Derek shoots to the top

Derek Milne (left) is presented with his trophy by Andy Paterson from Charlestown GC
Derek Milne (left) is presented with his trophy by Andy Paterson from Charlestown GC
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DEREK Milne of Upper Largo has burst into a mid-season lead in the Scottish Disability Golfers Order of Merit Championship.

He did so by winning both SDGP competitions held last week at his home club in Charleton, Colinsburgh.

Derek, who for the last 14 years has run a boarding cattery with his wife Morag, served in the armed forces until a road accident in 1985 left him with no fingers on his left hand.

He is, for the first time, about to take on the Auld Enemy in the Disabled Ryder Cup squad at Kinross starting tomorrow (Thursday).

Derek said: “After my accident, I lost a lot of confidence and it wasn’t until I came across the SDGP in 2009 and their programme of golf lessons and competition, that I managed to gain enough confidence to compete.

“In 2011 I joined Charleton Golf Club and am now playing regular golf for the first time in many years.”

Derek’s victories last week saw him finish day one on 37 points, one ahead of runner-up Jim McNab of Glenrothes, and day two on 39 points, five clear of runner-up Trevor Crombie from Kirkcaldy.

Charleton Golf Club won the Challenge Cup by a convincing margin, although it was played in good fun and camaraderie, with players from both groups competing for each team.

Fifers are dominating the top positions in the SDGP Order of Merit after eight of more than 20 annual qualifying competitions with Derek leading, Jim Gales (Springfield) in second and Jim McNab third.

Team Scotland will take on England tomorrow (Thursday) at the Kinross Montgomery Golf Club over three days of traditional match play foursomes, fourball and singles, where Scotland will hope to retain the Auld Enemies Cup, after their emphatic win in 2012 on English soil.

Information on the Auld Enemies match and the upcoming World Cup of Disabled Golf, being hosted in Glasgow, is at www.sdgp.org.uk.