In the most gorgeous weather tonight, Midlothian took to the fairways of Gullane No. 2 in their final practice match before the Inter-County matches. In this encounter, the opponents were the Scottish University Golfing Society (SUGS). The Captain felt she had negotiated the shot situation well – 2 courtesy shots per Midlothian player and half the difference of the combined handicaps – until it turned out that Midlothian had to give away at least 2 shots in every game! However, the girls were up for it and, with six members of the team for the Inter-County matches available to play, Midlothian won by 3.5-1.5; the Captain, who had been called into action at the last minute due to a non-arrival, letting the side down with the only loss of the night. But having said that, to be 5 down after 7 holes, fight back to 1 down after 16 holes and then lose by only 2&1 felt like a victory!

Our thanks go to the SUGS Captain, David McLeary, who journeyed from Oxford to take part in the match, and to the SUGS Secretary, Andrew Thomson, for all the organising. It was a great match, played, as ever, in great spirit and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their games.

The results were:

Rachael Watton & Louise Fraser beat David McLeary & Murray Drummond 3&1
Karen Marshall & Wendy Nicholson beat Don Reekie & Kenny McKay 4&2
Kirsten Blackwood & Gabrielle Macdonald halved with Andrew Thomson & Richard Muckart
Fiona de Vries & Linda Caine beat Tim Edward & Douglas May 3&1
Gillian Simpson & Tracy Laughland lost to Jim Barnet & Iain Currie 2&1