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Rising star Hannah Darling will be trying to help Midlothian become Scottish champions later this month. The youngest-ever Scottish Girls’ champion from Broomieknowe when winning in July aged 13, has been picked for the County Finals at Glenbervie on September 15-17.

Her team-mates in the four-cornered event will be Alison McBride (Harburn), Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Jennifer Bryans (Harburn), Karen Marshall (Baberton), Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Duddingston), Louise Fraser and Rachael Livingstone (both Kingsknowe).

• Trio progress

Merchants pro Neil Colquhoun was among three Lothians pros to come through the second of two qualifiers at Crieff for next month’s M&H Scottish PGA Championship.

A level-par 71 did the trick for him in an event won by Linlithgow’s Mark O’Donnell with a 66 that included an eagle and six birdies.

The 13 qualifiers for the Tartan Tour’s flagship event on the King’s Course at Gleneagles on 16-19 October also included the Glen’s Fraser Malcolm on 71.

• Scots win Deaf Golf Open at Ganton

David Ewen joined forces with Steve Cafferty and Steven Gardner as Scotland savoured title glory in the European Deaf Golf Open at Ganton.

Ewen, a Dispatch Trophy winner with Carrickvale, finished runner-up in the individual event with a 235 total. That also earned him the top senior prize on his 51st birthday.

“What a fabulous layout,” said Ewen of the Yorkshire venue. “As a caddie at Muirfield, I thought I’d seen tough bunkers but Ganton’s were gargantuan.”

• Sam Westwood success

Sam Westwood, son of Ryder Cup star Lee, has qualified for the Stephen Gallacher Foundation ‘Race to Dunbar’ event on October 8.

The Renaissance Club member has made it through to the end-of-season final in the under-18s handicap event.

The qualifiers for the scratch section in that age group are led by Jack McDonald (Haddington) after he topped this season’s Lothians Boys Order of Merit. Bathgate’s Ross Flanagan was runner-up.