The first event on the SGU Men’s Order of Merit, the Craigmillar Park Open, takes place over the renowned Edinburgh layout this weekend.
It’s a competition that annually provides a great golfing poser… what do Sir Nick Faldo, Scott Jamieson, Marc Warren, Steven O’Hara and Lloyd Saltman all have in common? The answer is they have all won the Craigmillar Park Open!
Past winners also include the likes of top amateurs Ronnie Shade and Charlie Green, as well as Andrew Oldcorn and Craig Watson, the former British Amateur champion.
The 72-hole stroke play competition takes place over the fine parkland course with breathtaking views across Edinburgh and out to East Lothian. The field is limited to only 78 players competing over two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Fresh from starring in last weekend’s Scottish Boys Championship, supported by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, at Monifieth Golf Links, the victor, Blairgowrie’s Bradley Neil, and the runner-up from St Andrews, Ewan Scott, will tee-up with the men.
The 17-year-old duo intend to play in more men’s events this season to continue their progress and Neil is in confident mood after his 4&2 win in Angus last Saturday.
“We’re going to be entering men’s events this summer for the experience, but also believing that we can win them,” said Neil, who won a men’s event last year as part of the Perth & Kinross team that claimed the Moneygate Scottish Area Team Championship.
“If anything, I think Ewan is still a little bit ahead of me, he’s gained a lot of experience playing in South Africa and China this winter and doing really well.
“There’s plenty of experience to be gained by both of us yet and we’ll be working on that this summer. But I don’t see why we both can’t do well in men’s events.”
Scott starts his studies at the University of Tennesse-Chattanogga in late August, while Neil is also weighing up the possibility of going to college in the US.
Scott added: “I’m not going to defend my (GolfDataLab) Scottish Youths title next month, which was a hard decision, as I’m going to play in the Irish Open Stroke Play Championship. I’m keen to play in men’s events also this summer.”
Glenbervie’s Graeme Robertson will seek to defend his title at Craigmillar Park, after he saw off the spirited challenge of East Renfrewshire’s Craig Watson and Allyn Dick (Kingsknowe) last year, both of whom also play this weekend.
Kilmacolm’s Matthew Clark, runner-up in the Scottish Champion of Champions at Leven GS last weekend, will also hope to figure again, while a number of other SGU Men’s National Squad players tee-up in a high-quality field.
The club welcomes visitors and entry this weekend is free. Catering will be available in the clubhouse each day.