The 2018 Inter Cities Cup was held at Musselburgh Golf Club on Sunday 7th October commencing at 13.30
The final was contested by Cathkin Braes Golf Club representing Glasgow, and Turnhouse Golf Club representing Edinburgh.
For Cathkin it was their second appearance in the final, being winners in 2009. For Turnhouse it was also their second appearance, being finalists two years ago.
Final result was Cathkin Braes 6 v Turnhouse 3. Full scorecard to follow soon.
Message from Tournament Administrator Ian McDonald -
On behalf of the Inter Cities Cup Committee I would like to pass on our sincere thanks to Jackie Lambert the Club Captain and all the members of The Musselburgh Golf Club for allowing us to have the free courtesy of the course on Sunday. To manage to have such a well-manicured and presented course so late in the season is a credit to the green-keeping staff and a big thank you must also be given to the catering and bar staff as well for providing us with the superb hospitality throughout the day.
I would also like to thank -
• Gordon McSorley, Ron Fairholm and Brian Davidson, the other members of the committee for giving up their own time to make sure the organisation behind the scenes at both this competition and their own regional competitions run like clockwork.
• Graham Ewart, one of the founder committee members of the competition for his continued support, who along with Willie Abernethy and Syd Spalding have all asked me to pass on their apologies for not being able to attend the Final this year. A special mention should also be given to Brian Davidson the Donald Cameron League secretary as well however as this was the first Final that he has missed since the inaugural Inter Cites Cup Final in 2005.
• The Watson Foundation for sponsoring the competition for three consecutive years up to and including the 2017 final. Their involvement has been very much appreciated and I am sure that the quality of the golf and the commitment that was shown by all the players on Sunday clearly demonstrates just how much these Club golfers enjoy taking part in such a prestigious and fitting climax to the 2018 playing season.
• The supporters and the respective team managers, Moray Hanson of Turnhouse Golf Club and Gordon Rennie of Cathkin Braes Golf Club as well as their able assistants for getting the teams prepared for the Final on Sunday. The weather conditions were not as bad as was first thought but there must certainly be a few more grey hairs amongst them all as six of the nine matches actually came down the final hole.
Both teams therefore should be congratulated for giving us such a superb display of golf and whilst Cathkin Braes Golf Club may have won the Cup for the second time this year by six matches to three, I am sure that everyone would agree when I say that the team from Turnhouse Golf Club did themselves proud.
In closing, the Final has always been played in a friendly but competitive spirit and this year was no exception and whilst the records will indeed show the winners and losers of the Final again this year GOLF WAS THE REAL WINNER ON SUNDAY.