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Elgin Golf Club's five-day open in full swing

By Staff Reporter

REIGNING champ Danny Edwards battled his way through to the last eight of this year’s Elgin five-day open.

And last year’s ladies section winner Carinne Taylor remains on course to retain her crown.

After superb weather welcomed a capacity field to the opening day’s play on Monday, the weather took a turn for the worse with heavy rain putting a damper on the start of the matchplay competitions on Wednesday.

Edwards, who beat Moray’s Kevin Thomson in last year’s final, breezed through the qualifying rounds and defeated last year’s WJ Clark trophy winner Steven Milne in Wednesday’s matchplay.

That set up a quarter-final against club colleague Kieran Paterson who ousted Dean Cantlay 3 and 2.

Buckpool’s Richard Cormack defeated Richy Bremner (Elgin) to draw another Elgin member Fraser Baillie in the last eight. Baillie defeated Peterculter rival Ryan Bruce.

It was a good week for home players with Steven Leith, Mikey Paterson and Michael Mann all making the quarter-finals along with Kemnay golfer Craig Smith.

They defeated Ryan Copland (Moray), Gavin Duncan (Trump International) and home pair Jordan Milne and Lee Edwards respectively

In the ladies scratch, champion Taylor was top qualifier again while last year’s beaten finalist and fellow Elgin member Rebecca Stevenson also made it through to the last eight.

Elgin’s Brett Mathieson was bidding to retain his Engineers Salver crown after making it through to the matchplay rounds.

More pictures in Friday's Northern Scot

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