Lothians round-up: North Berwick secretary off to San Francisco

Mary Lou Watkins
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North Berwick assistant secretary Mary Lou Watkins has earned a prestigious bursary as she bids to become a ‘Certified Club Manager’.

The Joe Perdue Bursary will enable Watkins to attend the Club Managers’ Association of America’s World Conference on Club Management in San Francisco in March.

“Mary Lou has made a tremendous impact at her club following her participation in all five of our MDP programmes and we are delighted to support her to going to World Conference and ultimately her CCM exam,” said a spokesman.

• Vikki Laing over first Q-School hurdle

Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing has cleared the first hurdle in her bid to join Scottish No. 1 Catriona Matthew on the LPGA Tour next year.

Laing joined fellow Scot Michele Thomson in being successful at the opening stage of the US circuit’s Qualifying School at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

The second stage takes place on October 18-22 at Venice in Florida, with the Sunshine State also hosting the final later in the year.

• Cunningham and Munro off to Gleneagles

Myles Cunningham (Kings Acre) and Duddingston’s Ross Munro have secured spots in the M&H Logistics Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles in October.

They were among 17 players to come through the first of two qualifiers at Crieff for the Tartan Tour’s flagship event on the King’s Course.

Cunningham, who played his amateur golf at Longniddry, tied for second in the 18-hole shoot-out on 68, four better than Munro.

• History Boys

History was made as the Lothians Boys’ Champion of Champions ended in a tie for the first time.

Not even a countback could separate Sam Hall (The Glen) and Jack McDonald (Haddington) after they had posted matching 70s in the Caermount Golf Club-sponsored event at Uphall.

As a result, the pair, who finished two shots ahead of Bathgate’s Ross Flanagan, will share the Craigmillar Park Centenary Trophy.