Golf: Fife pushed hard by West

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WEST went down fighting to a strong Fife side in the opening match in this season’s Fife & Lothians Golf Associations Winter League at West Lothian.

The visitors had three members of their historic Scottish Area Team title triumph on duty and they all chalked up vital points.

Aberdour ace Scott Crichton beat Graham Robertson on the last green.

Peter Latimer then got the better of Turnhouse’s Steven Armstrong and Fife looked to be cruising when they led 4-1. But wins from Lewis Bain from Turnhouse and Pumpherston pair Andrew Loch and Mark Timmins, coupled with a half from Scott Young, meant it came down to the last match. Scott Stewart-Cation, the third member of Fife’s winning team at Prestwick, just got the better of Keith Reilly to secure victory for the visitors.

Results (West names first): Graham Robertson lost to Scott Crichton one hole; Steven Armstrong lost to Peter Latimer 2 and 1; Alan Anderson lost to Alex Moir 3 and 2; Louis Gaughan bt Alan Anderson 6 and 5; Scott McLory lost to Sandy Squires4 and 3; Scott Young halved with Ally Hain; Andrew Loch bt Greg Forrester one hole; Lewis Bain bt Martin Buchan4 and 3; Mark Timmins bt Jamie Stephen 3 and 2; Keith Reilly lost to Scott Stewart-Cation 2 and 1.