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Challenge match versus Bruntsfield Short Hole at Bruntsfield - 24th July 2014 - what a difference half-an-inch makes!

The recent great spell of weather saw our annual match start off in warm sunshine, but the Scottish "Haar" started to descend before we reached the safety of our post-match refreshments. What started as a picturesque scene with the mist swirling around Arthur's Seat quickly became a chilly evening as it enveloped the course!

Three of the four matches had finished by this time, BSH were always ahead in the final match with LRGS hanging in there. BSH being dormie 2 up became dormie 1 as LRGS matched their opponents' 2, but with LRGS getting a shot it went down the last. All 4 players were on the green - a rare occurrence it has to be said - 3 missed the chance for a 2 and the final putt by Alastair Chalmers of LRGS came up half-an-inch short dead on line. Unlucky or should he have made sure of at least getting up to the hole?

So that match finished in favour of BSH, meaning the match was tied at 2 games each. The overall score in the series is now 4
- 3 in our favour.

The post-match refreshments and chat was up to the usual standard, our thanks to BSH for another enjoyable evening. The results were -

Richard Ellis and Chester Kruk defeated David Rintoul and Evelyn Watson
Steven Doyle and Jim Maguire defeated Ian Hislop and Stuart Thomson
David Maguire and Jim Scanlon lost to William Wright and Phil Mullery
Alastair Chalmers and Eugene Bradley lost (as described above!) to Paul Middleton and Alan Lockwood


Team captains David Rintoul and  Alastair Chalmers "discussing" who should retain the trophy after the match was drawn.