What another fantastic evening’s golf by the semi- finalists.
At this stage in proceedings all twelve players across the three classes would have one eye on the Final and there was no shortage of skill, drama, and hard luck stories.
Kicking off the evening were the C Class Championship semi-finalists Willie Cruickshanks and Stephen Burns – a right old Edinburgh Derby between Hearts and Hibs with these diehards!
It was Stephen who took the lead early on with a brilliant tee shot to eight feet at the third and he quickly increased momentum to go 2up crossing the bridge.
Both players played to a high standard around the loop, but Willie got back into the game winning nine and ten to square the game. His momentum carried into holes eleven and twelve and he turned the game on its head going 2 up.
Stephen hit back winning thirteen and his par 3 form continued with a superb tee shot to three feet at 15, holing for birdie taking the game to all square.
Stephen won sixteen, Willie won seventeen and it was all square down the last.
Stephen took the spoils on the last hole (well done fellow Hibby!) to book his place in tomorrow’s final and a huge congratulations to Willie for a brilliant week’s golf, leading qualifier last weekend in both rounds and some big wins in the earlier games …not a bad effort for a Jambo!
The second semi-final saw Rob Smart take on Ian Wightman and it was Ian who took an early lead at the first but after two brilliant tee shots at the third it was Rob who holed for birdie to level the game.
That gave Rob a boost and he won four and six to go 2up, Ian fought back winning eight and Rob responded winning nine to give him a two hole lead at the turn.
The next few holes were halved but Ian won the 13th to reduce the deficit to one.
Rob responded with a fine tee shot at 15 to restore his two-hole advantage.
Ian had a brilliant birdie at 16 but that wasn’t enough as he found bunker trouble at 17 and Rob took advantage to reach Tomorrow’s Final winning 2&1 in a closely contested game.
Well done Rob and bad luck to Ian – great week’s golf from both.
First game up in the B Class semi-final was between John Kerr and Alan Thomson and it was a real topsy- turvy affair.
John quickly got early momentum going by winning two out of the first three holes. Alan steadied the game and got it back to 1 down after nine and had a great start to the back nine by winning at the 10th and 11th to take the lead for the first time in the game.
John hit back winning at the 13th and two great shots by John at fourteen for par put him back in front.
Alan responded with a birdie at fifteen to level at it stayed that way to the end of the match.
Sudden death was required in this keenly contested game and it was John who booked his place in the Final with a par 4 at the first. A very close game played in great spirit and congratulations to John for another big win and hard lines to Alan for a great effort this week.
Well played both.
The second semi-final saw Allan Maxwell take on Aaron Smith … experience versus youth in this match. Could the very solid golf of Allan cope with the big hitting youngster?
Allan landed an early blow winning the first but Aaron replied at three to level. Allan took the lead again at the 4th and had a terrific run at the top end of the course with par golf going out in a handy 37 and reaching the turn 5up. Aaron’s putter deserted him and he struggled to keep his opponent at bay.
Aaron won the 11th in par to reduce the deficit but a poor 12th hole and a short tee shot on thirteen ruined his chances of a comeback.
Allan continued his strong performances this week with another big win and fully deserves his place in the final tomorrow against John.
…and to the A Class Championship semi’s
First game saw Chris Curran take on Scott O’Hagan. Both players had contrasting games in the quarter finals. Chris had all the drama of a sudden death win against Craig Galloway whilst Scott did all his best work in the first nine holes against Willie Saunders and his match was just that little more comfortable.
It wasn’t long before Chris notched his first birdie with a nice two at the 3rd. Not to be outdone big hitting Scott made light work of 4 and hit back with a birdie of his own. All square.
Chris took the 8th in par to go 1 up but again Scott at the long hole 9th birdied to level the game at the turn.
Scott was in trouble at the 11th but it didn’t matter as Chris landed a brilliant EagIe three to take the lead.
A great reply from Scott at twelve with a birdie three and a good enough par at thirteen put him in the lead for the first time.
Down the stretch Chris levelled at sixteen , both shared a par at 17 and with the game all square down 18 Chris must have been thinking another night of extra time drama but a bunkered approach shot by Scott gave Chris the opportunity to win with a straightforward par.
Fantastic golf from both players, Chris will know he has had to work hard to reach the final this week and well done Scott for a fantastic week and a brilliant effort on the night.
The last of the action saw two great Harburn golfers compete for their place in the final.
Sid Curran and Nick Henderson.
Sid took an early lead at the second hole, both players hit birdie 4’s at four before Sid increased his lead at the fifth. Nick got one back at the sixth and with both players in tree trouble on the left off the tee at seven it would take something special to conjure a win. Sid played a great shot to hit the green and saved par to go 2 up in the game.
Honours were even to the twelfth where not for the first time this week Sid drove the green and with Nick bunkered he took full advantage to secure a birdie, just missing for eagle, and take a healthy three hole lead at that stage in the match.
Nick to his credit bounced back at the 14th with a tremendous birdie 3 to reduce the deficit to 2 down. Sid won fifteen to go 3 up again and a par at sixteen was enough to see off Nick and book his place against his nephew Chris in an all family Final.
Well done both players for some great play this week, Congratulations to Sid on reaching another Championship final and bad luck to Nick who has played some brilliant golf this week.
Round up of this week’s Women’s Results
Sheila McEwan managed to keep her semi-final match against current Ladies Champion Jennifer Bryans going till the 16th where Jennifer finally won through. Dorothy Wilson and Aileen Kennedy had a good game going and though Dorothy was 2 down after 9 it was still a tight match. However, a couple of wayward shots by Dorothy later proved her down fall and Aileen will now go on to play Jennifer in the final.
Ladies Semi Final Handicap Trophy Results
Hazel Deerness and Meg Laidler both got off to a flying start in their semi-final match with both players sinking long putts on the first to half the hole. It was nip and tuck round to the 5th then Meg won both 6th and 7th to go 2 up. Hazel won 10 and 11 to draw level and it was still all square after 14 when, in Hazel’s own words, they both faffed about at the 15th which Hazel eventually won to go one up. Hazel then piled the pressure on by winning the 16th too. Hazel didn’t hit her best tee shot at 17 but Meg’s drive found the bunker. Hazel kept her nerve and managed to half the hole and win the match.
The other semi-final was between Cynthia Tuckerman and Kimberley Campbell. Cynthia played very steady and was 2 up after 9. She continued to play well at the turn whilst a few wayward shots from Kimberley saw her 4 down after the 14th. Never one to give up, Kimberley fought back to win 15 and 16. The 17th saw Cynthia comfortably on the green in two whilst Kimberley found herself behind a tree at the left-hand side of the green and didn’t have a chain saw handy! Suffice to say their match also finished on the 17th.
The Championship and Handicap Trophy finals will be underway as we speak so if you would like to show your support, head on up to the club right now! Tee off 16.02 and 16.10.
Spectators are more than welcome.
Jennifer Bryans v Aileen Kennedy
Cynthia Tuckerman v Hazel Deerness
Good luck, girls.
Finally, congratulations to all players for their performances in the semi- finals and well done for reaching this stage and good luck to all the finalists.