Play in the Weslo Housing Management Seniors Open got underway on Tuesday with two former Seniors League football stars in the shape of Colin Stein of Linlithgow and Gordon Logan of Kirkliston both hitting the target to score commanding prelim round victory.
One of the 21 games down for decision produced a 21-20 thriller with Bill Grier of Pumpherston edging home at the expense of Robert Clover of Kinneil.
Today’s (Thur) First Round play (11-30am) on greens around the County pitches Logan against Eddie Caulfield at East Calder while Stein will parade his skills at the same venue against David Peel of West Calder.
Gary Smith – who has a WL Masters and a Champion of Champions title on a glittering CV is drawn against John Black of Buchan Park who reigned as the Scottish Seniors Singles Champion in 2014.
Next weeks ongoing play brings the Second Round into the spotlight on Tuesday then the Third Round on Thursday.
Tonight’s (Thur) semi final line up in the WLBA Top Five Singles features Linlithgow v Glenmavis at Middleton Hall and Armadale v Middleton Hall at Broxburn. The final is scheduled for this Saturday at 2pm with Armadale the venue.
The results of Tuesday night’s quarterfinals action were; Bridgeness 1 Linlithgow 4; Glenmavis 3 Broxburn 2; Armadale 3 Bathgate 2; Ratho 2 Middleton Hall 3.
West Lothian’s bid to make a successful defence of the Seniors Matt Purdie title fell at the last hurdle with the 2018 champions suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of East Lothian in the final played at Haddington on Monday. West Lothian emerged with the upper hand on three of the five rinks but suffered a narrow 5 shot defeat (73-68) with the garden county dishing out a severe 33-7 punishment of the rink skipped by Ronnie Erskine while Jimmy Speirs lost 14-9. The WL succeses saw Gary Smith win 18-11; Gordon Logan win 15-7; and George Sneddon win 19-8.
Play in the abandoned 21st £4000 West Lothian Masters resumes on Sunday at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club with the final days play featuring the semi finals at 1pm and the final at 3-30pm. The Last Four line up chasing the £1000 Masters Title and the Signature Green Jacket pitches Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis against Ian Robertson of Newbridge; and Steven Fleming of Linlithgow against Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.