FORMER Kingsknowe pro Andy Marshall survived two late challenges to become the latest double winner in the East Alliance this season.
As many of the 76 participants played in short-sleeved shirts on a balmy December day at Goswick and Marshall was a worthy victor both overall and in the scratch section.
Now attached to Houston Golf Range in West Lothian, he carded a flawless four-under-par 65 on the winter layout at the Northumberland course. It secured him the Professionals Trophy, though only after both Musselburgh amateur James Silvestro and Hirsel pro Daniel Wood had threatened to topple Marshall.
Silvestro came in with a net 66 playing off nine while Wood, the other winner from the previous outing two weeks ago, carded the same score with a bogey at the last.
The senior spoils were shared by Baberton’s Jimmy Rankeillor and Ian Taylor, the Royal Burgess stalwart still giving a good account of himself off two, with net 71s.
Top trainee was Bathgate’s Louis Gaughan on 73.
Marshall’s victory moved him up to second place behind Drumpellier’s Ross Neill in the scratch Order of Merit, with Silvestro cementing his position at the top of the handicap standings ahead of Walter Forsyth (Peebles).
The next event is at Gullane No 3 on January 8.