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Return challenge match versus Bruntsfield Short Hole at Bruntsfield - 28th July 2011

The rain had battered down for  much of the day as the 16 intrepid players gathered at the starter's box at Bruntsfield for our annual match over 27 holes. In spite of our victory last year our hosts again gave us 8 strokes as a handicap, due to the specialist nature of the course.

We were told that the previous evening the course had been almost unplayable in places, though that had been due to the sun over the previous few days making the course flint-hard. Going from that to pools of casual water lying around merely adds to the challenges of playing golf in Scotland in the summer months!

The Society quickly started to make use of their handicap to establish leads in 3 of the matches, and although our opponents fought well the match resulted in a win for the Society by 2
- 1. The results of the matches were:-

Pat Denzler and Robin Morris halved with Jimmy Robertson and Gordon Cochrane
Richard Ellis and Douglas Foulis lost to William Wright and David Rintoul
Steven Doyle and David Maguire defeated Stuart Rose and Stuart Thomson
Alastair Chalmers & Eugene Bradley defeated Ian Hislop and Ian Fleming

 

Thus the unusual pattern of victory going to the visitors in our matches at both Bruntsfield and Leith Links continued. Team captains Jimmy Robertson and Alastair Chalmers both commented at the "28th hole" afterwards that golf is always the winner on occasions such as these, though naturally winning is better than losing! In other words we were alerted to the likelihood of our handicaps being a little less next year!

 

Our thanks go to BSH for their hospitality and continued friendship, long may these matches continue.