Royal Burgess win sixth Summer League title in a row

SIX IN A ROW: Royal Burgess celebrate their latest Edinburgh Summer League final victory. Picture Toby Wiliams
SIX IN A ROW: Royal Burgess celebrate their latest Edinburgh Summer League final victory. Picture Toby Wiliams
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Royal BURGESS will represent the Capital in next Sunday’s one-off Inter-Cities golf cup against Glasgow champions Haggs Castle at Cowglen after a decisive 6-3 win over Duddington in the final of the Pollock (Scotrans Ltd) Edinburgh Summer League tournament.

In claiming the title for the sixth consecutive year at Bruntsfield Links yesterday, Royal Burgess again demonstrated their tremendous strength in depth as foundations were laid by winning the first four games out on the course.

In the lead match completed in well under three hours, former Scottish boys’ champion Stephen Buckley recovered his composure after being pegged back to all square from three up after four holes to beat Stuart Knox at the 18th. Buckley sealed the tie thanks to a superb approach shot from off the right side of the fairway.

Other victories followed with Gordon Archibald, Paul Desonga and Varun Varadharajan winning comfortably against Mike Armstrong, Cameron Hay and Gary Thomson to establish a 4-0 advantage.

Duddingston’s first points arrived when Conor Scott took the scalp of John Yuille after a shaky start when he had to rush on to the first tee and lost the opening hole.

Although John Shepherd and Derek Williams ensured a stiff wag of the Duddingston tail, there was to be no fightback with John Fraser, who had missed the green on the right, sinking the winning par putt on the 17th to see off Gus Santana.

Up ahead and moments later Brian Tait completed a one-up win over David Miller. Royal Burgess captain Richard Hughes said: “Having lost to Sandyhills last year in the Inter-Cities Cup we are keen to go one better this time.

“Victory over Duddingston completes a remarkable campaign in which we lost four of our first six sectional games. In fact, had we not defeated Duddingston by the necessary 6-2 margin, we would not have gone through.

“Instead, we became the first team in ten years to win an away quarter-final at Kingsknowe and followed up with a semi-final win over a West Linton team who had won ten in a row.

“Key is undoubtedly the strength in depth we enjoy because it is rarely possible to get the top players out all the time.”

For Duddingston, who have won the trophy more than any other club but not since 2006, a final appearance was evidence of a revival of fortunes with youngsters such as Stuart Knox and Conor Scott offering hope for the future.