Scottish Senior Open pays inaugural visit to Craigielaw

East Lothian Provost John McMillan, Mollaidh Nicholson of Kilspindie, and David Warren of the East Lothian Junior Golf League
East Lothian Provost John McMillan, Mollaidh Nicholson of Kilspindie, and David Warren of the East Lothian Junior Golf League
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The next instalment in East Lothian’s exciting year of top-class golf is the Scottish Senior Open as it pays a first visit to Craigielaw.

Taking place on 14-16 September, it follows on from Gullane staging a successful Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open double-header.

As was the case when over-50s event was held at the Renaissance Club last year, the opening two rounds will be played in the “Alliance Pro-Am” format with one pro partnering one amateur.

Three of those amateurs will be rising local stars after Mollaidh Nicholson (Kilspindie), Jack Noon (Musselburgh) and Andrew Scott (Dunbar) secured spots through the recent East Lothian Junior Championships at Craigielaw.

The trio can now expect a superb two days of competition when the Staysure Tour pros arrive in East Lothian for the 26th edition of the £250,000 event with £37,500 for the winner.

Admission to the course is free on all three days, but car parking will be charged at £5 for a solo driver and £10 per car with two or more occupants with all proceeds going to the event’s official charity, East Lothian Foodbank.

Peter Dicker, manager of the East Lothian Foodbank, said: “We are excited to become the Official Charity of the Scottish Senior Open at Craigielaw. Our objective is the relief of poverty in the East Lothian Community and every pound collected is precious in our mission to help people experiencing severe hunger.”