Golf: Silverknowes off to a flyer in League

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SILVERKNOWES and Edinburgh Western both chalked up whitewash wins in the second round of matches in the Edinburgh Municipal Clubs’ Winter League.

It was a second 4-0 win of the campaign for Silverknowes as they made the most of home advantage against Portobello.

Silverknowes, led by Edward Trophy winner Graham Robertson, sent out a strong side and they had too much firepower on the day for their opponents in the Group B clash.

Carrickvale also have full points in the same section after winning 3-1 at home against Braids United. The Vale side included all four members of their treble-winning Dispatch Trophy team and it’s going to be a tasty battle between them and Silverknowes for top spot.

In their opening game in Group A, Edinburgh Western beat Lochend at the Braids, where the match was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

All four matches went beyond the 16th, with two Western pairings – Danny Cameron and Brian Reid at the top of the order and Sandy McFeat and Rankin Taylor in the anchor game – both winning on the home green.

Edinburgh Municipal Clubs’ Winter League:

Group A:

Edinburgh Western 4, Lochend 0: Danny Cameron and Brian Reid bt Stuart Turner and Robert Binnie one hole; David Wilson and Matt Davidson bt Duncan Ireland and Colin Farnell 2 and 1; George Wood and Jim Robertson bt Graeme Mackie and Stevie Harper 2 and 1; Sandy McFeat and Rankin Taylor bt Paul Young and Alan Thomson one hole.

Group B:

Carrickvale 3, Braids Utd 1: A Dick and P Cunningham bt A McIntosh and M Rutherford 5 and 3; S Hermiston and G Yorkston bt S Morrison and P Harris 5 and 3; J Cullerton and D Coyle lost to N Baird and T Greer 3 and 2; D Ewen and C Elliot bt M Crabbs and G Marsters 4 and 3.

Silverknowes 4, Portobello 0: Graham Robertson and Kevin bt Alex Gosman and John Maltin 4 and 3; Iain Doig and Davy Fraser bt Scott Forrest and Ian Boggie 8 and 7; Paul Heggie and Stevie Adamson bt Kenny Craigie and Craig Brown Portobello 7 and 6; Tam Caldwell and Murray Paterson bt Danny Beaton and James Heatley 8 and 7.