Stuart McLaren triumphs at Newmachar with Scottish Order of Merit title

Stuart McLaren receives the plate from North District president David Fleming
Stuart McLaren receives the plate from North District president David Fleming
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It’s proving to be a season to remember for Stuart McLaren, especially after his latest success in a Scottish Golf Order of Merit event.

The 22-year-old Bruntsfield Links player claimed the North-East District Open title, winning by three shots at Newmachar with a three-under-par 285 total.

McLaren, who picked up the Stuart Cup as leading qualifier in the Lothians Championship at his home club last month, opened with rounds of 69 and 65 and held on, signing off with efforts of 75 and 76.

“Getting the win was a great feeling and definitely a bonus,” he admitted. “I knew I had sealed the Lothians Order of Merit and also guaranteed my place in the team for the Scottish Areas event at Newmachar next month, so I was using this event mainly as a practice for that.

“In the morning round on the second day, I struggled from tee to green but my short game saved me as the putter was hot. The lunch break gave me time to go sort my driving out and, in the afternoon, I didn’t miss a shot from tee to green and my putter didn’t let me down, apart from my three-putt par on the par-5 second.”

The former Stewart’s Melville pupil added: “I never thought about managing to get a win on the Scottish circuit this year. However, I know my game over the last two years has improved and I know I can compete at a good level and the win just proves that to me.”