Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Craigmillar Park Open this coming

weekend can be stairway to pro career

The 2017 Craigmillar Park Open takes place at the Edinburgh venue on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16. The 72-hole stroke-play competition was first staged in 1961 and it is the annual opening event of the Scottish Order of Merit season, qualifying for world amateur ranking points.
It is regularly attended by the leading amateur golfers in Scotland, Ireland and from across the border.
The event's first winner in 1961 was Ronnie Shade who went on to win it on another four occasions.
Past winners have included golfing legends and talented young guns. Names you will recognise are Sir Nick Faldo, Charlie Green, Andrew Oldcorn, Craig Watson, Marc Warren and Scott Jameson.
This year’s entries see an increase on previous years with a strong field of 78 amateur golfers and a reserve list of 25.
Craig Howie of Peebles has the lowest handicap in the field playing off +4.8 and Craig triumphed at this event in 2013.
Another Craig who won the event is Craig Watson who won in 1995 and then again in 2014.
Craig Watson went on to win the British Amateur at Royal St. Georges, Sandwich, Kent in 1997 beating Trevor Immelman in the final round by 3 and 2. 
Craig commented following his win in Kent
"I played the Sandwich final oblivious to the fringe benefits but I got to play in the Open at Troon, the Masters and also the Walker Cup at Quaker Ridge near New York”
Craig played in the 1998 Masters and was joined by a young Matt Kuchar who had won the US Amateur.
When Craig arrived in Augusta that year the weather was unusually cold and in the BBC coverage Craig was interviewed by Dougie Donnelly.
Craig said in the interview that if “he wanted to play in cold and windy conditions he could have just entered the Craigmillar Park Open” putting the competition on the map.
Craig Watson is now Captain of the Walker Cup GB and Ireland team who play the USA in Los Angeles in September. The team is likely to be announced on August and Craig will be keeping an eye on some of the potential team members who will be performing on the Craigmillar Park Golf Course over the weekend.
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Craig Howie in 2013 receiving the trophy from John Chapman, Captain of Craigmillar Park Golf Club.                                 photo J Ingram
Why not come along to Craigmillar Park and see golf’s future stars up close?
The club welcomes visitors and entry is free. Catering will be available in the clubhouse each day.
See the Craigmillar Park Golf Club website for details of directions.



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