Aodan Donnelly clubs an ace to clinch Summer League win

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Aodan Donnelly finished off his Edinburgh Summer League match in style at home club Mortonhall – with a hole-in-one.

It came at the 17th on the Capital course, securing a 3&1 victory as the hosts beat Dalmahoy.

“In all my years in the Summer League I can’t remember anyone having a hole in one, let alone having one in such circumstances,” said Mortonhall’s Graeme Stark.

Incredibly, it almost happened elsewhere in exactly the same week – in the match between Glencorse and Craigmillar Park. The home team’s Sean McGarvey registered his ace at the 15th – a hole before securing a 3&2 win.

It helped Glencorse, for whom new champion Iain Melville registered his first victory whilst leading the team to a comfortable triumph.

“We now have a double- header versus West Linton and they are must-win matches,” admitted Peter Lamb.

Craigmillar Park had their first win of the season at the expense of Liberton, Bryan Davies Jnr five-under in winning the top match for the home side.

It was a good week for Prestonfield in the Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd-sponsored event as they chalked up two wins over Merchants. It ended 6-2 at Prestonfield before they also came out on top – 4½-3½ – at the Merchants.

In the latter, Alistair Dun returned to the Prestonfield team to secure the vital point. “He drew on his years of experience,” observed team-mate Scott Johnston.

Swanston New as they ended Royal Burgess’s 100 per cent record with a 6-2 success.

“A combination of having players on holiday and a few not playing that well made it a pretty torrid evening,” said Burgess team manager Richard Hughes. “But well done to Swanston and it gives them a real chance of getting to the quarter finals.”

Ratho Park’s hopes of achieving that feat suffered a setback as they lost at home to Murrayfield. “A very disappointing defeat at home when we’re getting into the business end of the season,” admitted Stuart Imrie.

“We really need to win all three remaining matches now to secure second place.”


Prestonfield 6, Merchants 2: A McHardy lost to R Craig one hole; S Johnston bt A Helm 4&2; M Fraser bt D Hall 5&4; I Highley bt T Foster 3&2; K Wood bt A Brown 7&5; R Myles w/o A Brown; M Boggie lost to M Leitch one hole; JJ O’Neill bt P Wilson 6&5.

Glencorse 6½, Craigmillar Park 1½: I Melville bt B Nelson 4&3; K Young bt P Mackay 6&4; A Shanks lost to I Rooney one hole; Justin Lamb bt V Gunnarson 4&2; D Coyle bt A Jenkinson 4&3; D Thomson halved with S Scott; Jordan Lamb bt C Smith 3&1; S McGarvey bt B Davies Jnr 3&2.

Ratho Park 3½, Murrayfield 4½: C Cruickshank bt A Ni 6&4; S Imrie lost to A Thurlow 4&3; J Groom lost to S Simpson one hole; M Dickson lost to C Whyte 6&5; D Paterson lost to D Marshall 4&3; M Evans bt A Daley 5&4; R Dobbie bt D Douglas 2&1; R Boyle halved with N Gregor.

Merchants 3½, Prestonfield 4½: A Helm lost to A McHardy 4&3; T Foster bt S Johnston one hole; M Leitch halved with I Highley; A Brown bt K Wood two holes; P Wilson lost to F Murray 3&2; J Cavin lost to D Johnston 2&1; I Clark bt L Blyth 4&3; R Black lost to A Dun 4&3.

Craigmillar Park 5, Liberton 3: B Davies Jnr bt D Eardley 6&5; G Lewington bt J Chayne 4&2; A Jenkinson halved with M McAdam; J Nolan bt B McPhee 5&3; W Mitchell lost to J Hunter 3&2; D Walker bt D Rennie 4&3; P Mackay halved with D Kerr; S Doyle won by a walkover.

Mortonhall 6½, Dalmahoy 1½: M Fitheridge bt G Dalziel 6&5; J Bell bt R Smith one hole; A Donnelly bt B Rooney 3&1; R Paterson bt S Murray 4&3; D Hamilton bt G Johnston 3&2; A Main lost to D Marshall 4&3; G Clarke bt R Carson 6&5; C Timms halved with I Campbell.

Bruntsfield Links 6½, Musselburgh 1½: K Cattanach bt C Good 3&2; S McLaren bt D Burgess 10&8; J Liddel bt L Bain 2&1; A Ritchie halved with C Burgess; D Miller bt K Aitken 2&1; I MacDpnald lost to D Murray 2&1; R Phillips bt T Cordery 2&1; A Soulsby bt D Henderson 4&3.

Swanston New 6, Royal Burgess 2: R Fergus lost to J Yuille 2&1; M Campbell bt G Archibald 2&1; S Fergus bt O Stephen 3&2; D Melville bt J Fraser 2&1; A Harrison bt I Park 6&5; G Skinner lost to B Tait one hole; B Humble bt S Cochrane 6&5; G Miller bt S Gray one hole.