Kieran Cantley flies into fourth with an eagle

South East District Open winner Matt Clark
South East District Open winner Matt Clark
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Capital kid Kieran Cantley finished with an eagle as he signed off his 2015 campaign by claiming fourth spot in the South East District Open at Turnhouse.

The 17-year-old Liberton player closed with a 67 for a level-par total of 276, claiming the honour of leading Lothians player in the SGU Order of Merit event by four shots from host club player Lewis Bain and Gullane’s Ross Thomson.

“I’m delighted with that effort,” admitted Cantley, who helped Scotland win the Boys’ Home Internationals in Wales earlier this month. “My short game was really good over the two days. Any time I missed a green it saved me.”

The 12th was kind to Cantley over the four rounds as he followed an eagle there on the first circuit with three subsequent birdies. He also enjoyed his final visit to the last, a par-5.

“I hit a 5-iron from 205 yards to the front edge then saw my eagle putt sit on the rim of the hole,” he revealed. “It was still moving when I got there so I stepped back for a second or two and it fell in.”

Reflecting on his campaign, Cantley, who is coached by Brad Hills-based Colin Brooks, added: “I got off to a rocky start but managed to get things back on track. Making the Boys’ Home Internationals was definitely the highlight and this has been a good finish to the season.”

Kilmacolm’s Matt Clark claimed the title with a ten-under-par 266 total, having taken route 66 to victory as he carded that in the final two rounds to win by a shot from Jeff Wright (Forres).

“The Turnhouse greens were as good as we have putted on all year and I holed my fair share of putts on them over the two rounds,” said Clark.

Won by Englishman Paul Broadhurst in a play-off, the first staging of the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield Links was hailed as a success by organisers.

“Our gate was much better than St Andrews (venue for the previous six years),” said European Senior Tour managing director Andy Stubbs. “If we can get a Sunday finish next year, we are confident it will be even better.”