GIVEN his connection with the West Lothian club, it was fitting that a Bathgate player picked up the Bernard Gallacher Trophy in yesterday’s Edinburgh & East of Scotland Alliance event at Royal Musselburgh.
Trainee pro Louis Gaughan came in late in the day with a five-under-par 65, which included six birdies on the front nine, to claim the coveted trophy carrying the name of the former Ryder Cup captain by two shots.
In the scratch event, Uphall’s Gordon Law, the first man out, had set the pace with a 67, which was later matched by Archerfield Links ace Lloyd Saltman.
But they were both upstaged by Gaughan, who also claimed the overall honours by the same margin from three players – John Denham (Torwoodlee), Steven Lees (Dalmahoy) and Alan MacKay (Kingsknowe).
Denham’s 67 was carded off six, Lees shot his off seven and MacKay was off three.
“We had a great turnout of 101 players enjoying a Royal Musselburgh course in great condition verified by the many comments after play,” reported league secretary Alan Greenshields. The senior spoils went to Uphall’s Ken Clarke with a net 69 off 14 while new member Gordon Hillson (Dunbar) won trainee prize on 72.
Gaughan’s win has taken him to the top of the scratch Order of Merit on 171 points, while Uphall’s Martin Rennie leads the handicap standings on 46.5 points heading into next week’s event for the TC Jordan Trophy at The Roxburghe.
Meanwhile, Saltman’s younger brother, Zack, was lying in a tie for ninth heading into today’s final round of the EuroPro Tour Championship at Prince’s in Kent.
A second-round 72 left him on five-under, four off the lead, while Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills Golf Centre) and Shaun McAllister (Craigielaw) were four-under and three-under respectively.