Deposed champions Royal Burgess showed their fighting qualities at Duddingston to draw as neighbours Bruntsfield Links continued their recovery after a shaky start as title holders in the Edinburgh Summer League.
A home win looked a possibility for Duddingston after good wins for Gary Thomson, Cameron Hay and Conor Scott but as team manager Alan Banks admitted: “You can never write off the Burgess.”
Kevin Mitchell was one down with two to play against Mike Armstrong but won the 17th and then holed a 10 footer for a half down the 18th.
Mikey Hymers was one up with two to play against John Yuillie, but the Burgess man drew on all his years of experience to birdie 17th and 18th and secure a vital win, as Hymers had a six-foot putt lip out.
“A great game played in the usual great spirit on another blustery night, hopefully summer will arrive soon,” said Banks.
Bruntsfield Links made home advantage count against Royal Musselburgh, though it was a closer game than 7-1 suggests and the visitors gave a great account of themselves considering only two of their team members had played the course before.
Stuart McLaren cast off his new nickname “Eurovision” by picking up his first point of the season for the hosts while youngster Ross Brydon bagged four birdies in his latest win.
“We’re back on track but still have a long road ahead of us to secure qualification for the quarter-finals,” said Bruntsfield Links team manager Douglas Livingstone.
“Our next two matches are at home against Craigmillar and Prestonfield, both ‘must-win’ fixtures.”
Fielding the same side that beat Bruntsfield Links, Craigmillar Park continued their encouraging start to the campaign by beating Glencorse 6.5-1.5.
Alex Robertson was one down after eight in the top match, but three birdies and no dropped shots saw him home while club champion Andy Utterson maintained his 100 per cent record with an easy win at the back.
The best golf however was probably in match six, where Iain Welsh got off to a fast start, winning the first three holes and was 4 under par in beating Justin Lamb, who had his first ever hole-in-one at the 13th hole.
Bouncing back from their heavy defeat at home to Longniddry, Baberton beat Merchants 6-2. “A match that could have gone either way but Baberton were stronger over the closing holes to win two and halve another two,” reported Merchants man Mike Leitch.
Baberton 6, Merchants 2. C Malone bt A George 3&2; D Waugh bt R Craig one hole; S Carmichael bt T Foster two holes; G Young lost to J Cavin 2&1; D Smith bt D Stevenson 3&2; T Cannon halved with M Leitch; J Downie bt A Brown 2&1; A Macphail halved with I Clark.
Craigmillar Park 6.5. Glencorse 1.5: Alex Robertson bt Peter Lamb 3&2; Paul Logan halved with Derek Thompson; Bryan Davies Jnr bt Stuart Reid 3&2; Craig Smith bt Eric Walker 3&2; David Walker bt Ali Shanks 2&1; Iain Welsh bt Justin Lamb 3&2; Will Campbell lost to Kenny Carson 3&1; Andy Utterson bt Steven McKay 8&6.
Bruntsfield Links 7, Royal Musselburgh 1. Alan Anderson bt Ross Colquhoun 4&3; Kevin Cattanach bt Chris Mackie 3&2; Keith MacKenzie bt Stuart Blair 3&2; John Liddel halved with John Hall; Drew McIntosh halved with Brian Fairgrieve; Stuart McLaren bt Lindsay Shepherd 3&2; Ross Brydon bt Chris Ratcliffe two holes; Richard Phillips bt Kenny Fee two holes.
Duddingston 4, Royal Burgess 4. David Miller lost to Joe Lockie one hole; Gary Thomson bt Malcolm Pennycott 4&3; Cameron Hay bt John Fraser 5&4; Gus Santana halved with Stuart Cochrane; Mike Armstrong halved with Kevin Mitchell; David Graham lost to Peter McCallum 4&3; Connor Scott bt Sandy Gray 2&1; Michael Hymers lost to John Yuille one hole.