SCOTLAND, once the event’s dominant force, are on course for a return to winning ways in the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship in Portugal.
At the halfway stage at Palmares, a tartan trio comprised of Gareth Wright, David Patrick and David Orr are three shots clear of the field. Level with England after the first round, the Scots carded a second-day score of 141 (the best two scores count in each round) to open up some daylight on the chasing pack.
Wright, the Glenmuir Club Professionals’ champion from West Linton, followed up his four-under-par opening effort with another good day’s work in the shape of a three-under 69.
Patrick, the former Walker Cup player who is attached to Elie Sports Centre, and Mearns Castle-based Orr both backed their team-mate up with 72s.
England are their nearest challengers with two rounds two go, with the Netherlands five shots further back in third.
“It was good shooting from the team and now our aim is to keep it going for two more rounds,” said Wright, who is making his debut in the event.
Orr, another debutant, added: “The course was tricky today with some brutal flag positions, but it was another solid day for Team Scotland. Now we need more of the same for the next two days.”
Wright had the choice of playing for either Scotland or Wales, choosing the former due to the fact he lives in Edinburgh.