Around the region’s fairways

GALASHIELS

Borderways Seniors Winter League: Winner, R. Johnson, nett 35.

KELSO

WINTER TEXAS SCRAMBLE: 1, A. Chalmers, G. Fairgrieve, M. Brennan, D. Thomson 57 (2.1) 54.9; 2, T. Pringle, E. Wilson, J. Green, M. Brydon 60 (4.9) 55.1; 3, S. McElrath, M. Ford, R. Glendinning, C. Thomson 57 (1.3) 55.7.

THE ROXBURGH

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course will join The European Tour Qualifying School schedule for the first time when it hosts the first stage from September 11-14.

Tour ambassador for the Kelso-based course, Ronan Rafferty, a seven-time European Tour champion who in 1989 topped the money list ahead of José María Olazábal, said: “Bringing the qualifying school to the Roxburghe is the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Our long-term aim is to stage a fully-fledged European Tour event here, and hosting the first stage is a big step in the right direction.

“The course is a formidable test of golf, measuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees. Many of the holes, and especially the signature 14th, will give real food for thought to the players, who should also appreciate the spectacular surroundings.”

The Duke of Roxburghe, who first conceived the idea of constructing a course on the Roxburghe Estate, added: “We welcome the opportunity to showcase our beautiful course to the professionals striving to make it on to the European Tour.

“We all have great pride in the course, and I have no doubt it will prove a worthy addition to the qualifying school. We look forward to welcoming the players and tour officials to the Borders in September.”