Oldcorn edged out by Kelly’s heroics at Duddy

Andrew Oldcorn carded two 68s at Duddingston

Andrew Oldcorn carded two 68s at Duddingston

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GUTSY Andrew Oldcorn came close to making a Capital gain in the Duddingston Challenge, a Tartan Tour Order of Merit event.

The Kings Acre player overcame fatigue from the weather-hit Senior Open at Sunningdale to finish joint-second in the 36-hole event.

Victory went to Fife-based Chris Kelly, who came from four shots behind overnight to win by two shots with a ten-under-par 134 total.

Kelly’s second-round 65 was a sparkling effort, containing eight birdies – four on each nine.

The win cemented him in top spot in the race to be the Tartan Tour’s No.1 after earlier wins this season in the Scottish PGA Championship and Northern Open.

Oldcorn, who recovered from a poor first round to make the cut in the Senior Open last weekend, carded a brace of 68s to share second spot with Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf).

Out in four-under 33 after picking up shots at the first, fourth, eighth and ninth holes, Oldcorn’s back nine was a mixed bag of four birdies and four bogeys.

West Linton’s Gareth Wright finished ninth on 138 (67-71), one ahead of host club trainee Ross Munro (68-71).

Back at the course where he played as an amateur, James McGhee tied for 14th on 140 (71-69).