Golf: City pair to fly the flag in South Africa

TWO Edinburgh golfers are jetting out to South Africa next week to fly the flag for Scotland in the final of the World Corporate Golf Challenge.

Paul Blair, a 42-year-old who plays at Murrayfield, and 39-year-old Kings Acre member Lee Turner earned the dream trip after winning a qualifier at Archerfield Links last year.

It is the biggest corporate golf tournament in the world and the Capital duo can't wait to test themselves against 23 other competing countries at Gary Player's Fancourt and Oubaai, the first Ernie Els signature course in South Africa.

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"We're looking forward to being the only Scottish team to compete on a world stage in South Africa this year," joked Blair, the Head of HR for sales at Aegon. He plays off ten with Turner, the publisher of HR Network Scotland, off 28, having just taken up the game within the past year.

"When we won the qualifier, it was one of those days when we dovetailed very well and hopefully we can do the same out in South Africa," added Blair, who has played at Sun City on a previous visit to the country.

While the two have only recently become friends through their jobs, they grew up together in Sighthill.