Murrayfield Golf Club was the venue for the annual match between the two Areas. Situated within touching distance of Edinburgh Zoo, strange noises could be heard over the trees in the far corner, but this might have been a golfer missing a putt. The golf was gentler than calls from the jungle with a friendly welcome with coffee and bacon rolls, just the thing after an early start.
The first match was between Paul Johnson and a former Border player, Jamie Morris who has moved his handicap to the Lothians. While still a member of Peebles, he can play in the more competitive arena. In fact, he has just won the Lothians’ Championship. Paul is the Border Champion and this clash of the Giants went to the Lothian’s man.
Simon Fairburn squared the match with a win against Stuart McLaren and David Gillie put the Borders ahead against Kenny Glen. Unfortunately, Colin Riddle found that Dougie Waugh was a putting genius. The tide was turning towards the home team with Derek Martin and Jamie Tinlin going down to Sean McGarvey and Jack McVey. Paul McVie and John Penny halved their matches against Ross Brydon and Rick Moffat. Ross is a student at Stirling University and has been to America to sharpen up his golf. This match produced the shot of the day. Paul, one down, playing the last, a par 5 with a wicked sloping fairway. A tremendous drive put Paul out of sight in a dip so we waited at the green for his ball to appear; which it did with a flourish. Pitching 6 feet from the hole, the ball grabbed and eased past the hole to 8 feet waiting for an eagle putt. This was not needed as Ross failed to get up and down. There were tight matches between Ewan Gunter and Craig Deerness
John’s match went the other way, John away right, and Sean through the green. John had the harder shot and was unable to get his ball close. Sean chipped up and the ball run and run to cosied up near the flag for a gimmie. John had a putt to win the match but had to accept a half.
The players enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse and we must thank the Lothians for their hospitality and we look forward to next year’s fixture in the Borders.