Play in the first round proper of the Weslo Seniors Open in West Lothian produced a headline shock with defending champion Bob Mackay of Armadale biting the dust at the 21-16 hands of Kirkliston challengers Bill Close.Read More
But better fortune for 2015 champion Stuart Smith saw the Ratho star progress at the expense of his Watson Memorial challenger Bill Whalley although living dangerously in a hard fought battle that saw him clinch a 21-19 victory. Three 21-20 thrillers saw Jim Horsburgh (Watson Memorial) beat Graeme Struthers (Blackburn); Brian Walker (Queensferry) edge out Allan Lynch (West Calder); and Jackie Ramsay (Harthill) nip Thomas McLean (Blackburn).
Colin Stein of Linlithgow launched his bid for the title in convincing fashion with the football legend powering to a 21-8 win over Clark Steel of Watson Memorial. Robert Saunders of Whitburn the recent District champion cleared a difficult hurdle with his impressive 21-12 win over George Marshall of Pumpherston. Play continues with the second round on Tuesday and includes Stein tackling Bill Close at Harrysmuir (Livingston); Saunders facing Ken Lawrie of Mid Calder at Watson Memorial (Armadale); and Smith lining up against Brian Walker at Whitburn.
Todays major attraction in the capital is the final of The Edinburgh Top Ten at Postal (2pm) with Tanfield going head to head with Sighthill. It is a major highlight that respective spearhead figures Liam McKay of Tanfield and Sighthills John McDermott go head to head in the singles and are both past winners of the coveted James S Fleming Trophy- E&L Under 25 Singles. Both players enjoy current Hamilton Trophy status with E&L; McKay enters the battle as the just crowned Tait Trophy Champion while McDermott is a vastly experienced campaigner with a National title Mixed Pairs on his CV. The other head to heads are, Tanfield first; Pairs Alex Thompson and Stuart Campbell v Adam Melrose and Graeme Eddington; Triples Graeme Swan, Charlie McLaren, and Robert White v Aaron Donald, Scott Lyell, and Stuart Isbister; Fours Stuart McKean, Calum Munro, David Snodgrass, and Andy McNab v Ross Moodie, David Connelly, Ross Noble, and Gary Connelly.