Summer League champs Bruntsfield Links lose again

The best golf on the night came from Bruntsfield's John Liddel, who was six-under par for 12 holes in winning his match. Picture: Sean Bell

The best golf on the night came from Bruntsfield's John Liddel, who was six-under par for 12 holes in winning his match. Picture: Sean Bell

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Bruntsfield Links are already facing a fight to hang on to their Edinburgh Summer League title after starting the new campaign with back-to-back defeats.

In contrast, newcomers Longniddry are off to a flyer, making it two wins out of two by dishing out Baberton’s heaviest home defeat in 15 years.

Bruntsfield Links, who opened the season by losing at home to Mortonhall, have left themselves little wriggle room after also crashing 6-2 at Craigmillar Park.

“It was probably our best result for several years, though admittedly Bruntsfield were well short of their strongest team,” said Craigmillar Park team manager David Walker.

With the first two games having already gone to the hosts, a crucial turning point came as Bryan Davies Jnr, having been two down after seven, made three successive birdies from the 10th to turn his match around.

“Bryan made his debut three years ago when playing off nine, but has improved rapidly – he’s now off four – helped by the experience of team golf,” added Walker. “Hopefully this is going to be a breakthrough year for him, having also won his first match at Prestonfield.

“As for the team, hopefully we can take this forward and at least be competitive in our home games this season.”

While it was of little consolation for Bruntsfield, the best golf of the night came from John Liddel, who was six-under par for 12 holes in winning his match.

Longniddry, Duddingston, Turnhouse and Mortonhall all have 100 per cent records after two matches, with the East Lothian newcomers looking as though they could be strong title contenders in their debut season.

“A disappointing result for us,” said Baberton’s Jim Downie of a 6.5-1.5 defeat, “but I can’t take anything away from Longniddry. They came with a strong squad and went away with an emphatic win. I think this is one of the heaviest defeats Baberton have suffered at home during my 15 years.”

Looking as though they could get in the title mix again this season, Duddingston won at Ratho Park while Turnhouse and Mortonhall made home advantage count against Broomieknowe and Royal Musselburgh.

Results

Turnhouse 5, Broomieknowe 3: Lewis Bain bt Sean Marc 3&1; Jack McVey bt Kevin Hastings 3&1; Colin Davidson lost to Alan Sim one hole; Steven Armstrong bt Scott Reid 6&5; Gordon Leitch bt Fraser Devlin one hole; Dougie Imrie bt Kenny Smith one hole; Ricky Moffat lost to Colin Renton one hole; Neil Sneddon lost to Niall Webster 5&3.

Silverknowes 4, Royal Burgess 4: Ian Lamb lost to Stephen Buckley one hole; Chris Milligan lost to Joe Lockie 2&1; Keith Reilly lost to Malcolm Pennycott 3&2; Allyn Dick bt Stuart Cochrane one hole; Tom Caldwell bt Kevin Mitchell one hole; Stevie Garioch bt Brian Mitchell 4&3; Jimmy Keggie lost to John Fraser 5&3; Kenny Alexander bt Brian Tait 2&1.

Ratho Park 3.5, Duddingston 4.5: Mark Evans lost to David Miller 2&1; Craig Cruickshank lost to Gary Thomson 4&3; Robert Dobbie bt John Shepherd 6&5; David Paterson halved with Gus Santana; Stuart Taylor bt Michael Hymers 2&1; Graham Nisbet lost to David Graham 3&2; Ross Boyle lost to Paul Heggie 2&1; Dave Campbell bt Derrick Williams one hole.

Murrayfield 3, Swanston New 5: Andrew Ni lost to Ross Fergus one hole; Stewart Mackay bt Scott Fergus 2&1;

Cameron White bt Calum McKinnon 2&1; Dave Marshall lost to Malcolm Campbell one hole; David Douglas halved with James Muir; Patrick Lawrence lost to Dougie Melville 3&2; Alan Daly lost to Paul Stewart one hole; Stuart Macrae halved with Graeme Millar.

Dalmahoy 5, Liberton 3: Murray Naysmith bt Daniel Eardley 5&3; Rory Smith bt Anthony Blaney 3&2; Stephen Murray lost to Kieran Cantley two holes; David Marshall lost to Scott Finlay 5&4; Kevin Messer bt David Rennie 4&3; Andrew Mason bt Marc McAdam 2&1; Brad Muir bt Gary Scott 5&4; George Johnston lost to John Hunter 4&3.

Glencorse 4.5, Prestonfield 3.5: Iain Melville bt Arran McHardy 5&4; Derek Thomson bt Scott Johnston 2&1; Stuart Reid lost to Allan Stewart one hole; Justin Lamb lost to Kevin Wood 2&1; Ali Shanks bt Fraser Murray 5&4; Josh Lamb lost to Chris Sinclair one hole; Jim Laing halved with Kevin McGhee; Kenny Carson bt Ivor Highley 5&4.

Mortonhall 5, Royal Musselburgh 3: Greg Nicolson bt Chris Ratcliffe 2&1; Rob Paterson lost to Chris Mackie one hole; Duncan Hamilton bt Brian Fairgrieve 2&1; Martin Fitheridge bt Scott Cunningham 4&3; Alex Main bt Jamie Ramsey 3&2; Martin Hopley lost to Kenny Fee 4&3; Chris Timms bt Lindsay Shepherd 7&6; Graeme Clark lost to Stuart Blair 2&1.

Craigmillar Park 6, Bruntsfield Links 2: Alex Robertson bt Stuart McLaren 3&2; Paul Logan bt Ross Brydon 3&2; Bryan Davies Jnr bt Sandy Reid 3&2; Craig Smith bt Lewis Black 4&3; Iain Welsh lost to John Liddel 7&6; Will Campbell lost to Eric McIntosh 5&4; David Walker bt Drew McIntosh 4&3; Andy Utterson bt Richard Phillips 2&1.

Merchants 4, Kingsknowe 4: Adam George halved with Alan MacKay; Richard Craig bt Stuart Connell 7&5; John Cavin lost to Steve McCulloch one hole; Andrew Helm bt Gary Malone one hole; Duncan Stevenson bt David McCann 4&3; Mike Leitch halved with Donny Munro; Fraser Smith lost to Marc Cairnie 3&2; Innes Clark lost to Graeme Fraser 3&2.

Baberton 1.5, Longniddry 6.5: D Waugh lost to M Owenson 4&3; C Malone lost to F Johnston one hole; A MacPhail lost to M Bacigalupo 4&3; S Carmichael lost to N Aiken 2&1; G Young bt D Connolly one hole; J Downie lost to K Girdler 5&4; T Cannon halved with J Watt.