Summer league: Bruntsfield and Craigmillar Park lead the way
Bruntsfield Links and Craigmillar Park both sit at the top of their respective groups after impressive wins in the latest round of matches in the Clarity Edinburgh Summer League.
or 2014 winners Bruntsfield Links, it was a 7.5-0.5 triumph at home to Baberton, one of their main challengers to finish in pole position in Section B at the end of the round-robin phase.
Former Lothians champion Alan Anderson led the way with a one-hole win over Colin Malone, helped by two 2s at the fifth and 12th.
Immediately behind, Baberton’s Scott Carmichael made three birdies in the first six holes as he secured a share of the spoils against Kevin Cattanach. But, on a night when that was to prove the only highlight for the visitors, both Stuart McLaren and Ross Bryson amassed seven birdies between them in claiming their points for Bruntsfield Links.
“An important win for us against one of our main challengers for the top spot in our league,” admitted team manager Douglas Livingstone.
Craigmillar Park won by the same margin at home to newcomers Craigielaw to sit a point ahead of both Ratho Park and Dalmahoy, 5-3 winners over Swanston New, in Section C.
“The whole team played well on the night and managed to secure a two valuable points with our biggest win of the season,” reported Craigmillar Park’s Ken Utterson.
Craigmillar Park 7.5, Craigielaw 0.5: C Fleming bt G Smail one hole; I Welsh bt S Heggie 2&1; P Logan bt D Nicholson 2&1; B Davies bt G McDonald 5&4; C O’Toole halved with G Dalziel; A Utterson bt A Reoch one hole; J Hall bt M Watt two holes; W Mitchell bt G Sorley 4&2.
Bruntsfield Links 7.5, Baberton 0.5: A Anderson bt C Malone one hole; K Cattanach halved with S Carmichael; K MacKenzie bt D Waugh 3&2; S McLaren bt A Macphail 2&1; J Liddel bt M Riddel 3&2; A Ritchie S Marshall one hole; R Brydon bt D Marshall 6&5; M Kernaghan bt T Cannon 3&2.
Dalmahoy 5, Swanston New 3: R Smith bt S Fergus 6&5; G Johnston bt A Ellis 3&2; C Brown bt D Melville 5&4; S Murray bt A Harrison 3&2; A Mason bt C McArthur 4&2; A Wallace lost to M Hayward 4&3; S Wardell lost to G Millar 4&3; S Lees lost to S Fergus 5&4.