We did it! Midlothian are Scottish County Champions 2011! It was a really tense affair. We finished the business against Perth & Kinross this morning by beating them 3.5 – 2.5 in the singles, to clinch the match 6.5 – 2.5. The final match against Dumfrieshire was reduced to six singles only due to the torrential rain and hailstones the day before.
Kate McIntosh had won her match against Jordana Graham but elsewhere things were not going well for most of the afternoon with Dumfrieshire up in 5 of the 6 matches with only a few holes remaining. We only needed one more half point to clinch the title. But Midlothian are made of stern stuff and Wendy Nicholson started her fightback from 5 down to be only 1 down standing on the 18th tee (her comeback including a run of 3 birdies from the 13th). Could we really do it? Memories of Dunfermline came flooding back and Joan Marshall confidently told the captain that Wendy was going to do it. And of course she did with an excellent par on the long par 4 18th and under unbelievable pressure. Karen Marshall, unaware of the situation, except for being told by her captain she needed a half, also came back from three down with 7 holes remaining to seal a second half point on the 18th. What a team!
Despite loosing to Dumfrieshire, this time the points count back went our way as the team had done enough in the previous matches.
Our motto of Yes we can, became Yes we will and then Yes we did!
More to follow and photos after some sleep! Well done girls – a true team effort.