Lothians golf round-up: Gallacher Foundation final; boost for Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest is set to turn pro
Grant Forrest is set to turn pro
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The first of two Stephen Gallacher Foundation 2016 finals takes place at Kingsfield on Saturday.

It’s for the winners in the flag and “short course” events this season, of which there have been more than 30.

“In total, 150 boys and girls have qualified,” said Foundation manager Scott Knowles. “Of that number, 42 are girls, which is fantastic.”

Free membership at Kingsfield for a year is the top prize in all the categories.

The Race to Dunbar Finals Day, which is for the older players, is on October 2.

• Forrest boost

• Scottish No.1 Grant Forrest has been handed a boost in his bid to start his professional career on the European Tour.

Through sitting 12th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the Craigielaw star is exempt into the second stage of this season’s Qualifying School.

It means he bypasses the often tricky first-stage events this month and doesn’t enter the card scramble until early November.

Four events in the second stage all take place in Spain.

• Five stars

High fives were surely the way for Gullane A and Mortonhall to celebrate respective recent successes.

Gullane A won the East Lothian Ladies 5-a-side Division 1 title for the third year running, pipping North Berwick for the second season in a row on ‘goal’ difference.

And Mortonhall secured the spoils in the Midlothian equivalent as they finished a point ahead of Murrayfield. Dunbar and Baberton were the respective Division 2 winners.

• Sam Hall victory

It was girl power at Craigmillar Park earlier in the year when Sam Hall and Mark Brooks were outnumbered in a team for an Edinburgh Junior Summer League match.

But Hall has shown the Capital club also have some rising stars in the boys’ ranks as the 13-year-old produced an eye-catching recent performance.

He shot rounds of 67 – it included two birdies in the last three holes – and 72 to win the junior stroke-play championship with a one-under-par total.