Friday, July 15, 2016

Lothians Championship semi-finals are on Saturday morning

Last four come from behind to win at The Renaissance
On a night of drama at the Sharkey Group sponsored Lothians Championship, in benign, shirt sleeve condition, at The Renaissance,  all four winners fought back from behind to progress to the semi finals on Saturday morning. (8.30 am).

2010 Champion Allyn Dick (Kingsfield) was 2 down after 4 holes to Fraser Johnston (Longniddry) but struck back with birdies at the 7th  and 8th to draw level. Fraser, home on leave from university in the USA, used all his local caddying experience and that of his fellow caddy, who was 'on the bag', to edge ahead 3 times on the back nine. However Allyn, pictured right,  the leading Scottish player in the 2013 Home Internationals, drew on that experience to draw level at the last and produce a winning birdie at the 19th hole. 
In the second match defending champion Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) had a poor start and found himself 3 down after 4 holes to Chris Low (Tantallon). He was 4 down with 6 holes to go but the putter came alive and having holed an 8 foot putt at the 18th to draw level he sealed victory in style with a 45 foot putt from the back of the green at the 19th, much to the delight of the commendable Broomieknowe supporters
Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry), continuing his good form that has him sitting in the Top 10 of the Lothians Order of Merit, reached the turn in 2 under par to be 3 up on Barrie Lewis (West Lothian). But the West Lothian man was up to the challenge and clawed his was back to claim victory on the last green. 
Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links GS) went on the rampage from the 9th hole, scoring birdie, par,birdie, par, eagle to be 3 up on leading qualifier Lee Morgan (Dunbar). 
Morgan, who also plays out of Broomieknowe, where he recently became champion, showed his fighting qualities and amazingly fought back to win the match on the last green.
Four great closely contested matches which augurs well for the semi-finals and final on Saturday. A great opportunity for local golf fans to experience the delights of this Tom Doak-designed masterpiece and the friendly welcome in the clubhouse. Ask the Broomieknowe fan club!



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