The quarter finals are starting to take shape. Updated results can be found at the following link:
A new date for your diaries, unfortunately The Glen are no longer able to host our Summer Meeting on the 10th of June. Tuesday the 25th of June is the new date for our visit to The Glen.
The Winter Foursomes draw is now complete with an entry of 51 couples this year so most of you will have first round ties to play on or before the 28th October so click on the draw below to check out if you are the challenger of one of the lucky ones with a bye.
Let’s hope that the weather is kind to us and that we have plenty of crisp, clear and sunny Autumn and Winter golf days and that we do not get blown away or see our courses disappear under several feet of snow this year.
Lesley Wood will be collecting the results so check the draw sheet for her contact details.
This year for the first time we entered a team in the East Lothian Junior League Team Stroke play event at Royal Musselburgh. ELLCGA were represented by Lucy Hall, Abby Nisbet and Ala Gorka.
The Gullane Team won the Scratch with 230 and Haddington the lowest net score with 208. The ELLCGA team were 245 gross and 210 net. The best individual net scores were Ben Austin from Haddington with a net63 and Abby Nisbet with 64.
Our President, Janette Buchanan who was at Royal Musselburgh to watch the juniors was invited to present the trophy and prizes.
Well done girls and especially Abby with a wonderful personal score and contribution to the team total.
A full report can be found at eastlotianjuniorgolf.org.uk
The weather may be just a little cooler but things are hotting up elsewhere!
First of all congratulations to North Berwick on winning the Dewar Trophy in the 5 a-side scratch league with 7 points narrowly edging out Dunbar on 6.
Over in the Carols’ Trophy Gullane Ladies lease their section but it is not done and dusted yer with a few games still to be played. Musselburgh lead section 2 at the moment but Dunbar have a game in hand and play Gifford on the 19th.
Meanwhile we have reached the semi-final stage of the Summer Hole & Hole competition and the line up is Anne Blundell v. Nancy Thorne and Anne McAllister v. Kelly Foley. Well done in reaching this stage.
Have a look at the Junior News section to see what our juniors have been up to.
With so much top golf going on around us with the Scottish Open at Gullane last week, the Open this week at Carnoustie and the Ladies Scottish Open at Gullane next week it is easy to miss some dates for golfing opportunities for ourselves.
Castle Park Ladies Open – this Friday 20th July still has places (phone the club on 01620 810733)
Dunbar Ladies Open -Thursday 2nd August (entry forms on Dunabr website)
The Glen Ladies Open (The Col. Weir Trophy) – Thursday 9th August (entry forms on Glen website)
Dunbar Ladies Open Greensomes – Thursday 6th September (entry forms on Dunbar website)
Places are still available for our own Autumn Meeting at Kilspindie on Thursday 16th August. This is a Stableford competition. Enter on line before the 9th August.
Finally congratulations to Jill McNicoll who had a hole in one when playing at the Championship 12th hole in the Scottish Open Pro-am.
Click on the link below to see full details of the teams which will be competing at Dunbar 25th -27th June 2018
We are delighted to announce that the team for this year’s Jamboree at Dunbar will be in alphabetic order:-
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 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
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
CAROLS’ TROPHY FINALS
Well done to Renaissance and North Berwick who have won their sections of the Carols’ Trophy. The final will be played at Longniddry on Sunday 10th September at 12.45 – 1315. Many thanks to Longniddry for hosting the event. The presentation of the trophy will follow the matches. Good luck to both teams. Supporters most welcome.
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
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 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.
Congratulations to Clara Young on winning the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews today with a final round 71 on the Old Course today. A great achievement. Well done Clara.
The runner up one shot behind was Australian Montana Strauss and overnight leader Gemma Clews from England finished two shots behind.
Diane Huish presented the cheque for £962 to Maggie Murdoch, one of the Marie Curie nurses who cared for Ros Thoresen at home before she died in February. Carrie Gray, lead nurse from the Marie Curie service and Juliet Williams from the North Berwick Marie Curie fundraising team were there along with Carol Murray, Carol Ross, Carol Mcleod, Gwen Stewart, Sue Penman and Jenni Ray. The Marie Curie team are very grateful to all the ladies from the county who bought tickets in the raffle, and to the golf clubs who so generously donated the prizes.
A selection of photos taken at the presentationand on the tee