Lothians round-up: Kay on song | Fraser is champ of champs

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Dunbar man Danny Kay has chalked up one of his best finishes in the pro ranks.

He upstaged the likes of former Open champion Darren Clarke to claim a share of sixth spot in the $50,000 Dubai Creek Open on the MENA Tour.

Kay, who is based at The Renaissance Club, shot rounds of 67-71-69 for a six-under-par total in an event won by South African MG Keyser.

A regular on the Middle East circuit over the past few years, 2011 Scottish Amateur Championship runner-up Kay finished four shots ahead of Clarke.

• Louise Fraser is Champion of Champions

Kingsknowe’s Louise Fraser is the 2017 Midlothian Women’s Champion of Champions after beating Karen Marshall (Baberton) in the final at Royal Burgess.

In a ding-dong battle between two county stalwarts, Fraser clinched her 2&1 victory in style by chipping in for a birdie at the 17th.

Earlier, Fraser had holed a 20-foot putt at the 14th to win that after Marshall had fought back from being two down at the turn.

• Seven up

Seven Lothians clubs will be represented in the PING Scottish Mixed Championship at Gleneagles on Monday.

They are among 40 pairings to have secured spots in an exciting new addition to Scottish Golf’s national events calendar.

Male and female golfers will come together in a mixed Stableford format, and flying the Lothians flag on the Queen’s Course are Duddingston, Baberton, Liberton, Turnhouse, Broomieknowe, Merchants and Ravelston.

• Title triumphs at Dunbar

Lee Morgan and Karen Ballantyne claimed the main prizes in Dunbar’s finals day, which also brought joy for Andrew Scott.

Morgan beat Scott Dickson to win the men’s title while Ballantyne overcame Margaret Whelan to claim the 
women’s equivalent.

Scott’s success came in the junior event as he beat Annabel Hosie in a battle of the sexes.

Other winners included Wilson Morton, who beat Brian Reid in the seniors’ event.