East’s blistering charge wins Scottish title

Stephen East

England’s Stephen East won the Scottish Senior Men’s Open Championship by two shots after a blistering charge in the last round over Glasgow Golf Club’s Killermont course.

The senior international from Moortown in Yorkshire was five-under par for his final 10 holes and sped past his rivals for the title, finishing the tournament on three-under.

East had been level par after 36-holes and two off the pace, but after eight holes of the final round he had dropped two shots and fallen further back.

However, a three-putt for bogey on eight stung him into action and he birdied 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 for a closing 67. “It was nice to do that,” said East, whose win brought him his first Scottish title.

He joined senior ranks in 2014 and is fashioning a stellar record with earlier victories in the Spanish, English and Portuguese senior championships.  He also topped the England Golf senior order of merit in his debut year.

He adds those titles to earlier wins in the English (three times), British, Portuguese, European and French mid-amateur championships.

East’s latest success keeps the Scottish title south of the border after fellow international Richard Partridge’s win in 2015.