Musselburgh’s Cameron Marr was thrilled after matching the start of PGA Cup hero Greig Hutcheon, one of his playing partners, in the P&H Championship in East Lothian.
The pair carded four-under-par 67s late on the opening day of the Tartan Tour event at The Renaissance Club to sit one behind leader Paul O’Hara.
Hutcheon’s encouraging start came just 24 hours after he clinched victory for Great Britain & Ireland in a 16-10 win over the United States in the PGA Cup, the club pro’s Ryder Cup, at Foxhills in Surrey.
“I really enjoyed playing with Greig and we fed off each other out there,” said 25-year-old Marr. “I was surprised to see him standing on the first tee, to be honest, after he’d been down at the PGA Cup and it was really nice to be out there with him and also match him.”
West Linton’s Gareth Wright also got off to a promising start, carding a 68 to sit joint-fourth in the 54-hole event.
“I can’t complain about that,” said the reigning Scottish PGA pros champions. “I’ve got a wee bit of a cold, but nothing too disastrous.
“Even in the height of the summer, I don’t think you are going to get this golf course as easy as it was today.
“It’s also the best condition I’ve seen it. I think it’s starting to mature, which is great.”