Sunday, August 31, 2008

Rachael is the new East Girls Champion .

Rachael Watton of Mortonhall, won the East Girls' Championship today beating Gabrielle Macdonald of Craigielaw in the Final by 4&3. To reach the final Rachael beat Nicola Taylor of Thornton by 2 holes and Gabrielle beat Gillian Simpson of Murrayfield on the 19th hole. The conditions the girls had to play in all day could not have been any worse. It never stopped raining all day.

With thanks to Maggie here is a match report of the final.

' The standard of golf was excellent throughout the final in spite of heavy rain and very wet conditions underfoot.
Gabrielle won the first but Rachael got back on level terms with a birdie at the 2nd. Rachael edged ahead by winning holes 4&5 but Gabrielle had a birdie at the 8th to reduce the deficit to one. Rachael was 1 up at the turn.
Rachael won the 10th with a birdie 3 and then went 3 up at the short 11th . The next two holes were halved. Gabrielle lost the 14th after trouble off the tee which meant a penalty shot and she eventually conceded the hole for Rachael to go 4 up.
At the par 3 15th both girls had excellent tee shots over the burn to the green. Rachael secured her par however Gabrielle just missed a birdie 2 for the match to continue.
Well done to both girls for playing such good golf. Rachael is a worthy champion.

We would like to thank Craigmillar Park Golf Club for the courtesy of the course for our Championship this year. We are grateful for all the help we received in rearranging the matches which had to be postponed earlier in the month.

Well done to all the girls who played in this year's championship and thanks to all the parents and supporters who watched today in such unpleasant conditions.