Golf: Duddingston to tackle Brunstfield

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DUDDINGSTON are hoping some local knowledge can help them beat Bruntsfield Links in tomorrow’s Edinburgh Summer League semi-final at Murrayfield.

The record eight-times winners warmed up for their clash with Bruntsfield Links by paying a visit to Murrayfield earlier in the week.

It was a chance for David Miller, whose dad Derek is a member there, to offer some useful advice to the crop of young guns in the Duddingston ranks.

“David has been passing on his local knowledge of Murrayfield to the younger guys, so we are ready for Sunday,” said Duddy team manager Chris Reid.

“Spirits in the camp are high and there were plenty of birdies being made when the team had a practice round at Murrayfield on Monday.”

Derrick Williams, who missed the quarter-final win over Baberton due to a holiday, is available again and looks in good form if his 68 in last weekend’s club medal is anything to go by.

Connor Scott, meanwhile, will be looking to make it eight wins in a row in the campaign.

“We will be waiting until the 11th-hour to finalise the team as we have two players playing in the South East District Open this weekend,” added Reid.

Bruntsfield Links have lost Scottish champion Zander Culverwell due to that event at West Linton while Ross Brydon is away to university in the United States.

But team manager Douglas Livingstone insisted: “The hardest part for me was deciding on who to leave out as we are unbeaten this season and everyone has played their part to date.

Whilst there are some familiar faces in their squad, there are also some new younger players who have been performing well. They won the Lothians Team Tournament and were runners-up in the recent Edinburgh Inter-Club.”

Ratho Park is the venue for tomorrow’s other semi-final between Royal Burgess, winners for the last five years, and West Linton, chasing a first title triumph.

“Based on statistics alone, we’ll be going into the game as underdogs,” admitted West Linton’s John McWilliams.

Nick Barr is missing for West Linton, while Royal Burgess are without Scotland star James Ross and the experienced John Fraser.

“We have a team packed with experience and we know we will have to be at our best, to beat a very good West Linton side,” said Royal Burgess team manager Richard Hughes. “All season it looked as if we probably would not qualify for the last eight such was the poor start we had, but we have hung in and we will give it our best shot.”