Our annual match against the Scottish Universities Golfing Association (SUGS) was held on Friday 27th down at Gullane No. 2. SUGS was formed in 1906 and our annual match, which started in 1930, is the longest standing match for both Associations.
Both Associations field 8 players for the foursomes matchplay with the Midlothian Team, all 2022 squad members this year. All players played from the yellow tees with 6 additional shots being allocated to us to even up play from the yellow tees. However, this resulted in 5 strokes received in the first match but 4, 5 and 7 shots given in the remaining matches respectively! Needless to say, it was an uphill battle in very challenging conditions as the wind was blowing so hard, it was really interfering with the standard of golf and brains! 💨💨💨
While this tends to be a sociable match, as with many matches, once players tee off, the focus is on seeking the point for a team win. The Midlothian Team played great golf but were up against some of the seasoned Gullane players who were dropping putts from all over the place, resulting in a 4-0 loss for the Team.
In 2018 Midlothian won the trophy out right 3-1. In 2019 we retained it with the halved match and last year, following a gap in 2020 due to COVID-19, we won 3-1 again. It seemed only fair to let SUGS have the trophy back for a year 😉.
After all the matches finished we all headed back to the warmth and calm of the beautiful newly refurbished Clubhouse for some refreshments and sandwiches!
Grateful thanks to Andrew Thomson for arranging the SUGS team and tee times and we look forward to another sociable match next year. Well done SUGS Team, you played super golf!
The match results were as follows:
Hilary Laughland (Mortonhall) & Caroline Steedman (Murrayfield) v Andy Pendry & Joe Dilks, SUGS win 3/1
Karen Ferguson Snedden (Mortonhall) & Fiona Wait (Deer Park) v Andrew Thomsons & David Anderson, SUGS win 3/2
Karen Marshall (Baberton) & Anne Hanson (Turnhouse) v Kent McKay & Nigel Watt, SUGS win 4/3
Grace Cannon (Prestonfield) & Wendy Nicholson (Baberton) v Richard Muckart & Tim Edwards, SUGS won 5/4