Competitors will be bidding for the last 12 places in the Grand Final when they tee up in the Scottish Medal Finals Central 2 qualifier at Balbirnie Park Golf Club, Markinch, this Friday.
The Balbirnie Park event is the fifth of five qualifiers for this popular club event and with 48 qualifiers already decided there are places for only six more men and six more women to join them at the Grand Final at the Duke’s, St Andrews, on Sunday 15 August.
The inaugural Scottish Medal Finals competition was originally scheduled for 2020 only to be cancelled because of Covid-19 but that delay has certainly not diminished enthusiasm for the event.
Around 400 Scottish club golfers have played in the first four Scottish Medal Finals qualifiers at Williamwood, Murrayshall, Pitlochry and Eyemouth and a field of well over 100 more players have signed up for the event at Balbirnie Park.
The format for the qualifier could not be simpler. Competitors play 18 holes of stroke play with the six men and the six women with the best net scores progressing to the Grand Final at The Home of Golf.
Balbirnie Park Golf Club is widely recognised as one of Fife’s finest parkland courses and is renowned for the warm welcome it provides to both members and visitors. Its 6,300-yard Par 71 course, set in 140-acres of attractive woodland, was opened for play in 1983 and provides a good challenge for golfers of all abilities.
“This year’s event has proved to be a huge success,” said Fraser Munro, Head of Events at Scottish Golf.
“Some of the golf played at the first four qualifying tournaments has been exceptional and I have no doubt it will be the same at Balbirnie Park.
“We’re looking forward to completing the field for the Grand Final but in the meantime would like to thank Balbirnie Park, the Duke’s and all the other venues for hosting Scottish Medal Final events.
“We all know there is a lot of pressure on tee times at the moment so it is very generous of the host clubs and their members to allow us to use their facilities for the day.”
Daily life has still not returned to normal so all of this year’s Scottish Medal Finals events have had to be administered under strict safety guidelines. These guidelines have been reviewed regularly to ensure they align with up-to-date Sportsscotland, Scottish Government and Public Health safety requirements.
The Scottish Medal Finals is also a ground-breaker because all scores are registered using the new Scottish Golf App which provides online hole-by-hole scores enabling family and friends to obtain live information on how competitors are faring.
The system will go live as soon as play gets underway at Balbirnie Park at 7.30 on Friday morning.