Lothians duo feel Q School pain in Spain

Neil Fenwick. Raymond Russell, below
Neil Fenwick. Raymond Russell, below
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Lothians duo Raymond Russell and Neil Fenwick both suffered agonising ends to their European Tour card chase in Spain.

Prestonpans man Russell, a former Cannes Open winner, failed by just a single shot to progress to this weekend’s final.

His closing 69 at Las Colinas for a six-under-par total of 278 meant he narrowly missed out on one of the 17 spots up for grabs at the Alicante venue.

Fenwick was inside the qualifying zone after opening efforts of 72, 67 and 69 at Lumine in Tarragona.

But, on a low-scoring final day there, the Edinburgh man slipped to joint-25th after a closing 70.

It ended up as a disappointing event all round for Lothians players.

Elliot and Lloyd Saltman also missed out, as did Bonnyrigg-based Jamie McLeary and Dunbar amateur Zander Culverwell.

Three Scots progressed, including Ross Kellett, who is attached to Kingsfield Golf Centre.

In the opening round of matches in the South East Edinburgh Winter League, title holders Liberton got off to a bad start, suffering a 4-0 whitewash at Prestonfield.

Craigmillar Park, meanwhile, won 2.5-1.5 at Duddingston, where the visitors were one down with four to play in the anchor match before winning three holes in a row to deliver the decisive point.

“Regrettably, the situation with a lack of Junior players, which was so evident last year, continued with all four clubs unable to field full teams,” reported League secretary Robert Bald.

Elsewhere, just under 90 kids took part in the latest Stephen Gallacher Foundation nine-hole winter flag/stroke-play event at North Berwick Children’s Course. Nineteen players scored 34 or better for the nine holes, with pride of place going to Archie Wilson, playing in the under-10 stroke-play section, with his best-of-the-day 28.