Turnhouse pip Craigielaw to claim Lothians Team Tournament

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Turnhouse bridged a 31-year gap to win the Lothians Team Tournament, adding to some other recent notable victories by the Capital club.

A team comprising of Steven Armstrong, Ollie McCrone and Mark Napier posted an aggregate of 215 at Royal Musselburgh to pip Craigielaw by a shot, with Broomieknowe third on 217 and Greenburn two shots further back in fourth.

It was a sixth title triumph in the event for Turnhouse, but the first since 1987 and they will now represent Lothians in the Scottish Club Championship at Kinross in September.

The victory comes 18 months after Turnhouse won the Edinburgh Summer League for the first time in the event’s history, claiming that success with a 100 per cent record.

Turnhouse have also won five of the last eight Edinburgh Inter Club tournaments, as well as recording two recent West Edinburgh Winter League victories.

“This success was long-awaited,” said former Lothians champion Armstrong. “Conditions in the afternoon were a good bit windier than the morning so for us to be so consistent in our scores was the key to our win.

“It is also something that has been missing over the years with a tendency to throw in a big score to complement good scores.”

Round of the day at Royal Musselburgh was produced by Broomieknowe’s Sean Marc, who came within a shot of equalling the course record with his 63.

For the second year running, George Heriot’s FP claimed the honour of leading society as a trio made up of Rory Smith, David Rudd and Scott Dickson posted a total of 230 to finish a shot ahead of Port Seton.