Stewart takes route 66 at Duddingston

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Challenge Tour player Duncan Stewart tasted double success as the East Alliance visited Duddington for its fourth event of the season.

Stewart, a Highlander who is based in the Capital, took route 66 – six-under-par – to claim the scratch spoils. And he also lifted the Bootland Trophy as the overall winner, claiming both prizes by a shot from Edinburgh man Craig Gordon.

Stewart, who is keeping himself competitive for the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School, carded halves of 34 and 32. Gordon, who is attached to Edinburgh Golf Centre, had 34-33 and was left to rue a bogey-6 at the 17th.

Third place went to Archerfield Links’ Zack Saltman, who stormed to the turn in 31 with seven birdies before seeing his momentum halted by a double-bogey at the 10th.

On a day when 94 members turned out, the top net score of 69 was returned by four players – Ron Grant (Baberton), Willie Laing (Prestonfield), Steven Lees (Dalmahoy) and and Andy McElhinney (Harburn). Top senior prize on net 71 was Mortonhall six-handicapper Alastair Love while leading trainee was Gullane’s Marc Owenson on 80.

In the Scratch Order of Merit, Andy Marshall now has a 48 point lead after he finished in fifth place.