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Panmure PGA Professional Andrew Crerar and amateur partner Craig McKinlay.
Panmure PGA Professional Andrew Crerar and amateur partner Craig McKinlay.
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Angus publican Craig McKinlay raised a glass after winning the Lombard Trophy regional final at Ladybank Golf Club and sealing a place at Gleneagles.

Panmure Golf Club amateur McKinlay partnered PGA Professional Andrew Crerar at thenorth east Fife venue and the pair won by just one shot.

They pipped Sandy Strachan and Scott Forret, of Livingston’s Deer Park Golf and Country Club, into second place.

McKinlay and Crerar will now play in the £43,600 final over the King’s Course at Gleneagles between September 2-3 - just three weeks before the Ryder Cup is held at the same venue.

The Carnoustie-based duo’s blistering front nine proved enough to see them through to the final despite an uncertain finish.

They recorded two eagles and three birdies in the first seven holes - but bogeyed the 18th hole.

“I don’t think I’ve ever played so well in my life,” admitted McKinlay.

“I think I knew it was going to be our day when I chipped in at the sixth hole to give us our second eagle of the day.”