Golf: Summer League finalists all set

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ROYAL BURGESS and Duddingston both have selection headaches for tomorrow’s rescheduled Edinburgh Summer League final at Bruntsfield Links.

“We could be forced to include a couple of rookies,” admitted Richard Hughes, whose Royal Burgess side is bidding to win the Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd-sponsored event for the sixth successive season.

From the original side for the final three weeks ago, Hughes was ready to take the loss of Sandy Phillips and Ian Taylor on the chin, as he had John Yuille and Fraser McCluskey available again as their replacements. “But I’ve now learned that Jim Thompson is not available while Brian Tait is also struggling,” he added.

The headache for Duddingston, bidding to lift the title for the first time since 2006, is who to leave out of the team.

“Gus Santana is returning to the side after not playing since the early group stages, but he is the man for the big occasions and is fresh from a week’s practice in Portugal,” said team manager Chris Reid.

He is also looking for Stuart Knox, the youngest member of the team, to shine on the big stage. “Stuart is in good form, having shot three-under-par in the last medal to get his handicap down to one, while he’s also fresh from a top-three finish in the Lothians Junior Champions of Champions,” added Reid.

It’s a close one to call, with Royal Burgess probably heading into the title showdown as slight favourites based on their superb recent record in the event.

But, feeling bullish about Duddy’s hopes, Reid declared: “We are looking to finish the season on a high after a disappointing Scottish Area Team Championship at Luffness New last week.”