Zane Scotland finished in second place on the Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews in Local Final Qualifying
to earn his first Open Championship appearance in over a decade.
Across four venues in Fife, 288 players were competing for 12 places in the 150th Anniversary Open Championship, with three berths available at each course.
Scotland became the youngest player to qualify for The Open when he earned a place in the 1999 tournament at Carnoustie, then aged just 16.
“I’ve been playing well on the Challenge Tour, but this is my best round of the year. I’ve been waiting for it for a while,” said Scotland of his first round.
Finishing top of the leaderboard at Fairmont St Andrews was amateur Laurie Canter, with rounds of 67 and 69.
At Ladybank, England’s Phillip Archer finished on a total of six-under-par to finish at the top of the leaderboard, tied with 18-year-old English amateur, Tyrell Hatton.
Ireland’s Colm Moriarty took the first of the three Open Championship places available at Kingsbarns. Englishmen Paul Whitehouse and Jamie Abbott came through a four-man, sudden-death play-off for the two remaining places.
England’s Paul Streeter led the field by two strokes at Scotscraig on a five-under-par total of 135. “I went to look at the Old Course yesterday and it brought a lump to my throat,” said the 43-year-old. “It will be a dream to play there.”
Fellow Englishman Gary Clark, winner of the Bronze Medal at the 1995 Open Championship, and Steven Tilley both came through a three-man play-off for the two other available Open places.
The other successful qualifiers were Denmark’s Mark F Haastrup (Fairmont St Andrews) and Simon Edwards of England (Ladybank).
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