Monday, May 24, 2010

Edinburgh Evening News Dispatch Trophy report

Harrison in a Stew as former pupils hand out lesson

Harrison, title-winners three times and beaten finalist on two other occasions in the last 20 years, have failed to make it to the last 16 for the fourth year in a row in the Evening News Dispatch Trophy, being staged at the Braids in association with Edinburgh Leisure.
On an opening weekend when sunburn proved as much of a threat as the gorse bushes that line the fairways on the picturesque Capital course, Harrison's recent dismal run in the event continued as they lost 6 and 5 to Stewart's-Melville in the second round.
Represented by the same side that reached the final in 2005, the school FP side finished five up at the front and one up at the back to set up a tasty clash tomorrow night with Watsonians, who squeezed through by one against Hailes C.
Kevin Cattanach and Alan Anderson, the top Stew-Mel couple, struck a crucial early blow against Mike Robson and Scott Knowles when they holed from ten feet at the seventh and then watched their opponents miss from less than half that distance.
Anderson also holed a ten-footer for an important half at the 11th to keep his side two up before winning the next two while, behind, Ally Ritchie and Dave Donaldson did enough early on to prevent a back-nine fightback from Andy Laurence and Graeme Millar turning the tie around."It was always going to be a tough game as Harrison are a good team and I was surprised it ended before the 18th as I honestly thought it would go all the way," said Cattanach.
As Laurence was making his exit from this year's event, the three players he won the trophy with in 2005 for Riccarton were helping the Baberton club win a close second-round encounter with Scottish Life. On this occasion, Stephen Marshall, Ian Gourlay and Grant McCall have Dougie Waugh as their fourth team member and the top couple of Marshall and Gourlay finished 3-3-3 in helping secure a 2 and 1 success after Scottish Life had fought back from being five down overall at the turn.
Carrickvale, bidding to win the event for the fourth year in a row, came through two tricky tests, beating 2003 winners Rhodes 5 and 4 on Saturday before claiming a 4 and 3 success over Braids United, who'd pulled off the first shock in the 111th staging of the event as they beat Lothian & Borders Police, last year's runners-up, in the first round.
Seven up over the double foursome at one point in that one, the Braids United boys "tightened up as our opponents powered up" but held on thanks to Sandy Myles holing from five feet for a half at the last.
Carrickvale's top pairing, David Ewen and Allyn Dick, were two under and three up after five before Andrew Goodwin pitched in for an eagle-2 at the seventh and, overall, Braids United gave an excellent account of themselves.
Next up for Carrickvale are Temple Seniors, who, in Ian Fraser, have one player who probably didn't mind the hot conditions in the slightest. He's just back from a seven-week stint in Florida, during which he played in the TPC Sawgrass Pro-Am with Duddingston clubmates Steve Gilhooley and Gavin Clark as well as Braid Hills pro Paul McKechnie.
Temple's top team, comprising of Keith Millar, Stuart Smith, Gus Santana and John Shepherd this year, are also through to the last 16, where they take on Heriot's, who are bringing in Dougie Livingstone to replace stalwart John Archibald due to him being unavailable.
In addition to posting the biggest win of the weekend, Silverknowes also produced some of the best golf as they launched their bid to regain the trophy with a 15 and 13 success against Morningside, who must have felt as though they'd been hit by a runaway train.
Tam Caldwell and Graham Robertson had four birdies up front for Silverknowes, while Keith Reilly and newcomer Paul Ross went one better at the back for the three-times winners.
They now take on Longniddry 918, whose back couple crucially won the 17th and 18th in beating Aegon, while BBT face Thistle Thursday in the other tie in the top quarter of the draw.
BBT's Steven Armstrong and Olly McCrone recovered from being two down after seven to finish three up in their match, while Thistle Thursday's quartet of Brian Smith, Ross Topping, Jason Coughlan and Stuart MacRae earned some bragging rights as they beat some lower handicap clubmates in the guise of Edinburgh Thistle Old Pretenders.
Helped by three successive 3s from the 13th from Mark Timmins and John Liddle, FORE progressed past Portobello to set up a clash with RICS, who holed decisive six-foot birdie putts at the 16th in both matches in beating Harrison B.
Cramond proved too strong for a British Rugby Club of Paris side that once again included Gavin Hastings and they now face Lochend, who have three Duddingston members in their team, the odd one out being James Tetlow



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