"For a memorable golfing experience using traditional hickory clubs,
come to Leith Links and play on the very turf where golf's earliest rules
What a change weather-wise from 2012, when not a shot could be hit! This
year, the sun blazed down on us from a cloudless sky, though the wind increased
during the day, giving hope to the early qualifiers sitting in the
clubhouse thinking of what "might have been".
It was clear that the wind was
affecting scores as they were generally higher than in 2011 when the
event was last held.
The qualifiers for The Open final were Munro Heating (43) and Binivell
(44) and for the Handicap final were Foulis to the Fore! (net 36) and
Liberton (net 39).
Both finals were hard-fought and were all square after the first 5
In the Open match from the 6th, Munro Heating scored birdie, birdie, par
to see off their worthy opponents 3&2.
In the handicap final, Liberton edged out Foulis to the Fore! by 2&1.
The trophies were presented to the winners by
Ron Munn, ex-Councillor for Leith and a strong supporter of our Statue
So ended another excellent week of hickory golf at Leith Links; we all
look forward to next year, what will the weather be - fair or foul?
All good runs come to an end; the previous 5 years had seen Steven Doyle win the Open, but this year
he missed out on the final. Nevertheless, a fantastic series of triumphs
for a great supporter and hard worker for the Society. He did, though,
play the single most important
role of the week - as head greenkeeper.
He started to cut the greens a few weeks before the events and in the
was rarely away from the Links. The result was the best greens
we have ever had, though his efforts linked with the very dry weather
meant that they were extremely fast and tricky.
So, a special "thank you" to Steven for all his efforts.