Monday, October 05, 2015



Sue Cowie (current captain of  Comiston Ladies GC) and Pam Townsend (past captain of Comiston Ladies, and also of  Murrayfield GC) combined to win the  Gibson Cup at the weekend  at their first attempt.
This annual ladies’ foursomes competition is played over the Braid Hills course, combining foursomes stroke-play,  match-play and Stableford with three trophies at stake but the main event is for the historic Gibson Cup. 
See below the picture of this year’s winners followed by a report on the weekend’s golf from Anne Brownie, Chair of the Gibson Cup Committee.

                         Pam Townsend (left) and Sue Cowie, Gibson Cup winners 2015

The 2015 Gibson Cup competition was played in beautiful autumnal conditions: lots of sunshine, a few clouds, no rain and, unusually for the Braids, no wind.
As a result, many of the scores in Saturday morning’s qualifying stroke-play competition were very good while others found that the gorse bushes provided a strong attraction for their golf balls and pars or even bogeys were hard to get.

Against a course par of  72, the cut off for qualifying for the Gibson Cup flight of match-play was 73.5 while a net score of  75 or better was required for the second flight of match-play, playing for the Herald and Post (H and P)  Claret Jug. The qualifying scores for both flights are listed at the end of this report together with the  Stableford scores and prizewinners from Sunday’s Consolation Salver.

In the first of Sunday’s semi-finals in the top flight, top qualifiers Sue Cowie and Pam Townsend were in good form to record a 5 and 3 win over Marie Young  and Jenni Ray (both North Berwick).  Anne Brownie (Gullane and Mortonhall) and Mary Stark (Mortonhall) found it harder going in the other Gibson Cup semi-final with the lead swapping back and forward in a very close match against Fiona Ford and Louise Campbell (both Murrayfield). This match was eventually settled at the first extra hole with Anne and Mary progressing to the afternoon Final.

The Gibson Cup Final again saw changes of fortune with Anne and Mary taking an early lead, only to find themselves clawed back; they were one down at the turn, and having to give strokes on four of the holes on the back nine (seven shots in total) looked up against it.  
 Pam and Sue were playing very steady golf and doing well on the tricky greens to extend their lead to three holes after 14. A late fightback from Anne and Mary reduced their deficit to one hole after 16 but Pam and Sue won the Final at the 17th by a 2 and 1 margin.

The second flight of match-play saw Denise Mitchell (Murrayfield) and Gilly Glen (Craigmillar Park)  take on the 2014 Gibson Cup winners, Aileen Kennedy and Fiona Smith (both Harburn). Aileen and Fiona made good use of their years of experience playing in the Gibson Cup weekend to prevail by the margin of  3 and 1.  Nineteen holes were again needed to determine the winners in the second semi-final, with Linda Jack driving the green at the first extra hole (into the breeze!), enabling Linda and partner Fiona McGregor (both Dumfries and Galloway) to edge out Sarah Stichbury (Gullane) and Margo Gardner (Linlithgow).

A few encounters with the Braids’ famous gorse bushes as well as a bunker or two proved costly for Fiona and Aileen in the afternoon second flight final as Linda and Fiona (McGregor), who were giving three shots,  eased to being four up at the turn.
The long par five 10th and 11th holes were halved but then Linda and Fiona  closed out the match by winning both the 12th and 13th  to finish 6 and 5 winners and become the 2015 holders of the  H and P Claret Jug

                                     Linda Jack (left) and Fiona McGregor.

The Consolation Salver was won comfortably with a great Stableford score of 41pts by Bev Winton (Mortonhall) and Sarah McCall (Gullane).   Bev is pictured with the Salver as Sarah had to make her apologies for missing the Prizegiving. (See other scores in “Detailed Results” section at the end of this report.)

                                              Bev Winton

Thanks to Ian Young of Braid Hills Driving Range who sponsored this year’s Consolation Trophy and to Zest Skin Spa who provided Consolation prizes. Thanks also to American Golf (Braid Hills) for all their assistance with the wonderful prizes for the match-play qualifiers.  
A very big thank you goes to all competitors who helped with a fantastic fund-raising effort for Breast Cancer Now with almost £500 raised over the weekend. 

After twelve years of organising the Gibson Cup this is the last report from Anne Brownie as Chairperson.   Anne would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who, since 2004, has helped make the Gibson Cup the successful event it is, and especially to those who contributed to her “retirement” gifts and made the 2015 Gibson Cup go so well. 


Saturday Qualifying

Top Flight

1 Sue Cowie and Pam Townsend           87 (16.5)    net   70.5

2 Louise Campbell and Fiona Ford        84  (12.5)   net 71.5

3 Anne Brownie and Mary Stark           83  (10)       net 73

4 Marie Young and Jenni Ray               87   (13.5)   net 73.5

Second Flight

1 Denise Mitchell and Gilly Glen           87 (13)       net 74(bih)

2 Fiona McGregor and Linda Jack          84 (10)       net 74

3 Sarah  Stichbury and Margo Gardner   80  (5.5)     net   74.5

4 Fiona Smith and Aileen Kennedy        88 (13)       net  75

Best Scratch: Wendy Nicholson (Broomieknowe) and Karen Marshall (Baberton)    78 (who failed by 0.5 to qualify for the match-play).

Sunday Results

Gibson Cup Winners: Pam Townsend and Sue Cowie

H and P Claret Jug: Linda Jack and Fiona McGregor

Consolation Salver: Sarah McCall and Bev Winton

Consolation Stableford Scores

1 Sarah McCall and Bev Winton (19)            41pts

2 Elaine Wilson and Hazel Deerness (16)    37pts

3 +Zandra Mathieson and Sandra Kempston  36pts

+Zandra (Broomieknowe) and Sandra (Craigmillar Park) won on countback over the last six holes. Wendy Nicholson with Karen Marshall and Suzanne Ireland (Prestonfield) with Diane Moncrieff (Lochend) also had 36 points but lost out on countback.

*Comiston Ladies GC is a club which plays most of its golf at the Braids in Edinburgh.