Oz-based Kinross player Connor winswith magnificent seven under par

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Connor McKinney
Australian-based Kinross amateur Connor McKinney won the fourth ‘Get Back to Golf Tour’ event this week at Duddingston Golf Club .

He took the title by four shots after a brilliant seven under par 65 in strong winds and heavy rain, with his only dropped shot coming at the par four 18th.

Although Connor is from Kinross, home for him now is Perth in Western Australia, where he is a member of Joondalup GC. He is here – hopefully – to represent GB&I in the European Amateur Team Championships.

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Runner-up spot at Duddingston was shared by ex-Scottish Amateur Champion John Gallagher, and Tour organiser Alan Tait, who both carded three- under par 69s.

Connor, however, wins a place at the Dumbarnie Final of the eight-part ‘Get Back’ event on October 25.

Also, he receives prizes which go to all regional winners – a dozen Titleist PROV1 golf balls, courtesy of Westland Logistics, an overnight stay, courtesy of Piries Hotel in Edinburgh, for two people, and a signed copy of the book ‘Golfer’s Bucket List of Scottish Golf Courses’, donated by author Colin Ramsay.

Connor said: “I am delighted to have won at Duddingston. I’m here in the UK preparing to play in The European Team Championships in Switzerland at the end of the month, if it goes ahead.

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“ The Get Back to Golf Tour is perfect for me to get some competitive rounds under my belt before then. Duddingston was in great condition and I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the wind and heavy rain we endured. The course held up fantastically well and there really are some great holes out there.

“I played lovely golf and to shoot seven under par in those conditions was extremely satisfying. I was proud to shoot such a low score. It was a wee bit annoying bogeying the 18th but I can’t complain overall. I’m looking forward to teeing it up in a few more of these events.”

Alan Tait added: “Given the poor weather for the majority of the 10 days at Duddingston, and the fact the Scottish PGA Championship was on for four days at Deer Park, it was great to get over 50 players teeing it up.”

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