News and Announcements
This year the Cup Final, scheduled for Sunday 24 March, will take place at Dunbar. The club are proud to host the event in their first year back in the League after several seasons away. Dunbar sadly exited the competition at the hands of last season’s beaten finalists Royal Musselburgh, but that disappointment has given way to a sense of pride that the course will be used to stage the League’s showpiece event. The match will start at 12.30 on the 24th.
And this season features a Play-Off for the final place in Div 1 next year. It will be contested between the team that finishes second in Div 2 and the team that finishes 3rd bottom of Div 1. The Play-Off is set to take place over the Glen at 10.00 on Sunday 17th March.
Craigielaw will face Royal Musselburgh in Sunday’s Cup final at Monktonhall.
’Law are defending champions and will try to achieve a fitting end to a successful Winter season, by adding the defence of their Cup to the League title which they secured last month. For Royal the final has different connotations, as it would be a nice end to a difficult season which saw them relegated from the 1st Division after a drawn out battle with Musselburgh and Haddington in the race to survive.
Craigielaw have only lost one match all season, but that came at Monktonhall.
So the stage is set for the final. The teams meet each other at 10.30 on Sunday, and there are sure to be some fireworks..
In the Cup Craigielaw were the visitors at Gifford, and proved a little too strong for their opponents. Kenny Glen & Mark Hays had to go the distance at the top of the order, and Guy Dalziel & Dave Nicholson were taken to the 17th, but both visiting pairs secured their wins. There was brief respite for the hosts when Blair Shearer and Gavin Kynoch recorded a last green win for Gifford, but by that time the visitors had claimed the final two ties as well – both on the 15th green.
The win means Craigielaw progress to a home quarter final against Haddington. That match won’t take place until March though, by which time Craigielaw will be firmly focussed on retaining the Cup they won in March of this year.
The Winter League swings back into action this Sunday, at 9.07. The new season gets underway when Gullane are the visitors at Musselburgh. Then defending champions Tantallon are in action at home to local rivals North Berwick, before Longniddry host Glen, Gifford travel to Thorntree, and KIlspindie make the journey to Musselburgh Links to play Mosselburgh Old.
It’s all to play for in an action-packed weekend, when old rivalries will be rekindled and a few new ones started. Best of luck to all when the matches get underway !!
North Berwick capped a successful season, in which they already won promotion to the 1st Division, by beating the Div 1 champions, and near neighbours, Tantallon 3-2 in the semi-final of the Cup. And in fact the close scoreline did more to flatter the Div 1 champions than it did the apparent outsiders. At the top of the order Chris Wood and Mike Gray were approximately 4 under in seeing off Fraser Symon and Duncan Forbes. And there was a similar story in the 3rd tie, where Andy Hall holed out solidly throughout the match to also secure victory on the 15th green. Then Craig Hardie delivered the Coup de Grace when his beautifully struck approach to the 16th green finished no more that four feet from the hole, setting up a birdie opportunity which Horry Lawson duly converted for a 3/2 win. Tantallon did manage to salvage the scraps from the remaining two ties, but it proved to be too little, too late.
So North Berwick go into their fifth Cup Final in the 10-year history of this event, still looking for their fist win. Their opponents will be the winners of Royal Musselburgh vs Craigielaw.