Prestonfield Golf Club Team Manager, Duncan “the alchemist” Johnson, continued his ruthless search for an away win as he axed himself and JJ O’Neill for the short trip up the hill to Craigmillar Park Golf Club.

A beautiful day gave way to a darkening evening as rain threatened to spoil the fun.

Arran McHardy took the game to the visitors from the first tee as he unleashed a smooth draw with his driver that sought the blind green. 16 holes later and -6 he shook hands with 16 year old Conor, a superb player of the present and a talent for the future. Past Craigmillar Park club champion Paul hogan would get a point on the board for the hosts first though spoiling Scott Summers return to his old club. The smiling assassin, proving putters win matches, as he relentlessly holed out against Scott.

Greenkeeper Grant Moran showed his love of the short grass as he pitched and putted his way to a fine victory on 16. In a match that had a few tense turning points which the proved pivotal for the Prestonfield man.

Neil McGregor continued his 100% record and MVP status with another struggle back from a losing position. Playing the course for the first time Neil nicked the point for Prestonfield at the 17th.

Euan Robertson had been waiting by the phone for 23 years when suddenly a sensational 72 saw the antique ring. “Hello, it’s the alchemist!”

 

Euan answered the call in some style. A smooth and strong performance saw another point on the board for Prestonfield and with that a firm grip on the match, potentially producing a Prestonfield win.

 

Liam lucked in when pitched against 9 handicapper Kenny Hastie. New to the team and keen to help out the former footballer “could only bogey when Liam parred, and par when he birdied”, the points were secure.

Kenny Campbell had been hitting the ball beautifully all the way round until the crowd disappeared for their tea.

With the onset of the cold, loneliness came with the sunset as a winning position disappeared in the dark.

Scott Johnson closed out the evening with a fine half with another of CPGC’s rising stars, Mark Brooks. Mark along Sam and Conor are the junior section that may well represent Scotland soon and all three handled themselves with distinction.

CPGC 2.5 – 5.5 PGC