Mortonhall enjoy double success in Saltire Trophy

Mortonhall winners James Freeman and Kay Wright with Dunbar East Links Captain Gael Pollitt.
Mortonhall winners James Freeman and Kay Wright with Dunbar East Links Captain Gael Pollitt.
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East Lothian’s inaugural Saltire Trophy attracted golfers from as far afield as the United Arab Emirates – but both trophies were lifted by Mortonhall members.

Pride of place in the Capital club’s notable double went to 15-handicapper James Freeman as he claimed the main men’s prize with 112 Stableford points.

In an event played at Gullane, Longniddry, Dunbar and The Renaissance Club, his clubmate, Kay Wright, also emerged as the ladies’ winner.

The leader after the opening round in the men’s event on Gullane No.1 was another local entrant, Paul McKendry of Craigielaw, with 44 points.

Freeman, however, sat a point adrift followed by Ian Macdonald of Lee-on-Solent.

After the second leg at Longniddry, Freeman had opened up a three-point lead over Macdonald and Oliver Shaw (Crosland Heath).

The third leg at Dunbar had to be reduced to nine holes due to high winds before a visit to The Renaissance Club on the last day gave one of the competitors, Jim Lauder from Cowglen in Glasgow, the chance to achieve his ambition of playing every golf course in Scotland.

In the end, Freeman finished ahead of McKendry, with Shaw taking third place in a keenly-contested tournament.

Overall, the inaugural event was hailed a great success, with competitors coming from as far afield as Arabian Ranches Golf Club in Dubai.