PAUL Lawrie putting his stamp on Whitekirk will be a huge boost for East Lothian golf, according to the club’s long-serving head professional.
The former Open champion has signed up to redesign the course as part of ambitious plans for the venue between North Berwick and Dunbar.
Plans also include a new hotel and the whole project is exciting Paul Wardell, who came through the ranks at Longniddry and has been at Whitekirk almost since it opened.
“Having someone of Paul Lawrie’s stature put his stamp on the course is fantastic,” he admitted after playing in the former Open champion’s Invitational event at Deeside.
“It will help raise the profile of the course, which is the objective, while I also think the proposed hotel will be good for East Lothian.”
Wardell, who plays little competitive golf in comparison to David Law, the winner in Aberdeen, signed off with a 71 to finish on 213.
“I played some good stuff over the last three days and also scrambled well when I had to,” he added. “I’m not able to turn 71s into 68s, which is a bit frustrating, but I still enjoy playing in events like these.
“This year, I’ve again managed to make the cuts in all the big events on the Tartan Tour and that’s pleasing.”
Another satisfied customer heading out of the Granite City was Dalmahoy’s Mark Kerr after he signed off with a 68 to catapult himself into the top ten. “I was all over the place at times but also played nicely in spells so I’ll take that,” he said.
In his first competitive start in more than two years, East Lothian resident Andrew Coltart closed with a 70 to finish three shots adrift of Kerr on 214.