BRUNTSFIELD Links bounced back from a brace of agonising defeats to reignite their title challenge in the Edinburgh Summer League.
“For the third match in a row it all came down to the last hole in the last match out but this time we managed to come out on top,” said a delighted Douglas Livingstone of his side’s 5-3 home win over Turnhouse.
Bruntsfield also came out on top in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season and then thumped Mortonhall at home but had since lost narrowly on trips to both Musselburgh and Kingsknowe.
This therefore was a vital win and moved them level on points at the top of Section A with both Turnhouse and Kingsknowe – all three having played five games.
Mortonhall, with a game in hand, are just a point behind so it’s shaping up to be the group to watch in the battle for two quarter-final spots in the Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd-sponsored event.
Lewis Bain drew first blood for Turnhouse as he covered 12 holes in three-under-par to account for Stuart McLaren in the top match.
Rising Turnhouse star Jack McVey also had reason to feel proud of himself, rounding off a spirited fightback for a half against Blair Murphy by holing a 20-foot birdie putt at the last.
Those apart, though, the main highlights of the night belonged to the home team, including John Liddel securing revenge against Steven Armstrong, who’d come out on top when the same pair locked horns at Turnhouse.
Derek Miller also secured his 100 per cent record this season while Sandy Reid, in contract, chalked up a first Summer League success by winning the last three holes and, in doing so, secure the victory.
“We were short of probably five of our top players so I was delighted with the win,” admitted Livingstone. “It sets up for another crucial match at Mortonhall on Tuesday.”
Turnhouse had made home advantage count against Kingsknowe in their previous outing, winning that one 7-1.
McVey had a hole-in-one in his game but, ironically, he was the odd man out as Bill Buchan secured Kingsknowe’s sole success of the night.
It’s also shaping up to be tight in Section B, where Silverknowes and Broomieknowe lead the way on six points from four games but have both Royal Musselburgh and Harburn breathing down their necks.
Silverknowes won at home against Harburn in their latest outing despite Keith Reilly having to settle for a half against Gary Corrigan after being five up at the turn.
Craig Deerness was another visiting player with reason to smile after he reached the 601-yard last with two mighty blows to beat Kenny Alexander.
Holding a four-point advantage after four wins from four, it already looks as though Royal Burgess will be in the last eight in their bid to make it seven title triumphs on the trot. But there’s an intriguing battle starting to develop behind the Barnton men in Section C, with Ratho Park stepping up their challenge with an 8-0 whitewash of Prestonfield.
“I’m delighted with the result and it positions us well as we go into an important double-header – at home to Swanston tonight then away to Murrayfield on Wednesday,” said Stuart Imrie.
“The results in these matches will go a long way to determining who gets second place in our group.”
West Linton’s big home win over Baberton cemented their position at the top of Section D, where the chase is being led by Liberton, closely followed by both Glencorse and Baberton.
Bruntsfield Links 5, Turnhouse 3: S McLaren lost to L Bain 7&6; K Cattanach bt N Anderson 5&4; R Brydon lost to A Young 2&1; J Liddell bt S Armstrong 3&2; B Murphy halved with J McVey; A Soulsby halved with M Napier; S Reid bt P Pentland one hole; D Miller bt D Gillespie 4&2.
Turnhouse 7, Kingsknowe 1: L Bain bt G Malone 3&2; D Imrie bt S McCulloch 2&1; S Armstrong bt A Dick 3&2; R Moffat bt A Mackay one hole; A Young bt M Foley 7&6; J McVey lost to B Buchan one hole; C Davidson bt M Cairnie 6&5; G Leitch bt G Fraser 9&7.
Silverknowes 5½, Harburn 2½: T Caldwell bt C Galloway 2&1; G Robertson bt S O’Hagan 6&5; K Reilly halved with G Corrigan; D Edmonds lost to N Hogarth 4&3; P Heggie bt M Burnett 5&4; E Paterson bt G Paul 4&3; K Alexander lost to C Deerness one hole; C Milligan bt S Murray 3&2.
Ratho Park 8, Prestonfield 0: S Imrie bt G Duffy 5&4; C Cruickshank bt M Boggie 2&1; D McIntosh bt K Wood 5&4; M Evans bt S Johnston 3&2; C Tweedie bt W Laing 6&4; J Groom bt R Myles 5&4; R Dobbie bt I Highley 5&4; D Campbell bt D Johnston 4&3.
Liberton 5, Craigmillar Park 3: J Hunter lost to B Nelson 3&2; S Dickson bt A Jenkinson 2&1; G Scott bt V Gunnarsson 4&3; T Kelly lost to C Thom one hole; A Blaney bt G Lewington 7&6; S Doyle bt K Peacock 4&3; D Eardley bt D Walker 5&4; M McAdam lost to B Davies Jnr one hole.
West Linton 7½, Baberton ½: S Mackenzie bt D Waugh 2&1; S Walter bt A Laurence 5&4; F Thain bt J Downie 3&2; S McQueen bt S Robert 2&1; A Stott bt S Marshall 3&2; P Neil halved with C Malone; N Barr bt A MacPhail 5&4; S Walker bt T Cannon one hole.