Golf: Alps Tour beckons for Henderson and Gallagher + Winter League

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LOTHIANS duo Neil Henderson and John Gallagher are aiming to scale the heights on the Alps Tour next season.

They are heading for Spain in a fortnight’s time to take part in the third-tier circuit’s Qualifying School at La Cala.

Gallagher, the former Swanston star who is now attached to Duddingston, has turned his attention to the Alps Tour after failing to get past the first stage of the European Tour Q-School this year.

The former Scottish Amateur champion has played mainly on the PGA EuroPro Tour since turning pro, a move Henderson, from North Berwick, also made earlier this year.

“I am excited to get out there and be playing another tournament under pressure as I feel like it helps me concentrate and brings the best out of my game,” said Henderson.

“Ultimately, the aim is to get onto the European Tour, which is why I have decided the Alps Tour is the best route to go as it is effectively a mini-European Tour.”

Henderson, a member of The Renaissance Club, closed with a brace of 68s to finish joint-tenth in a EuroPro Tour event at Montrose in one of his first starts in the paid ranks.

“That was a real boost,” he admitted. “I managed to go the last 38 holes without a bogey, which I had not done before, so it was good to show myself that I could do it.

“I just feel so much more motivated since I turned pro and actually get excited about playing tournaments again. I am playing a pro am at West Lancs tomorrow as a little warm-up and to stay competitive.”

Winter League

THE East Lothian Winter League title race could be over before Christmas after defending champions North Berwick slipped to a second defeat in four games.

A 3½-1½ loss at Longniddry leaves Gullane four points clear at the top of Division 1 as they head into back-to-back trips to the Glen and Kilspindie.

Longniddry’s first win of the campaign was secured through a combination of youth and

experience in Paul Gibson’s team. Youngsters Connor

Farrell and Lewis Reid were four-under in winning their match, while another point was delivered by veterans David Porteous and Gus Wilson. Michael Bacigalupo and Kevin Girdler also came out on top.

At least Division 2 looks as though it might be a bit more exciting heading into the new year. Tantallon moved into the promotion zone thanks to a 3-2 home win against leaders


Elsewhere, Craigielaw missed out on a chance to join the leaders as they suffered a 3½-1½ defeat at Castle Park.