Andy Marshall wins opening East Alliance event

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IT was president’s day – and in more ways than one – as the East Alliance golfers began the 2015/16 season at Bathgate.

At new president Stuart Callan’s club, the overall winner was one of his predecessors in that role, Andy Marshall.

The Houston Golf Range pro pipped Craigielaw amateur David Nicolson for the Bernard Gallacher Trophy on a card play-off after the pair had tied on 67. Marshall’s better back nine – 34 compared to 34.5 – won it for him and that inward journey was illuminated by an “awesome” eagle-3 at the 12th.

It was set up by what he described as “my shot of the year” to 15 feet.

Nicholson’s fine effort off three gave him the handicap honours, finishing one ahead of Glenbervie’s Graeme Johnston with Martin Rennie (Uphall) third on 69.

In an event featuring 76 players, Dunbar duo Zander Culverwell and Gordon Hillson shared the scratch spoils with Ross Neill (Drumpellier) and Malcolm Pennycott (Royal Burgess) on 71.

Top senior was Musselburgh’s Phil Leggate on 70, with Marriott Dalmahoy staging the next event on October 7.