Keir McNicoll puts the '˜Boot' in to triumph at Duddingston

Gullane assistant pro Keir McNicoll claimed the East Alliance trophy bearing the name of one its stalwarts and now an octogenarian.

Friday, 28th October 2016, 5:30 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 8:41 am
Keir McNicoll shot rounds of 36 and 34

The Bootland Trophy, donated by Hinton Bootland, is the prize for the circuit’s annual visit to Duddingston, where 82 members faced a stiff test on this occasion on the par-72 Capital course.

The clubhouse target was set by Craig Gordon (Edinburgh Golf Centre) and Uphall’s Gordon Law as they posted matching 72s and, for a spell, that looked as though it might not be bettered as the wind increased.

Liberton amateur Kieran Cantley then came in with a 71, which was subsequently equalled by the net efforts from Jim Gordon (Royal Burgess) and Donny Munro (Kingsknowe).

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However, McNicoll beat all of them in the end as he showed his class by carding a two-under-par 70 (36-34).

Bathgate’s Chris Curran, with a 74, was top trainee while the senior prize was split on 74 between Alastair Summers (Musselburgh), Brian Thomson (Broomieknowe) and George Wither (Duddingston).