Drakeford runner-up at Scottish Stroke Play

Geoff Drakeford narrowly missed claiming his maiden international victory finishing two behind Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan at the Scottish Amateur stroke play championship at Panmure Golf Club on Sunday.

Drakeford had put himself into pole position with earlier rounds of 65-69-68 but a final round of 5-over 75 saw another title slip from his hands after similar final final-round implosions at the Australian Amateur in 2013 against Cameron Smith and this year in Adelaide.

Geoff Drakeford Geoff Drakeford (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Drakeford finished at 3-under for the tournament in a three-way tie with England’s Nick Marsh and Ireland’s Jack Hume.

A majestic striker of the ball, the runner-up finish is still a solid effort for the Victorian and certainly sets him up well from his first international hit out this season before heading to the USA.

Anthony Murdaca also had a solid opening tournament with a top-5 finish with rounds of 69-71-66-73 to be at 1-under and the only Australians to make the weekend.

Dale Brandt-Richards, Ben Eccles, Cameron Davis, DJ Loypur, Mitchell Venables, Andrew Schonewille, Todd Sinnott all missed the 4-over-par cut line.

Past champions include victorious Ryder Cup captains Bernard Gallacher and Colin Montgomerie as well as current European Tour stars Stephen Gallacher, Richie Ramsay and Alastair Forsyth.