Report from Sal Shepherd ...
The 90 entrants for the 2016 Gibson Challenge Cup matched the weekend weather with some great golf. This historic women’s foursomes competition played over The Braid Hills course since 1907 had the worthiest of winners.
Victors with the Gibson Cup Jenni Ray & Marie Young flanked by June Peebles, Edinburgh Leisure Chief Exec and Braids Golf Centre's Ian Young, clearly a great coach, that’s his wife next to him with the Trophy!
Marie young and Jenni Ray of North Berwick played the best golf from the Strokeplay Qualifier on Saturday topping the leaderboard with a nett 69.5, two shots ahead of Mortonhall’s Anne Brownie and Mary Stark all the way to winning the final on Sunday afternoon 5&4 against Anne and Mary.
In the mornings semis, Marie and Jenni knockout the Peebles pairing of Glynis Read and Denise Richards 2up and Anne & Mary beat Broomieknowe’s Gillian Carter and Moyra Statham 64.
The 2nd Fight played to win the Claret Jug was won by another Mortonhall team of Viv Curran & Carol Fulton. They beat last years Gibson Cup winners Sue Cowie and Pam Townsend in the mornings semi and Craigmillar Park’s Janet Hamblin and Ruth Wilkojc 4&3 in the final. Janet and Ruth had beaten Harburn’s Linda Boyle and Dorothy Wilson in the morning other semi.
Viv, June and Carol
For all those who had not qualified for the 2 fights of match-play there was a Consolation Stableford on Sunday. Won by Fiona Findlay and Kelly McShannon of Lochend with 36 points. Second place was taken by Norma Richmond and Rosie Dennis of Murrayfield with 33 points and in 3rd place with 32 was Catherine Stewart and Janet Begrie.
|Fiona and Kelly with Ian and June|
Many thanks go to Ian Young of the Braids Golf Centre and Steve at American Golf for continuing to sponsor the Gibson Cup. We were delighted to welcome to our prize giving the Chief Executive of Edinburgh Leisure June Peebles. June is keen to support the development of girls and womens golf in Edinburgh so I hope we made a positive impression with our numbers, golf and our enthusiasm for this event.
All of us at the Gibson Cup weekend are most grateful to Edinburgh Leisure for their support year on year by hosting this great event over The Braid Hills course. It really is a gem of a course and was in excellent condition as always.
We ran a charity raffle over the weekend in aid of MND Scotland in memory of a good friend of many of us and a former competitor. Thanks to such generosity by all I will be sending £410 to MND Scotland.
2017 event will take place on 7th and 8th October see you all then.