Gascoigne completes hickory hat-trick

Neil Gascoigne’s winning record in the Scottish Hickory Championship continued at Dunbar Golf Club, where he picked up his third title in a row.

Newcastle United member Neil, who won the Welsh Hickory Championship at Aberdovey Golf Club for the first time earlier this season, posted a six over-par round of 77 to lead the international field. The win followed his victories at Kilspindie in 2020 and Fortrose & Rosemarkie in 2021.

“I’m over the moon to be a three-time Scottish champion,” said Neil, who has a scratch handicap. “Dunbar was a tough test, particularly in 15mph wind – but I kept things going, didn’t make any big mistakes and ground out a score.

“After winning the Welsh title, I went up to Scotland with a lot of confidence and got the result I wanted. I’ve got a few months to wait until the English Hickory Championship at Rye on the south coast, where I’ll be going for a clean sweep of the national opens.”