The 2020 Babe Zaharias and Ultraplast Trophies will be held at at HCEG Muirfield on Monday 17 August. Opening date for booking Monday 13th July, at 8am.

HCEG Muirfield have been very supportive in enabling us to go ahead with the Babe Zaharias next Monday. However they have been required by East Lothian Council to provide a very detailed and stringent Covid-19 risk assessment which in turn requires us to set very strict and comprehensive rules. These are attached, and you will be asked on the day to confirm that you have read and understand these. If you booked tee times on behalf of other players please forward this email to them.

The additional rules cover travel to Muirfield, registration, practice facilities, play, entering results, professional shop and catering.

Muirfield Additional Covid Regulations (3)

I must draw your attention in particular to the ban on car sharing to travel to Muirfield outside the three ball that you are playing in. If you were planning to car share with someone outside your group, please let me know and we will try to re-arrange the start sheet. This may not be possible, and I would ask all East Lothian and Midlothian ladies not to request this so that we can concentrate on helping those travelling from further afield.

Please note also that your temperature will be checked on arrival, and, if it is above 38 degrees you will not be permitted to play.

I hope everyone will understand why we are having to set such stringent requirements. These are challenging times but together we can make it work!

Thank you all for your co-operation – and thanks again to Muirfield for making it happen.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association

It is looking likely that we will be able to run counting competitions for the Babe Zaharias and Ultraplast Trophies next Monday, which is good news. However there are a lot of details that we have yet to sort out, and I’m afraid it’s going to mean that you will probably get several emails over the next few days.

I do need to let you know now that we will be required to provide Muirfield with the names of all players and, in the event of this being required for Covid track and trace, contact information for you all. If you are not willing for your contact details to be passed on, I am afraid you will not be able to play. If this is the case, please let me know as soon as possible.

Best wishes.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

We remain uncertain whether we will be able to play the competition, as open counting competitions are not yet permitted in Scotland. However we are putting all arrangements in place so that we are able to proceed at short notice if the go ahead is given.

Meanwhile, HCEG Muirfield have very kindly agreed that we may have use of the course on 17 August for non-counting golf. Therefore, if we are unable to hold the competition we will run a Tri-Am type competition – teams as per the start sheet. Full details of the arrangements, and also catering etc., will be published nearer the date of the competition.

We will publish Terms of Competition amended for the latest Covid rules. In the meantime please note that caddies will not be permitted, and that buggies (which must be booked through Muirfield) may only be used with the permission of the Committee.

If you are travelling up from England, please make sure that you are familiar with the up-to-date Scottish Covid guidance (e.g. 2m social distancing).

If you wish to withdraw at this stage, a full refund will be given. Please let us know as soon as possible as we have a long waiting list of people keen to play Muirfield.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA