SCOTLAND hopeful James Ross helped Royal Burgess get back on track after their terrible start in this season’s Edinburgh Summer League.
Able to make a rare appearance for the Barnton club between the Scottish Stroke-Play and Links Trophy, Ross played his part as Burgess made home advantage count against Liberton. He proved too strong on the night for Anthony Blaney, another leading young amateur in the Lothians, who will have benefited from the experience of locking horns with someone like Ross.
Ross, a reserve for last year’s Home Internationals and determined to be in the side defending that title at Ganton in August, ran out a 5 and 4 winner against his younger opponent. Former Scottish Boys’ champion Stephen Buckley, John Yuille, John Fraser and Sandy Gray also delivered points for the home side, with Doug Ross, James’s dad, chipping in with a half point in the 5.5-2.5 victory.
It started the road to recovery for Burgess, bidding for a sixth straight title triumph in the Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd-sponsored event, after back-to-back defeats by Silverknowes and Dalmahoy. Based on early-season form, West Linton look as though they could be serious challengers for the crown this time round. They’ve opened with four wins – the latest coming on the road at Mortonhall, where the visitors recorded a stunning 6-2 success.
Simon Mackenzie, Stephen Smith, Sean Walter, John McWilliams, Colin Taylor and Scott Walker were West Linton’s winners against a Mortonhall side that wasn’t exactly shabby. “A great away win, which signs off the opening sequence of games nicely before we enter into a three-week break,” said McWilliams. “Our next fixture is on June 25, when we will again be away from home, this time at Lothianburn.”
Also celebrating an early away success are Glencorse after they prevailed by the same margin at newcomers Royal Musselburgh. As Glencorse made it three wins out of three, Alastair Shanks led the way for the visitors with a hard-earned last-hole victory over youngster Stuart Blair.
Talking of youngsters, Murrayfield have plenty in their ranks this season and their progress was reflected in a 6-2 home win over Lothianburn.
“The game was a pretty close one with Murrayfield setting out one of its strongest teams,” reported David Marshall. “This helped lower down the order with wins in the last five matches to secure our victory.
“Younger members are making up a large portion of the Murrayfield team this year and have done well on most occasions so far.”