Thursday 25 November 2010

Murrayfield are the Mail on Sunday Champions

Murrayfield Ladies  - The 2010 Mail on Sunday Classic Winners - Click to enlarge
Murrayfield Ladies have won the Mail on Sunday Classic!
Murrayfield beat Beau Desert (Staffordshire) 3 1/2-1 1/2 in the final - the 11th round of the national inter-club competition - at El Rompido, Huelva on Spain's Costa del Sol.
Scotland's other qualifiers for the last four - Skelmorlie Ladies from North Ayrshire - lost narrowly in the other semi-final. They were beaten 3-2 by Beau Desert.
Well done, Murrayfield! And well done Skelmorlie to reach the last four from such a huge, national entry.
Norma Richmond reports:
Murrayfield played their semi final match at El Rompido in the most amazingly foul weather - heavy, heavy rain, sodden ground, bunkers being pumped out, not helped by everyone saying that part of Spain gets only 30 days rain a year and it was all coming down when we were there!
After the dinner the previous evening the draw was made for the semi-finals and Murrayfield drew Wildwood GC from Surrey, and Skelmorlie drew Beau Desert from Staffordshire.
The Murrayfield team on the semi-final day was made up of Margaret Fergusson, Rosie Dennis, Lynn Wilson, Norma Richmond and Caroline Johnstone.
Our opponents all had caddies which, although we had decided not to have any, we slightly envied as they managed to keep things drier than we did. However, we beat Wildwood 5-0 which we were delighted about!
Beau Desert beat Skelmorlie 3-2 in the other semi-final.
The Murrayfield team for the final was: Margaret Fergusson, Ray Lynch, Lynn Wilson, Norma Richmond and Caroline Johnstone.
Our first two players, Margaret Fergusson (5 and 4) and Lynn Wilson (2 and 1) won their matches. Ray Lynch halved her match on the 18th, having fought back from two down on the 17th tee.
Norma Richmond lost 4 and 3 and Caroline Johnstone won 4 and 2 which clinched Murrayfield's overall victory 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.
As you can imagine were were absolutely thrilled and spent the rest of the day drinking champagne.
The team who won the men's Mail on Sunday title, the Vale of Glamorgan, very kindly presented us with a bottle of champagne, having already had the one produced by the Mail on Sunday organisers. We had a gala evening with the presentations - and turned into a very late, noisy night.
Thanks for the report -- Hopefully Skelmorlie will submit ther version