Gareth has Wright stuff to win 36-holer

Gareth Wright secured a one-shot victory at Duddingston
Gareth Wright secured a one-shot victory at Duddingston
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GARETH WRIGHT emerged from a sticky spell to land the £1500 top prize in the Tartan Tour 36-holer at Duddingston.

A hat-trick of birdies from the 12th helped the West Linton-attached player to a second-round 71 for a five-under-par total of 139.

It gave him a one-shot victory over Scott Henderson (69), Paul O’Hara (70) and Robert Arnott (72).

“One-under was pretty good today considering how tough the conditions were as it was very windy,” said Wright.

“Duddingston is a great test of golf – one of the best in Edinburgh.

“The course was in fantastic condition for us but it was very bouncy and that made it really tough.”

The Edinburgh-based Welshman won the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship in May but had gone off the boil in recent weeks.

“I’ve been struggling with my game so this is a timely boost,” he added, having put in some hard work with his stepdad Ian, the West Linton pro.

“The lessons are starting to pay off as I hit the ball better and also putted nicely. I’m off down to Nailcote Hall next week for the British Par-3 Championship, run by Champions of Golf, my management company.

“I’ll hopefully try and play a couple of Challenge Tour events after that.”

Aberdonian Henderson, a former European Tour Rookie of the Year, eagled the 17th to earn his share of second spot. Capital ace Andrew Oldcorn was joint-fifth after a second 71, finishing just ahead of former Gullane assistant Heather MacRae (70).