Lewis set for US final

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A young golfer from Queensferry will play for his college in North America’s Junior College Athletic Association Golf National Championship.

Lewis Bain, a student at the Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois, earned his place in the event by finishing runner-up in a regional event held in Champaign, Illinois.

The national final – over 72 holes – will be held from May 18-23 at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Indiana.

Said Lewis: ‘‘I am looking forward to the nationals. I’ve been playing well this season and am feeling confident.’’

Lewis’ coach, David Sobol, added: ‘‘Lewis is the third player to got to the nationals in Lewis and Clark’s history and he is a talented player.

‘‘We have a lot of talent on our team.’’

Other local golf news includes West Lothian Golf Club member Lee McBride and his West Lothian PGA professional Alan Reid bidding to reach the Lombard Trophy grand final being staged at Gleneagles.

McBride teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s Course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3-4 when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 65.

He and Reid now advance to the regional final at Ladybank Golf Club on Tuesday June 10, where they will compete against up to 70 other clubs for the chance to secure one of 16 prized spots available for the 36-hole final.

“With the 2014 Ryder Cup taking place just three weeks after the Lombard Trophy, it gives the final an extra dimension with competitors able to soak up the build-up ahead of the European and American showdown,” said a spokesman for the event sponsors.

The tournament, now in its 30th year, attracts entries from upwards of 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland.

The PGA National Pro-Am Championship has a total prize fund of £80,000, with the winning professional taking home a cheque for £12,000.

Lee McBride (32), lives in Bo’ness. He plays off a handicap of 18 and Alan Reid (39), has been a professional at West Lothian Golf Club for seven years.