Paul McKechnie has urged more Scottish players to back a new winter series after describing the latest turnout at West Kilbride as “embarrassing”.
The Braid Hills Golf centre professional was speaking after beating just 15 rivals to win the fourth event in the CT Sports Academy Pro Winter Series.
“These events are a great opportunity to stay sharp during the off-season,” said McKechnie, a former PGA EuroPro Tour No 1.
“They are also perfect for trying out any swing changes that you may be working on in a competitive environment. Guys need to get behind the series and support these events as the turnout today was embarrassing.”
That certainly wasn’t the case for McKechnie’s winning score as a one-under-par 70 in challenging conditions on the Ayrshire coast was a praiseworthy effort.
He finished two shots ahead of Pollok professional James Hendrick and St Andrews amateur Ben Kinsley.
Joint fifth on this occasion, former Scottish Amateur champion Michael Stewart had come out on top the previous day in an event on the Big Johnson’s Tour at The Renaissance Club.
The Troon Welbeck man also triumphed on one under par, beating Scott Henry by a single shot after the Challenge Tour player finished with a double-bogey.
The entry for that event was also below what had been hoped for, according to John Henry. “Unfortunately, only 11 players made it, which is disappointing when I had over 20 names down a week prior to the event,” he said.