Bathgate’s Joseph Bryce will be out for revenge in his second-round clash with Sandy Scott in the Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar later today.
Having lost in their opening round duel at West Kilbride last year, Bryce is eager to turn the table on the north-east player.
Bryce, a member of last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals team, defeated Ibrahim Hussain (Eastwood) to reach round two.
He said: “It’s my last Scottish Boys and I’ve never been past the first round before, so this week is already going well! It will be a good match against Sandy.”
There was a victory for another Lothians player, Marriott Dalmahoy’s second seed Murray Naysmith seeing off Cameron McArthur (Newmachar) by 7&6. “I was six up after seven holes so it was great to get off to a fast start,” said Naysmith. “My strategy this week is to hit fairways and greens and try and make my opponent make mistakes.”
Elsewhere, Deeside’s Michael Lawrie, son of Open champion Paul, was a 6&4 first-round winner overt Andrew Crusher of Eastwood, while there were also victories for Anglo Scot Gregor Tait, who progressed with an 8&7 win over John Cowan (Pitlochry), while Matthew Dalrymple of Lochwinnoch impressed too in his 8&6 success against Ronan Johnston from Haggs Castle.
Another player from the north, Ferghus Milne, a five handicapper from Banchory, made a heroic bid to compete. The 16-year-old broke his leg five weeks ago playing football in the school gym and has been in plaster and on crutches up until a matter of days ago. But, after five holes of his first-round tie against Kyle Reid from Balmore, he was forced to withdraw.
Selected first-round scores:
A Ni (Murrayfield) bt B Rooney (Marriott Dalmahoy) 5&4; G Munro (Reay) bt J Duguid (Dunbar) 4&2; S Roger (Cruden Bay) bt C Gallagher (Longniddry) 7&5; A Gibson (Blairgowrie) bt A Fotheringham (Duddingston) 7&5; F Laird (Glenbervie) bt L Govenlock (Tantallon) 3&2; A Thomson (Lanark) bt C Yuille (Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh) 7&6; P McHugh (Calderbraes) bt C Blair (Musselburgh) 6&5; J Torrance (Drumpellier) bt M Reid (Haddington) 1 hole; D Henderson (Musselburgh) Bye; E McIntosh (Murrayfield) bt C Tibbetts (Uphall) 2&1; C Docherty (Turnhouse) bt E Munro (Reay) 5&3; M Ronald (East Kilbride) bt D Algeo (Longniddry) w/o; K Cantley (Liberton) Bye; J Bryce (Bathgate) bt I Hussain (Eastwood) 5&3; L Mowbray (Bathgate) bt L McCartney (Cawder)4&3; M Napier (Turnhouse) bt T MacKenzie (Crail Golfing Society) 5&3; L Reid (Longniddry) bt R Cameron (Douglas Park) 4&2; B McNaught (Longniddry) bt E Hart (Dullatur) at 19th; C Curran (Harburn) Bye; G Burrett (Haggs Castle) bt L Gray (Duddingston) 5&4; Callan (Bathgate) bt C Jackman (Dunblane New) 3&2; L Black (Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society) bt R McDonald (Irvine) at 19th; J Rogan (Longniddry) bt B Murray (Fraserburgh) 5&4; M Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy) bt C McArthur (Newmachar) 7&6; R Muir (Kilmarnock (Barassie) bt D McCann (Kingsknowe) 6&5; C Allison (Bathgate) bt L Caddell (Drumpellier) 1 hole