Lothians golf round-up: Ryder hopefuls head for Archerfield

Chris Wood will compete in the Paul Lawrie Match Play
Chris Wood will compete in the Paul Lawrie Match Play
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Ryder Cup contenders Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick are both on the entry list for the upcoming Paul Lawrie Match Play in East Lothian.

Also heading for Archerfield Links in a fornight’s time are two members of the winning side at Gleneagles in 2014 – Thomas Bjorn and Stephen Gallacher – as well as 2010 team member Edoardo Molinari.

With others in the 64-man field set to include new Scottish Open champion Alex Noren, a £15 entry fee is terrific value.

• Heather Macrae wins Women’s PGA Professional Championship

Archerfield Links ace Heather Macrae has triumphed in her own ‘Duel in the Sun’.

On Britain’s hottest day of the year, she beat Suzanne Dickens in a play-off to win the Titleist & FootJoy Women’s PGA Professional Championship at Frilford Heath.

“I’m really proud to be a PGA pro and winning this tournament is a great event to win,” said Macrae, who picked up a cheque for £1000.

“To have my name on this trophy is something I set out to do at the start of the year so I’m delighted to come and get it done.”

• Grant Forrest to miss Scottish Amateur Championship

Grant Forrest, the 2012 winner, is skipping next week’s Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen.

The Craigielaw player has opted to miss the event after a hectic recent schedule that has included helping Scotland retain the European Team title.

The 22-year-old is also in action this week for Great Britain & Ireland in the St Andrews Trophy in Kent and has a trip to Detroit coming up for the US Amateur Championship.

• Kingsfield’s Eilidh Crawford at the double

It was a case of double delight for Kingsfield’s Eilidh Crawford in the East of Scotland Girls’ Championship at Prestonfield.

First she claimed the Stephen Gallacher Trophy as leading qualifier with a scratch 78.

She then proved a worthy winner of the main event, beating Craigielaw’s Carys Irvine by 2&1 in the final.

In the qualifying, Irvine had the best under-16s net with a 75 off seven while Emily Rigg’s 71 off 16 claimed the under-18 prize.