Lothians golf round-up: Dickson dazzles

Ian Dickson has won the Mortonhall championship for the first time
Ian Dickson has won the Mortonhall championship for the first time
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It was just what the doctor – a retired one anyway – ordered as Ian Dickson won the Mortonhall Championship for the first time at the age of 57.

Dickson beat Graeme Boyd then Alex Main before coming up against his son Mark, who recently returned from university in America.

He putted him off the course then rounded off a week to remember by beating Steven Scott, one of the club’s new young guns, 6&5 in the 36-hole final.

“Ian retired earlier this year from his practice and is now playing the best golf of his life,” said a club spokesman.

Helped by a hole-in-one, Gary Thomson has emulated his dad, Ewart, by winning the Duddingston championship for a second time.

He beat Scott Dickson 2&1 in the final after finding himself four down after 13 in the morning before winning the last five holes to lead at lunch.

Dickson started the afternoon round with an eagle and went two up after 26 holes before Thomson turned the tide his way, helped by his ace with a 7-iron at the 28th.

Dickson had aced the same hole the previous night in preparation for the final.

Reputations counted for nothing as youngster Graeme Nisbet claimed his first Bruntsfield Links title.

The 19th qualifier only got in due to others being unavailable but then pulled off a string of shocks, starting with the scalp of defending champion Cameron Hay.

By the end, in fact, he’d beaten Hay, John Liddel, Ally Ritchie and Alan Anderson with a combined total of his own handicap of five. Not bad for someone who was beaten in last year’s B championship final!

Midlothian won the East Women’s Inter-County title in style with a 100 per cent record at Scotscraig.

They beat Fife 6-3, crushed East Lothian 8-1 then rounded off a great event with a 7-2 success over Stirling and Clackmannan.

On this evidence, Mid will be looking forward to flying the East flag in the Scottish County Finals at Stranraer in September.