Duddingston aim to get show on road in Summer League

Duddingston's Gus Santana had to dig deep for victory
Duddingston's Gus Santana had to dig deep for victory
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DUDDINGSTON now need to find their feet on the road after enjoying home comforts so far in this season’s Edinburgh Summer League.

Alan Banks’ side cemented their position at the top of Section A with a 6-2 win over visitors Ratho Park, though the match was tighter than the score suggests.

After seven holes in all the games, Duddingston were up in five matches and all square in the other three.

However, some good golf from the Ratho Park boys got them back into the game on the back nine and both

Gary Thomson and Gus Santana needed all their experience to gain vital points for Duddingston. Thomson was one down with two to play and finished eagle-birdie to defeat Craig Cruickshank while Santana, who’d been two down after 13, also made 3 at the 17th on his way to a victory over Graham Nisbet.

Paul Heggie continued his good run of form to record a solid 5&4 win, having won the Silverknowes club championship recently and then followed that up by winning the handicap section in the Silverknowes Open.

“This win keeps our unbeaten run going,” said Banks. “However, we face four of our last five games away from home, so a big test awaits.”

Duddingston lead the way in their section from Royal Burgess and Silverknowes – the pair meeting at the Barnton tonight in a crucial clash.

Mortonhall are the pacesetters in Section B, though that looks like being closely-fought with five clubs, including defending champions Bruntsfield Links, all just two points adrift.

Newcomers Longniddry are out in front in Section C, where the chase is being led by West Linton, last year’s beaten finalists. And, in Section D, Turnhouse are setting a hot pace, having dropped just one point in five games to lead the way from Broomieknowe.

Talking of the Bonnyrigg club, it was a family affair in its club championship finals for the second time in four years.

Jamie McIntosh won the men’s title for a second time, beating eight-times champion Kevin Hastings 6&5 in the 36-hole final.

And his sister, Kate, claimed the ladies’ crown with a hard-earned one-hole win over Hannah Scott.

Jamie laid the foundations for his victory by finishing the opening round five up after producing what was described as a “fantastic display of short-game skills”.

Summer League result:

Duddingston 6, Ratho Park 2: D Miller bt C McGinley 4&3; G Thomson bt C Cruickshank one hole; G Santana bt G Nisbet one hole; P Heggie bt R Dobbie 5&4; M Armstrong lost to A Bridges 4&3; J Shepherd bt S Taylor 7&5; C Scott bt R Boyle two holes; D Williams lost to S Imrie 3&2.