West Linton stand between Royal Burgess and a seventh successive appearance in the final of the Edinburgh Summer League tomorrow.
The pair meet in one of this season’s semi-finals at Glencorse, while Bruntsfield Links face Broomieknowe in the other last-four clash at the Merchants.
Like Bruntsfield Links in the first of the quarter-finals, Royal Burgess, West Linton and Broomieknowe all made home advantage count to stay in the title hunt in the Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd-sponsored event.
Royal Burgess scored a 6½-2½ win over Kingsknowe, with Stephen Buckley holing a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to beat Alan Mackay, while James Ross won 5&4, Joe Lockie 3&2, John Fraser 5&4, Stuart Cochrane 3&2 and Brian Tait 4&3. With the match over, Sandy Gray and Donny Munro agreed a half on the 17th.
“The scoreline might suggest this was a comfortable win; it was anything but,” admitted Royal Burgess team manager Richard Hughes.
“Kingsknowe are always one of the top teams in the league and they pushed us all the way in this one.”
On a dreich night, West Linton were also made to dig deep before seeing off stuffy Silverknowes 5½-3½.
Former Scottish champion Simon Mackenzie eagled the 16th in winning his match for the hosts, who will be without Fraser Thain for the semi-final as he has now returned to the United States for his college term. “We just hope that this time we can somehow dig out the win that would take us one step closer than in recent seasons,” admitted Scott Walker of his team’s clash with the defending champions and winners for the last six seasons.
In the remaining quarter-final, Baberton got off to a decent start at Broomieknowe and looked in good position at one point.
The top six games were all tight affairs that could have gone either way and, in one of them, Alan Sim drove the last to win against Colin Malone. Good wins at the rear for Jamie McIntosh and Scott Reid sealed Broomieknowe’s last-four spot.
“We are delighted to make the semi-finals,” admitted team manager Stuart Beck. “It has been a tremendous season for the club and credit to all the players.
“We have had excellent support from members this year and hope to see many of them again on Sunday.”
Broomieknowe 6, Baberton 3: S Marc lost to M Riddell 2&1; K Hastings bt D Waugh 3&2; A Sim bt C Malone one hole; N Webster bt S Marshall 2&1; K Smith lost to M Mackay one hole; G Bouwer bt C Purves 2&1; C Renton lost to A Laurence 6&5; J McIntosh bt A Macphail 3&2; S Reid bt T Cannon 4&3.
Royal Burgess 6½, Kingsknowe 2½: S Buckley bt A Mackay one hole; G Archibald lost to A Dick 3&2; J Ross bt S McCulloch 5&4; V Varadharajan lost to M Foley one hole; J Lockie bt E Chancellor 3&2; J Fraser bt G Malone 5&4; S Gray halved with D Munro; S Cochrane bt G Fraser 3&2; B Tait bt M Cairnie 4&3.
West Linton 5½, Silverknowes 3½: S Walter lost to S Garioch one hole; S Smith bt I Randall 7&6; S Mackenzie bt M Paterson 3&2; S O’Brien lost to K Reilly 5&4; A Stott halved with G Robertson; P Neil lost to K Alexander 2&1; F Thain bt I Doig 4&3; S Walker bt C Milligan 4&3.