Walker Cup 2018

18 August 2018, Meadows

This AC competition is open to players with handicaps of 10 and over and the format chosen was a three round Swiss of 18-point games. The games had a time limit of 2 hours 15 minutes plus 3 minutes per bisque. Standard handicap rules applied.

Hamish Duguid was the winner of the 2018 Walker Cup, having won all three of his games.   The six players were Brian Cosford, Jamieson Walker, Kevin Russell, Rachel Frith, Hamish Duguid and Jola Jurasinska. All games went to the peg and in round one the winners were Hamish, Jola and Jamieson. In round two Hamish, Brian and Jola won their matches so that Jola and Hamish each had two wins. In the final round Hamish convincingly beat Jola 18-6. Congratulations to Hamish on his victory.

Brian Cosford

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Edinburgh Tournament 2018 - Day 7

Day 7 brought a sunny morning, cloud in the afternoon but mercifully none of the rain that was forecast earlier in the week.

The morning events were the finals of the Open singles and the Handicap singles, Events 1, 6X and 6Y. The Open singles, between Jane Morrison and Alastair Burn-Murdoch, got off to a slow start (perhaps because Jane’s mind was on her big winnings at Musselburgh races the day before). She eventually got her first ball round to 4b and set a leave which relied on distance rather than position. However, Alastair hit in and got his own first ball to 4b. Jane missed the lift shot and Alastair eventually got position on 4b with his other ball on peg, only to blob 4b and give Jane a fighting chance. She got round to peg from hoop 3 in one turn and pegged out Alastair’s ball. There then followed some tense cat and mouse positioning with the score equal. Time was called in Jane’s turn, much to her surprise - she had no idea they were that far on. Alastair hit a long roquet from corner 2 to half way down the west border and was able to score one more hoop in the final turn, winning 23-22.

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Edinburgh Midweek Tournament 2018

15 August 2018, Lauriston Castle

The Edinburgh Midweek Tournament for players whose handicaps have never been below 16 was played on 15 August at Lauriston Castle.  There were four entrants and the format was all-play-all in 18-point games.  The results were two wins each for Kathy Brown, Robert Harvey and Stefan Colling and none for Halcyon Byers who lost narrowly to each of the others.  On net points difference Kathy Brown won and got her handicap down to 16 in the process.

Allan Hawke

Edinburgh Tournament 2018 - Day 6

A wet start today but the rain disappeared by 10.00 and the wind didn’t seem quite as cold - or perhaps we are just getting used to it. A mixed bag of finals and semi-finals in AC was played on lawns 1 and 2 while the golf croquet event took place on lawns 3 and 4.

First up were Kevin Wright and Hamish Duguid in the play-off for block winner in Event 3. A close match was finally won by Hamish getting the golden hoop after time was called and Kevin had missed a roquet by the narrowest of margins. The 17-16 result means that Hamish will play George Plant in Saturday’s final.

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