The final was held on Saturday amidst more rain and wind. Connie Jaffrey (The Ladies Golf Club Troon) got of to a wonderful start with a fine display of her short game and putting skills requiring only single putts on six of the first nine holes leading Clara Young (North Berwick)by five holes at the turn. Clara was down but not out. A five hole winning run at the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes squared the match. A great comeback. A bogey at the 16th saw her go one down again. The 18th saw her plugged in thick and wet rough and unable to move the ball any distance the game was up and Connie won the championship by two holes.

Well down Clara on such a great contest and in almost securing the Scootish for a second time.

At last the skies cleared and the players did not have to battle the elements.

Clara Young started the day with a convincing 6&5 win over 13 year old Anna McKay from Crail before going on to beat Jennifer Saxton from Muckhart 4&3.

Clara now meets Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) in the final of the Scottish Women’s Amateur Chamionship tomorrow morning. We wish Clara success in final.

The weather has dominated the Scottish Women’s Championship at Royal Aberdeen. Day 1 had full squads of greenkeepers and helpers desperately trying to keep the greens playable and welly boots the preferred foot wear. Day 2 had to be cancelled completely in strong winds which had flag poles almost bent double at times. The qualifying had to be determined solely on the waterlogged day 1 results. This saw Clara Young qualify for the Championship and Stacey Cameron and Sarah Stichbury qualify for the Clark Rosebowl.

Day 3 again had the players out in teeming rain. In the Clark Rosebowl Stacey lost in the first round 3&2 to C Wilson (Murcar Links) and Sarah Stichbury at the 19th to Wendy Nicholson.

In the Championship Clara won her first round tie against E Watson comfortably 5&4. In the afternoon though she had a battle on her hands when faced with Rachael Polson (Kenmay). Three hole down Clara fought back to square the match at the 18th with a birdie before going on to win at the 19th. congratulations go to Clara in qualifying for the championships and her great play in winning her first two ties. I am sure everyone wishes Clara good luck for today.

Well done also to Stacey and Sarah for qualifying for the Rosebowl in the conditions and in battling performances in the ties.
(full results available on the Scottish Golf Website)

Many of our ELLCGA members are busy at the moment playing in club competitions, open days and Scottish events. Here is just a few snippets.

Clara Young is currently in contention in the St Rules Trophy.  After 2 rounds  she is on a three way tie on 139  chasing Gemma Clews who leads the field. Good luck today Clara.

Next week Clara Young, Dawn Young, Stacey Cameron, Sarah Stichbury and Dianne Brown will be playing in the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen and we wish them all well.

ELLCGA members were well represented in the annual West v. East Vets match which was held at Mortonhall GC this week. In a close match East won 5-4 The results were as follows:- (West Team players first named)

Donna Jackson lost to Jennifer Bryans 2 & 1
Gillian Kyle halved with Anne Hanson
Lesley Lloyd beat Sue Penman 5 & 4
Nicky Henderson halved with Carol Brown
Roz Purdom beat Dawn Young 4 & 3
May Hughes lost to Anne Brownie by 1 hole
Robina Gilbertson beat Sophia Spiewak 9 & 7
Jennifer Mack lost to Linda Grieve by 1 hole
Anabel Kane lost to Hazel Saunders 4 & 3

Finally Barbara Biggart, free of the responsibilities of County Captain, recently won the Gleneagles Ladies Open Scratch Trophy.

Apologies for any major achievements I have missed.  I hope to report on many more successes over the summer.

Summer has arrived at last and we were all so pleased to be able to play in our shorts and polo shirts today at Longniddry. What a contrast to the rain at Gifford last year and the cold winds at Muirfield just a few weeks ago.

There were some good scores but some obviously were confused by the sun and lack of wind!

First – Anne McAllister & Heather Neill – 93 – 22.5 –  70.5

Second – Sheila Herschell & Carolyn Gemmell – 102 – 28 – 74

Third – Anne Blundell & Irene Stewart  – 89 – 14 – 75

The best five score  qualify for the finals at Alyth on the 11th September. Details will be sent to the qualifiers in due course.

Fourth – Linda Henderson & Linda Smith 92 – 16 – 76 (better back 9)

Fifth – Linda Gray & Audrey Berg – 95 – 19 – 76

Two’s – Hazel Saunders & Cationa Smith (16th)



8.48Sheila HerschellCarolyn GemmellJane McMinnJenni Ray
8.56Hazel SaundersCatriona SmithMary Lou WatkinsLorna Thomson
9.04Clare MackayDianne BrownDawn YoungClara Young
9.12Sue WarrenAlice ArchiboldIsabel SmithChristine Reid
9.2Elizabeth McLellandIrene CampbellFrances HallAnne Featherstone
9.28Anne McallisterHeather NeillIrene GrayJanet Fairweather
9.36Sue PenmanLiz MacCollMargaret MilliganAnne Forbes
9.44Carole RossCarol MacleodGwen RodgersIrene Graham
9.52Anne BlundellIrene StewartDorothy ThomsonLiz Lonie
10.00Carol MurrayDiane HuishLorna WhiteElaine Somers
10.08Sally LucasGeorgene ParsonsJillian RankinFiona Hutchison
10.16Felicity BryantPat CusdenChristian BlakeLesley Ross
10.24Elspeth MorrisonElizabeth EdwardsKaren ProbinCynthia Guthrie
10.32Sandra PollockIvy DonnVal BalfourBarbara Wallace
10.40Robyn WeddellJean WaddellSeline StewartPat Lockie
10.48Jeanie ColeSandra BanksSharon LynchJane Watt
11.04Janice MacLeodAnne WoodLinda GrayAudrey Berg
11.12Audrey DunnettHelen FindlayShona LowLibby Burnett
11.20Annabel HosieLauren LeeTricia BoydAnne Abrams
13.20Anne PyrkoszAnn LaffertyGeri TurnerFiona Larnach
13.36Janette BuchananPam HallJane NelsonJanette Laing
13.44Linda HendersonLinda SmithElaine DickViv Skinner
13.52Nancy ThorneMarion CurrieJune ElliotBrenda Goldstein
16.40Corrine LucaJean McNeill
16.40Lynn LundFiona HopkinsonJill McNicollLillias McNicoll
17.12Alyssa BaldingAnne MarshallHelen NapierMoira Stewart

The Junior Spring Meeting and Championship was held at Winterfield today. Unfortunately “sunny Dunny” did not live up to its name and although it was sunny a few miles away the girls started in drizzle and although this did blow away it remained cold. There was some good scoring despite the conditions and the fact that the girls did not know the course. This was also the nominated competition for The Telegraph Vitality Junior Championship and the winners names and scores go forward with the possibility of qualifying for the finals. Some golf balls courtesy of The Telegraph also go to the winners.

Congratulations to Grace Crawford and Emily Chapman for repeating last year’s results by winning the Scratch and Handicap Trophies respectively. Congratulations also to Kate Crawford for taking 2nd Handicap.

The full results:-
Scratch and winner of the Marjory Draper Trophy for the Junior Champion – Grace Crawford – 78
Handicap and winner of the Morrison Quaich – Emma Chapman 89 – 21 = 68
2nd Handicap – Kate Crawford – 93 – 23 = 70

Other scores
Abbey Nisbet – 81 – 9 = 72
Ala Gorka – 87 – 14 = 73
Annie Wilson  – 85 – 17 = 78

CSS – 66

Jane McMinn winner of the Handicap Quaich today at Muirfield

After a thrilling final that went all the way to the 21st hole Jill McNicoll  emerged as the 2017 Champion. Congratulations go to Jill on winning but also to Kay Lannin who proved to be a very worthy runner up.  We were treated to some great golf and a match that swung back and forth.

A full report and photos will be posted shortly.

A full report will follow

Championship Semi Finals

8.30am  – Stacey Cameron lost 4&3 v Kay Lannin

8.38am  – Jill McNicoll won 4&3 v Dawn Young

Handicap Quaich

8.54 – Sue Murray lost to Jane McMinn 2 down

congratulations to Jane Mc Minn on winning the Handicap Quaich.

The Championship final will be contested between Kay Lannin and Jill McNicoll.



9.20am – Stacey Cameron won 3&1 v.Eleanor Black

9.28am – Elinor Blair won 3&3 v Barbara Biggart

9.36 am – Alyssa Balding lost 3&2 v Kathleen Lannin

9.44am – Dianne Brown lost 5&3 v Lesley Johnston

9.52am – Mary Lou Watkins  lost to Keren Ward at the 19th

10.00am – Sue Penman lost 5&4 v Jill McNicoll

10.08am – Hazel Saunders won 3&1 v Sarah Stichbury

10.16 am – Margaret Milligan lost 5&4 v Dawn Young

Handicap Quaich

10.32am – Sue Murray won 4&3 v Anne Blundell

10.40am – Barbara Wallace won 3&2 v Irene Gray

10.48am – Elaine Somers lost 7&6 v Marie Young

10.56am – Fiona Maciver lost 4&2 v Jane McMinn






The County Flag flew over Muirfield yesterday for our first County Meeting of the year and the first to be held at Muirfield. The conditions were to say the least testing with winds toppling trolleys and making it very difficult around the greens. Despite the conditions there were no call offs on the day and while there were rather more N/Rs than usual only a very few decided to retire at the 9th. We were however lucky that apart from one hail shower bang on 2pm as I tee’d off the forecasted  rain stayed away.

The winds and chill on the course were balanced by the warmth of the welcome we received in the clubhouse and many people have commented on how friendly and welcoming everyone was.

The first three pictured above, Stacey Cameron, Mary Lou Watkins and Hazel Saunders, set off at 8am and set the pace both in terms of scores and pace of play. They completed their round in 3hours 20 minutes and all three will be returning on Sunday to play in the championship. Congratulations go to Stacey also for winning the over all scratch prize.

Despite the conditions several members managed reductions in their handicap including the three ladies contesting the Silver Handicap Prizes. All three scored nett 77 and count backs were required. Congratulations to new member Alyssa Balding who has moved north from Northumberland (1st), Dawn Young (2nd) and Margaret Milligan (3rd)

As the winds strengthened even more in the afternoon the famous short  7th hole (photo above) was made even more difficult as it became almost impossible to replace a ball that had been marked without it wandering off downhill in the wind.

The winds abated late in the day and everyone managed to get round  before the light failed and as we awaited their return we enjoyed a wonderful sunset.




Spring Meeting Winners

First Scratch Stacey Cameron 81

First Silver Handicap Alyssa Balding 87 (10) 77 After count back
Second Silver H’cap Dawn Young 84 (7) 77 After count Back
Third Silver H’cap Margaret Milligan 93 (16) 77 After count back

Bronze Scratch Susan Murray 106
First Bronze H’cap Elaine Somers 110 (27) 83
Second Bronze H’cap Sheila Herschell 110 ( 22) 88
Third Bronze H’cap Patricia Phillips 110 ( 21) 89

CSS – 79
Reductions only

There were 3 twos:- Marie Young @ 16th, Dawn Young @ 16th and Elaine Wolstencroft @ 4th.

Cheques will follow to the lucky winners of the sweep.




The draw for the Spring Meeting  is shown in full below. Please download and read the following information sheet/guide for your visit to Muirfield. Even if you have been there before please read since the arrangement may well be different from your previous visit.2017 Spring Meeting Muirfield Information Sheet

A raffle will be held on the day with some excellent prizes. The funds raised will be donated to Marie Curie in memory of Ros Thoresen a former secretary of ELLCGA, past ladies captain of North Berwick and well known member and good supporter of several golf clubs in East Lothian over the last 15/20 years.

ELLCGA Spring Meeting and Championship Qualifier – Muirfield
Monday 24th April 2017
TimeRes. NamePlayer 1Player 2Player 3
08:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGMary Lou WatkinsHazel SaundersStacey Leona Cameron
08:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGBarbara BiggartJan GrayClare Mackay
08:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGHelen WalkerIsobel BarrieLilias McNicoll
08:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGEleanor BlackCarol MurrayDiane Watt
08:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGAlyssa BaldingLinda HendersonPat Phillips
08:50ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGSusan PenmanLesley JohnstonVivien Skinner
09:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJane RichardsonAnn SmithLucy O’Riordan
09:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGElinor BlairDawn YoungDianne Brown
09:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGClare BoweMrs Shona LoweMaragaret Milligan
09:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGKirstine McKenzieFelicity BryantSusan Warren
09:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGFrances HallLindsey GardenPat Cusden
09:50ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGSusan MurrayChristian BlakeWendy Thummanond
10:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGKaren ProbinDulcie BarnesAlice Archbold
10:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGElaine WolstencroftJeanie ColeBev Fawdon
10:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGIrene GrayLinda GrieveLesley Ross
10:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGLiz MclellandSarah StichburyVeryan Biggar
10:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGLorraine WhiteSheila HerschellCarolyn Gemmell
11:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGCarol BiggarIngrid ElgsaasGeorgene Parsons
11:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGCarole RossCarol MacLeodJanice Reid
11:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGElaine SomersLorna WhiteLiz Edwards
11:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJanice MacLeodAnne WoodElizabeth Grandison
11:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJoanne WattDorothy ThomsonVicki Sandeman
11:50ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGAnne RorrisonAnne BlundellJan Laing
12:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGChristine ReidDiana KingWendy Gootjes
12:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGElaine FinneganLinda GrayJoan Logan
12:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGLesley WoodAudrey BergJanet Reid
12:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGLiz MacCollSandra PollockKathleen Lannin
12:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGAnn PyrkoszShiela KingSally Lucas
13:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGGillian WhittakerLynn LundAnn Long
13:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJackie SmithLinda SmithLynda Jeffrey
13:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJill RankinJoan HendersonBarbara Baikie
13:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJenni RayDiane HuishJane McMinn
13:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGMarie YoungJoan DoigIsabel Smith
13:50ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGBarbara WallaceMrs Val BalfourMrs Elaine Fell
14:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGElaine DickSamantha FrostAnne McKenzie
14:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGNancy ThorneBrenda GoldsteinJune Elliott
14:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGPam HallJanette BuchananLinda Sneath
14:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGSeline StewartPatricia LockieAnn Forbes
14:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGMorag NicholsonTina MooneyAnne White
14:50ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGTricia BoydAnne AbramsJoan McElearney
15:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGGwen RodgersIrene GrahamJane Nelson
16:00ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJane WattMarion LauderHelen Bruce
16:10ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGLouise CaseyLiz MillarSharon Lynch
16:20ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGSheila BlackwoodHelen SewardAli Carslaw
16:30ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJane D McNeillMrs Corrine LucaMoira Stewart
16:40ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGJill McNicollKeren WardAnne Marshall
16:50ELLCGA SPRING MEETINGGill Ellis-PowHeather McCutcheonFiona Hopkinson

Congratulations to Lauren Lee and Annabel Hosie (two of our older juniors)  who have recently completed their PGA Level One coaching qualifications. Annabel is I understand one of the youngest girls to attain this qualification. Well done both on taking the initiative to add this new string to your bows. I hope that you will both be able to put your new qualification to use over the summer months.


The February draw was made today and the three lucky winners were:-

1st Prize – Hazel Saunders (23)

2nd Prize – Anne Marshall (24)

3rd Prize – Liz McColl (84)


The team took on Gullane GC today in the annual match for the Percy Vere Trophy. The conditions were testing to say the least with winds gusting to 40pmh at times.  We were however spared the worst of the rain and the match as always was played in good spirits. Steven and his team looked after us well in clubhouse and we all enjoyed the post match hospitality and chat over high tea.  Our thanks go to Gullane GC for once again extending their hospitality and for their good wishes to the team in the Inter County Matches at Stirling later in June.

I say we played for the Percy Vere Trophy but the elusive Percy was not to be found. Having been missing last year he was found and returned to the clubhouse but was no where to be found this afternoon. We will however persevere and I am sure Percy will take pride of place on the table next year.

The result:-

Gavin Boyd & John Heaphy beat Keren Ward & Lauren Lee 3&2

Alistair Brown & Paul Craig lost to Mary Lou Watkins & Hazel Saunders 2&1

Colin Sinclair & Paul Anderson beat Lesley Johnstone & Barbara Biggart 2&1

Kevin Thomson & Harry MacLean beat Kay Lannin & Dawn Young 5&3

Davie Saunders & Stuart Munro lost to Jill McNicoll & Pam Hall 4&3

Andy Bamford & Nigel Watt beat Ann Sewell & Sharon Lynch 2&1

Congratulations go to Gullane GC on their 4-2 win.


We have had a phenomenal interest in our Spring Meeting and the highest entry  that I can remember by a very large margin.

I am glad to report that the new booking system seemed to go very smoothly with only a few people finding that they were pipped at the post in competition for a time. We had 44 bookings in the first 30 minutes and 115 in the course of the first day.

I realise that there are very few tee off times still showing as available. If you are unable to book a time please email Eleanor Black at eleanork_black

There are always cancellations and I hope one way or another that we will manage to fit you in between now and 24th April.

Just a reminder Ladies that there will be plenty of tee off times for Muirfield and we would ask you PLEASE do not all try to book as soon as the sheet opens. No system can cope with a hundred people all trying to log on at once.  There is plenty time to book so please take your time.

Thank you.

As many of you may by now have heard  Ros Thoresen sadly died at home on Monday 13th February 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Ros was a member and great supporter of ELLCGA for many years and a past Hon Secretary . She will also be known to many of you more recently as past lady captain at North Berwick GC. She will be greatly missed by her many friends as well as by her family.

I hope you will like the fresh look and layout and will take the time to find out find out what is where. The view you have may alter slightly depending on whether you are viewing on a computer, tablet, mini -tablet or smart phone.  

I am looking forward to the season ahead, but the committee have been busy over the winter months and not just with the setting up the new website.

Carol Murray and Eleanor Black have been busy with the new BRS online system for entering and paying for the three Meetings and the Commonwealth Spoons.

Barbara Biggart and I having listened to the clubs and discussed matters with Carole Ross and Carol Macleod set in train changes to the format of the 5 a-side competition. Jenni Ray and I have now met again with all the club representatives and the rules and draws are now all in place for the new format. The Dewar Trophy will remain a scratch competition but the Carols’ Trophy will in future be a handicap competition. Such is the interest that a draw was made for the competition to be run in two sections with a play off for the Trophy.   For further details look under the 5 A-Side tab.

Jenni has also been busy with the arrangements for the pre-season lunch which moves to Kilspindie this year. Jenni is now taking bookings and full details and the menu are under the County Events tab – Social Events.

Frances Hall and I have been reviewing the branded clothing on available to members and have decided to drop some of the items and to offer some others.  We are glad to report that the Nike long sleeved quarter zip tops which we acquired in small numbers 2 years ago for the team and those quick enough to snap up the remainder have become available again. Have a look at the About tab – Branded Goods to see what is on offer. We hope to add some other options from time to time so keep an eye on the site.

The squad has been meeting up regularly for practise matches and have now had the first of two short game sessions with Ailsa Murphy at Gullane. Hopefully their games will be finely honed by the time they have the annual matches v Gullane GC and Borders Ladies.

There has been no junior training over the winter but Wendy Thummanond has all their venues arranged for the year ahead and is planning to repeat last year’s spring sessions with Martyn Huish during the Easter holidays. Two of the juniors, Lauren Lee and Annabel Hosie have however been taking part in the ladies squad events.

But what about the golf I hear you say. Janet Fairweather has been recording the results and keeping us up to date with the winter foursomes and as we enter February the ties for the semi- finals are Lynn Lund and Fiona Hopkinson v Ingrid Elgsaas and Georgene Parsons in the upper half of the draw and Frances Hall and Lindsey Garden v. Gwen Stewart and Lesley Ross in the bottom half of the draw.

We enter a new era with our online entry for the Spring, Summer and Autumn Meetings and the Commonwealth Spoons. Eleanor has prepared a note explaining how to book. The system will go live for the Spring Meeting at Muirfield on 20th February at 8am.  There are plenty of tee times so no need for everyone to rush at once.

This year, as announced previously, we are also changing the booking arrangements for the Summer Hole & Hole and the Winter Foursomes. There is no form. If you want to enter the Summer Hole & Hole simply email Janet Fairweather at before the 17th March. We will then do the draw and post this on the website under the County Events tab- Summer Hole & Hole. As always the competition will run from 1st April till 30th September. So if you enter remember to check when you need to play by.

Entries for the Winter Foursomes will not be accepted before the 1st August and a reminder will be sent out nearer the time.

Once everyone has got used to the changes I hope that you will find the new arrangement much easier and I know the committee are looking forward to a lot less cheques and wee slips of paper being passed round. There may be a few teething issues and we may need to tweak the website a little as we start to use it and Linda Henderson will be helping to keep it all up to date. 

Finally I wish you all an enjoyable and successful season and I look forward to seeing you at the lunch and or at this year’s meetings.


Elaine Dick

Dear Members of ELLCGA

As part of their 150 year Celebrations I am pleased to announce our Pre-season lunch will be at Kilspindie Golf Club on Saturday 4th March 2017.

The cost of a ticket is £18.50, this includes a 2 course meal, coffee, mints and gratuity.

Lunch will be from 12.30pm for 1pm. 

I have not included a pre-lunch drink as it appears that most Ladies choose to buy their own choice of drink.  We have been left with rather a lot of juice and Prosecco in the past.  I have reflected this in this year’s price.  We accept online payments for this event, but if you do so please remember to put your name as the reference.  The form to choose your menu is on the website and can be forwarded to me at  For those who wish to send a cheque please do so to my address.  I will not be sending out tickets.

Ian Malcolm is the speaker this year and he will give us a potted history of Aberlady from the Bronze Age to present day.  He is head of the local Historical Society, so will add much to our 150 year celebrations. 

I hope we may see new members join us this year and look forward to meeting them and our present members at what will hopefully start Kilspindie off to a good year.  It is a great chance to meet up with fellow County players before the season has started.

I hope you will be able to come and if you wish to sit with friends please let me know on your lunch order form and I will try to accommodate everyone.

I look forward to seeing you at the lunch.

Kind regards 

Jenni Ray – Vice Captain