Golf: Cameron McDiarmid wins British Blind Open

Cameron McDiarmid shows off his trophy
Cameron McDiarmid shows off his trophy
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Lothians golfer Cameron McDiarmid has won the British Blind Open for the second time in six years, emerging triumphant in the 36-hole strokeplay championship at Kinross.

The 28-year-old from Chesser lifted the claret jug after carding net rounds of 71 and 69, pipping England’s Peter Osborne by a shot.

The victory at the Montgomery course was a family affair for the Edinburgh man, whose father Jim and younger brother Matthew are his caddie and guide.

McDiarmid, who suffered from bilateral retinoblastoma as a child, said: “I can see the ball to set it up and my dad and bother will make sure my alignment is OK and then I’ll swing from there.”

McDiarmid works in the golf department at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh and tries to play at least four times a week.

He is also a member of the Glen at North Berwick and captain of the Scottish Blind Golf Society and plays regularly on their order of merit.

McDiarmid was encouraged to take up golf by his father and has been playing for 15 years. His last victory in the ISPS Handa British Blind Open came at Hamilton in 2009. He also won the 2003 World Invitational at Westerwood.

His dad, Jim, said: “I guide him in the right direction, then it’s his ability after that.”