Simon Lockhart faces tough test in Turnhouse final

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THE odds appear to be stacked against Bathgate’s Simon Lockhart in tonight’s Turnhouse Open final.

His opponent, Silverknowes star Graham Robertson, is playing in the title showdown for a seventh time and has only failed once before to finish off the job.

Lockhart lost an early three-hole lead in his semi-final against the host club’s Andrew Young, who birdied three holes in a row from the seventh.

But, playing the steadier golf, he got his nose in front again, finishing birdie-par-eagle to secure his spot in the final.

Robertson and Ricky Moffat (Turnhouse) had a terrific tussle in the other match, with the latter coming close to a hole-in-one at the 11th.

Still all square after 16 holes, Robertson edged ahead by getting up and down from a greenside bunker to win the 17th with a par.

Victory was then clinched in style as he hit his approach to a couple of feet for an eagle-3 at the last.