Gordon Hillson pips trio to pick up Bernard Gallacher Trophy

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Winterfield pro Gordon Hillson won a closely-fought battle for the Bernard Gallacher Trophy as the new East Alliance season teed off at Bathgate.

Hillson’s net 69 was matched by Kings Acre’s Andrew Oldcorn as well as two amateurs, Alan Crabbe (Kingsknowe) and Torwoodlee’s David Brydon.

But, in the card play-off, his back nine of 34, secured the day’s main spoils at the home of Lothians legend Gallacher.

Hillson and Oldcorn shared top spot in the scratch section, finishing one ahead of Neil Henderson (Renaissance Club), Gordon Law (Uphall) and Shaun McAllister (Bruntsfield Links). The handicap section also ended in a tie, between new member Crabbe and Brydon, with the former’s clubmate, Donny Munro, one back in third.

Chris Curran (Bathgate) was top trainee while Baberton’s Ron Grant won the seniors’ prize.