Lothians round-up: Ricky Moffat win Silverknowes Open scratch play-off

Stuart McLaren came second on the strength of his back nine
Stuart McLaren came second on the strength of his back nine
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Ricky Moffat claimed the scratch spoils in the Silverknowes Open but only after a card play-off involving four players.

His 142 (71-71) total was matched by Stuart McLaren (72-70), Allyn Dick (72-70) and Dougie Waugh (73-69).

Moffat won by virtue of having the best morning round while McLaren secured second spot on the strength of his back nine.

Overall winner on 134 (68-66) was Byron Wilkie on a course that Edinburgh Leisure had presented in “fantastic condition” for the event.

• John Clelland dominates at Gullane

John Clelland picked up four trophies after a good weekend’s work in Gullane’s Summer Meeting.

His impressive haul was secured on the back of rounds of 69 on No. 1 and 71 on No. 2. Clelland won the Brown Trophy (36-hole scratch), Club Prize (36-hole handicap), Gold Medal (No. 1 Scratch) and Clapperton Trophy (No. 1 Handicap).

Duncan Low claimed the Bronze Cross (No. 2 Scratch) and Hamilton Ogilvie Trophy (No 2 Handicap) with 67s.

• Lothians Championship closing date

Tomorrow is the closing date for entries in this year’s Lothians Championship at Bruntsfield Links.

Qualifying for the Sharkey Group-sponsored event takes place over two rounds on Saturday, July 15.

The top 16 players will then go forward to the match-play phase on 18, 20 and 22 July at the Capital course.

Dunbar’s Lee Morgan won last year’s event at The Renaissance Club after also leading the qualifying.

• Lothians clubs progress

Three Lothians clubs – Harrison, West Linton and the hosts – came through the second qualifier in this season’s Belhaven Best Captain & Secretaries Championship at Prestonfield.

Harrison (Ronnie Ackroyd and Colin Hutcheson) and West Linton (Scott Mackay and Paul Drury) progressed in joint-third in an event won by Hollandbush. Prestonfield, represented by Alan McEwan and Sid Noble, claimed one of the last two spots up for grabs.