Summer League title in sight for Broomieknowe

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It would be the icing on the cake if Broomieknowe could round off a tremendous season by winning the Edinburgh Summer League.

The Bonnyrigg club boasts both the Lothians champion (Sean Marc) and Midlothian Women’s champion (Kate McIntosh).

It has also regained the Edinburgh Ladies’ Inter-Club, leaving the Summer League crown as the missing piece in the jigsaw.

There’s a long way to go in that particular event, but Scott Porter’s side are making good progress, having made home advantage count to beat Liberton 6.5-1.5 in their latest outing.

The top game, which finished all square, had a classic match-play ending. Jamie McIntosh was dormie two down against Anthony Blaney, who drove to the back of the 17th green only to three-putt and lose that as his opponent holed an eight-foot birdie putt.

McIntosh then hit his drive to the left at the last but, with a clear shot in, he again knocked an approach to eight feet.

Bunkered with his tee shot, Blaney couldn’t progress his second very far then suffered the misfortune of a double-hit with his chip.

Other Broomieknowe winners included Scott Reid, who has had a torrid time of late but, after making a minor grip change, parred in from the fifth for a convincing victory.

The only Broomieknowe casualty of the evening was the aforementioned Marc, who lost 2 and 1 to an impressive Kieran Cantley .

There were also home wins for Mortonhall and Silverknowes in the latest round of matches.

“A very solid performance,” said Mortonhall’s Graeme Stark of his side bearing Prestonfield by the same scoreline.

“There would appear to be a few of our players on form just now heading into our Club Championship. Mortonhall is in beautiful condition at the moment, which lifts most golfers games.”

Silverknowes recorded a 6-2 success over Swanston New on a night that home team spokesman Alex Renton reckoned was the “best conditions of the year so far”.

The visiting team included Dougie Melville, who used his local knowledge – he’s a greenkeeper at Silverknowes – to win his match.

“I think he deliberately kept the greens long to give swanston more of chance,” quipped Renton.

“But seriously the win keeps us in touch with our two biggest rivals this year – Duddingston and Royal Burgess in what is going to be a tough group to get out off.”

• Results

Mortonhall 6.5, Prestonfield 1.5: Martin Fitheridge lost to Arran McHardy 7&6; Duncan Hamilton bt Lewis Blyth 6&5; Steve Scott bt Kevin Wood one hole; Rob Paterson bt Duncan Johnstone 5&4; Graeme Clark bt Fraser Murray 6&5; Ian Dickson bt Ivor Highley 6&5; Alex Main bt Chris Sinclair 6&5; Chris Timms halved with Ricky Myles.

Silverknowes 6, Swanston New 2: Allyn Dick bt Ross Fergus 3&2; Craig Scott bt Scott Fergus 3&1; Murray Paterson bt Callum Macintosh 4&3; Kenny Alexander lost to Malcolm Campbell 3&2; Ian Doig bt Kyle Brown 3&2; Chris Milligan bt Callum Russell 5&4; Stevie Garioch bt Anthony Harrison 2&1; Conor McWatt lost to Dougie Melville one hole.

Broomieknowe 6.5, Liberton 1.5: Jamie McIntosh halved with Anthony Blaney; Kenny Smith bt Ian Nielson 3&2; Alan Sim bt Trevor Kelly 2&1; Sean Marc lost to Kieran Cantley 2&1; Willie Henderson bt John Hunter 4&3; Colin Renton bt Scott Finlay 3&2; Niall Webster bt Gary Scott two holes; Scott Reid bt David Liddle 6&4.