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Daily Mail Foursomes - an eighteenth too far!

daily mail foursomesLynn Bruce reports on how she and Carolyn Oliver just missed out on a weekend in Wales. Carolyn & Lynn welcomed Sally (17) & Heather (26) from Pumpherston (Livingston) to Minto on Friday 17th August.  The visitors settled in quickly winning the 1st, 4th and 6th with the other holes on the top 9 halved, so 3 up at the turn thanks to lovely shot making and steady putting. 

The hosts finally found a gear winning the 11th, 12 and 13th where the second shot had found the bunker and Carolyn holed a long putt for 4.  All square after 13, the next 4 holes went alternately so all to play for on the 18th.  With both pairs on the green in 4, it came down to putts which Sally sealed for victory and a place in the last 16 in Wales in October. 

So the run comes to an end however it has been a great experience, we have enjoyed the competition and meeting new people along the way.  We are amazed and chuffed to get so far, and appreciate all the support from the club.  We wish Sally & Heather all the best for the weekend at the Marriott St Pierre in South Wales.

Commiserations to Lynn and Carolyn, they have done Minto proud.  Good luck to Kaija Sanford and Karen Telfer who will fly the flag for Minto in the 2019 competition.

Draw for Round 7

Minto have been handed a home draw in the last 32 of the Daily Mail Foursomes.  The tei will be against Pumpherston Golf Club.  Like Minto, Pumpherston has a bye in Round 1. They have ten advanced to thsi round with Home wins against Linlithgow (3&2) and Deer Park (4&2) in Rounds 2 and 3, followed by Away wins against Harburn (2 up) and Dundas Parks (2 up) in Rounds 4 and 5.  Again, like Minto, Pumpherston had a convincing win in Round 6, against Colville Park (6&5).  Pumpherston's Round 6 win was at home while Minto won away in that round.

The tie has to be played by Sunday 9th September.  We wish Lynn and Carolyn every success as they battle to get Minto into the last sixteen of this competition open to all Golf Clubs in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can read about Minto's progress through the previous rounds below.

Round 6 match report

Lynn Bruce reports on  avery successful trip to Dumfires to play the latest round of the Daily Mail Foursomes 2018.   'Round 6 of the Daily Mail Foursomes saw Carolyn Oliver & Lynn travel to Dumfries & County Golf Club on 10th August.  Sheila (16) and Sheenagh (27) were our hosts/opponents, giving us two strokes.  The Minto visitors got off to a positive start taking the first hole, moved on to the second where Carolyn had a superb chip from a gully onto the green making for a straight forward putt, 3 foot from the pin.  Four holes in and Minto were 4up,. 

The 5th and 6th were halved before Minto used their first stroke to secure the 7th; the 8th was halved and Dumfries won the par 3 9th with a good putt from Sheenagh.  So 4up at the turn then the 10th was halved, before all wheels came off at the 11th with the hosts in the trees and Minto in a bunker, several putts later and Minto came away with the hole, going 5 up.  Lynn's wayward drive off the 12th put Carolyn in the trees but she managed a good recovery over the fairway and Minto came away with another hole.  Dormy 6.  The 13th saw steady drives and shots to the green which was now puddled following several heavy showers from the 6th hole onwards.  It came down to the putts with Minto making use of their 2nd extra stroke to secure a win, 7&5. 

Dumfries & County is a parkland course which we found in good condition with a few patches still recovering from the recent hot weather.  The greens in particular were very quick - a challenge to master the pace. 

 The draw for Round 7 (last 32) will be made on Monday 13th; Canmore (Dumfermline), Inverness, Kirriemuir, Pumpherston (Livingstone) and Stranraer are already through, we await the next instalment....'

Good luck to Lyn  and Carolyn in Round 7

Round 6 Draw

Minto has been handed an Away Draw in Round 6 of the Daily Mail Foursomes.  Lynn Bruce and Carolyn Oliver will have to travel to Dumfries & County on or before 20th August.  This is the round of 64.  You can read about Minto's progress to Round 6 below.  Dumfries & County had a byte in Round1 , but since then they have beaten Crichton (1 up, Home), West Linton (2 up, Away), Moffat (at the 20th, Home) and Penrith (3&1, Home). 

Good Luck to Lynn and Carolyn as they battle onwards.

Round 5

Duddingston Ladies Dorothy & Heather were the visitors to Minto on 11 July for the 5th round of the Daily Mail Foursome to play Minto's Lynn Bruce and Carolyn Oliver  After a rather faltering start by both teams, Carolyn & Lynn made use of the extra shots plus home advantage to make the turn 5 up. 

Heather played exquisite chips to the green on several occasions and the visitors clawed one back on the 12th, the 13th was halved before Minto ran out victors on the 14th, 5 & 4. Lynn Bruce had a telephone conversation yesterday with one of the organisers of this competition congratulating Minto on their win against Duddingston and reaching Round 6 and she also advised that Duddingston were the Champions last year. Well done Lynn and Carolyn.

Minto await details of their round 6 opponents in the round of 64.  and a tie to be played by the glorious 12th.  Forty five ofd the potential 64 clubs in round 6 are now known.  More details can be seen by following the link to the Daily Mail Foursomes website below.  Draws are usually made on a geographical basis.  Some Central Scotland, Southern Scotland and Northumberland / Cumbria Clubs through to round 6 include Dumfries & County, Eyemouth, Pumpherston, Prestwick and Stranraer, but we won't know who Minto play for a few days yet.  Round 5 matches must be complete by 15th July.  Colville Park havve yet to play Bothwell Castle and Ponteland are due to meet George Washington Hotel.  Minto's opponent may come from those Clubs, but we have to wait and see.
Some details of Minto's earlier matches in this year's tournament are given below.
Report from Joyce Michie

Round 5 Draw

Minto's representatives in the Daily Mail Foursomes, Lynn Bruce and Carolyn Oliver have been handed a fifth round home tie against a pair from Duddingston in Round 5 of the 2018 Daily Mail Foursomes national competition.  The tie has to be played by 15th July with the booking system indicating a likely time and date of lunchtime Wednesday 11th July.  Goof luck to Lynn and Carolyn..

Details of their progress to Round 5 can be seen below.

Round 4

On Wednesday, May 30th 2018 Lynn Bruce and Carolyn Oliver played their 4th round tie in the Daily Mail Foursomes. The opponents on this occasion were the ladies from Kelso, and a closely fought match took place at Minto.  The Minto ladies had a 4 hole advantage at one time but this was gradually regained by Kelso, such that after the 18th hole the ladies continued to the 19th hole, which Minto won.

Congratulations to Lynn and Carolyn, and we look forward to the next episode in Round 5 (Round of 128)

Report by Anne Paterson

Click on the image below to track Lynn and Carolyn's progress

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