Scottish Golf delight as competitive play tees off

The road to St Andrews teed off today (Friday) as Scottish Golf held its first national event for over a year.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 7:00 am
The Duke's will host the grand final of Scottish Golf's medal finals

Edinburgh’s Craigmillar Park Golf Club was given the honour of hosting the Scottish medal final east, the first of six regional finals to be played between now and the end of July.

From those finals, the six male and six female competitors with the lowest net scores in those regional finals progressing to the grand final to be played at The Duke’s, St Andrews, on Sunday, August 15.

A total of around 700 golfers will compete in the regional finals.

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It all makes the inaugural Scottish Golf club competition a massive success story at a time when golf at all levels has been so badly disrupted by the pandemic.

This weekend’s event attracted a field of 109 male and female players all of whom came through qualifiers at their home clubs to earn a spot.

Fraser Munro, head of events at the St Andrews based Scottish Golf, said he was delighted to see the sport resume competitively once again.

“It is great to be back staging national events again after such a long hiatus and we all hope the event at Craigmillar Park will mark the start of what will be a successful year for golf here in Scotland,” he said.

“All our events this year will be administered under strict safety guidelines.

“These guidelines will be reviewed regularly to ensure they align with up-to-date Sportscotland, Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland because at all times it is our most important duty to ensure the safety of players, tournament officials and staff at the host club.”

The Craigmillar Park event is the first of six regional finals to be played over the next three months before other events are held across the country at Williamwood, Murrayshall, Pitlochry, Eyemouth and Balbirnie Park in Glenrothes on Friday, July 23.

All even seven tournaments are played over 18 holes of strokeplay.

The events comply with all current Covid-19 guidance.

Further details about the finals, including live scoring on the day, can be found at www.scottishgolf.org