Unfortunately due to a hip problem which is affecting her golf Mary Lou Watkins has to her great disappointment had to pull out of the County Team.

Dad news for one is good news for another and Pam Hall is delighted to step in to play for the team again this year.

The full team is now Alyssa Balding, Annabel Hosie, Dawn Young, Jill McNicoll, Joanne Free, Kay Lannin, Lesley Atkins and Pam Hall

Not a moment too soon for some, the Babe Zaharias entry forms are now available!

Click on the link to down load the form

Babe Zaharias – entry form 2018

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and some new ones at this year’s event at Luffness.

Full details of the clubhouse facilities and catering will be posted on our website before the event. Catering will be available for most of the day including the evening. Those wishing to dine in the evening will be asked to book in advance.

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

Round 2 of the Summer Hole & Hole has now been completed. The third round is due to be played on or before the 24th June. Let us hope for some warmer conditions for this round.

The results can be found by following this link:


Following a late withdrawal for family reasons 41 pairs had a fun day a Winterfield.  It may have been cold outside but the welcome inside was definitely warm. Most people also stayed on to enjoy the excellent food. There were some great results and some not so great but the course was looking good.

The top four pairs from today’s competition qualify for the Scottish Final at Stirling GC on Monday 3 September 2018.

1st: Sheila Herschell & Carolyn Gemmell (gross 92, nett 64)

2nd: Jane Nelson & Barbara Wallace (gross 80, nett 66.5) (b.i.h.)

3rd: Hazel Saunders & Catriona Smith (gross 81, nett 66.5)

4th: Karen Probin & Gill Whittaker (gross 84, nett 68)

There were two 2s:

Joanne Watt & Sarah Stichbury at the 4th

Jean McNeill & Corrine Luca at the 14th

Well done to all our winners.

Thank goodness that a let up in our Arctic weather conditions has meant that many of the second round ties have now been completed. A gentle reminder that the deadline for the completion of this round is Sunday the 27th of May.

The updated draw can be seen by following this link: Summer-Hole-Hole-2018-2



Please note that the tee of times have been changed to 10 minute intervals so your tee off time may be different from the time you booked on line. Please check the draw sheet for your new time.

Based on the number of entries we will be able to send 4 couples to Stirling GC on Monday 3 September

2018 Commonwealth Spoons Information Sheet

Commonwealth Spoons – National Guidance

0840 Sheila Herschell & Carolyn Gemmell Viv Cupples & Kirstine McKenzie
0850 Lorna White & Elaine Somers Anne Blundell & Irene Stewart
0900 Hazel Saunders & Caitriona Smith Mary Lou Watkins & Lorna Thomson
0910 Lesley Wood & Elaine Finnegan Audrey Berg & Linda Grey
0920 Isobel Barrie & Helen Walker Liz McLelland & Irene Campbell
0930 Dianne Brown & Clare Mackay Anne Rorrison & Janet Fairweather
0940 Joanne Watt & Sarah Stichbury Susan Penman & Lesley Johnston
0950 Gail McKill & Jane McMinn Jeanie Cole & Beth Scott
1000 Caroline Macleod & Carole Ross Elinor Blair & Alice Archbold
1010 Linda Henderson & Linda Smith Heather Neill & Anne McAllister
1020 Irene Graham & Gwen Rodgers Diane Watt & Lynda Jeffrey
1030 Elspeth Morrison & Elizabeth Edwards Liz MacColl & Christine Reid
1040 Felicity Bryant & Polly McPherson Claire Bowe & Maureen Woodward
1050 Elaine Wolstencroft & Linda Blencowe Carol Murray & Eleanor Black
1100 Ann Pyrkosz & Sheila King Anne Marshall & Susan Marshall
1110 Elaine Dick & Viv Skinner Wendy Thummanond & Jan Laing
1120 Seline Stewart & Liz Lonie Wendy Gootjes & Geri Turner
1330 Janette Buchanan & Pam Hall Rhona Brankin & Dulcie Barnes
1340 Nancy Thorne & Marion Currie June Elliot & Brenda Goldstein
1350 Jane Nelson & Barbara Wallace Jane McNeill & Corrine Luca
1640 Louise Casey & Liz Millar Karen Probin & Gill Whittaker


Commonwealth Spoons Draw 2018


We are delighted to announce that the team for this year’s Jamboree at Dunbar will be in alphabetic order:-

Alyssa Balding 

Annabel Hosie

Dawn Young

Jill McNicoll 

Joanne Free 

Kay Lannin 

Lesley Atkins

Mary Lou Watkins

Most of the team names will be familiar to you having played in the team before. The new “caps” are Annabel who is in her last year as a junior and has played in the Cuthbertson team for the last 3 years and has played in the East of Scotland Girls and Kay Lannin who has been in the squad for a number of year’s but unavailable for the Jamboree but has just retired. Many will remember her 21 hole battle with Jill in the final of last year’s Championship at Muirfield.

We are all very excited about the East Division County Championships, to give them their full name, are being held at this year on our home ground. We  hope that we will get some of this great weather for the event and that lots of you will come down to Dunbar to support the team.  So put the dates in your diary, 25th – 27th June.  The format is morning foursomes and afternoon singles. The full draws will be posted on the website nearer the date.



Four of our younger players are currently studying in the USA and we get asked from time to time as to where they are and what they are doing.

Clara Young is at Missouri University and has been a regular member to the Mizzou team – The Tigers – throughout her time there and has contributed to many successful results. The team as a whole finished the year on a high with their best finish in the NCAA Regional finals since 2005 although Clara did not score as well as she would have liked. She will be home shortly to take part in the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championships  at Elie and will be keen to try and win the trophy for a second time having been pipped at the post last year.

Lesley Atkins  completed her undergraduate degree last year and has been studying for her Masters at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Tennessee  and working her passage as an graduate assistant  to the University’s golf teams (The Bears). The ladies team in particular has done well this year.

Joanne Free is at Minnesota University and has had a great time in her freshman year and a regular player in the The Gophers team. Joanne reported some of her experiences in an email to us that was read out at the AGM. Joanne returns next week and will no doubt have many more tales to tell and will also be looking forward to real links golf. Joanne will also be heading to Elie for the Scottish.

Lauren Lee is also enjoying her freshman year at the University of North West Ohio. Indeed she is enjoying the States so much that she opted to stay and do summer camp in Philadelphia this summer rather than come back to sunny Scotland. With a very strong first team this past year (winning their first ever WHAC Championship) Lauren has played mainly for the 2nd team.

Back home Annabel Hosie in her final year as a junior has been selected again to play for the East of Scotland Girls and will be teeing up in the East v West Match at Baberton on the 27th May.

Ala Gorka and Grace Crawford continue to play in many Junior events having been at the Scottish Girls Open Championships last month and while only Grace qualified for the 3rd day at the testing Monifieth course it is all good experience.  More recently Grace was invited to take part in the R & A Under 16’s  Championship at Fulford and played 3 rounds in what is an international field. Grace was second in the under 12’s section with a 3 round total of 236.and 26th over all in a field of 90. She continues to cut her handicap and is now down to 5.8. Ala also joins Annabel as the 2nd East Lothian girl to represent the East of Scotland Girls in the Match v The West

And finally, the young at heart. Sue Penman and Lesley Johnston have managed to maintain their consistent performance in overseas competitions. This year they were runners up in the Senior Ladies International Foursomes Championship at the Royal Golf Club of Belgique. Past Captain Barbara Biggart and her partner  were also challenging for a place but had to settle for 5th

Well done to all our “girls”.


The winners June Elliot and Jill McNicoll

A selection of photos from the final day of the championship mainly taken in the morning before the afternoon rain set in and everyone disappeared under waterproofs, woolly and waterproof hats, and umbrellas.

Many thanks to Joyce Hunnan for providing these. Click on the image to enlarge

We returned to Gullane this morning for the semi-finals of the championship and the final of the Handicap Quaich. There was a bit of a breeze but glorious sunshine. Cut off trousers polo shirts and sun visors were the order of the day.

In the first match out defending Champion Jill McNicoll played past Captain Barbara Biggart. Jill edged ahead at the 7th and made steady progress to find herself 4 up at the 15th. A strong comeback from Barbara however took the game to the 18th where Jill closed off the game 1 up.

The second match was between newcomers to the County both playing in their first East Lothian Championship. Audrey Dunnett won out eventually over Karen Fullerton at the 17th 3&1. Karen found a few too many bunkers along the way but was delighted to have had the chance to play Gullane in such great conditions.

The final match of the morning was the Handicap Quaich which was a long battle for both players against each other and the bunkers. The lead swung back and forth between June Elliot and Lorna Thomson with neither player quite able to make more than a two hole lead before being pulled back to all square, which was the state of play at the 18th. Lorna played a great shot to the green from a fairway bunker only to see it kick into a green side bunker. A bunker too far in this case and June took the trophy for the first time.

The conditions this afternoon were in complete contrast to the morning with heavy rain and wind for much of the round. Waterproofs were donned by most on the first tee for warmth as well as protection from the threatening rain. Audrey took the first hole and Jill the second followed by several halved matches before Jill started to edge slowly ahead and when Audrey got caught up in the wet rough on the long 15, Jill drove home her advantage hitting the green in regulation and a shake of the hands followed soon after. Jill retained her title with a 4&3 win.

Audrey like Karen had greatly enjoyed the experience and we are sure that we will see both players returning to the fray in future Championships.

Well done to our Champions Jill McNicoll and June Elliot.

Thanks also to those who turned out to supports the players.

The full draw sheets
Championship Draw 2018
Handicap Quaich 2018 (v2)

More photos to follow

The winner of the Handicap Quaich this year is June Elliot (The Glen).

June beat Lorna Thomson (Gullane) at the 19th Hole.

The final of the championship will be between Jill McNicoll (Gullane) and Audrey Dunnett (Royal Musselburgh).

Jill beat Barbara Biggart 1up

Audrey beat Karen Fullerton 2 and 1

We were treated to some great golf and great weather for the first day of the 2018 Championships. In the morning matches Dawn Young raced off to a 7&5 win in the first match and further down the draw Anne Marshall had a surprise 4&2 win over last year’s runner up Kay Lannin, but five of the remaining matches in the Championship went to the 18th with the last match going to the 19th.

In the Handicap Quaich the matches were hard fought but not so close. The last match between Jean McNeill and Morag Nicholson was notable for a hole in one from Morag at the 13th on her way to her first round win. Well done Morag.

In the afternoon Matches our last two Captains went head to head in a close match that went all the way to the 19th before Barbars secured a place in the semi-finals. Last year’s winner Jill McNicoll had a decisive 5&3 win to secure her place and a match with Barbara. In the bottom half of the draw newcomers Audrey Dunnett played well to beat Hazel Suanders while Karen Fullerton who had earlier put out Sue Penman had a convincing win over Fiona MacIver. The two newcomers meet each other in the other semi final.

In the Handicap Quaich June Elliot who had earlier put out her fellow Glen member Linda Henderson now secured a place in he final with a win over Pat Phillips. Lorna Thomson meantime had a good match with Morag Nicholson winning out at the 16th 3&2.

We look forward to watching more great golf in the sunshine tomorrow. The morning semi finals start at 9am and Handicap Quaich at 9.16. The Championship final starts at 2pm. Why not come along and watch? The trophies will be presented in the clubhouse following the final.

Full results in earlier posts. The completed draw sheets will be provided on completion of the competitions.

The results of the Championship quarter finals:

Dawn Young lost to Barbara Biggart  at the 19th hole

Jill McNicoll beat Anne Marshall 5 and 3

Hazel Saunders lost to Audrey Dunnett 4 and 3

Karen Fullerton beat Fiona MacIver 5 and 4

The results of the Handicap Quaich semi finals:

June Elliot beat Linda Henderson  3 and 1

Patricia Phillips beat Diana Campbell 6 and 5

Liz Lone lost to Lorna Thomson 5 and 3

Jean McNeill lost to Morag Nicolson 4 and 3

Good luck to all in tomorrow’s matches


Despite some truly awful weather,  the first round of the Summer Hole & Hole has been completed.

Well done to all of the players for managing to complete their ties in such trying conditions.

Let us hope for an improvement in the weather for the second round.

Click on the link to view the results

Summer Hole & Hole 2018

Our apologies for the delay but at last we have the full results and draws for the Championship and Handicap Quaich which will be held over Gullane No 1 on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th May. We hope that some of you will come along over the two days and see what I am sure will be some great golf.

Well done to everyone in taking part on Monday. It was not quite as windy and cold as at Muirfield last year but it was not far behind.  Congratulations to Lindsey Garden on winning the Spring Meeting and the Connie Lugton Prize  with a gross 81 in and to Alyssa Balding who for the 2nd year in a row won the Silver handicap with 83-9 = 74 nett . Also to June Elliot for winning the Bronze Scratch with a gross 97 and Anne Wood with the Best Bronze Handicap 101-24 = 77

Finally, congratulations to those who had two’s on Monday: Christian Blake (9th); Audrey Dunnett (9th); Samantha Frost (9th); Gill Morrison (13th); Carole Ross (13th); Hazel Saunders (16th); Lorna Thomson (16th); Dee Williams (9th); Dawn Young (9th).

Championship Draw 2018

Handicap Quaich 2018 (v2)

Spring Meeting Result 2018

Prize winners:-

Silver Scratch and Winner of the Connie Lugton Prize  – Lindsey Garden – 81

Silver Handicap:-

1st – Alyssa Balding – 83-9 =74 (better inward half)

2nd – Pam Hall – 82-8 = 74

3rd – Hazel Saunders – 85-9 = 76

Bronze Scratch – June Elliot – 97

Bronze Handicap

1st – Anne Wood – 101-24 = 77

2nd – Jean McNeil – 103-25 = 78

3rd – Patricia Philips – 100-21 = 79



It was reported last night that publication of the Spring Meeting results had been delayed because of software problems relating to CSS calculations.  This arose because we are required to calculate separately the CSS for Gullane members and non-Gullane members, but the handicapping software cannot provide this functionality for Counties and Associations because we are not responsible for any members’ handicaps.  The CSSs have therefore been calculated manually, and came out as 78 (3 higher than SSS) for Gullane members and 77 (2 higher than SSS) for non-Gullane members.  In this circumstance, CONGU requires a single CSS to be calculated, and this came out as 77.

Because of the confusion, there is a risk that the results may have been communicated to Home clubs twice, and we suggest that you check your handicap record to make sure this has not happened.  If it has, you will need to ask your Home Club to correct this.

Many apologies for these complications.  Congratulations again to those with winning scores.

We are still awaiting final confirmation of player availability before publishing the draw for the Championship and the Handicap Quaich, and these will follow shortly along with the list of twos and the full results.

There has been an unexpected delay in publishing the official results for the Spring Meeting because of software problems relating to the CSS calculation, for which many apologies.  Players qualifying for the Championship and Quaich knock-out rounds will be notified on Tuesday.  In the meantime, congratulations to the following players (NB listed in alphabetical order within scores at this stage)

Best gross scores:  Lindsey Garden (81); Pam Hall and Dawn Young (82); Alyssa Balding and Lesley Johnston (83).

Best nett scores:  Alyssa Balding and Pam Hall (74); June Elliott, Tina Mooney and Hazel Saunders (76)

Despite the windy conditions there were an amazing 9 “twos”. Full details to follow.



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 online booking for the Spring Meeting and Championship Qualifier at Gullane No.1 on Monday 21st April 2018 has now closed. There are a few spaces still available if you find that you can play after all by contacting Jane Nelson.

PLEASE click on the links below to see the full draw for the Spring Meeting and notes for those not familiar with the members clubhouse at Gullane.

Spring Meeting 2018 Draw

Gullane info sheet for Spring Meeting 2018

Full details of the rules of this and all other competitions can be found on the website under the Competition Rules tab.

We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we do get a real spring like day this year.


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

The annual friendly match took place at The Glen Golf Club today. Unlike last Sunday the sky was blue and the sun shone though there was an edge to the stiffish wind which also made for a testing back nine. The matches  were all played in the friendly spirit we expect from this match. All the matches were closely fought finishing at the 16th, 17th, and  18th holes with East Lothian the victors.

Barbara Biggart & Alyssa Balding beat Julie Birdsall & Ingrid Swan – 3 & 2

Dulcie Barnes & Dianne Brown lost to Tara McTaggart & Juneanne Clarke – 3 & 1

Dawn Young & Audrey Dunnett beat Leanne Wilson & Rhea Middlemas – 3 & 2

Sue  & Sharon Lynch beat Denise Richards & Marnie Waddell – 1 up

[Photos to follow]

The weather may be telling us it is still winter but the diary says it is almost time to start the summer Hole & Hole competition. We have had a good entry with only 5 lucky ladies getting a bye in the first round.

There seems to have been a problem in seeing Linda’s contact details for reporting results on some devices and we have sorted this by re-locating the information to the top left corner of the draw sheet and at the same time the sheet has been updated with the results to date.

Click on the link for the full draw Summer Hole & Hole 2018

Good luck to all competitors,  I hope you have good and enjoyable matches