Duddingston, last year’s beaten finalists, already look unlikely to match that feat this time around after making a stuttering start in the Edinburgh Summer League.
Since opening with a 4-4 draw at Royal Musselburgh, they’ve now lost three games in a row – at home to Silverknowes then back-to-back on the road at Broomieknowe and Harburn.
In Bonnyrigg, three of the first four matches finished early, with big wins for Broomieknowe through Kevin Hastings and Kenny Smith and Gary Thomson for Duddingston.
The other five matches were close, one of which saw Sean Marc stand two down after seven but then going eagle-birdie to turn all square. He went two down again and then suffered a nasty cut to a finger which looked like putting paid to a comeback but fought back brilliantly to secure a half match.
“Another good comeback was from Colin Renton,” reported Broomie’s Scott Porter. “He was two down at the turn but managed to haul himself back into the game and eventually win 3&1.”
Jamie McIntosh secured the points with a “nice” birdie at the 17th to beat Gus Santana.
It was an under-strength Duddy side that then lost 5-3 at Harburn, for whom Alex Bathgate celebrated his success in the club seniors’ championship the day before by chalking up a 7&6 success.
While it’s still early doors, West Linton definitely look like title contenders this season, having laid down a marker by winning 6-2 at Liberton.
“It keeps our initial momentum going very nicely,” said Scott Walker of a result that included a good win for Fraser Thain on his summer return from college in the US.
“The squad is in very good spirits after our opening two games and in good shape for our next match – at home to Baberton. That will be another difficult game and we will need to be on our toes to get a positive result.”
Turnhouse are a team that have probably under-performed in this event in recent years, but they made home advantage count against Dalmahoy.
“A good win,” noted Tommy Cadger of a performance that included victories for juniors Jack McVey and Mikey Watt as well as Steven Armstrong finishing his game in style, holing his approach at the 13th to win 6&5.
Royal Burgess, bidding to extend their remarkable run to seven straight title triumphs, made it three wins out of three by overcoming a trip to Ratho Park.
“It was a fairly close match but it all came down to Burgess edging a couple of close matches in the middle order,” said Ratho’s Stu Imrie.
Opposite number Richard Hughes added: “We are delighted to get an away win on the board which puts us at the top of our section. I am glad our youngsters are seeing how competitive the league is and that you have to fight for every win.”
Mortonhall’s big home win over Musselburgh was hailed as a “good solid performance” by Graeme Clark.
“We needed it to get back into the mix,” he added. “This is some section we are in this year and it could well come down to ‘goal difference’ as to who goes through to the quarter-final. There could be some real battles still to come.”
Derek Thompson and Eric Walker both came back from two down at the turn to win the key matches for Glencorse as they triumphed 5-3 at Craigmillar Park. “Another narrow defeat,” said Craigmillar Park’s David Walker, “but on the plus side for us, Alan Jenkinson had another comfortable win.
“Also, Andy Utterson and Paul Mackay each had five birdies in winning their games.”
Turnhouse 6.5, Dalmahoy 1.5: D Imrie bt M Naismith two holes; P Pentland lost to C Cochrane 5&4; S Armstrong bt R Carson 6&5; A Young halved with J Rooney; L McCathie bt G Johnston two holes; J McVey bt R Smith 7&6; M Watt bt S George 3&2; G Leitch bt S Murray 2&1.
Royal Musselburgh 4, Newbattle 4: C Ratcliffe lost to S Thorburn one hole; L Shepherd bt J Hunter 5&4; R Cochran bt F Jarvis 2&1; S Blair halved with G Reid; C Mackie lost to S Simpson 2&1; J Hall bt G Rodgers 6&5; K Fee lost to P Hares 3&2; C Johnstone halved with C Surgeon.
Liberton 2, West Linton 6: J Hunter lost to S Mackenzie 6&4; D Rennie lost to S Smith 2&1; D Yardley lost to F Thain one hole; C Munro lost to S Walter 6&4; K Cantley bt A Stott 5&4; G Scott bt P Neil 3&2; S Dickson lost to N Barr 3&2; S Doyle lost to S Walker 2&1.
Ratho Park 3, Royal Burgess 5: J Cullerton lost to S Buckley 3&2; C Cruickshank bt G Archibald 2&1; R Dobbie lost to V Varadharajan 3&2; J Groom bt D Ross one hole; A Boyd lost to J Lockie one hole; C Brown lost to O Stephen one hole; S Imrie bt S Gray 3&2; D Campbell lost to J Yuille 2&1.
Mortonhall 7, Musselburgh 1: W Kerr bt I Fyfe 2&1; J Bell bt M Clapperton 5&4; R Paterson bt C Henderson 2&1; D Hamilton bt B McLeod 5&4; S Scott bt T Cordery 5&4; A Hogg lost to D Murray 6&5; G Clark bt D Burgess 4&3; C Timms bt K Aitken 2&1.
Broomieknowe 4.5, Duddingston 3.5: A Sim lost to G Thomson 5&4; K Hastings bt S Knox 6&5; S Marc halved with J Shepherd; K Smith b M Hymers 7&6; C Renton bt R Anderson 3&1; J McIntosh bt G Santana 2&1; C Bouwer lost to D Williams two holes; N Webster lost to C Scott 3&1.
Craigmillar Park 3, Glencorse 5: P Logan lost to A Shanks two holes; B Nelson lost to D Thomson one hole; P Mackay bt I Melville 2&1; B Davies Jnr lost to Justin Lamb 3&2; J Hall lost to E Walker 2&1; A Jenkinson bt J Laing 6&5; C Smith lost to D Coyle one hole; A Utterson bt Jordan Lamb 5&4.
Harburn 5, Duddingston 3: C Deerness bt L Gray 6&5; S O’Hagan bt R Johnstone 5&4; C Galloway bt C Hardre one hole; A Bathgate bt A Fotheringham 7&6; N Hogarth lost to M Hymers 6&5; G Paul lost to G Santana one hole; G Dymock lost to J Shepherd 6&5; M Burnett bt D Gilmore 3&2.