Lothians win Boys’ team tournament

Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), Christopher Curran (Harburn), Joseph Bryce (Bathgate)  and Kieran Cantley (Liberton) with the trophy.

Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), Christopher Curran (Harburn), Joseph Bryce (Bathgate) and Kieran Cantley (Liberton) with the trophy.

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Lothians may have lost their winning touch in the men’s equivalent but they are still ‘Boy Wonders’ in the Scottish Area Team Championship.

They claimed the coveted crown for the 12th time after recording a five-shot victory in the 16-team event at Tulliallan.

Glasgow had ended Lothians’ three-in-a-row winning run with their victories in 2013 and 2014.

But the title is back in the east following a polished performance by the talented quartet of Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), Christopher Curran (Harburn), Joseph Bryce (Bathgate) and Kieran Cantley (Liberton).

Vindicating the faith of Lothians Golf Association boys’ convenor Paul Gibson, they emerged triumphant with a winning total of 364.

Having worked well together to lead the foursomes in the morning by a shot from Renfrewshire, Curran (70) and Naysmith (72) underpinned their victory with their singles displays.

Lanarkshire claimed the runner-up spot on 369, with the South sealing third place on 374.

Andrew Thomson from Lanarkshire won the Niagara Cup for the lowest individual score of the day with a very solid score of one-under-par 68.

Curran, Sandy Scott (North) and Graeme Greer (Lanarkshire) all tied for second place on 70, one over par. For Curran, the team triumph was a timely boost after he had fallen at the final hurdle in the Lothians Boys’ Championship at The Braids.

His conqueror was Turnhouse’s Mark Napier, who came out on top 5&3 in the 18-hole showdwon as he proved to be a worthy winner of the Spiers Trophy.

In an event that was played under a new format, Longniddry’s David Rudd and Gogarburn’s Liam Currid were also crowned as champions.

Rudd beat clubmate Jonathan Pryde 5&4 to claim the under-16s title while Currid squeezed out a one-hole victory over another Longniddry golfer, Cameron Gallagher, in the under-14s final.

Both events amply underlined the strength in depth in boys’ golf in the Lothians.