Champs Ratho Park clear first hurdle at Liberton

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RATHO PARK cleared a tricky opening hurdle as they launched their defence of the Edinburgh Inter-Club title at Liberton.

The champions beat the host club in the first round, winning 4 and 3 over the double foursome and now meet Duddingston, who beat Kingsknowe so “comprehensively” the result wasn’t registered.

In the closest match of the night, Baberton squeezed through at the 19th hole against Royal Burgess. The win earned the Juniper Green men a second-round tie today against Bruntsfield Links after their 2 and 1 win over Mortonhall.

In another tight tie, Lothianburn pulled off a shock by winning by one hole over Dalmahoy. The victory earned Lothianburn a clash with Prestonfield, who beat another Pentlands club, Torphin Hill 2 and 1.

The remaining second-round meeting sees Swanston New lock horns with Turnhouse, the biggest winners of the first day as they who overpowered Murrayfield by 8 and 7. Swanston New meanwhile, opened their title challenge with a 4 and 3 win over beat Craigmillar Park 4 and 3.