Andrew Young dishes out surprise pain on Lewis Bain

Andrew Young. Pic: Malcolm McCurrach
Andrew Young. Pic: Malcolm McCurrach
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Andrew Young, the host club’s Rory McIlroy-lookalike, claimed a notable scalp in the opening round of the Union Motors Turnhouse Open.

He beat Turnhouse club champion Lewis Bain on a night when another home man, Gordon Leitch, also progressed to the last eight.

Young took command in his match with birdies at the second, fourth and sixth, only to see Bain claw back the deficit with birdies at the 12th and 15th. However, Young held firm and won the 17th to take the tie.

Leitch raced to a five-hole lead at the turn as he accounted for North Berwick’s Ewan Bowden, while other winners in the opening batch of first-round matches were Greenburn’s James Johnston (2&1 over Ben McLeod, Musselburgh) and Simon Lockhart of Bathgate (5&4 over Jack McVey, Turnhouse).

In a full field of 162, Kingsknowe’s Allyn Dick led the qualifiers at the weekend with a 36-hole total of 134.

Playing in one of the handicap flights, Ian Lamb of Silverknowes was 24 hours too late when he holed in one at the ninth.

If it had happened the day before, he’d have won a significant prize as all the holes had a prize, including a car at the fifth.

Elsewhere, Pumphertston’s Jim Lowe won the Ian Macniven Quaich with a net 63 off 15 in the Lothians Seniors Championships at Liberton.

The R M Lees Scratch Trophy went to the host club’s Robert Jack, whose 65 was four better than anyone else.