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Heap aiming for history in Scottish Amateur

Craig Heap aims to become the first player in history from East Kilbride to win the Johnnie Walker Scottish Amateur Championship.

The 23-year-old trainee architect from Glasgow booked his place in the 36-hole showdown against Mark Loftus of Cowglen at Cruden Bay with a 22nd green victory over Colville Park's Steven O'Hara in the quarter-finals and a 3 and 2 win over Steven Wallace of Prestwick St Cuthbert in last four.

The largely unheralded Wallace stunned the championship today when he beat defending champion Graham Rankin 2 and 1. But the Ayrshire 18-year-old could not repeat the feat against Heap and was never in front from the moment he lost the first to Heap's birdie three.

"I took the week off work so I suppose you could say I was hoping to do well," said Heap, the former Scottish boy and youth cap.

"I reached the last eight last year at Prestwick so it's nice to do better than that. Hopefully I can go on and finish it off now."

Fellow finalist Mark Loftus will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of clubmate Gordon Cosh who won the prestigious championship at Muirfield back in 1968.

The talented 20-year-old made sure of his final berth with a thrilling last hole quarter-final victory over Grantown-on-Spey's Chris Campbell before comfortably beating Ranfurly Castle 19-year-old Gregor Munro 3 and 2 in the semi-final.

"I've always said I like stroke play better than match play and to be honest that is still the case," said Loftus.

"But I think in many ways this is like a stroke play course. It's getting very hard and bouncy with the wind which means you have to grind out pars to win holes and it also is a good iron player's course, which suits me fine."