We are now at the quarter-finals and the updated draw is attached.
Day 3 was dry though on the cold side. East Lothian and Fife would play for the wooden spoon and Midlothian and Stirling & Clackmannan for the trophy. At the end of the day Midlothian retained the trophy playing excellent golf to beat Stirling and Clackmannan 7-2, Third place went to Fife who beat East Lothian by 5 .5 -3.5 .
We may have collected the wooden spoon but there was some excellent golf played on both sides. In the morning four balls we were treated to three games which all went to the 18th with Fife the winner of 2 matches to East Lothian’s 1. Regular foursomes partners Hazel and Mary Lou eventually finding the win which had eluded them in earlier matches. The new partnerships of Jill and Lesley and Lauren and Alyssa worked very well together but both were pipped at the post.
The afternoon singles matches saw some interesting matches with the balance swing one way then the other. Lesley in the first match was 6 down against old rival Elaine Moffat but fought back before going down 3&2. An in form Jo Mackie unfortunately for us romped home against Stacey to be followed shortly by a 6&4 win for Anna McKay against Alyssa. At one point Alyssa was 4 down despite being only 2 over par which gives an indication of the challenge. The back end of the draw faired better with Pam nudging ahead in the second half and managed to hang on for a half and our first points in the afternoon. This was followed by a 1up win for Lauren after a match that had swung back and forth. The last match followed them down the hill but Jill had already come from behind in the first half to secure a 4&2 win ending the afternoon on a high note.
All the matches this week have been played in good spirit. There has been some great golf from our team and they have come away positive about their golf and having enjoyed the week. The other teams were just that bit stronger and produced more birdies (and the odd eagle!) than we did. It was also good to see a number of very talented young players coming throughout all the counties.
Next year Dunbar and links golf on home territory!
STIRLING AND CLACKMANNAN v MIDLOTHIAN
Mhairi Hall & Louise MacGregor lost to Gabrielle MacDonald &Alison McBride 2&1
Linda Allan & Margo Gardner lost to Louise Fraser & Hannah Darling 6&4
Laura Bissett &Alison Davidson lost to Karen Marshall & Kate McIntosh 1 up
Mhairi Hall lost to Louise Fraser 3&2
Louise MacGregor lost to Kate McIntosh 2 up
Jennifer Allan lost to Karen Marshall 5&4
Margo Gardner lost to Karen Ferguson-Snedden 5&4
Fiona Wait beat Alison McBride 1 up
Alison Davidson beat Gabrielle MacDonald 2&1
Stirling & Clackmannan 2 Midlothian 7
FIFE v East Lothian
Elaine Moffat &Anna McKay beat Jill McNicoll & Lesley Atkins 2up
Jo Mackie & Evanna Hynd lost to Hazel Saunders & Mary-Lou Watkins 1 up
Karin Sharp & Brogan Clark beat Lauren Lee & Alyssa Balding 2 up
Elaine Moffat beat Lesley Atkins 3&2
Jo Mackie beat Stacey Cameron 7&6
Anna McKay beat Alyssa Balding 6&4
Brogan Clark halved against Pam Hall
Evanna Hynd lost to Lauren Lee 1 up
Karin Sharp lost to Jill McNicoll 4&2
Fife 5.5 East Lothian 3.5 Read more
Day 2 started wet and miserable but the greens were still playable and the pin placements selected were intended to avoid the problem of flooding greens. In the end the weather changed a little and we did not have the heavy rain and winds were not as strong a previously forecast, it was still wet but not as bad.
The team enthusiasm was not unfortunately converted into points and Stirling and Clackmannan had the benefit of home knowledge as well as in form players. Lauren & Lesley could not quite find the form that gave us such an exciting finish to Day 1 foursomes and while Jill with new partner Pam and Hazel and Mary Lou put up good fights we went in to lunch 3-0 down.
In the afternoon singles, Stacey Cameron fought back from 3 down at one stage only to lose at the 17th. Lauren also fought back to close the gap but her game also ran out at the 17th. Hazel found herself out gunned. Alyssa started well with a birdie at the first hole as she had the day before but could not maintain the the charge. Jill and Mary Lou were on the back foot from the start of their respective matches though Jill rallied and managed to take her match to the 16th.
Fife were also well beaten by Midlothian (1-8) so we enter Day 3 fighting to avoid the wooden spoon but not down hearted.
Lauren Lee & Lesley Atkins lost to Laura Bissett & Alison Davidson 6&5
Jill McNicoll & Pam Hall lost to Linda Allan & Margo Gardner 3&2
Hazel Saunders & Mary Lou Watkins lost to Mhairi Hall & Louise MacGregor 2&1
Stacey Cameron lost to Mhairi Hall 2&1
Lauren Lee lost to Laura Bissett 2&1
Hazel Saunders lost to Jennifer Allan 7&6
Alyssa Balding lost to Fiona Wait 6&4
Jill McNicoll lost to Louise MacGregor 4&3
Mary Lou Watkins lost to Alison Davidson 6&5
Congratulations to Clara Young in being recognised by her College in being named as one of 85 sports students on the 2017 Spring Southeastern Conference Academic Roll of Honour.
A number of the the county team have been participating in their club championships in recent weeks including Jill McNicoll our County Champion who has retained the Championship title for a 2nd year at Gullane, Pam Hall who has again won the Royal Musselburgh title and Lauren Lee who has won the Musselburgh Championship for the fourth consecutive year.
Past captains Barbara Gifford and Dawn Young met in the final at North Berwick and this year Barbara was the winner.
The Babe Zaharias competition run again jointly this year with Gullane Ladies to be held on the 21st August is almost full already., so if you are not entered yet get your skates on.
Finally good luck to all the East Lothian Ladies taking part in the Scottish Senior Ladies this week at Blairgowrie.
Day one started bright and sunny and the team mood matched the day. The opponents for the day were Midlothian.
All the matches were of a high standard and some of the results do not always reflect the quality of golf played by both sides. In the morning foursomes Mary Lou and Hazel found themselves up against it despite playing steady golf. A few putts hitting the cup and bouncing out or sitting on the lip being all the difference at many holes. In the lead match Lesley and Lauren played some adventurous golf but recovered well to hang in to square the match on the 18th.
In the afternoon singles Stacey lost out to a fine short game display from Midlothian’s Louise Fraser. Lesley showed determination again to secure a win at the 17th despite losing the 13th to an eagle. Pam played a fine par game only to find that her 14 year old opponent Hannah Darling preferred to play birdie golf rattling in some raking putts as well as hitting a long ball. Team newcomer Alyssa was nip and tuck till the second half when Karen edged ahead . Mary Lou managed to keep just ahead till till Caroline Steedman hit an eagle 2 at the 16th to square the match before a fine finish from Mary Lou secured a win at the 18th. A slightly off form Jill fell victim to a great display from Karen Marshall.
Lauren Lee & Lesley Atkins halved with Louise Fraser & Kate McIntosh
Stacey Cameron & Jill McNicoll lost to Karen Marshall and Hannah Darling 3 & 2
Hazel Saunders & Mary Lou Watkins lost to Gabrielle MacDonald & Alison McBride 8 & 7
Stacey Cameron lost to Louise Frase 6 & 5
Lesley Atkins beat Alison McBride 2 & 1
Pam Hall lost to Hannah Darling 6 & 4
Alyssa Balding lost to Karen Ferguson-Sneddon 4 & 3
Mary Lou Watkins beat Caroline Steedman 1up
JillMcNicoll lost to Karen Marshall 7 & 6
Match result ELLCGA 2.5 – Midlothian 6.5
Still 2 rounds to go and the team are looking forward to the challenge ahead.
The Summer Meeting was played on a glorious sunny day with a bit of a breeze from time to time to stop us getting too hot. How often do we say that! There was some good scoring but others found themselves flagging a bit in the second half.
CSS – 74
1st Silver Scratch – Sarah Stichbury 73
1st Silver Handicap Elinor Blair 80 (10) 70 bih
2nd Silver Handicap Lorna White 88 (18) 70bih
3rd Silver Handicap Sharon Lynch 81 (9) 72 bih
1st Bronze Scratch – Seline Stewart 95
1st Bronze Handicap Heather Neill 97 (25) 72
2nd Bronze Handicap Felicity Bryant 99 (26) 73
3rd Bronze Handicap Wendy Gootjes 98 (24) 74
Val Balfour @ 14th
Barbara Biggart @ 6th
Linda Gray @ 14th
Ann Sewell @ 6th
Nancy Thorne @ 6th
The annual East Division Matches popularly known as the Jamboree will be held this year at Stirling GC from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th June 2017.
We hope that some of you will come along and support the team and enjoy watching some great golf. This year the event clashes with The Scottish Seniors so some familiar faces are missing from the County team and the trolley pulling team so if you are interested in walking round with one of the players and looking after their bag please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
The team as some of you will have seen from the Inter County page is;-
Mary Lou Watkins
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK FOR THE INFORMATION SHEET
East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association – Monday 19 June 2017
|TIME||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3|
|08:00||Hazel Saunders||Mary Lou Watkins|
|08:08||Irene Stewart||Janette Laing||Cynthia Guthrie|
|08:32||Barbara McIntosh||Maureen Woodward|
|08:40||Elinor Blair||Alice Archbold|
|08:48||Margaret Milligan||NIcky Black||Lilias McNicoll|
|08:56||Helen Walker||Clare Mackay||Linda Henderson|
|09:04||Irene Gray||Elizabeth Lonie||Patricia Phillips|
|09:12||Eleanor Black||Liz Maclarty Jones|
|09:20||Mhairi Tufail||Gwen Rodgers||Irene Graham|
|09:28||Dorothy Thomson||Susan Penman||Anne Rorrison|
|09:36||Carole Ross||Anne Henderson||Carol Macleod|
|09:44||Heather Neill||Anne McAllister||Joan McElearney|
|09:52||Dulcie Barnes||Sally Lucas||Kirstine McKenzie|
|10:08||Diane Huish||Elaine Wolstencroft||Viv Cupples|
|10:16||Felicity Bryant||Polly McPherson||Jane Nelson|
|10:24||Barbara Wallace||Val Balfour||Sharon Lynch|
|10:32||Janice MacLeod||Anne Wood||Marie Young|
|10:40||Carolyn Gemmell||Wendy Gootjes||Barbara Biggart|
|10:48||Elizabeth Edwards||Elspeth Morrison||Ivy Donn|
|10:56||Veronica Sandeman||Clare Bowe||Liz MacColl|
|11:04||Kay Lannin||Samantha Frost||Susan Warren|
|11:12||Joanne Watt||Anne Marshall||Diana King|
|11:20||Ingrid Elgsaas||Georgene Parsons||Joan Henderson|
|11:28||Jeanie Cole||Beth Scott|
|12:00||Lorraine White||Grace Black||Louise Casey|
|12:32||Elaine Finnegan||Linda Gray||Audrey Dunnett|
|12:40||Lesley Wood||Sandra Pollock|
|12:56||Morag Nicholson||Tina Mooney|
|13:12||Jean McNeill||Corrine Luca|
|13:20||Janette Buchanan||Pam Hall|
|13:28||Susan Murray||Carol Murray|
|13:36||Christine Reid||Anne Forbes|
|13:44||Jennifer Ray||Lorna White||Pat Locke|
|13:52||Ann Pyrkosz||Joan Logan||Seline Stewart|
|14:00||Elaine Dick||Janet Fairweather||Sheila Blackwood|
|16:00||Fiona Maciver||Anne Smith|
|17:20||Jill McNicoll||Keren Ward||Ann Sewell|
|17:28||Nancy Thorne||Marion Currie||Brenda Goldstein|
The final was held on Saturday amidst more rain and wind. Connie Jaffrey (The Ladies Golf Club Troon) got of to a wonderful start with a fine display of her short game and putting skills requiring only single putts on six of the first nine holes leading Clara Young (North Berwick)by five holes at the turn. Clara was down but not out. A five hole winning run at the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes squared the match. A great comeback. A bogey at the 16th saw her go one down again. The 18th saw her plugged in thick and wet rough and unable to move the ball any distance the game was up and Connie won the championship by two holes.
Well down Clara on such a great contest and in almost securing the Scootish for a second time.
At last the skies cleared and the players did not have to battle the elements.
Clara Young started the day with a convincing 6&5 win over 13 year old Anna McKay from Crail before going on to beat Jennifer Saxton from Muckhart 4&3.
Clara now meets Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) in the final of the Scottish Women’s Amateur Chamionship tomorrow morning. We wish Clara success in final.