A FORMER Musselburgh Golf Club professional is the new hickory world open champion on a county course. 

Fraser Mann (pictured below, by Neil Hanna) produced two superb rounds, of 70 and 71, to claim victory in the World Hickory Open Championship at Kilspindie Golf Club, at Aberlady.

East Lothian Courier:

He finished four shots clear of his nearest rival, Rick Valentine, director of golf at the Honest Toun's Loretto School.

Valentine hailed a "great few days" and said he was "delighted" to have finished in second place.

He also praised Mann for "great golf" en route to lifting the trophy.
Mann, who succeeds Sandy Lyle as champion, fought off competition from rivals from 13 countries as he took the title.