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Mortonhall GC played Haggs Castle GC in the 15th Inter Cities Cup Final. The 9 singles event was played over Pollok GC in Glasgow.

This was Mortonhall's second appearance in the last 3 years having defeated Cawder in the 13th cup final at Balmore just under 2 years ago. 

Mortonhall took an early 2-0 lead as Greg Nicolson and Alex Main won the top 2 ties 5/4 and 2/1 respectively.

Matches 3,4 and 5 were very tight with all going down the 18th. Haggs Castle won all 3 to take a 3-2 lead. In game 6 Bill Buchan won 4/2 and in game 9 Craig Terry secured a 6/4 victory - Mortonhall edging 4-3 ahead.  Games 7 and 8 were the only 2 games remaining out on the course. In match 8 Graham Clarke birdied the 15th and 16th holes to win 3/2 and secure the cup for Mortonhall. Shortly after Andy Hogg, in game 7, holed a superb 30ft putt for a birdie 2, to win his match 2/1. These last 2 victories turned a very close match into a clear 6-3 victory for Mortonhall who secured their 2nd Inter Cities cup win in 3 years. 

Many congratulations to Mortonhall who have completed a succesful 2019 season. 

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The Edinburgh Golf League Final took place at  Royal Burgess on Sunday 15th September. The morning started with the weather being overcast and very Autumnal with a cold westerly wind. The course was in excellent condition with the greens coming in for special praise by the players. 

The two teams:  Broomieknowe last won this trophy in 1990 whilst Mortonhall were last champions in 2017.  

This was a very close match with 5 of the 9 matches going down the 18th hole.  
Broomieknowe managed to take an early lead winning the first 2 matches before Mortonhall  pulled this back in the next 2 matches. By the end of Match 5 Broomieknowe had a slender 3-2 advantage. Then the match really came alight. With the weather having transformed from the Autumnal overcast day to a bright sunny and almost warm afternoon, the next four games went to the 18th hole. 
By the time match 8 had completed the match was tied 4-4.  The deciding match, number 9 ,was a contest between the two Captains Alan Sim of Broomieknowe and Ian Dickson of Mortonhall.   
Alan had a 1 hole advantage going down the 17th but a good up and down at 17 by Ian pulled the match to all square. The 18th hole by now had a good crowd swelled by the those players who had finished. Both players hit their tee shots.  Alan had pulled up short into the wind and Ian was left of the green but pin high. 
Alan played first but the ball came up about 12ft short of the flag stick. Ian then played an excellent chip shot which ran up  and close enough to the hole to be conceded.  Alan weighed up and hit his putt but unfortunately did not manage to hole it for the half required to take the match to the 19th hole.  Ian had won the match 1 up and Mortonhall the Title with a 5-4 win. 
This really was a cracking match between the two sides and went right down the last match and last hole. Both teams had contributed to a great game.  
Commiserations to Broomieknowe and Congratulations to Mortonhall who will now go on to represent Edinburgh in the Inter Cities Cup which will be held at one of the Glasgow courses, venue to be notified.  
 

Photo left - Gordon McSorley presenting the trophy to winning captain Ian Dickson (Mortonhall).  click to zoom

Photo right - Mortonhall team photo with the cup. click to zoom

 

 

Many Congratulations to Mortonhall who beat Duddingston 6-3 at West Linton and Broomieknowe who overcame Turnhouse 5-4 at Duddingston. Commmiserations to both losing semi-finalists. Both matches were played in glorious weather and tightly contested. The Broomieknowe - Turnhouse result was won with  game 8 going down the last with Alan Sim victorious and winning 1 up. 

 

The final Broomieknowe V Mortonhall will be held at Royal Burgess on 15th Septemeber with tee off times starting at 12 noon.  Roaming referee will be Derek Reilly. We can only hope for the same weather for the final! 

 

In the MVP position, Allan Reoch from Craigielaw has been overtaken at the end by Jack McVey from Turnhouse with a good personal win in the  Semi-final to clinch the title and cannot be caught.  Congratulations to Jack on being the  2019 MVP. 

Jamie McIntosh from Broomieknowe can move to joint second with a win in the final.   This has been a great season for these guys and well done.

 

Top 10 as at end of semi-final stage. 

 

Position Player Club Points
       
1 Jack McVey Turnhouse 35
2 Allan Reoch Craigielaw 34
3 Jaimie McIntosh Broomieknowe 32
4 Gus Santana Duddingston 31.25
4 Stuart McLaren Bruntsfield Links 31.25
6 Craig Davidson Craigielaw 30
7 Alistair Shanks Glencorse 29.25
8 Stuart Knox Duddingston 28
9 Lloyd Dunlop Murrayfield 26
10 Alan Sim Broomieknowe 25

 

 

 

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