‘Fighting spirit’ sees Royal Burgess win Inter Cities Cup

Stephen Buckley of Royal Burgess beat C Dunbar 4&3
Stephen Buckley of Royal Burgess beat C Dunbar 4&3
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Royal Burgess are the toast of Capital golf after producing a superb display at Cowglen to beat Haggs Castle 6.5-2.5 in the Inter Cities Cup.

The annual Edinburgh v Glasgow clash was played for the first time in a single match on a neutral venue, as opposed to a two-legged home and away fixture. But at no stage did the Edinburgh champions let their lack of course knowledge affect them.

Sandy Phillips also found himself playing with a set of demo clubs after his were left behind at Heathrow airport after he’d flown up specially for the match.

But he overcame that handicap to be one of the match-winners for the Barnton club along with Stephen Buckley, Joe Lockie, John Fraser and Brian Tait.

“I felt playing the match in Glasgow made us slight underdogs, but the players were fantastic today,” said Burgess team manager Richard Hughes.

“They showed a fighting spirit that we are well known for and thoroughly deserved the victory.

“It is always a bit special to win something for your club, but when you win something representing your city, it means a lot and we are very proud to bring the trophy back to the Capital.”

Results (Royal Burgess names first): S Buckley bt C Dunbar 4 and 3; V Varadharajan lost to S Roberts 2 and 1; S Phillips bt G Belch 2 and 1; G Archibald halved with B Cooper; J Lockie bt R MacLeod 3 and 2; J Fraser bt S Steven 3 and 2; B Tait bt D Gravil 2 and 1; D Ross halved with C Morrison; J Yuille halved with J Brown.