West Linton’s Gareth Wright struck gold despite finishing in the silver medal spot in the PGA Professional Championship.
The effort at Burnham & Berrow in Somerset was good enough to earn the Edinburgh-based player a second successive PGA Cup appearance. And this one will be in the Golden State of California, where Wright will be heading with a GB&I team led by Jon Bevan in September to CordeValle, which is near San Jose in California.
“I had two goals in the PGA Pros’ Championship,” said Wright, who took over the reins at West Linton from his stepdad, Ian, earlier this year.
“John Bevan [captain] had said he’d like me to qualify automatically as he had a few guys that may need a pick. So that was a little added pressure.
“My main goal was to go and win the event. If I did that it would take care of all the other things that came with it. I had mixed emotions when I shaved the edge of the hole with a putt on the last hole to tie but I also knew I’d qualified for the PGA Cup and also the PGA Play-Offs later in the year with the chance of Wentworth and other events.
“So, all in all, I was very happy with my week. Now I can’t wait to get over to CordeValle and play the USA again, especially as I will be a senior player with so many rookies.”
Wright is the only Tartan Tour player in the team at the moment, though Bevan has a captain’s pick to make to complete the line-up.