Lothians golf round-up: Manchip ‘in with bricks’

Neil Manchip (library pic)

Neil Manchip (library pic)

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FORMER Turnhouse man Neil Manchip could be lost forever from Scottish golf.

“He’s in with the bricks in Ireland now,” said world No.21 Shane Lowry of Manchip, his coach and the GUI’s national coach.

Speaking on the eve of the Dunhill Links, where rising Irish stars Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley are making their professional debuts, Lowry added: “Neil’s a great coach, a great person and a great mentor.”

Hannah Scott broke the women’s course record at Luffness New in adding to Broomieknowe’s tale of 2015 triumphs.

Her 70 was good enough to secure a two-shot triumph over Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) in the East of Scotland Women’s Championship.

Scott also joined forces with Gabrielle Macdonald, Karen Marshall and Wendy Nicholson to claim the team title for Midlothian.

Bathgate’s Karen Burns claimed the handicap honours, the six-handicapper carding a net 68 to win by three shots from Karen Burns (Liberton).

Musselburgh are set to strike the opening shot when the East Lothian Winter League swings back into action this Sunday.

Last season’s runners up open with a visit to newly-promoted Tantallon, whilst Longniddry host Royal Musselburgh in the only other first division match on the schedule.

But there will be at least as much attention on the Second Division, where four former league champions go head-to-head on the opening weekend.

The Ton Trophy, a round-robin event for Capital clubs with ‘ton’ in their title, has been won by Swanston this year.

In an event played over three days at Baberton, they picked up the necessary point in the title decider with Mortonhall to claim the prize presented by Derek Dougherty, a past captain of Swanston seniors’ section.

History was also made as the host club’s Alex Anderson secured the event’s first hole-in-one at the 14th.