“Sunny Dunny” lived up to its name and after practise rounds in glorious sunshine on Sunday the four County teams met this morning in the sunshine for the first day of the formal matches.

First match out were East Lothian v Stirling and Clackmannan.

Joanne Free and Lesley Atikins led the way almost securing the first point at the 15th but an awkward bunker shot determined otherwise but there was a shaking of the hands at the 16th and the first point on the board.

In the last game Jill McNicoll and Alyssa Balding were nip and tuck in a tight match with Laura Bisset and Alison Davidson which ended in a win for S & C at the 17th.

All attention now focused on the middle game with the two newcomers to the team, Kay Lannin and Annabel Hosie nudging ahead at the 17th. A raking putt from Annabel on the 18th secured the win.

East Lothian went into lunch one point ahead.

The afternoon games opened with Joanne Free against old rival Louise Macgregor.  Joanne trailed 2 down through 11 and an uncharactaristic wild drive at 13 left her on the edge of the 14th fairway.  In a Houdini moment she flew her 2nd shot blind over the 14th tee onto the green.  Still trailing she changed gear at the 15th driving past the pin and sinking her putt for a brilliant eagle followed by a par, par, birdie finish for a 1 up win.

Pam Hall struggled against a big hitting Jennie Allan into a strong east wind compounded with an unlucky bunker experience at the 11th meant she was up against it. It was easier to compete with the wind behind her on the way back but the gap was too big and she ran out of holes.

In the last 2 games a slightly wayward Alyssa Balding quickly went 3 down and while she cut that to 1, the holes slipped away from her again. Meanwhile Kay Lannin playing some lovely golf found herself up against an in form Alison Davidson and her game ended early too.

All interest now centred on the middle games. The respective captains raced ahead to the 18th unsure whether Dawn Young and Fiona Wait were putting out for a win or a half.  Both parred the hole for a halved match.

The game between Jill Mc Nicoll and Alison Goodwin had been swinging back and forward all the way round.  Jill was one up and unaware of the result of the matches ahead of her.  Pars from both players secured the much needed win for East Lothian and a tied match overall after day 1.

The Midlothian v Fife Matches were close in the morning foursomes till the turn when the matches started to swing Midlothian’s way. Fife held on to claim a half point at lunchtime. Up against it from the start of the singles they secured two wins in their 6.5-2.5 defeat by the current champions.

Plenty to play for tomorrow.

Full results below

Congratulations to the quarter finalists.

Round 3 has now been completed and the results can be found at:


The quarter finals have to be played on or before the 8th of August.

East Lothian vs Stirling and ClackmannanMatch

Match was halved 41/2 to 41/2

Match 1 Joanne Free won 1 up vs Louise MacGregor

Match 2 Pam Hall lost 4 and 3 vs Jennie Allan

Match 3 Dawn Young halved with Fiona Watt

Match 4 Jill McNicoll won 1 up vs Alison Goodwin

Match 5 Alyssa Balding lost 5 and 3 vs Laura Bisset

Match 6 Kay Lannin lost 5 and 4 vs Alison Davidson

Fife vs Midlothian

Midlothian won 6 1/2 to 2 1/2

Match 1 Gillian Paton won 4 and 2 vs Gabrielle MacDonald

Match 2 Susan Jackson lost 4 and 3 vs Hannah Darling

Match 3 Jocelyn Mackie won 1 up vs Karen Ferguson-Snedden

Match 4 Lorraine Morrow lost 5 and 4 vs Caroline Steedman

Match 5 Karin Sharp lost 3 and 2 vs Kate McIntosh

Match 6 Brogan Clark lost 2 and 1 vs Karen Marshall


Morning pairings:

East Lothian vs Stirling & Clackmannan

East Lothian lead 2 matches to 1

Match 1

Joanne Free and Lesley Atkins won 3 and 2 vs Louise Macgregor and Mhairi Hall

Match 2

Kay Lannin and Annabel Hosie  won 2 up vs Alexis Hutton and Jennie Allan

Match 3

Jill McNicoll and Alyssa Balding lost 2 and 1 vs Laura Bissett and Alison Davidson


Fife vs Midlothian

Midlothian lead by 2 1/2 to 1/2

Match 1

Gillian Paton and Karin Sharp lost 4 and 3 vs Gabrielle MacDonald and Hannah Darling

Match 2

Jocelyn Mackie and Susan Jackson halved with Karen Marshall and Kate McIntosh

Match 3

Lynn Newton and Brogan Clark lost 2 and 1 vs Louise Fraser and Alison McBride





Click on the link below to see full details of the teams which will be competing at Dunbar 25th -27th June 2018

Jamboree teams 2018




















We hope that we will see some of our members at Dunbar to support the Team.

The Morning Foursomes start each day at 9.30am and the afternoon singles at 2.27pm

Day 1 – Monday 25th June 2018

Match 1                      East Lothian v Stirling and Clackmannan

Match 2                      Fife v Midlothian

Day 2 – Tuesday 26th June 2018

Match 1                      Stirling and Clackmannan v Fife

Match 2                      Midlothian v East Lothian

Day 3 – Wednesday 27th June 2018


Match 1                      Stirling and Clackmannan v Midlothian

Match 2                      East Lothian v Fife

Updated results for the Summer Hole & Hole can be found here:


The last date for ties to be played is Sunday The 24th June, please send your results to Linda Henderson.

Some people ask what the Jamboree is all about so here goes.

The Jamboree or the East Division Inter County Championships to give the event its full title involves ladies teams from East Lothian, Midlothian, Stirling & Clackmannan and Fife. There are 8 players in each team and with each captain selecting 6 to play in 3 foursomes matches in the morning and 6 singles in the afternoon. Ryder Cup style the captains meet at the registration desk prior to each set of matches to compare their team/pairings playing order for the matches. The matches are all played off scratch. The winners over the 3 days will go on to represent the East Division in the Scottish Finals at Kilmacolm in September.

There will be some great golf and hopefully the weather will be kind to us. Many of the players know each other and enjoy renewing old friendships and making new ones. All the players however are very proud to be selected to play for their County and there is great team spirit and a desire to play well for themselves and for the team.

ELLCGA was originally formed in 1924 with the principal aim of entering a team in the Inter County Championships and the rest of the events, which have varied over the years, were and still are intended as fund raisers to support the team. The Championships were originally home and away fixtures and Forfarshire was at that time part of East Division. In the first year of East Lothian’s participation the teams played on amongst others Carnoustie and Muirfield.

The current format affectionately known as “The Jamboree” was introduced in 1974. There was a recognition that it made sense in terms of time and costs for the matches to be condensed into a single three day period. The first East Division Jamboree was held at North Berwick.

While East Lothian had qualified for the Scottish County Finals in the past the first successful run in qualifying for the County Finals was 1978 -87 when we qualified 7 times in 10 years.  Winning the finals was rather more elusive with a win only at Stranraer in 1978.

It was the period 1990-9 when East Lothian were the team to beat. Not only did they reach the finals 8 times they won the Shield 6 times including in 1999 at Gullane in their 75th year. We last made County Finals 4 years ago when the Jamboree was at North Berwick and we hope to make use of the home advantage to make it again this year.


All the girls with their prizes and Maree Rudd

We have been trying some different formats with the Juniors this year.  Today we combined the Summer Meeting with the East Lothian Junior League which enabled some of the girls to play for their clubs as well as in the Summer Meeting since the event was a Stableford competition.

We had 5 girls playing this year including new member Cera Gemmell from North Berwick who scored a magnificent 43 points! Well done Cera. Indeed well done to all the girls. Dunbar is a long and sometimes tricky course and some of the girls were playing it for the first time.

Our thanks also to David Warren and the East Lothian Junior League for allowing us to join in with their event. Kilspindie won the Team event.

Full results:-

1st – Cera  Gemmell  (23)- 41
2nd Ala Gorka (11) – 30 BIH
3rd Annie Wilson (10) – 30
4th Cassie Davidson – McQueen (24) – 28
5th Emma Rudd (32) – 22

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The Babe Zaharias Trophy has proved once again to be a very popular event, and we have now filled all our available tee times and started a waiting list.  For a list of accepted applications, please click on the link below.  If your application has been accepted and you find that you are unable to play, please notify secretary@ellgolf.co.uk as soon as possible so that she can re-allocate your place to someone on the waiting list. 

BZ Accepted Applications as at 12.6.2018 (pdf) (1)

The weather was hardly summery as play commenced this morning only to worsen when the misty drizzle unexpectedly turned to more serious rain. A few decided not to go out but it did  ease off and then dry up and those playing later got the best of the day.

While it is often said that Craigielaw’s greens are difficult the long list of twos today might suggest otherwise. There were a total of 13 with Craigielaw member Kay Lannin and Clara Young both scoring two twos.

There were a lot of N/Rs and a few lost balls but there were also a number of excellent scores including a scratch 70 from Clara Young, a nett 67 from Audrey Dunnett and a 92 nett 69 from Sheila Hershell who takes the Bronze Scratch prize.

The full results and list of twos can be seen by clicking on the pdf files below but the for a quick summary -there were 65 players and  the CSS was 73.

Silver Division

Scratch:                          Clara Young (70)

Handicap 1st:   Audrey Dunnett (gross 74, nett 67)

Handicap 2nd:  Audrey Berg (gross 90, nett 73)

Handicap 3rd:   Claire Walker (gross 88, nett 74)

Bronze Division

Scratch:                          Sheila Herschell (92)

Handicap 1st:   Anne Wood (gross 99, nett 77)

Handicap 2nd:  Wendy Gootjes (gross 101, nett 77)

Handicap 3rd:   Kelly Foley (gross 106, nett 77)

Result list



The draw has now been made for the Summer Meeting at Cragielaw GC on Monday 11th June. Click on the links below to see the draw and the information sheet for this event.

Fingers crossed for a sunny summer day.

Summer Meeting Draw 2018 (pdf)

2018 Summer Meeting Information Sheet

Unfortunately due to a hip problem which is affecting her golf Mary Lou Watkins has to her great disappointment had to pull out of the County Team.

Dad news for one is good news for another and Pam Hall is delighted to step in to play for the team again this year.

The full team is now Alyssa Balding, Annabel Hosie, Dawn Young, Jill McNicoll, Joanne Free, Kay Lannin, Lesley Atkins and Pam Hall

Not a moment too soon for some, the Babe Zaharias entry forms are now available!

Click on the link to down load the form

Babe Zaharias – entry form 2018

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and some new ones at this year’s event at Luffness.

Full details of the clubhouse facilities and catering will be posted on our website before the event. Catering will be available for most of the day including the evening. Those wishing to dine in the evening will be asked to book in advance.

The annual match between the East and West teams for the Mhairi Mac Kay Trophy took place yesterday at  a rather cold and misty Baberton. The girls were all very grateful for their smart new red team jackets which I am told were quite cosy. West won the closely fought match which ended with an East 3.5 – West 4.5 scoreline.

 The girls in red with their playing partners

East Lothian were represented by Annabel Hosie and Ala Gorka who played in the first and last matches of the day. All matches are played off scratch.  Annabel held a small lead for much of her match before a couple of slips in the second half were punished and the match went to the West at the 17th,

Ala at the end of the field  had a convincing 4&2 win.

Full results: (East Girls’ names first):

Annabel Hosie (Kilspindie) lost to Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) 2&1
Evanna Hynd (Elmwood) lost to Lorna McClymont (Milngavie) 1 hole
Eilidh Henderson (Loretto School) beat Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) 3&2
Carys Irvine (Craigielaw) halved with Claire Mclaughlin (West Kilbride)
Porscha Wilson (Burntisland) lost to Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1 hole
Morgan Graham (Falkirk) lost to Taylor White (Cathkin Braes) 2&1
Lucy Morrison (Craigmillar Park) beat Katie Graham (Hamilton) 4&2
Alicja Gorka (Prestonfield) beat Sophie Kyle (East Renfrewshire) 4&2

Round 2 of the Summer Hole & Hole has now been completed. The third round is due to be played on or before the 24th June. Let us hope for some warmer conditions for this round.

The results can be found by following this link:


Following a late withdrawal for family reasons 41 pairs had a fun day a Winterfield.  It may have been cold outside but the welcome inside was definitely warm. Most people also stayed on to enjoy the excellent food. There were some great results and some not so great but the course was looking good.

The top four pairs from today’s competition qualify for the Scottish Final at Stirling GC on Monday 3 September 2018.

1st: Sheila Herschell & Carolyn Gemmell (gross 92, nett 64)

2nd: Jane Nelson & Barbara Wallace (gross 80, nett 66.5) (b.i.h.)

3rd: Hazel Saunders & Catriona Smith (gross 81, nett 66.5)

4th: Karen Probin & Gill Whittaker (gross 84, nett 68)

There were two 2s:

Joanne Watt & Sarah Stichbury at the 4th

Jean McNeill & Corrine Luca at the 14th

Well done to all our winners.

Thank goodness that a let up in our Arctic weather conditions has meant that many of the second round ties have now been completed. A gentle reminder that the deadline for the completion of this round is Sunday the 27th of May.

The updated draw can be seen by following this link: Summer-Hole-Hole-2018-2



Please note that the tee of times have been changed to 10 minute intervals so your tee off time may be different from the time you booked on line. Please check the draw sheet for your new time.

Based on the number of entries we will be able to send 4 couples to Stirling GC on Monday 3 September

2018 Commonwealth Spoons Information Sheet

Commonwealth Spoons – National Guidance

0840Sheila Herschell & Carolyn GemmellViv Cupples & Kirstine McKenzie
0850Lorna White & Elaine SomersAnne Blundell & Irene Stewart
0900Hazel Saunders & Caitriona SmithMary Lou Watkins & Lorna Thomson
0910Lesley Wood & Elaine FinneganAudrey Berg & Linda Grey
0920Isobel Barrie & Helen WalkerLiz McLelland & Irene Campbell
0930Dianne Brown & Clare MackayAnne Rorrison & Janet Fairweather
0940Joanne Watt & Sarah StichburySusan Penman & Lesley Johnston
0950Gail McKill & Jane McMinnJeanie Cole & Beth Scott
1000Caroline Macleod & Carole RossElinor Blair & Alice Archbold
1010Linda Henderson & Linda SmithHeather Neill & Anne McAllister
1020Irene Graham & Gwen RodgersDiane Watt & Lynda Jeffrey
1030Elspeth Morrison & Elizabeth EdwardsLiz MacColl & Christine Reid
1040Felicity Bryant & Polly McPhersonClaire Bowe & Maureen Woodward
1050Elaine Wolstencroft & Linda BlencoweCarol Murray & Eleanor Black
1100Ann Pyrkosz & Sheila KingAnne Marshall & Susan Marshall
1110Elaine Dick & Viv SkinnerWendy Thummanond & Jan Laing
1120Seline Stewart & Liz LonieWendy Gootjes & Geri Turner
1330Janette Buchanan & Pam HallRhona Brankin & Dulcie Barnes
1340Nancy Thorne & Marion CurrieJune Elliot & Brenda Goldstein
1350Jane Nelson & Barbara WallaceJane McNeill & Corrine Luca
1640Louise Casey & Liz MillarKaren Probin & Gill Whittaker


Commonwealth Spoons Draw 2018


We are delighted to announce that the team for this year’s Jamboree at Dunbar will be in alphabetic order:-

Alyssa Balding 

Annabel Hosie

Dawn Young

Jill McNicoll 

Joanne Free 

Kay Lannin 

Lesley Atkins

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 winners June Elliot and Jill McNicoll

A selection of photos from the final day of the championship mainly taken in the morning before the afternoon rain set in and everyone disappeared under waterproofs, woolly and waterproof hats, and umbrellas.

Many thanks to Joyce Hunnan for providing these. Click on the image to enlarge

We returned to Gullane this morning for the semi-finals of the championship and the final of the Handicap Quaich. There was a bit of a breeze but glorious sunshine. Cut off trousers polo shirts and sun visors were the order of the day.

In the first match out defending Champion Jill McNicoll played past Captain Barbara Biggart. Jill edged ahead at the 7th and made steady progress to find herself 4 up at the 15th. A strong comeback from Barbara however took the game to the 18th where Jill closed off the game 1 up.

The second match was between newcomers to the County both playing in their first East Lothian Championship. Audrey Dunnett won out eventually over Karen Fullerton at the 17th 3&1. Karen found a few too many bunkers along the way but was delighted to have had the chance to play Gullane in such great conditions.

The final match of the morning was the Handicap Quaich which was a long battle for both players against each other and the bunkers. The lead swung back and forth between June Elliot and Lorna Thomson with neither player quite able to make more than a two hole lead before being pulled back to all square, which was the state of play at the 18th. Lorna played a great shot to the green from a fairway bunker only to see it kick into a green side bunker. A bunker too far in this case and June took the trophy for the first time.

The conditions this afternoon were in complete contrast to the morning with heavy rain and wind for much of the round. Waterproofs were donned by most on the first tee for warmth as well as protection from the threatening rain. Audrey took the first hole and Jill the second followed by several halved matches before Jill started to edge slowly ahead and when Audrey got caught up in the wet rough on the long 15, Jill drove home her advantage hitting the green in regulation and a shake of the hands followed soon after. Jill retained her title with a 4&3 win.

Audrey like Karen had greatly enjoyed the experience and we are sure that we will see both players returning to the fray in future Championships.

Well done to our Champions Jill McNicoll and June Elliot.

Thanks also to those who turned out to supports the players.

The full draw sheets
Championship Draw 2018
Handicap Quaich 2018 (v2)

More photos to follow

The winner of the Handicap Quaich this year is June Elliot (The Glen).

June beat Lorna Thomson (Gullane) at the 19th Hole.