwell, Murray Paterson, Craig Scott, Ian Lamb, Keith Reilly, Kenny Harper, Ian Randall and Iain Doig represented Silverknowes.

On duty for Braids United were Stuart Morrison, Neil Baird, Glenn Marsters, Sandy Myles, Mark Robertson, Robert Duncan, Tom Greer and Ian Grimwade.

Liberton’s Kieran Cantley will have three internationalists for company in the Lothians side for next month’s Scottish Boys Area Team Championship. Joining him for a Tulliallan title bid are Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), Joe Bryce (Bathgate) and Christopher Curran (Harburn).

“I think this is a really good team, as strong as we can put out,” said Lothians selector Paul Gibson. The quartet will be trying to reclaim a crown held by the Lothians for three years in a row but won in the last two seasons by Glasgow.

Eagle-Eyed Liz Dunn Butler beat Mary Lou Watkins in an all-Gullane final to become the new East Lothian Ladies’ champion at Longniddry.

One down at the turn, Butler finished one-under-par in testing conditions, helped by chipping in for an eagle at the 14th.

Three of her potential future title rivals helped East Girls beat West in the Mhairi McKay Trophy at Bothwell Castle.

Joanne Free (Gullane Ladies), Lauren Lee (Musselburgh) and Catherine Milne (North Berwick) were all in the team that triumphed 5-3 in Lanarkshire.