McCulloch father and son help Mid to Winter success

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STEVE McCULLOCH joined forces with son Nathan to put Mid on course for title glory in the Lothians & Fife Golf Associations Winter League.

The Kingsknowe duo beat the strong Bathgate pairing of Scott McClory and Simon Lockhart 5&4 as Mid made it two wins out of two with a 3-1 victory over West at Drumoig.

David Miller (Duddingston) and Kieran Cantley (Liberton) set the tone for Mid with a 4&3 win over Mark Napier (Turnhouse) and Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links) at the top of the order.

West responded with an equally impressive victory by the same margin from Chris Curran (Harburn) and Joe Bryce (Bathgate) over Sean McGarvey (Glencorse) and Gus Santana (Duddingston). In that, the West youngsters were two down at one point before stringing together a run of six winning holes in a row.

But, after the McCullochs had done their bit, Scott Walker (West Linton) and Mark Riddell (Baberton) secured the points for Mid with a 2&1 triumph over Jack McVey (Turnhouse) and Ross Callan (Bathgate) in the bottom match.

The Mid duo had been two down in that one before turning the match around, helped by a brace of 2s from Walker.

Fife beat East 2.5-1.5 in the other match to sit level with West but two points behind leaders Mid heading into the final round of games.

They are due to be played at Mortonhall on November 22, when Mid face Fife and East take on West.

Meanwhile, the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain ended in disappointment for the Lothians contingent.

After the earlier retiral of Chris Doak due to injury, Turnhouse-attached Duncan Stewart withdrew before his final round at Panoramica, where former Lothians champion Mark Hillson, now attached to Tandridge in Surrey, then missed out, as did The Renaissance Club’s Neil Henderson at Lumine Golf.