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The County Team 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.

 

 

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News Round up – the younger ones

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”.

 

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Championship and Handicap Quaich Results

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

 

Championship and Handicap Quaich

The results of the first round of the championship and the Handicap Quaich can be found by following these links.

The highlight of today was a hole in one by Morag Nicolson.

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Summer Hole & Hole

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

Juniors’ Spring Meeting

ELL Juniors

Our first golfing event of the year was held in the sleet at Liberton Golf Club yesterday 2nd April 2018.

In a new venture this was our first joint Junior event with Midlothian. Both Counties presented their own players with their County prizes but it makes for a bigger  and hopefully more better event for the girls.

Unfortunately the weather was not kind to them and the decision was taken to cut the competition to 9 holes.  There were 5 East Lothian girls in the draw of 14 entries although there was one call off on the morning due to a persistent. Pictured below are the four girls who battled round in the sleet and cold and Grace Crawford with the Scratch Trophy. Hopefully the Easter eggs helped make up for the weather. Well done girls in taking part.  We look forward to welcoming Midlothian girls to future events in East Lothian when we will try for better weather.

Scratch Winner and Junior Champion  – Grace Crawford 39 (gross)

Handicap Winner – Annie Wilson (44-6 =38)

2nd Handicap – Ala Gorka  (45-5 = 40)

3rd Handicap – Emma Rudd (60-18 =42)

 

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Winter Foursomes – Results and Semi Final Draw

Well done to the four couples who have managed to battle through to the semi-final stages of this year’s Winter Foursomes.  Click on the link for the full draw and to see who is through to the semi-final stage.

Winter-Foursomes semi final draw 25th Jan 2018

AGM and Prize Giving

The AGM and Prize Giving took place last night at Gullane GC. In addition to the usual AGM business the updating of the Association Rules was also approved unanimously. The cancellation of the Scottish Golf SGM meant that the intended discussion on how the County should exercise its votes was not necessary. Elaine made a few general comments on what had been happening and what we might need to be aware of for the future.  She also indicated that as and when we had a clearer idea of what Scottish Golf was going to put forward at the AGM in the spring an email would be sent out seeking views or more likely a meeting would be convened to discuss the proposals.

in a change to the usual order the Junior Prize Giving followed the Junior Report with Grace Crawford and Emma Chapman again winning the Junior Scratch and Handicap trophies with Kate Crawford runner up this year in the Handicap.

 

Former Junior Joanne Free is now enjoying her first year at college in Minnesota and Elaine read out an email from Joanne telling us about her routine and experiences in her her first semester. She is clearly enjoying college and a return to competitive golf despite the long days. Having tracked down a store that sells PG Tips all she needs now is to find some custard creams or chocolate bourbons to make her the “happiest person in the world”.

The main prize giving followed the meeting and the trophy winners gathered for the usual group photo.

Dewar Trophy Final

DEWAR TROPHY

Congratulations to Gullane who have just played Castle Park and won 4-1.  This win means they have secured the trophy again this year.well done to all the players in all the teams and hope you all enjoyed the matches you played.  The trophy will be presented at the AGM.