Lothians golf round-up: Clara Young and Joanna Free on Scots duty

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East Lothian duo Clara Young and Joanne Free are heading for Wales next week on Scotland duty.

North Berwick star Young has been picked among seven players for the Women’s Home Internationals at Conwy GC.

And Gullane Ladies’ youngster Free is in the side for the girls’ equivalent taking place simulataneously at the same venue from Wednesday to Friday. Craigielaw’s Gabrielle Macdonald has failed to make the women’s team despite reaching the final of this season’s Scottish Championship.

• Roots call

Eyemouth man Keith Martin is returning close to his roots to take up a new post.

He’s left Machrihanish Dunes, where he started as head greenkeeper before being promoted to director of golf, to become club manager at Kilspindie.

“It’s the club’s 150th anniversary next year so it’s a good time to be taking on a new challenge,” said Martin, who starts next month.

He takes over from John Leslie, who moved to Kilspindie after a spell at the Merchants.

• Deer Greig

There’s no doubting who the man to beat is in next week’s Deer Park Masters.

Greig Hutcheon, after all, has claimed the Tartan Tour Order of Merit title for the last three years at the Livingston venue.

Now attached to Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo, he also heads into this year’s event on the back of winning the Northern Open at Royal Dornoch.

His title rivals on Tuesday and Wednesday are set to include recent European Senior Tour winner Andrew Oldcorn.

• Clubs benefit from diversifying

Scottish Golf’s ‘Get into Golf’ programme is having a positive impact, according to the governing body.

“There are some real success stories where clubs are embracing the need to diversify, broaden their appeal and are attracting new audiences,” said Jackie Davidson, Scottish Golf Club development manager.

“Clubs are working hard on creating a great customer experience, opening their doors a little wider and are reaping the rewards.”