Golf: Lothians put Kingsknowe to the sword

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LOTHIANS made a winning start to the golf season, beating Kingsknowe 6…-3… in a friendly against the Capital club.

The hosts started strongly, with club champion Steve McCulloch beating Danny Kay on the last green in the top match and Allyn Dick then coming out on top against Stephen Simants.

Ross Noon, last year’s LGA Order of Merit winner, put Lothians’ first point on the board as he beat Scottish captain Scott Knowles. And the tide was beginning to turn when David Miller gained a fortuitous victory over Mike Foley, the Duddingston man putting it down to his “scrambling ability” after being outplayed.

Other Lothians wins came from Sean McGarvey, Stephen Neilson and Gary Corrigan while Dean Muir, Stuart Smith and Malcolm Campbell all secured halves. Lothians face Stirlingshire at Haddington in their first Area match of the season this weekend.

Kingsknowe 3…, Lothians 6…: S McCulloch bt D Kay one hole; A Dick bt S Simants 2 and 1; S Knowles lost to R Noon 4 and 3; M Foley lost to D Miller one hole; J White lost to S McGarvey one hole; G Muir lost to S Neilson 4 and 3; G Malone halved with S Smith; G Fraser halved with D Muir; D Munro halved with M Campbell; M Cairnie lost to G Corrigan one hole.

n NORTH BERWICK’S Catriona Matthew picked up her biggest cheque of the season after tying tenth in the Kia Classic in California. She closed with scores of 68 and 69 to secure $33,000 behind winner and world No. 1 Yani Tseng. The first major of the season, the Kraft Nabiso, starts this week.