LONGNIDDRY’S first defeat since joining the Edinburgh Summer League has left their section wide open in the battle to join Duddingston and Mortonhall, the two clubs already through to the last eight.
West Linton, last year’s beaten finalists, stopped the Longniddry juggernaut with a 5-3 win on the East Lothian coast, where Nick Barr produced the performance of the night as he bagged six birdies in eight holes against David Connolly.
“This result certainly evens up our section, making it a close fight between ourselves, West Linton and Kingsknowe in the race to qualify for the knockout stages,” said Longniddry team manager Alistair Robertson.
Newbattle boosted their hopes of progressing from Section D with a 5.5-2.5 win over Turnhouse, the team above them in second spot.
“Once again, the ‘Newbattle tail’ played a decisive role as this was the third occasion that Scott Rutherford and Dean Brock have held their nerve to bring us a favourable result,” reported Malcolm Graham.
“This was also Stuart Thorburn’s sixth consecutive win and we wish him well in his Lothians Champion of Champions quarter-final against Anthony Blainey at Liberton.”
After back-to-back defeats at the start of the campaign, Bruntsfield Links looked set for a short spell as champions, but they are almost certainly through to the knock-out phase following a tenacious recovery.
Mark Kernaghan, playing his first match since breaking a thumb in a skiing fall, helped them make home advantage count against a Glencorse side that included three generations from the one family – Peter, Justin and Josh Lamb.
“Another tight match, with every game going to a least the 16th,” reported Bruntsfield Links team manager Douglas Livingston
“It is now a straight fight between ourselves and Mortonhall for top spot but Glencorse do still have a chance of qualifying for second spot should results go against us.
“Our destiny is in therefore in our own hands, but one I would quite happily have taken back in May when we lost our first two matches.
“The first of those was at home to Mortonhall and we play them this week in the all-important return fixture.”
After starting with a win, Prestonfield’s disappointing home form continued as they went down 5-3 to Royal Musselburgh.
“Too many close matches and narrow defeats has cost us, but the desire and attitude of the team is never in doubt and it’s a pleasure to be part of it,” said Prestonfield’s Ricky Myles.
Bruntsfield Links 6, Glencorse 2: Graeme Nisbet bt Ali Shanks 3&2; Keith MacKenzie bt Derek Thomson one hole; Kevin Cattanach bt Mike Louden 3&1; Stuart McLaren bt Justin Lamb 2&1; Drew McIntosh lost to Josh Lamb one hole; Mark Kernaghan bt Darren Coyle one hole; Ally Ritchie lost to Peter Lamb 3&2; Sandy Reid bt Kenny Carson two holes.
Newbattle 5.5, Turnhouse 2.5: S Thorburn bt M Napier one hole; G Rodgers bt R Moffat 6&4; C Church lost to A Young 3&2; J Hunter lost to S Armstrong 5&4; C Surgeon bt C Davidson 4&2; F Jervis bt J McVey 4&3; S Rutherford halved with O McCrone; D Brock bt D Imrie 2&1.
Longniddry 3, West Linton 5: Michael Bacigalupo bt Andrew Raeburn 5&4; Peter Henderson lost to Paul Taylor one hole; Nick Aiken lost to Steven Smith 3&2; David Connolly lost to Nick Barr 2&1; Colin Pattison lost to Sean Walter 6&5; Andrew Brown lost to Adam Stott 3&2; Donald MacKinnon bt Paul Neil 3&2; Marc Owenson bt Andrew Young 2&1.
Prestonfield 3, Royal Musselburgh 5: Alan Stewart lost to Chris Ratcliffe 3&2; Lewis Blyth bt Brian Fairgrieve 5&3; Kevin Wood lost to Ross Colquhoun one hole; JJ O’Neill lost to Lindsey Shepherd 3&1; Gregor Emmerson bt Chris Mackie one hole; Harvey Stott lost to Craig Johnstone 6&5; Ricky Myles bt Gordon Miller 3&2; Scott Johnston lost to Robert Cochrane 6&4.
Liberton 3.5, Broomieknowe 4.5: I Neilson lost to J McIntosh 5&4; S Finlay lost to S Marc 6&4; J Hunter bt K Smith two holes; D Puddle lost to A Sim 7&6; J Chaney halved with K Hastings; M McAdam halved with C Renton; C Munro bt C Bower two holes; D Eardley halved with N Webster.