Dispatch Trophy big guns in same half of draw

Lothians Golf President Allan Shaw, left, Ken Harvey, head of operations at Edinburgh Leisure, and  Murray Winton of sponsors golfclubs4cash conducted the draw for the 2016 Dispatch Trophy
Lothians Golf President Allan Shaw, left, Ken Harvey, head of operations at Edinburgh Leisure, and Murray Winton of sponsors golfclubs4cash conducted the draw for the 2016 Dispatch Trophy
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Defending champions Hailes and last year’s beaten finalists Silvernowes, are in the same half of the draw for the 117th Dispatch Trophy.

Carrickvale, four-time winners in the last nine years, are also in that section as well as Harrison, Watsonians and Barnton Hotel, ensuring some tasty early ties in the golfclubs4cash-sponsored event at the Braids.

Hailes, who bridged a 40-year gap by claiming the covered trophy in 2015, are among 20 teams who received byes into the second round, where they will meet Harrison Seniors.

Either Duddingston team Temple Golfing Society or British Rugby Club of Paris will lie in wait if the holders progress to the last 16 before the possibility of facing Silverknowes in the quarter-finals.

Not that Silverknowes, bidding to reclaim the trophy and chalk up a fourth triumph in the last six years, will be taking progress to that stage for granted. Indeed, they will face Carrickvale as early as the second round if both win opening ties against Buckstone Golfing Society and Bank of Scotland.

Victory for the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, a new addition in a 42-team field, over Hailes C will see them in the spotlight against either Carrickvale of Silverknowes in the third round.

The bottom half of the draw features an interesting Braids derby between Harrison B and Edinburgh Western, as is the case in the tie involving Edinburgh Thistle and Ye Monks of Ye Braids.

Also there are Caermount, the 2012 winners, who open against Scottish Universities.

The event, which is being run by Edinburgh Leisure, starts on Saturday, May 21, with the semi-finals and final taking place seven days later.

Draw:

Saturday, May 21: 7.00am: Harrison Golf Society v Stevenson & Cheyne (1983) Ltd. 7.15am: Harrison v Lochend A. 7.30am: Rhodes v Munro Heating. 7.45am: Cramond v Heriots Quad. 8.00am: Kilgour Private Clients v Carrickvale B. 8.15am: Lochend B v Kilgour Wealth Management. 8.30am: Edinburgh Western B v Kingston. 8.45am: Watsonians v Barnton Hotel. 9.00am: Silverknowes v Buckstone Golfing Society. 9.15am: Carrickvale A v Bank of Scotland

Sunday, May 22: 7.00am: Harrison Golf Society or Stevenson & Cheyne (1983) Ltd v Harrison or Lochend A. 7.15am: Rhodes or Munro Heating v Cramond or Heriots Quad. 7.30am: Kilgour Private Clients or Carrickvale B v Lochend B or Kilgour Wealth Management. 7.45am: Edinburgh Western B or Kingston v Watsonians or Barnton Hotel. 8.00am: Silverknowes or Buckstone Golfing Society v Carrickvale A or Bank of Scotland. 8.15am: Hailes C v Stephen Gallacher Foundation. 8.30am: Temple GS v British Rugby Club of Paris. 8.45am: Hailes A v Harrison Seniors. 9.15am: Harrison B v Edinburgh Western. 9.30am: Royal Bank of Scotland v Hailes B. 9.45am: Third v Colinton Mains. 10.00am: Silverknowes 50s v BBT. 10.15am: Stewarts/Melville v Braids United. 10.30am: Caermount v Scottish Universities. 10.45am: Edinburgh Thistle v Ye Monks of Ye Braids. 11.00am: RICS v George Heriots.