Lothians Golf Association

Great fightback for Lothians in Area Team Championship

The second round matches of the Scottish Area Team Championship were played yesterday and Lothians were on duty against our old enemies Fife at Dunfermline (Pitfirraine) Golf Club.

On a sunny but breazy day the morning foursomes got underway with Allyn Dick (Kingsfield) and Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) leading the way for the Lothians. In the second match we had Scott McCandless (Bathgate) and Craig Davidson (Craigielaw) and taking up the rear we had Thomas Simmonds (Gullane) and Jamie Duguid (Dunbar)

The foursomes were not going our way early on but some rallying by the team had us fairly close at the turn and could have went either way. However, match 1 went down the last and we were pipped by Fife who had a strong team out representing them. Scott and Craig fought bravely but they also seen their efforts thwarted. So we looked to our back end team to at least muster something from their match and it was with some relief that they produced the goods on the 18th green. Foursomes Fife 2 Lothians 1

So off we went in the afternoon, into the six singles matches and it wasn't looking too rosy when all the matches went through the 9th. However, a great effort from the team in these last nine holes, Allyn Dick, 3 down at the turn played some superb golf to turn his match around on the 18th with a 1 up victory. Benn McLeod also managed to edge out his opponent on the 18th for another 1 up victory having lost the 16th with a three putt followed by two birdie successes. In Match 3, Scott McCandless was nip and tuck all the way and he got his nose in front at the 17th and managed to hold off his opponent on the 18th for a 2up victory. Sadly, Craig Davidson was met by some excellent golf from his opponent James White and lost 4&2, it was a similar story for Jamie Duguid who kept play going as long as possible for a 4&3 defeat, so it was all down to the last match.

Knowing that Thomas Simonds was 1 up playing the last we knew that we had a drawn match at minimum. both players put there ball on the green in three at the very long Par 5 18th, Thomas was first to putt and just edged the cup, with his opponent holing his from 5 feet for birdie and a halved match. Singles Fife 2.5 Lothians 3.5


So, its all to play for going into the final matches with Lothians heading to the Torwoodlee Club in the Borders on Sunday, 10 July 2022 Lothians remain in a strong position and have their own destiny in their own hands and a win in the final match will see the team advance to the Finals at Powfoot.


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