Neil Henderson records first victory in paid ranks

Keir McNicoll came second, while Andrew Oldcorn, below, was tied for third. (Getty Images and Phil Wilkinson)
Keir McNicoll came second, while Andrew Oldcorn, below, was tied for third. (Getty Images and Phil Wilkinson)
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ROOKIE pro Neil Henderson recorded his first victory in the paid ranks by winning the East Alliance event at Falkirk Tryst.

A three-under-par 67 secured The Renaissance player the third double triumph in a row this season.

Andrew Oldcorn, former PGA champion, at  Kingsacre Golf Course, Lasswade   SOS Sport, golf interview   PHOTO  PHIL WILKINSON  / TSPL

Andrew Oldcorn, former PGA champion, at Kingsacre Golf Course, Lasswade SOS Sport, golf interview PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

Henderson claimed the scratch spoils by a shot from last week’s Roxburghe winner, Keir McNicoll. And he also landed the overall prize, The Bootland Trophy, after pipping Musselburgh’s Phil Leggate with a better inward nine.

Out in 35, Henderson, a former Scottish Junior Champion of Champions winner, came home in 32 to top a healthy field of 101.

Third place in the scratch event resulted in a three-way tie on 69 between Andrew Oldcorn (Kings Acre) and two of the Saltman brothers, Lloyd and Zack.

Leggate’s net 67 off nine secured the top handicap prize by a shot from for players. Top senior was Dunbar’s Keith Cowie with a 69 off 11 while Bathgate’s Louis Gaughan from Bathgate was leading trainee on 73.

After five events, Drumpellier’s Ross Neill leads the scratch order of merit with 264.5 points while Uphall;s Ken Clarke and Iain Wilson (Longniddry) share top spot in the handicap standings on 71.5 points.

The next outing is in a fortnight’s time at Peebles.