Play-off costs Andrew Oldcorn dear

Andrew Oldcorn.  Picture:  Ian Rutherford
Andrew Oldcorn. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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FORMER PGA champion Andrew Oldcorn just missed out on becoming the latest double winner in this season’s East Alliance.

The Kings Acre star claimed the scratch spoils at Peebles with 68, pipping Zack Saltman (Archerfield Links) by a shot with Scott Catlin (Greenburn) and Alan Reid (West Lothian) sharing third on 70. He lost out in a card play-off for the overall prize, The Michael Memorial Trophy, to Liam Allison, a new Alliance recruit from Bathgate.

The 18-year-old, who plays off five, came out on top with an inward half of 34.5 compared to Oldcorn’s 35.

On a day when 102 members turned up in the Borders, Allison also secured the top handicap prize on 68, winning that one by three shots. Top trainee was Gullane’s Keir McNicoll on 72 while the senior spoils were shared, also on 72, by William Miller (Falkirk Tryst), Ian Taylor (Royal Burgess) and Stuart Wardlaw (Harburn).

After six events, Drumpellier Ross Neill (317 points) still leads the scratch order of merit from Kingsknowe’s Chris Morris (299) then Oldcorn (290).

Craigielaw’s David Nicolson, with 86 points, tops the handicap standings ahead of the next event at Dalmahoy (West) in a fortnight’s time.