Lothians outlook ‘brighter’ despite loss in Stirling

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Captain Keith Reilly saw signs of encouragement despite Lothians losing to Stirlingshire in their first Area match of the season.

After sharing the morning foursomes 2-2 at Stirling, the visitors went down 5-3 in the singles, but several of those matches could have gone the other way.

“It was a much better team performance,” said Silverknowes stalwart Reilly. “The result was very close right up to the final matches, so things looking a bit brighter after some recent poor results.”

The West Lothian duo of Craig Deerness (Harburn) and Gary Corrigan (Greenburn) were morning winners for Lothians.

That session also saw Gullane pair Ross Thomson and namesake George earn a half point, as did Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry) and Keith Nicholson (Haddington).

Most of the afternoon matches were ding-ding affairs, with Ross Thomson and Bacigalupo coming out on top for the Lothians along with Kingsfield’s Jordyn Rhind.

Next up for the record Scottish champions is an annual match against Northumberland in the last weekend in April. It is taking place at Duddingston.

Meanwhile, Scottish amateur golf is set to be run by a new unified body as from October 1.

It follows a proposal for the SGU and the SLGA earning the unanimous support from the men’s Areas.

Voted down by 10-6 in 2011, it got the full 16-0 support at the SGU’s egm in Stirling.