More league and cup joy for Gullane

Musselburgh club captain Dai Anderson presenting the victorious Gullane team with their trophy. From left to right, Stuart Menzies, Stuart Roberts, Robert Jack (team captain), Kenny Wright, Dai Anderson, Scott 'Gillies, Duncan Low, Murray Saunders, George Thomson, Alan Smith, John Clelland, Ross Thomson

Musselburgh club captain Dai Anderson presenting the victorious Gullane team with their trophy. From left to right, Stuart Menzies, Stuart Roberts, Robert Jack (team captain), Kenny Wright, Dai Anderson, Scott 'Gillies, Duncan Low, Murray Saunders, George Thomson, Alan Smith, John Clelland, Ross Thomson

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Gullane have completed a double-double by winning both the East Lothian Winter League title and cup for the second year running.

A win over North Berwick in the final at Musselburgh completed a successful cup defence after Robert Jack’s team had already achieved that feat in the league.

John Clelland and Ross Thomson led the way for Gullane at Monktonhall, securing their team’s first point of the day with a 3&2 win over Gordon Milligan and John Stewart.

Murray Saunders and Scott Gillies then doubled Gullane’s advantage with a similar margin of victory against Kevin Messer and Weston Main.

There was a brief glimmer of hope for North Berwick when Chris Wood and Mike Gray claimed a last green-win over George Thomson and Duncan Low.

But that point was cancelled out moments later on the 16th green when Kenny Wright and Stewart Menzies secured their tie, and the match, for Gullane with a 3&2 success against Chris Brown and Adam Heslop.

With victory already assured, Gullane were happy enough to see the remaining tie – it saw North Berwick’s Craig Hardie and Douglas Turner up against Stuart Roberts and Alan Smith – finish all square. While there was disappointment for North Berwick on this occasion, at least they had the comfort of knowing they’ll still be in the the top flight next season.

A gutsy 3.5-0-5 home win over Dunbar kept North Berwick up, leaving the losers to fall through the relegation trapdoor along with the Glen.

Gullane rounded off their league campaign with a comfortable home win against relegated Glen, with Musselburgh finishing in second spot after their clash with Royal Musselburgh was declared a half when a deluge midway through the match left conditions unplayable.

Once again, though, the season belonged to Gullane – the dominant force in East Lothian golf.