Aboyne triumph moves Euan McIntosh closer to Order of Merit

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Capital ace Euan McIntosh is on course to top the Scottish Order of Merit for the second time in three years after completing a hat-trick of title triumphs.

The Turnhouse star maintained his hot streak by adding the North East District Open to recent successes in both the Scottish Amateur and Leven Gold Medal.

McIntosh carded rounds of 69-64-66-64 at Aboyne for a nine-under-par 263 aggregate, winning by two shots from Kintore’s Mark Thomson.

“I am thrilled with the victory,” said McIntosh of his latest success. “Aboyne is a fantastic layout with wonderful scenery and a real pleasure to play. It really does exceed expectations.”

It was another brilliant performance from the 49-year-old, who is now in a strong position to repeat his 2016 victory in the Scottish Order of Merit title race.

McIntosh has amassed 1241 points from eight counting events to sit well clear of Ayr Belleisle’s Jim Johnston in second place on 840. East of Scotland champion Matt Clark (Kilmacolm) shares third spot with Peebles player Stephen Roger on 763.

Next up for McIntosh, snubbed by Scotland for the upcoming World Amateur Team Championship in Ireland, is the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship, which starts on Monday over the King’s Course at Gleneagles.