Mortonhall Golf Club are making a determined bid to reach the knock-out stage in this season’s Edinburgh Summer League and look certain to be joined there by newcomers Longniddry.
Away wins are normally rare in this event but Mortonhall have now chalked up two of them – the latest being an impressive 6.5-1.5 victory at Royal Musselburgh.
“Another great result for the Mortonhall campaign,” admitted visiting team manager Graeme Stark.
“All the games were very close with plenty of birdies on both sides.”
In the top match, Aodan Donnelly was all square playing the last and, immediately behind, Ian Dickson was two up with two to play.
But Craig Johnstone finished with a birdie to beat Donnelly while Brian Fairgrieve left Dickson having to settle for a half after signing off with a brace of birdies.
However, after being down all night, Alex Main turned his game around by winning the last hole for a narrow victory and, in doing so, set up Mortonhall for their second success on the road this season.
Glencorse and Dalmahoy were also away winners – at Prestonfield and Liberton respectively – in the latest round of matches, as were Siverknowes as they dished out a rare home defeat to Royal Burgess.
Keith Reilly was the Silverknowes hero, holing a long putt at the 17th to get his nose in front against Sandy Gray before following his opponent in from ten feet at the last to secure the decisive point.
Longniddry continued their impressive start with a thumping home win over Baberton, completing the double over the Juniper Green club.
“Another convincing result with another different team as we had two new players, Donald MacKinnon and David Rudd, in action on this occasion,” said the jubliant Longniddry team captain Alistair Robertson.
“Unfortunately, David lost his match to one of Baberton’s stronger players but being only 16 he has plenty of time to develop his game.
“Our policy this year has been to give junior players the opportunity to play when possible and this is certainly working with Connor Farrell, who at 17, is unbeaten and won all his matches by a good margins – 6&5 on this occasion.”
Kenny Smith denied Turnhouse a share of the spoils at Broomieknowe as he dug in and battled back from three holes down with five to play to earn a valuable half with Paul Pentland.
Longniddry 7, Baberton 1: Michael Bacigalupo bt Colin Malone 2&1; Fraser Johnston bt Scott Carmichael 3&2; Peter Henderson bt Ali MacPhail 2&1; Conner Farrell bt Stephen Marshall 6&5; David Rudd lost to Tom Canon 4&3; Kevin Girdler bt Mark McKay 4&3; Donald MacKinnon bt Brent Munro one hole; Colin Pattison bt Sandy McComish 6&5.
Prestonfield 2.5, Glencorse 5.5: Craig Cheape halved with Ali Shanks; Scott Johnston lost to Eric Walker 3&2; Kevin Wood lost to Derek Thomson 3&2; Fraser Murray lost to Justin Lamb 5&4; Lewis Blyth bt Colin Deans one hole; Gavin Pow lost to Darren Coyle 2&1; Ricky Myles bt Peter Lamb 3&2; Gordon Mckenzie lost to Kenny Carson 5&4.
Royal Musselburgh 1.5, Mortonhall 6.5: Craig Johnstone bt Aodan Donnelly one hole; Brian Fairgrieve halved with Ian Dickson; Lindsay Shepherd lost to Duncan Hamilton 3&2; Gordon Miller lost to Rob Paterson 3&2; Ross Colquhoun lost to Alex Main one hole; Kenny Fee lost to Martin Hopley 2&1; Stuart Blair lost to Graeme Clark 3&2; John Hall lost to Chris Timms 3&2.
Royal Burgess 3.5, Silverknowes 4.5: Joe Lockie lost to Allyn Dick 4&3; Gordon Archibald lost to Tam Caldwell two holes; Malcolm Pennycott lost to Craig Scott one hole; David Johnson lost to Ian Doig one hole; Dylan Egelstaff halved with Ian Lamb; Paul Desoisa bt Steve Garioch 6&5; Sandy Gray lost to Keith Reilly one hole; John Yuille bt Kenny Alexander 2&1.
Liberton 2, Dalmahoy 6: K Cantley lost to R Smith; I Neilson lost to M Naysmith; J Hunter lost to C Cochrane 2&1; S Finlay lost to D Marshall one hole; M McAdam lost to G Johnston 4&3; D Pennycuik halved with A Mason; C Munro bt B Muir 2&1; J Chaney halved with S Murray.
Bruntsfield Links 5.5, Craigmillar Park 2.5: Graeme Nisbet bt Paul Mackay 3&1; Stuart McLaren bt Craig Smith 5&4; Keith MacKenzie halved with Bryan Davies;
Kevin Cattanach bt John Hall 6&5; John Liddel lost to Iain Welsh one hole; Ally Ritchie bt Iain Rooney 5&4; Ross Brydon bt Barry Nelson 6&5; Richard Phillips lost to Alex Robertson 3&2.
Broomieknowe 4.5, Turnhouse 3.5: Jamie McIntosh lost to Lewis Bain 4&3; Kevin Hastings lost to Ricky Moffat one hole; Alan Sim bt Dougie Imrie 3&2; Colin Renton lost to Steven Armstrong 4&3; Kenny Smith halved with Paul Pentland; Scott Reid bt Lindsay Gordon 7&6; Sean Marc bt Colin Davidson 6&5; Niall Webster lost to Andrew Young 4&3.