Lothians hopefuls begin road to The Open

Bruntsfield's Stuart McLaren
Bruntsfield's Stuart McLaren
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The road to The Open starts today for a large band of Lothians hopefuls at Panmure and Goswick.

They are among 13 venues around Great Britain & Ireland staging regional qualifiers – the first of two stages in the battle for spots in next month’s Claret Jug joust at Carnoustie.

Among the hopefuls at Panmure are Livingston-based Chris Doak and Paul McKechnie, who is based at Braid Hills Golf Centre.

A sizeable amateur contingent also includes on-form Bruntsfield Links man Stuart McLaren.

Heading to Goswick, meanwhile, are brothers Lloyd and Zack Saltman, as well as James Ross and Neil Henderson.