Lothians round-up: Team success | Binell into final

Fraser Mann was a joint winner of the  Grants Foods Scottish Seniors Autumn Fourball at Duddingston
Fraser Mann was a joint winner of the Grants Foods Scottish Seniors Autumn Fourball at Duddingston
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Lothians ran out comfortable 8.5-2.5 winners over Angus at Downfield, where the visitors had new vice-captain Tam Caldwell in charge for the first time.

They led 2.5-1.5 after foursomes before winning the singles 6-2 through victories from Chris Low (Tantallon), Dougie Waugh (Baberton), Barrie Lewis (West Lothian), Kenny Glen (Craigielaw), Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) and Ross Mallon (Greenburn).

“A great performance from a very young team on a course that was in tremendous condition,” said Caldwell.

• To the four ...

Fourteen pairings took part in the Grant’s Foods Scottish Seniors Autumn Fourball at Duddingston.

They included host club pro Alastair McLean teaming up with Keith Baxter but they finished five shots behind the joint-winners.

DJ Russell of Archerfield Links teamed up with former Musselburgh pro Fraser Mann to card a five-under-par 67, which was matched by former European Tour player Stephen McAllister and Gordon Niven.

• Sivewright Quaich finalists

Binivell will meet Royal Bank of Scotland in the final of the Sivewright Quaich at Prestonfield on September 17.

A quartet comprising of Neil Plenderleith, Bert Watson, Graham Roberts and David Liddle secured Binivell’s place in the title showdown with a one-hole win over Hailes.

In one of the earlier rounds, the 1986 winners beat Kingston, victorious in 1996, in a battle between Liberton’s two premier non-course owning clubs.

• Special Brew

The St Andrews Brewing 36-hole Order of Merit event at West Linton produced one of the rounds of the season on the Tartan Tour.

It was produced by Paul O’Hara, who spreadeagled the field with a seven-under-par 62 before adding a 67 for a two-shot victory.

O’Hara’s bid for a quickfire double close to the Capital was foiled by Graham Fox, who pipped him by a shot with a five-under 67 in the Ben Pro-Am at Archerfield Links.