EDINBURGH-BASED Gareth Wright wants his own taste of a Ryder Cup-style contest against the Americans.
Before Paul McGinley leads Europe into battle at Gleneagles next year, the PGA Cup will be up for grabs at Slaley Hall in Northumberland.
It takes place in September and Wright, who is attached to West Linton, has his sights set on a debut in the biennial contest under Scottish captain Russell Weir.
On the back of winning last year’s Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship then following that up with some other solid displays, the 31-year-old reckons he could already have secured a spot on the Great Britain & Ireland team. One way to make sure of that, though, would be by putting up a stout title defence when Slaley Hall stages the PGA’s flagship £78,000 event for its club pros next week.
“In addition to winning the Glenmuir last year, I also tasted victory with Scotland in the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship and was fourth in the end-of-season PGA Play-Offs in Turkey,” said Wright.
“So whatever happens at Slaley Hall I’d like to think I’ve done enough to get picked for the PGA Cup team.
“I’d be disappointed if I wasn’t but, to make sure, I’d like to collect at least one more point from this year’s Glenmuir event.”
Welsh-born Wright was one of ten PGA pros in action in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth a fortnight ago and despite not making the cut has been happy with his form in the early part of this season.
“I can’t complain too much about missing the cut at Wentworth but I’ve been playing well in other events so far this year,” he added.
Wright’s victory at Carden Park in Cheshire last year saw him become the first Tartan Tour player to claim the title since Uphall’s Gordon Law at Fairmont St Andrews in 2003.
Now he’s relishing the prospect of trying to join the likes of Weir and former North Berwick pro David Huish as multiple winners of the event in a 156-strong field.
“I’m very excited about it,” admitted Wright. “It’s a new venue for the final and it’s always nice to go and play at somewhere like that.
“I think Slaley Hall is the sort of place that suits my eye. It’s a nice long course plus it’ll be great preparation to play the same course that is being used for the PGA Cup.”
Other Lothians-based players heading for the Northumberland venue are Greenburn’s Scott Catlin and Alan Reid from West Lothian.