“Sunny Dunny” lived up to its name and after practise rounds in glorious sunshine on Sunday the four County teams met this morning in the sunshine for the first day of the formal matches.
First match out were East Lothian v Stirling and Clackmannan.
Joanne Free and Lesley Atikins led the way almost securing the first point at the 15th but an awkward bunker shot determined otherwise but there was a shaking of the hands at the 16th and the first point on the board.
In the last game Jill McNicoll and Alyssa Balding were nip and tuck in a tight match with Laura Bisset and Alison Davidson which ended in a win for S & C at the 17th.
All attention now focused on the middle game with the two newcomers to the team, Kay Lannin and Annabel Hosie nudging ahead at the 17th. A raking putt from Annabel on the 18th secured the win.
East Lothian went into lunch one point ahead.
The afternoon games opened with Joanne Free against old rival Louise Macgregor. Joanne trailed 2 down through 11 and an uncharactaristic wild drive at 13 left her on the edge of the 14th fairway. In a Houdini moment she flew her 2nd shot blind over the 14th tee onto the green. Still trailing she changed gear at the 15th driving past the pin and sinking her putt for a brilliant eagle followed by a par, par, birdie finish for a 1 up win.
Pam Hall struggled against a big hitting Jennie Allan into a strong east wind compounded with an unlucky bunker experience at the 11th meant she was up against it. It was easier to compete with the wind behind her on the way back but the gap was too big and she ran out of holes.
In the last 2 games a slightly wayward Alyssa Balding quickly went 3 down and while she cut that to 1, the holes slipped away from her again. Meanwhile Kay Lannin playing some lovely golf found herself up against an in form Alison Davidson and her game ended early too.
All interest now centred on the middle games. The respective captains raced ahead to the 18th unsure whether Dawn Young and Fiona Wait were putting out for a win or a half. Both parred the hole for a halved match.
The game between Jill Mc Nicoll and Alison Goodwin had been swinging back and forward all the way round. Jill was one up and unaware of the result of the matches ahead of her. Pars from both players secured the much needed win for East Lothian and a tied match overall after day 1.
The Midlothian v Fife Matches were close in the morning foursomes till the turn when the matches started to swing Midlothian’s way. Fife held on to claim a half point at lunchtime. Up against it from the start of the singles they secured two wins in their 6.5-2.5 defeat by the current champions.
Plenty to play for tomorrow.
Full results below