Entries opened today for the Babe Zaharias Trophy, to be played at Muirfield on Monday 17 August. We decided that we had to go ahead and open the Babe Zaharias for entries, so that we had time to get set up and are ready to go if the green light is given in time. However we still have to wait for the announcement from Scottish Golf to confirm that open competitions may take place.
All 156 places were taken within the first few minutes, with a waiting list of nearly 80 names.  The Entry List (alphabetical order) shows the names of players who have secured a starting time and the Waiting List (in position order) shows the names of players who were unfortunately unsuccessful at this stage.
 Martin Dempster has written an interesting article putting the case for open competitions to resume.
Apologies must go to those on the waiting list, we do know how frustrating it is to try to book tee times when there is such a high demand.
Fingers crossed that we get the go ahead.
Jane Nelson

Following on from our email of 25 June, Scottish Golf has still not confirmed that open competitions can go ahead. Nevertheless, in the hope that this will change soon, we are opening on-line entry for the Babe Zaharias (Muirfield on Monday 17 August) at 0800 on Monday 13 July, via BRS on the ELLCGA website (follow the ‘Read More’ link below):

At this stage there is a lot of uncertainty about whether we will be able to go ahead with the competition, and what facilities will be available/allowed. There will definitely be toilets available in the clubhouse and on the course, but catering arrangements cannot yet be confirmed and changing facilities may be very restricted. We will send more information as soon as we have it.

Play will be in three balls, with tee times at ten minute intervals from 0800 to 1630.

The entry fee this year is £30 – a bit higher than previous years to cover the cost of having the trophy replated – and, as always, the proceeds go to the Macmillan Cancer charity (we donated £4400 from last year’s competition). If we are not allowed to proceed with the event, entry fees will be refunded in full.

The handicap limit for the competition is 30, as in previous years.

If the event is oversubscribed and you are unable to book a tee time, please email ellcga2@gmail.com to be put on the waiting list. The waiting list will be in the order of receipt of emails. The Committee may make minor alterations to booked tee times to optimise the start sheet – anyone whose tee time is changed will be notified individually. The closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Friday 31 July (although we think it likely that the tee sheet will be fully booked very quickly). No refunds for withdrawals will be made after the closing date (unless the competition has to be cancelled), and the start sheet will be published as soon as possible after that date.

Buggies may only be used if medical circumstances require this. Permission to use a buggy must be sought from the organising committee – please email ellcga2@gmail.com. The Terms of Competition this year will state that caddies are not permitted. We will review the latest advice from Scottish Golf /R&A to make other necessary arrangements for things like returning scores, bunkers etc.

Yours sincerely

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA