Lothians pair aim for Boys’ Championship bragging rights

Scott McCandless. Pic: Kenny Smith
Scott McCandless. Pic: Kenny Smith
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Lothians duo Scott McCandless and Christopher Curran have been together off the course at this week’s Scottish Boys’ Championship – now they are looking forward to meeting on it.

The pair have been staying in a local caravan site at West Kilbride, meaning one will soon have the bragging rights over dinner.

The Bathgate members, even though Curran plays out of Harburn, came through their ties yesterday to set up an exciting fourth-round meeting.

McCandless was a 3&1 victor over Musselburgh’s Connor Good while Curran saw off Harry Boyle from Beadlow Manor on the 18th.

McCandless, the 17-year-old who is to go on a scholarship to Missouri in August, said: “Myself and Chris are pals so it should be a good match.

“A bunch of us came from Bathgate with six of us staying in two caravans so it’s funny that two of us are now playing each other. This is the furthest I’ve been in the Boys. I’ve been playing steady and putting really well all the way round.”

While McCandless could look ahead with optimism, Marriott Dalmahoy’s Murray Naysmith threw away a spot in the last-32. Six up after 11 holes against Glenbervie’s Calum Bauchop, the fourth seed contrived to lose all seven of the final holes and make an early exit.

Kilspindie player Rob Paterson is relishing the prospect of his last-32 meeting with No.1 seed and the British Boys champion, Ewen Ferguson, from Bearsden.