Golf: Royal Musselburgh hunting knock-out place

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NEWCOMERS Royal Musselburgh are making a bold bid to reach the knock-out phase in their first season in the Edinburgh Summer League.

An 8-0 home win over Torphin Hill hoisted their points tally in Section C to ten – two ahead of Kingsknowe, Glencorse and Baberton.

Royal Musselburgh have played more games than all of them, with Glencorse having three in hand, but having points in the bag is no bad thing.

West Linton look certain to be in the quarter-final line-up and Bruntsfield Links are edging towards that, too. They both won away in their latest outings – West Linton at Murrayfield and Bruntsfield Links on their visit to Ratho Park.

“The result takes us to the elusive 14-point mark and we just need to see if this is enough for us to top the group,” said West Linton’s John McWilliams. “We’re looking for favours from Lothianburn and Swanston, but, if that doesn’t occur, we have the chance to secure top stop ourselves if we do well against Mortonhall at home next week.”

Lothians champion Alan Anderson was the Brunstfield Links hero at Ratho Park as he overturned a four-hole deficit after eight holes against Robert Dobbie. “While it’s disappointing to lose at home, it is also encouraging to push one of the favourites for the league so close,” said the home team’s Stuart Imrie.

Also winners on the road were Baberton, at Torphin Hill, and a young Liberton side – it included four teenagers and two others in their 20s – at Prestonfield.