Grant Logan, the 37-year old Scotland squad star from Kirkliston, conquered some career threatening demons en route to capturing the Scotmid sponsored £1000 West Lothian Masters title with a brilliant display of bowling in Sunday’s final at Bellsburn BC (Linlithgow).
The final day’s climax to the week-long play saw Logan, the No2 seed, parade his exciting range of skills to great effect with wins over Steven Fleming of Buchan Park in the quarter-finals, Andrew Dunnett, of Queensferry, in the semis then Alec Allan of Newbridge in a thrilling final that lasted a cracking 23 ends.
And Logan’s 21-17 triumph over Allan saw him carve out a special place in the 15-year history of The Masters as he emulated previous title wins in 2005, 2009, and 2011 to become a record four times champion of West Lothian’s major open event.
Yet Logan’s decision to be part of the 210-strong field was a late one as his appetite for the sport was on a downward spiral and his mind in a whirl after tossing away a great opportunity to perform on the national stage at Ayr Northfield.
The Scotland cap, youngest ever WLBA Champion of Champions (aged 17), and seven times club champion explained: ‘‘I came into this season’s Masters on the lowest ebb ever of my 21-year career as I was struggling to recover self-confidence and belief after blowing a 16-0 lead to lose the final of the district singles (national championship) in mid-June.
“So I am thrilled to bits at winning my fourth green jacket as I had to produce several high-level performances to do so and it is such a high that it allows me to put that June nightmare behind me.’’
Logan is also to be applauded for his loyalty in supporting the Masters down the years and for being prepared to put his reputation on the line knowing he is a celebrity target waiting to be knocked down by an army of ambitious opponents.
The final of the 15th WLM is being talked about as one of the best ever and the credit for that is shared by the high quality contribution made by 51-year old Allan who demonstrated the class that has earned him the Scottish and British Isles pairs crowns plus six championship titles at Newbridge.
Results from the last day of the Scotmid sponsored WL Masters are:
Quarter-finals: Richard Mark (Uphall Station) 21, Bryan Cooper No 9 seed (Bathgate) 16; Alec Allan (Newbridge) 21, Mark McCullugh (Uphall Station) 5; Andrew Dunnett No6 seed (Queensferry) 21, Derek Kerr (Armadale) 16; Grant Logan No2 seed (Kirkliston) 21, Steven Fleming (Buchan Park) 16.
Semi-finals: A Allan 21, R Mark 17; G Logan 21, A Dunnett 19. Final: G Logan 21, A Allan 17.