East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association was established in 1924 for the purpose of entering a team in the Inter County competition for the County Shield and to run competitions for members to raise funds to support the team.

The current format of the competitions has developed over the years and the County committee also has a role in supporting East and Scottish events including junior events.

The County now organises Spring, Summer and Autumn Meetings and a Commonwealth Spoons Foursomes competition. The Spring Meeting also acts as a qualifier for the County Championship and Handicap Quaich.  In addition there is a Summer Hole and Hole Competition and a Winter Foursomes Competition.

While many of our more experienced junior girls compete (often very successfully) in the main competitions, the County also organises junior medals, coaching events, and an annual friendly match against Northumberland. They also form mart of an annual match for ladies and juniors against Borders. A junior team also compete annually against teams from Midlothian, Fife and Stirling & Clackmannan for the Cuthbertson Trophy. Although the Trophy was donated in 1953 by an East Lothian member to promote junior golf, East Lothian did not win it till 1984. They have however won it 11 times in the last 30 years, most recently on 2014.

The County squad have a number of annual friendly matches, the oldest being against Borders and the most recent addition is against Lanark. They also have a long standing match against a Senior Gullane Men’s team. Over the years they have had matches against various Club Winter League teams.

The County Team plays in the East Division Inter County matches in an annual three day “jamboree” against Midlothian, Fife and Stirling & Clackmannan. The winner of the event goes through to the national final. The Team have won the County Shield twelve times over the years including a purple patch in the 1990’s when they won six times in ten years. After a gap of 15 years the Team reached the County Finals in 2014 thought the County Shield was beyond them on this occasion.

Over the years the County has produced many players who have represented Scotland and GB teams at junior, university and senior levels. Some have gone on to pursue professional careers. The most famous in recent years being Catriona Matthew.

While the County team is for the top players, ELLCGA is not just for them and anyone with a handicap of 35 or less who is a member of an East Lothian club, or resident in East Lothian or was born in the County is eligible to join and enjoy the chance to participate in the competitions, meet new people and get a chance to play the many and varied courses in the county.

 

 

1. The name of the Club shall be "East Lothian Ladies' County Golf Association".

2. The Annual Subscription shall be at the discretion of the Committee. This becomes due on 1st January and is payable prior to 1st February. A member intending to resign her membership shall give notice to the Hon. Secretary by 30 November, failing which her subscription will be due on 1st January.

3. The Office Bearers of the Club shall consist of: A Captain, Vice-Captain, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer, and a Committee of Management. The Captain and the Vice-Captain shall be elected annually. They shall be eligible for re-election for a second year. The Captain shall not be eligible for re-election to the Committee until two years have expired after her date of retirement. The Committee of Management shall consist of the Captain, Vice-Captain and four members (three to form a quorum), the Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Junior Secretary, ex officio. At the Annual General Meeting one member shall retire by rotation when her successor shall be appointed. Nominations for the Committee are to be submitted to the Secretary by the Autumn Meeting. Retiring members shall not be re-elected until out of office for one year. Any vacancy in the Committee after the Annual General Meeting shall be filled by the Committee. Committee members shall serve for a period of 3 years. The Hon. Secretary and the Hon. Treasurer and Junior Secretary shall be appointed annually by the Committee.

4. The Club shall have a President and a Vice-President who shall not be members of the Committee and shall serve for a period of 3 years.

5. The Annual General Meeting shall be held each year in November on an evening arranged by the Committee. Fifteen members, excluding the Committee, shall form a quorum. A Special General Meeting may be convened whenever the Committee of Management consider it necessary to do so, or by a requisition signed by at least 15 members. Fourteen days notice of the day and hour of an Annual or Special General Meeting must be given to every member of the Club. The Committee shall cause a Statement of Accounts of the Club to be submitted at the Annual General Meeting. The ordinary pecuniary concerns and running of the Club shall be in the hands of the Committee of Management. No Rules shall be altered or New Rules made except at an Annual or Special General Meeting. Members shall receive notification of any proposed alteration on the Agenda of such a Meeting.

6. The Annual Competitions of the Club shall be as follows:

Hole and Hole (on handicap), a month to be allowed for each round.

Spring Meeting

County Championship

Commonwealth Spoons

Summer Meeting

Autumn Meeting

Winter Foursomes – a month to be allowed for each round.

The Committee will have the power to arrange for any other Competitions they may deem advisable. The dates of the Inter-County Matches shall be arranged by the Hon. Secretary with the Secretaries of the other Counties in the Division. The Teams for these matches shall be selected by the Captain, the Vice-Captain and one other. They shall also arrange the order in which the Team shall play.

7. The Prizes for Competition shall be decided upon by the Committee of Management.

8. Election to Membership of the Club shall be at the discretion of the Committee.

 

Revised – January 2008 (Addition of Juniors Secretary to Committee, ex officio – approved at AGM Nov 2007)