Monday, June 14, 2010

It's Edmond v Cruickshank in Aberdeen Links final

Royal Aberdeen Medal winner Barrie Edmond (Bon Accord| continued his progress to the final of this year's Aberdeen Links Championships with a 3 and 2 win over Caley's Lee Morrice in the semi-finals this evening.
In a tight encounter Lee drew first blood with a 30ft putt from off the green for a birdie 2 at the third, followed by a gutsy 15-footer for a half at the fourth.
Edmond came storming back to take holes 7, 8 and 9 with an eagle-par-birdie to be two up at the turn. A poor drive at the 11th let Lee back in but a birdie at 13 and a magnificent three-wood to 10ft at the 15th saw Edmond move to three up with three to play and a par at 16 was good enough to take him into Friday's final.
.The other semi-final was a real ding-dong battle between Caley clubmates Alex Cruickshank and Barrie Reid. The second and third holes were traded to par figures before Cruickshank forged two ahead with pars at 6 and 7.
Reid fought back with a birdie 3 at the eighth and a winning par at the ninth to turn all square. Reid went on up with a 25ft putt for birdie on 13 only for Alex to square it at the 15th.
At 17 Reid put his first ball out of bounds and almost made birdie with his second for a half  but lipped out for Cruickshank to go dormie one. Barry put that mishap behind him to hit a superb tee shot to 18 ft at the last and sank the putt to take the to extra holes.
Alex showed his vast experience to reach another final by winning at the 20th hole.
In the Handicap Shield, Chris Laing of Caley came through in a tense encounter against Cameron Johnstone of Northern. Three up after eight holes, Chris looked on easy street but a great comeback from Cameron saw him square it at 14. Chris then re-grouped to birdie the 15th and three halves were enough to squeeze him through at the last hole.
Lainge will play Matt Smith of Bon-Accord after he beat clubmate Willie Shand 4 and 3. Willie won the opening two holes but was clawed back to all square after five holes. Smith then won the next five holes to take a commanding lead and ended the tie on the 15th green.
The Murray Cup final will be contested by Frank Kennedy (Bon Accord) and John Hosie (Northern). Frank had a comfortable 7 and 6 victory over Northern's John Hay while John was pushed all the way by 14-year- old Mark Rimmer.
Showing tremendous spirit, Mark was three down after 11 but won the 14th,17th and 18th holes where he hit a tremendous tee shot to 25ft and drained the putt to go to extra holes. John kept his nerve to par the first extra hole to progress.
Tonight's semi-final results:
B.Edmond (BA) bt L.Morrice (C) 3 and 2
A.Cruickshank (C) bt B.Reid (C) at 20th
C.Laing (C) (7) bt C.Johnstone (N) (8) one hole.
M.Smith (BA) (6) bt W.Shand (BA) (8) 4 and 3.
F.Kennedy (BA) (11) bt J.Hay (N) (12) 7 and 6
J.Hosie (N) (11) bt M.Rimmer (C) (13) at 19th

5.30pm Chris Laing (C) (7) v Matt Smith (BA) (6)
5.45pm Frank Kennedy (BA) (11) v John Hosie (N) (11)

5.30pm Barrie Edmond (BA) v AlexCruickshank (C)



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