Lothians golf round-up: Johnstons make Prestonfield history
Prestonfield's championshiop produced the first father-and-son final in the club's 96-year history.
The unique affair saw youth prevail over experience as 22-year-old Duncan Johnston beat former winner Scott, 52, by 4&3.
“After a poor approach at the 33rd hole, Scott took off his cap and turned around with the biggest smile to congratulate his son on becoming club champion,” reported Ross Gillon.
Duncan beat Ricky Myles to reach the final while Scott defeated Arran McHardy in the other semi-final.
• Reilly’s club title
Keith Reilly has claimed his 14th title triumph in the Silverknowes club championship.
His latest victory came at the expense of 21-year-old first-time finalist Murray Paterson.
In miserable conditions, the pair shared 11 birdies, with Reilly eventually prevailing by 5&4 after only being two up after the morning round.
Davy Paget is the club’s new B champion while Andy McMurray and Jack Carlin claimed the C and junior titles respectively.
• Joanne Free is ‘old campaigner’
Eighteen-year-old Gullane Ladies’ member Joanne Free will be the “old head” in Scotland’s side bidding to win the European Girls’ Team title in Norway next month.
Free joins five 16-year-olds, including inaugural Stephen Gallacher Foundation Vase winner Jasmine Mackintosh from Hazlehead, in the side heading to Oslo on July 5-9.
The Scottish Boys’ team for their team European event in Austria will be finalised after this week’s Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.
Scottish Boys champion Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) is the only automatic selection for the European team with five other picks to come.
• Euan is a Northern soul
Euan McIntosh is heading to the Highlands next week to try and produce some amateur dramatics. The Turnhouse man is in the field for the Northern Open, the second Tartan Tour Order of Merit event of the season, starting at Royal Dornoch on Tuesday.
It’s unlikely that McIntosh can emulate David Law, who won the event as an amateur at Meldrum House in 2011. But he will certainly fancy his chances of giving some local members a run for their money in the battle to be top amateur.