When we arrived at Kingsknowe I knew this year would be exciting, memorable and one to remember. With all the changes to the format and challenges in actually getting here, it was a relief when the first ball was struck.
Midlothian welcomed us warmly, they had put so much work into making sure it ran smoothly. The course was in great condition, offering some interesting and challenging pin positions, more hills than the links courses and trees, again don’t see too many of them on the links either. But none of these deterred the girls.
On day one we were delighted with a half match against Midlothian. We were treated to some wonderful golf, eagles and birdies galore. At points I had to control my own nerves, so the girls must have felt it even more. At the end of the day we were tied with Midlothian on the leaderboard.
Day two arrived, with a damp feel, and we were second out against Fife. We battled it out again on the greens and came away with a 5/3 victory. This put us second on the leaderboard 1/2 a point behind Midlothian going into Sunday, so all to play for.
The weather was on everyone’s mind when Sunday arrived, lightning forecast, we all kept our fingers crossed we could get round before the thunder and rain started.
Stirling & Clackmannanshire gave us a very close match, we secured points early from Captain Tara, Clara and Kirsten. The rest of the matches were all close, hard fought and extremely exciting golf. We just got pipped at the end by S&C and they secured a 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 win. Just after putting the kit away the thunder and lightening started. Torrential rain flooded the course in minutes, boy were we lucky!
Even after Sunday’s loss we still managed to come in second overall, a very good result and all the girls did so well, a very happy bunch, our younger, newer girls to the squad were a fantastic addition.
I was extremely proud of them all and the support they showed one and other.
It was wonderful to have many supporters, and I cannot thank everyone from EL Committee, Frances, Jane, Alex, Helen, Lesley and Nancy enough for all their help and playing their part in the organising of everything. Carole Ross, our President, came to cheer us on and we were delighted to have her there along with past Captains, Elaine Dick and Jenni Ray.
Midlothian came out victors and we wish Louise Fraser and all her team good luck at the National Finals in August at Forres. A big thank you to Kingsknowe Golf Club who kept us well fed and watered, and presenting the course in excellent condition.
I look forward to Braehead in 2022.
Gail McKill
Captain ELLCGA