Lothians golf round-up: Pair’s big pay day

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Lothians duo Mark Hillson and James McGhee joined forces to land a £3700 pay-day in the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship on the Nicklaus Course at Carden Park in Cheshire.

With a 24-under-par 192 total that included three eagles in the first round, they finished runners-up in the 54-hole event behind English pair Matthew Webb and Alex Belt.

Both coached by Ian Butcher, former Lothians champion Hillson is currently attached to Kilconquhar Castle Estate in Fife while McGhee is based at Whitehill House in Midlothian.

• Mid’s title tilt

East champions Midlothian will bid to land the Scottish Women’s County crown with a mix of youth and experience at Aboyne next month.

The team picked for the three-day event in Aberdeenshire is: Karen Ferguson (Liberton), Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe), Alison McBride (Harburn), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Karen Marshall (Baberton), Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe), Caroline Steedman (Murrayfield) and Wendy Nicholson (Baberton).

• Junior finalists

Murrayfield have moved a step closer to winning the Edinburgh and Lothians Junior Summer League for the second year running.

They beat Peebles 4-2 in one of the semi-finals at Mortonhall to set up a title decider against Royal Burgess.

The Barnton club progressed to the final at Harburn on September 4 after beating Newbattle 5-1.

Both finalists will also now compete in the national strokeplay final later in the year.

• Legal Eagle

Former winner Gordon Law is among the hopefuls in two separate qualifiers at Crieff next week for the M&H Logistics Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles in October.

The Uphall pro is in Wednesday’s field at the Perthshire venue along with Scott Grieve (Turnhouse), Paul Malone (Braid Hills), Alan Tait (Dalmahoy) and Norman Huguet (Musselburgh).

Tuesday’s line-up includes rising Tartan Tour star Louis Gaughan from Bathgate.