Marshall shoots way into four-way tie for honours

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WEST-LOTHIAN based Andy Marshall has continued his consistent start to the new East Alliance golf season by making the prize list for the third event in a row.

The Houston Golf Range pro finished in a four-way tie for first place in the latest outing at Royal Musselburgh, where just under 90 members gathered for the Ramsay Trophy.

Marshall set the clubhouse target with a level-par 70 (37-33) before seeing that matched by Turnhouse-attached Duncan Stewart (39-31), Archerfield ace Lloyd Saltman (36-34) then, finally, Kings Acre touring pro Andrew Oldcorn (33-37).

Marshall’s effort cemented his position at the top of the scratch Order of Merit on 177.5 points, followed by Dunbar’s Gordon Hillson (152.5) then Craigielaw’s David Nicolson (134.5).

The handicap honours were claimed by Uphall’s Ken Clarke with a net 68 off 13, pipping three players – Gordon Brown (Baberton), Ian Fyfe (Musselburgh) and Ian Wyse (Falkirk Tryst) – by a shot. Wyse now tops the handicap merit on 43 points, closely pursued by Nicolson and Glenbervie’s Graeme Johnston. Top senior was John Denham (Torwoodlee) on 70 and leading trainee was Duddingston’s Ross Munro on 72. Munro will have home advantage in next Wednesday’s event.