Elliot keeps Uni Royal Trophy in Saltman family

Elliot Saltman receives the Uni Royal Trophy from Alliance president Steven Doyle
Elliot Saltman receives the Uni Royal Trophy from Alliance president Steven Doyle
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Elliot Saltman kept the Uni Royal Trophy in the family after succeeding brother Lloyd as the East Alliance champion.

Last year’s PGA EuroPro Tour No.1 claimed the title at Gullane after holding off both his sibling and fellow Challenge Tour player Duncan Stewart.

A fine day on the East Lothian coast produced some low scoring, with Saltman becoming the champion with a 36-hole total of 128.

He laid the foundations for the victory with an eight-under-par 63 (31-32) on No.2 in the morning.

It was three shots better than Lloyd’s opening effort on the same course, though it could have been better but for four penalty shots due to lost balls at the second and seventh.

On No 3, Turnhouse-attached Stewart led the way in the morning with a six-under 62 – two better than Uphall pro Gordon Law.

Drumpellier’s Ross Neill was a shot further back, as was Deer Park pro Sandy Strachan, whose 65 included a hole-in-one at the 186-yard 13th with a 5-iron.

Following an afternoon 66 for a total of 132, defending champion Lloyd had to settle for third place.

Stewart, meanwhile, added a 68 on No 2 to claim second spot but the day belonged to Elliot as a 65 over on No 3 secured the silverware by two shots.

The Gavin Clark Trophy, for the best net trophy over the 36 holes, was shared by Kingsknowe’s Donny Munro and Danny Ariens of Falkirk Tryst on 135.

Craigielaw’s David Nicholson also finished on that score but the two others had the better net on No 2 – 69s – in the card countback.

Other prize winners included Musselburgh’s Cameron Marr, Anthony Blaney (Liberton), Andrew Rothney (Deer Park) and Ian Taylor (Eyemouth).

Kingsknowe pro Chris Morris had already secured the scratch order of merit title and finished with 754.5 points.

But Ross Munro from Duddingston finished up in second spot on 665, with Ryan Buckley (Royal Musselburgh) third on 637.5.