Some people ask what the Jamboree is all about so here goes.

The Jamboree or the East Division Inter County Championships to give the event its full title involves ladies teams from East Lothian, Midlothian, Stirling & Clackmannan and Fife. There are 8 players in each team and with each captain selecting 6 to play in 3 foursomes matches in the morning and 6 singles in the afternoon. Ryder Cup style the captains meet at the registration desk prior to each set of matches to compare their team/pairings playing order for the matches. The matches are all played off scratch. The winners over the 3 days will go on to represent the East Division in the Scottish Finals at Kilmacolm in September.

There will be some great golf and hopefully the weather will be kind to us. Many of the players know each other and enjoy renewing old friendships and making new ones. All the players however are very proud to be selected to play for their County and there is great team spirit and a desire to play well for themselves and for the team.

ELLCGA was originally formed in 1924 with the principal aim of entering a team in the Inter County Championships and the rest of the events, which have varied over the years, were and still are intended as fund raisers to support the team. The Championships were originally home and away fixtures and Forfarshire was at that time part of East Division. In the first year of East Lothian’s participation the teams played on amongst others Carnoustie and Muirfield.

The current format affectionately known as “The Jamboree” was introduced in 1974. There was a recognition that it made sense in terms of time and costs for the matches to be condensed into a single three day period. The first East Division Jamboree was held at North Berwick.

While East Lothian had qualified for the Scottish County Finals in the past the first successful run in qualifying for the County Finals was 1978 -87 when we qualified 7 times in 10 years.  Winning the finals was rather more elusive with a win only at Stranraer in 1978.

It was the period 1990-9 when East Lothian were the team to beat. Not only did they reach the finals 8 times they won the Shield 6 times including in 1999 at Gullane in their 75th year. We last made County Finals 4 years ago when the Jamboree was at North Berwick and we hope to make use of the home advantage to make it again this year.

 

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!

Full results

STIRLING AND CLACKMANNAN v MIDLOTHIAN

FOURSOMES
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

SINGLES
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

Total:
Stirling & Clackmannan 2 Midlothian 7

FIFE v East Lothian

FOURSOMES
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

SINGLES
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

Totals:
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.

Results

Morning Foursomes

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

Afternoon Singles

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

 

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.

Full results:-

Foursomes

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

Singles

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 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 ellcga2@gmail.com

The team as some of you will have seen from the   Inter County  page is;-

Mary Lou Watkins

Jill McNicoll

Lesley Atkins

Stacey Cameron

Lauren Lee

Hazel Saunders

Pam Hall

Alyssa Balding