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Challenge match versus Bruntsfield Short Hole at Bruntsfield - 26th July 2012 - "Some golf at last!"

It's not often we have started a 2012 report with "the sun shone", but it nearly did for our annual match at Bruntsfield Links.

The teams congregated beside the starter's hut and the rules were outlined. This year we were getting 7 shots over 27 holes, this sounds a lot but with the skills of the Bruntsfield players it can go very quickly.

Unfortunately Bruntsfield were a man short so Ian Hislop had to take on Lionel Freedman and Robin Morris on his own. A difficult task, however Ian just rolled up his sleeves and got on with the job.

There was a Captains match with Gordon Cochrane and his brother Stuart taking on Brian Graham and David Maguire.


The ground in some areas was very wet and three holes had been completely closed as you would have needed wellies to play them. The grass had been recently cut from the eight inches it had been during the worst of the weather but was still longer than normal making approach play very difficult. Hopefully the damage to the course will be sorted very soon.

The match as always was played in the usual good spirit and whilst everyone was very competitive and trying to win their match, laughter could be heard on occasion but on the whole it was game faces on.

The results were:-
Ian Hislop (partner-less) lost to Lionel Freedman and Robin Morris 6 and 4
Gordon and Stuart Cochrane lost to Brian Graham and David Maguire 7 and 5
David Rintoul and Stuart Rose beat Douglas Foulis and Richard Ellis by 1 hole
Stewart Thomson and William Wright halved with Jim Maguire and Eugene Bradley

After the match we reported to golf HQ - this year the Golf Tavern adjoining the Links - for refreshments and food which was gratefully received by all.

This year a trophy was introduced for the competition for the first time. The Philip Knowles Challenge Club was presented to Robin Morris of LRGS by Douglas Foulis.

Another great night; many thanks to Gordon and his team for a good match. See you next year.