Sunday 18/02/2018

Two superb matches resulted in wonderful wins for both the Juniors and the Gents.

Mollaidh Nicholson and Freya Constable complemented each other superbly for an emphatic victory, while Aaron Gillon and Sean Gallacher had a much tighter tussle but still managed to get it over the line in a fine contest.

In the four gents matches there was little between the teams with two going down to the last putt on 18.

Team manager Duncan Johnston mixed it up again with Arran McHardy & JJ O’Neill going out first. After a superb wedge from Arran, putting it to 7 feet at the 12th, saw them go one up, they pushed the foot to the floor to close the game out on 17 a creditable bogey free card saw 3 birdies in a polished performance.

The 12th looked like a pivotal hole when Duddingston sealed a birdie to go one up against Johnston & Johnston. However Duncan hit a delightful chip into the hole at 14 from the scraggy greenside edge and holed an uphill left to right putt at 17 after a sublime shot from Dad, Scott, to put the hosts 2-0 to the good.

Duddingston could still win the league with a draw and the matches behind were both very tight.

Ivor Highley and Liam McLaughlan were 1 down as they made their way to the 18th tee. As they headed down 18, murmurs from the crowd let both sides know the script. Both teams chipped well and with Duddingston putting first, Prestonfield would know their fate. As the ball horseshoed out, Ivor prepared for his putt, perfectly poised. Cleaning his putter three times, to ensure the perfect connection, he pulled the putter back and accelerated through the ball, but could do nothing as the temporary green took its toll and the ball lipped out.

2-1 the score, on helicopter Sunday and it would all go down to the last match.

Donald Swinley and Ricky Myles representing Prestonfield now knew, what they had to do, to give the club the chance to retain the winter league trophy.

Both teams elected to play the chip shot across the green, from the left hand side, rather than down the green from the front. Again Duddingston would be first to putt, enabling them to put the pressure on Donald should they hole it. Alas they didn’t, Donald did and Prestonfield ran out 3-1 winners.

Now all eyes turned to the match at Craigmillar Park where the hosts were entertaining league leaders, Liberton. As the match teed off later, to accommodate the Sky cameras and TV schedules, there would be a few more hours of anxious anticipation awaiting word of how the league would be decided.

Liberton won 3-1 with another superb away performance and were duly crowned champions.

Unbeaten in matches played, Prestonfield Gents can now look forward to the Mother’s Day carvery on March 11th as they slowly warm up for  the summer league with three away games to prepare for in May against Murrayfield (1st), Royal Burgess (8th) and Craigmillar Park (15th) .