Lothians golf round-up: McLaren wins Silverknowes Open

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Stuart McLaren scored his second Lothians Order of Merit victory of the season by winning a keenly-contested Silverknowes Open.

The Bruntsfield Links man carded rounds of 71 and 68 to finish two shots ahead of host club player Paul Ross (71-70) with Murray Paterson, also Silverknowes, a further stroke back after rounds of 69 and 73.

This outright success follows McLaren sharing top spot with Longniddry’s Michael Bacigalupo at Musselburgh last month, having also been in the points at both Uphall and Greenburn in between.

• Eric McIntosh is automatic selection for Scotland

Capital kid Eric McIntosh secured automatic selection for the Scotland side heading to Austria in a fortnight’s time for the European Boys’ Team Championship.

The 17-year-old Bruntsfield Links player earned his place in the six-man line-up at Diamond CC as one of the leading two players on the Scottish Boys’ Order of Merit.

McIntosh got his season off to a flying start by winning the Scottish Boys’ Championship at Murcar Links in April.

• Third time luck for Paul Logan

It was third-time lucky for Paul Logan in the Craigmillar Park club championship. After losing in two previous finals, he made no mistake this time round with a 9&8 victory over first-time 
finalist Charlie Fleming in the 36 hole title showdown.

Gary Hastie and Danny Hendry are other new names on the Capital club’s honours board after landing the B and junior titles respectively. But it was win number four for Sal Shepherd in the women’s event after her 4&2 win over Jane Fluker.

• Musselburgh Amateur Championship

The chance to win one of the oldest prizes in golf will cost just £10 – but you need to have a Musselburgh connection.

The Musselburgh Amateur Championship, first played in 1892, takes place at Monktonhall from July 18-23.

It is open to people who were born, reside or work in Musselburgh and members of Musselburgh, Musselburgh Old or Royal Musselburgh.

A junior medal is also being played as part of the event on July 23, with a £3 entry.