As ever with the European Tour's qualifying school final, the closing day of the six-round examination was full of mixed emotions and the fortunes certainly fluctuated for the small Scottish contingent in north-east Spain.
The PGAs of Europe International Team Championship trophy is back in the Scottish PGA's cabinet of silverware after a six year absence as the Tartan Tour trio of David Orr, David Patrick and Gareth Wright set the seal on a comprehensive triumph in Portugal yesterday, writes Nick Rodger.
When Colin Gillies declared his intention to retire from competitive golf at the end of last season, it would be fair to assume that his fellow Tartan Tour campaigners didn't rush out and buy him a commemorative carriage clock to mark the occasion.
Lloyd Saltman, who is down in 191st place on the Race to Dubai and fell at the second stage of the qualifyingschool last weekend, needs to conjure something miraculous at the South African Open this weekend to make the European Tour in 2013.
The clubhouse at the Serengeti resort, the venue for this week's South African Open Championship, may not have swing doors, sawdust floors and maudlin' drunks but it will have the feel of a last-chance saloon about it.