SILVERKNOWES are off to a flying start in this year’s battle for the Wilkinson Shield in the Edinburgh Municipal Clubs’ golf Winter League.
They won at Lochend first time out, then made home advantage count against their big city rivals, Carrickvale.
The visitors had two new “signings” in their team after Craig Deerness, a member of the Harburn quartet that won the Lothians Team Tournament this year, and Thomas Beattie, joined the club, but Silverknowes recorded a 4-0 whitewash to set a hot early pace in the Division 1 title race.
Liberton continue to top both tables in the South East Edinburgh Winter League after a brace of wins over Craigmillar Park. Their men are unbeaten with two home wins and an away draw while the juniors have three wins from three.
On a disappointing note, however, two clubs were unable to field six juniors to fully complete the round of fixtures.
Edinburgh Municipal Clubs’ Winter League
Lochend 1½, Silverknowes 2½: Robert Binnie and Neil Donaldson bt Paul Heggie and Craig Scott one hole; Duncan Ireland and Paul Young lost to Tam Caldwell and Connor McWatt 2 and 1; Stuart Turner and Graham Markay lost to Keith Reilly and Ian Lamb 2 and 1; Davie Graham and Alan Thomson halved with Kevin Reilly and Ian Randall.
Silverknowes 4, Carrickvale 0: David Fraser and Tam Caldwell bt Allyn Dick and James Kerr 2 and 1; Paul Heggie and Connor McWatt bt Simon Hermitage and Cameron McCulloch one hole; Ian Randall and Murray Paterson bt Craig Dearness and Josh Cullerton one hole; Keith Reilly and Craig Scott bt Thomas Beattie and David Ewen 5 and 4.
Harrison 2½, Lochend 1½.
Braids Utd 3, Portobello 1; Portobello ½, Edin Thistle 3½.
South East Edinburgh Winter League
Liberton 3, Craigmillar Park 1: Iain Neilson and Anthony Blaney bt Stewart Leslie and Billy Summers 4 and 3; John Hunter and Daniel Eardley lost to Sandy Scott and Alistair McDonald 3 and 1; Gary Scott and Scott Finlay bt Paul Utterson and Neil Dewar 2 and 1; David Kerr and Ross Munro bt David Walker and S MacLaren 6 and 4.
Prestonfield 2½, Duddingston 1½.
Juniors: Liberton 3, Craigmillar Park 0; Prestonfield 3, Duddingston 0.