A very good year for our junior golfers among their many successes Grace Crawford won the East of Scotland Girls Order of Merit and Ala Gorka won the Stephen Gallacher Order of Merit with Grace as runner up.

The full report can be found at this link:- Juniors report

The full list of junior prizewinners can be found here:- Junior Prizegiving

The Junior Autumn Meeting was held on the 9th of September at Gullane, in conjunction with ELJGL Match Day.

Well done to everyone who played, it was very windy but hopefully all the players enjoyed their golf and had good fun on the golf course.  Thank you to Dave Warren for organising and including us in the ELJGL Match Day.

First place went to Molly Paton with a fantastic score of 42 points.  Molly also won the prize for the best overall score of the day in the Match Day. Second place went to  Abby Nisbet with 39 points.

The full set of scores are shown below:

Cassie Davidson-McQueen 34 points
Ala Gorka 34 points
Cera Gemmell 36 points
Grace Crawford 37 points
Abby Nisbet 39 points
Molly Paton 42 points

Well done to everyone who played.

Frances Hall

ELLCGA Junior Convenor

 

Congratulations to Grace Crawford on winning the scratch prize and Stephen Gallacher Trophy at the East of Scotland Girls Summer Meeting with a gross score of 73 at Royal Musselburgh on Monday. Kirsten Murison (Craigmillar Park) won the overall handicap prize with a net 68.

Eight of the girls from the Summer Meeting qualified for the first round of the Championship which was played on Monday afternoon.

Grace Crawford beat Lucy Morrison 1up

Alicja Gorka beat Kirsten Murison 5&4

Eilidh Henderson beat Natalie Fowler 2&1

Carys Irvine beat Mollaidh Nicholson 3&2

Today (Tuesday) now saw two ELLCGA juniors meeting in one of the semi-finals and two Midlothian Juniors in the other.

Grace beat Alicja (Ala) 5&3 and Carys beat Eilidh 1up.

The final played this afternoon gave Grace the double of the Stephen Gallacher Trophy yesterday and the Championship Trophy today after a 5&4 win over Carys.

Well done to both girls for some great golf over the last two days and for the good spirits shown in the final and earlier matches.

 

 

The Summer holidays have only just started and our Juniors are out on the golf courses around the country.

This week Grace Crawford  and Lucy Hall  played in the Xact Scottish Girls Amateur Championships at Moray. After  2 days of stroke play Grace qualified for the Championship Match Play and having won her 1st round tie lost yesterday in the Quarter Finals 4 & 2 to Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore). Lucy qualified for the Nett Championship and having played some great golf lost at the 19th hole in the 1st round to Iona Reid (Nairn Dunbar) who made it to the semi-final stages.

Next week we have 6 girls, Annabel Hosie, Grace Crawford, Annie Wilson, Ala Gorka, Cassie Davidson-McQueen and Emma Rudd playing in the East of Scotland Girls Summer Meeting at Royal Musselburgh on Monday morning and hope that some of them will qualify for the East of Scotland Girls Championship which will be played on the Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Click on the link for the full draw.

East of Scotland Girls Summer Meeting – Draw

Finally Joanne Free, Ala Gorka and Annie Wilson have been invited by East Lothian Council to play in their team in the Scottish Ladies Open Pro-am on Wednesday 25th July.

Well done Grace and Lucy for doing so well in the Scottish Girls and good luck to all the girls taking part in events over the next few weeks.

 

 

All the girls with their prizes and Maree Rudd

We have been trying some different formats with the Juniors this year.  Today we combined the Summer Meeting with the East Lothian Junior League which enabled some of the girls to play for their clubs as well as in the Summer Meeting since the event was a Stableford competition.

We had 5 girls playing this year including new member Cera Gemmell from North Berwick who scored a magnificent 43 points! Well done Cera. Indeed well done to all the girls. Dunbar is a long and sometimes tricky course and some of the girls were playing it for the first time.

Our thanks also to David Warren and the East Lothian Junior League for allowing us to join in with their event. Kilspindie won the Team event.

Full results:-

1st – Cera  Gemmell  (23)- 41
2nd Ala Gorka (11) – 30 BIH
3rd Annie Wilson (10) – 30
4th Cassie Davidson – McQueen (24) – 28
5th Emma Rudd (32) – 22

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The annual match between the East and West teams for the Mhairi Mac Kay Trophy took place yesterday at  a rather cold and misty Baberton. The girls were all very grateful for their smart new red team jackets which I am told were quite cosy. West won the closely fought match which ended with an East 3.5 – West 4.5 scoreline.

 The girls in red with their playing partners

East Lothian were represented by Annabel Hosie and Ala Gorka who played in the first and last matches of the day. All matches are played off scratch.  Annabel held a small lead for much of her match before a couple of slips in the second half were punished and the match went to the West at the 17th,

Ala at the end of the field  had a convincing 4&2 win.

Full results: (East Girls’ names first):

Annabel Hosie (Kilspindie) lost to Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) 2&1
Evanna Hynd (Elmwood) lost to Lorna McClymont (Milngavie) 1 hole
Eilidh Henderson (Loretto School) beat Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) 3&2
Carys Irvine (Craigielaw) halved with Claire Mclaughlin (West Kilbride)
Porscha Wilson (Burntisland) lost to Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1 hole
Morgan Graham (Falkirk) lost to Taylor White (Cathkin Braes) 2&1
Lucy Morrison (Craigmillar Park) beat Katie Graham (Hamilton) 4&2
Alicja Gorka (Prestonfield) beat Sophie Kyle (East Renfrewshire) 4&2

The Cuthbertson Cup was played on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at Baberton in cold and blustery conditions. Fortunately the heavy showers came at lunchtime when they (and the team officials and parents) were all inside enjoying their soup and sandwiches and after play was complete.

Our team of Lucy Hall, Grace Crawford, Annie Wilson and Annabel Hosie gathered at the practise putting green before heading down to the tee.

In the Morning games the Fife team of Hannah Braidwood, Eilidh Henderson, Charlene Wilson and Porscha Wilson beat Stirling and Clackmannan 4-0.

The Midlothian team of Carys Irvine, Lucy Morrison, Lauren Reid and Mollaidh Nicholson drew with East Lothian 2-2. In the opening game Annabel lost to Carys, Grace beat Lucy Morrison,   newcomers to the team, Annie beat Mollaidh and  Lucy narrowly lost to Lauren at the 18th.  Following a countback East Lothian lost out and Midlothian went through to play Fife for the trophy while Stirling and Clackmanan played East Lothian in the Foursomes.

The very strong Fife team beat Midlothian 4-0 while East Lothian were the winners in the Foursomes with 2 good wins.

 

The Cuthbertson Cup will be held at Baberton Golf Club on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

This year’s team is a mixture of familiar and new faces.

Annabel Hosie (captain)
Grace Crawford
Lucy Hall
Annie Wilson

Reserve – Kate Crawford

For those not familiar with the format, this is an all day event with Stirling & Clack v Fife and ELLCGA v Midlothian playing singles match play in the morning. The morning winners play each other in the afternoon again in the singles format and the morning losers play each other in a foursomes format. The matches are off scratch.

We wish the team good luck.

Two of our ELLCGA Girls took part in the first junior meeting of the year and congratulations go to Alicja Gorka (Ala to her friends) who won the Scratch Prize with a gross score of 85.

Full results are on the website eastgirls.org but leading scores are below.

The ELLCGA junior Spring Meeting is being held jointly for the first time with Midlothian on Monday at Liberton GC.

East Lothian will be hosting the East Girls Summer Meeting and Championship at Royal Musselburgh in July and we hope for a strong presence for this home event.

Jessica Walker (Mortonhall) 86 – 19 = 67
Alicja Gorka (Prestonfield) 85 – 10 = 75
Eva Woodward (Linlithgow) 108 – 32 =76
Emily Walker (Mortonhall) 103 – 27 = 76
Alexandra Massey (Elie) 86 – 9 = 77
Ellie Ferguson (Craigmillar Park) 102 – 24 = 78
Mollaidh Nicholson (Prestonfield) 90 – 12 = 78
Grace Crawford (Gullane) 86 – 8 = 78

Participation by our Juniors last year was disappointing for a variety of reasons, other golf events, other sports, school and family. This year we have re-vamped the events on offer and doing some joint events with Midlothian and East Lothian Junior Golf League. As has been the case for the last few years we also pay the membership fee for all junior girls  who wish to take part in the East of Scotland Girls events. This has produced an exciting programme for this season which also includes some golf coaching.

The Junior League in East Lothian has been going for over thirty years and is very strong. Teams wherever possible are mixed and a number of our girls have featured strongly in the teams over the years.  An all boys team is heading to Pinehurst on the 9th of February thanks to sponsors on both sides of the Atlantic but David Warren of the  East Lothian Junior Golf League would also like to secure a similar type of trip for a girls team and has spoken to ELLCGA about involvement with the plan so you never know! Meantime further information on what the boys are looking forward to and is available by clicking on the link.

Junior League trip 2018

 

We had an opportunity at rather short notice to nominate a junior and reserve to attend an event at the Scottish Ladies at Dundonald on the 26th July 2017  for a behind the scenes tour, group watch of a professional in the pro-am, Q&A and to meet various professionals.  Emma Chapman and Grace Crawford our junior handicap and scratch champions were nominated and both got to go and had a great day. Emma was so inspired by the day that she was out practising her golf at 6.30am the next day!

Clara Young has been named as 2017 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All -American Scholar. This comes hot on the heels mod her recent recognition by her college in Missouri. Clara is currently playing in the Scottish Team in the Algarve at the European Team Championships.

Juniors – Some of our junior girls took part in the East of Scotland Girls Summer Meeting and Championship earlier this week. While Fife junior, Porscha Wilson, Burntisland, won the Scratch Prize and the Stephen Gallacher Trophy with a gross score of 76 at Bathgate G C. and Midlothian member Mollaidh Nicholson, Prestonfield, won the Overall Handicap Prize with a net 66, Alicja Gorka who joined ELLCGA this year also had a net 66 to win the under 14 prize. Alicja was pipped at the post by Mollaidh for the Overal Handicap by a better inward half. (Par 70, SSS 70, CSS 69)

Eight girls qualified for the East of Scotland Girls Championship and although Alicja was unable to play Grace Crawford was there to fly the flag for ELLCGA. Grace lost to Lucy Morrison who in turn lost in the semi-finals to Eilidh Henderson who went on to win the Championship with Porscha Wilson the runner up. A full report can be found at http://www.eastgirls.org

Congratulations to Alicja and Grace for doing so well.

 

 

 

East Lothian Junior Grace Crawford set the pace with a wonderful 66 to lead the field in the first round of the girls aged 10 category at Royal Musselburgh. While Grace did not manage to repeat that score she held on to share first place going into the last day. A final round 71 was good enough to give  Grace a 3 shot victory.  Well done Grace.

 

 

As many of you will be aware the annual US Kids European Championship is currently being run over a number of East Lothian courses.

Grace Crawford one of our junior girls is taking part again this year and leads the field in the girl’s age 10 category after day 1 with a wonderful 66 over Royal Musselburgh. Well done Grace.


Congratulations to Annabel Hosie in being selected to play in the annual East v. West match for the Mhairi Mackay Trophy  at Cochrane Castle Golf Club, Renfrewshire on Sunday. Sadly for us a very strong West team prevailed to retain the trophy again this year. Annabel had her work cut for her from the start in her match with Jillian with a difference of 5 in their respective nhandicaps.

Result
West Girls 6 East Girls 2

Jillian Farrell (Cardross) beat Annabel Hosie (Dunbar) 7 & 5
Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) beat Anna McKay ( Crail) 5 & 3
Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) beat Eilidh Crawford (Baberton) 8 & 7
Kirsten Brown (Strathaven) lost to Evanna Hynd (Balbirnie Park) 1 hole
Rachel Foster (Turnberry) beat Porscha Wilson (Burntisland) 2 holes
Lorna McClymont (Milngavie) beat Eilidh Henderson (Loretto School) 2 holes
Justine Fulton (Hayston) beat Carys Irvine (Craigielaw) 3 & 2
Natalie Fowler (East Girls, Bathgate) W/O

The Junior Spring Meeting and Championship was held at Winterfield today. Unfortunately “sunny Dunny” did not live up to its name and although it was sunny a few miles away the girls started in drizzle and although this did blow away it remained cold. There was some good scoring despite the conditions and the fact that the girls did not know the course. This was also the nominated competition for The Telegraph Vitality Junior Championship and the winners names and scores go forward with the possibility of qualifying for the finals. Some golf balls courtesy of The Telegraph also go to the winners.

Congratulations to Grace Crawford and Emily Chapman for repeating last year’s results by winning the Scratch and Handicap Trophies respectively. Congratulations also to Kate Crawford for taking 2nd Handicap.

The full results:-
Scratch and winner of the Marjory Draper Trophy for the Junior Champion – Grace Crawford – 78
Handicap and winner of the Morrison Quaich – Emma Chapman 89 – 21 = 68
2nd Handicap – Kate Crawford – 93 – 23 = 70

Other scores
Abbey Nisbet – 81 – 9 = 72
Ala Gorka – 87 – 14 = 73
Annie Wilson  – 85 – 17 = 78

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Congratulations to Lauren Lee and Annabel Hosie (two of our older juniors)  who have recently completed their PGA Level One coaching qualifications. Annabel is I understand one of the youngest girls to attain this qualification. Well done both on taking the initiative to add this new string to your bows. I hope that you will both be able to put your new qualification to use over the summer months.

The East of Scotland Girls Golfing Association held their first event of the year at Gullane today. Twenty one girls set off on Gullane No.3 in the sunshine though there was a cool breeze to start with. There were some great scores with some new members featuring in the prizes. It was also good to see some of our ELLCGA juniors featuring.

Overall Prize – Cassie Davidson-McQueen (Gullane Ladies)87-26=61
Scratch Prize – Grace Crawford (Gullane Ladies) 77

Under 18 – Emily Rigg (Craigmillar Park) 82-15=67
Under 16 – Ella Marshall (Baberton) 99-32=67
Under 14 – Alicja Gorka (Loretto School) 81-16=65

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The Cuthbertson Cup will be held this year at Pitreavie on Saturday 16th April 2017.  Our team will be :-

Annabel Hosie

Lauren Lee (Captain)

Catherine Milne

Grace Crawford

Reserve – Alicia Gorka

East Lothian plays  Stirling & Clackmannan in the morning and Midlothian plays Fife. The afternoon matches are determined by the morning results