Stuart smith’s long list of achievements at Duddingston now includes an incredible five-hole finish that included an albatross.
Playing in the club championship qualifying, the four-times Lothians champion went birdie-birdie-par-albatross-birdie for the last five holes. Numerically, that went down on the card as 2-3-4-2-3.
“I hit a wedge to ten feet at the 14th, was close with my approach – again with a wedge – at the next before making a good two-putt for par at the 16th,” said Smith.
“I was level with the pond with my drive at the 17th, leaving myself 189 yards to the pin. My 6-iron with a nice draw landed just short, rolled on to the green and into the hole.
“I then finished by hitting a wedge to five feet at the last for a level-par 72.”
It wasn’t Smith’s first albatross on the Capital course - or the first time the back nine had been good to him.
“I had a 2 at the first, also in the club championship qualifying, while I came back in 29 in it as well three years ago,” he added.
Bidding for a sixth success, Smith won his first-round match 4&3 against Stuart McLean, son of Duddy pro Alastair.