Neil Henderson wins East Alliance Professionals Trophy

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TWO days after seeing his 2016 European Tour dream die in Spain, golfer Neil Henderson was back on home soil landing a victory.

The Renaissance Club man, who fell at the second stage in the card scramble, came out on top in a card play-off to win the Professionals Trophy in an East Alliance event at Musselburgh.

His 68 was matched by West Lothian pro Alan Reid, who was six-under through 12 but then dropped three shots, and Uphall four-handicapper David Meldrum. But Meldrum was left to rue a double bogey at the last hole and Henderson was victorious by virtue of a better last six of 23 against 23.7.

On a day when 88 members enjoyed a well-timed break in the weather, Henderson and Reid shared the top scratch prize on 68, two less than Craig Gordon (Edinburgh Golf Centre) and Keir McNicoll (Gullane).

Meldrum had the consolation of claiming the handicap honours by a shot from John Masterton (Mortonhall), Andy Rothney (Deer Park), Jimmy Sinton (Musselburgh) and Ian Taylor (Eyemouth). Top trainee was Louis Gaughan (Bathgate) on 73 and top senior was Longniddry’s Duncan McInnes with a net 72 off 11.

The Roxburghe is next up for an invitational better-ball on Wednesday week.