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Hickory Open 2015


 "For a memorable golfing experience using traditional hickory clubs, come to Leith Links and play on the very turf where golf's earliest rules were written"

The weather forecast was for torrential rain in the morning that would clear by 11am and get better as the day wore on. We awoke to the truth of the first of those predictions, so the decision was taken to postpone the start by 2 hours. Unfortunately, this meant that 3 of the 16 teams had to withdraw. The remainder of the predictions were also true, so the finals were played in warm, sunny weather. Just Scotland in July!

Munro Heating were looking to complete a hat-trick of wins, could anyone step forward to do this? They started off on the right foot by qualifying for the final with the excellent score of 40 for 10 holes, where they took on previous winners, Network Cooling (41), a repeat of the 2014 final.

The Handicap final for the Philip Knowles trophy saw the winners from the Foulis Medal on Friday evening - going under the name today of Brothers in Arms - lead the qualifying with a gross 42, net 34. They were joined in the final by previous runners-up ALandAL with a score of 43, net 37, but only after a count back with Musselburgh Old and Royal (42 less 5).

Network Cooling (Steven Doyle and David Kerr) snatched an early lead at the 2nd from Paul Middleton and Clark Munro, but by the turn the match was level, it was turning out to be as close a contest as predicted. Steven and David regained the lead on the second time round, but Paul and Clark levelled once again at the final hole.

The first 2 extra holes were halved in 4, David finally clinching the trophy at the 3rd, denying Munro Heating their hat-trick, by holing a left to right breaking 3 footer for a 4, "he read it well" quoted a delighted and relieved Stevie!


In the handicap final, it was the youngsters (Brian and Stephen Anderson) versus the "not so youngsters" (Alex Fleming and Alastair Chalmers). Could the young ones' power see off the experience of ALandAL? It didn't look like it at first as they were 2 down standing on the 3rd tee, but they gradually clawed their way back into the game and it reached the final hole all square. On the green, ALandAL had an almost conceded putt for their birdie 3 with Stephen facing a 9 foot putt to match their opponents. He bravely holed to take the match also to extra holes, with his opponents congratulating him on his putt, albeit through gritted teeth!

The first was halved, the "auld yins" messed up the 2nd to hand a second victory of the week to Brian and Stephen.


The trophies were presented to the winners by Leith Councillor Adam McVey. 

So ended another excellent week of hickory golf at Leith Links, we were delighted at the level of participation and we look forward to building on that in 2016.


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