ELLCGA Latest News

ELLCGA’s Junior Spring Meeting was held at Haddington GC on Sunday 25 July. The results were as follows:

Evie McCallum, gross 82, nett 72

Lucy Thomas, gross 86, nett 72

Louise Martin, gross 87 nett 71

Lucy Hall gross 91, nett 82

Ellie Bent, gross 95, nett 83

So the winner of the Scratch Prize, and Junior Champion, is Evie McCallum (in her first ELLCGA competition!).

1st handicap: Louise Martin

2nd handicap: Lucy Thomas.

Prizes will be presented at the ELLCGA AGM and Prize Giving in November.

Well done to all competitors for an excellent set of scores, with hopefully some handicap cuts to follow.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

Congratulations ladies round 3 completed super quick in this glorious sunshine 🌞.
Well done to everyone who have now made it into the quarterfinals, these games need to be played by or on the 22nd August. Good luck to all and let’s hope the weather continues to shine. Please email your results to kathleeen.Lannin@icloud.com.

Summer Hole & Hole 2021

Congratulations to Joanne Free, a former member of the squad has qualified for the US Women’s Amateur Championship. The competition is being held at Westchester Country Club, NY, from the 2nd until the 9th of August.

Joanne qualified at Wayzata Country Club, Minnesota at the end of June. Full qualifying results can be found here:


I’m sure all of us at ELLCGA wish Joanne all the best next week.

Booking will open at 7.00pm tomorrow (Friday 16 July) for the Summer Meeting, which will be held at Gifford GC on Wednesday 11 August. Tee times will be available from 09.00 to 10.30, 12.00 to 13.30 and 16.00 to 17.00.

Booking will  be via the BRS system (link below).


Jane Nelson

Hon. Secretary ELLCGA


A successful day for our ELL girls team Lucy, Rebecca, Louise and Molly. The girls managed to escape the rain and thunder and lightning achieving a great score of 151 and were just pipped at the post by West Links 152. Well done girls!


A fabulous weather day at Dunbar and our team of Lucy, Louise, Rebecca and Ellie have kept us up there ready for the next match at Haddington on 25th July. A special well done to Ellie for her great score of 41 points!

Well done to all those who have made it through to round 3 of the Summer Hole and Hole. Round 3 ties need to be completed by or on  Sunday 1st August. Please email your results as soon as possible after your ties to kathleeen.lannin@icloud.com.

Summer Hole & Hole 2021

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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

Gathering at the first tee

Tara leads off down the first

keen eyes on the scores


The team were narrowly defeated today by Stirling & Clackmannanshire having fought hard and with great spirit.

Tara MacTaggart won

Carys Irvine  lost

Jill McNicoll  Lost

Mary Lou Watkins   Lost

Kirsten Ireland   Won

Kay Lannin   Draw

Dawn Young   Lost

Clara Young  won

Midlothian beat Fife to win the trophy

Here are the pairings for the match against Stirling & Clackmannanshire. East Lothian names first.

12.10  Tara MacTaggart v Laura Bissett

12.18  Carys Irvine v Jennie Allan

12.26  Jill McNicoll v Alexis Hutton

12.34  Mary Lou Watkins v Alison Goodwin

12.42  Kirsten Ireland v Mhairi Hall

12.50  Kay Lannin v Margo Gardner

12.58  Dawn Young v Olivia Borwick

13.06  Clara Young v Alison Davidson

Team Talk

Warming up the putters

Team Mascots

And the chicken?

Carys’s winning putt

Winning hair too

Tigers don’t like rain

Today’s match was against Fife. In an exciting finish Carys won her match and confirmed an overall win for the team. It’s all to play for in the final match against Stirling and Clackmannanshire tomorrow. Midlothian will play Fife.

Midlothian played and won their match with Stirling and Clackmannanshire today.

Well done to the team.

Full scores can be found on the Scottish golf App.

The results of the matches are as follows:

Tara MacTaggart  won

Jill McNicoll  lost

Kirsten Ireland won

Mary Lou Watkins  lost

Dawn Young  won

Kay Lannin  lost

Carys Irvine  won

Clara Young  won

Here are the pairings for the match against Fife. East Lothian names first.

12.10  Tara MacTaggart v Megan Brown

12.18  Jill McNicoll v Hannah Braidwood

12.26  Kirsten Ireland v Dianne Watson

12.34  Mary Lou Watkins v Jocelyn Mackie

12.42  Dawn Young v Susan Jackson

12.50  Kay Lannin v Zoe Ridgeway

12.58  Carys Irvine v Lorna McKinlay

13.06  Clara Young v Lorraine Morrow

  It took me 3 days to get a team photo at Ladybank, well done ladies.

It wasn’t all plain sailing

Our Team on the First Tee

A determined Clara, lovely birdie at the first

Carys wondering if she has enough food with her

Kirsten looking cool

Diane, nerves of steel!

Looks like Mary Lou is on the phone

Super cool Kay

Jill set to go

Tara so laid back

The deer that munched it’s way through the Pampas Grass while the girls were teeing off

Candid Camera

Caught on Camera

A fighting draw against Midlothian.

In a tense finish Mary Lou won her match to earn the draw.  We think this is the 30th time Mary Lou has played in the Jamboree.

East Lothian play Fife tomorrow.

The match between Stirling and Clackmannanshire and Fife ended in a draw.

Well done to the team

Full scores can be found on the Scottish golf App.

The results of matches are as follows:

Clara won

Carys won

Kirsten lost

Dianne lost

Mary Lou won

Kay lost

Jill lost

Tara won

The East Lothian team have just teed off in their match against Midlothian. Grace Crawford was not available to start as she is attending a Scottish Golf performance camp, congratulations to Grace for being selected to go to this.

Clara hitting East Lothian’s first shot in the match and going on to win the first hole with a birdie

Here are the pairings for the match against Midlothian. Midlothian names first.

12.34 Rachael Livingstone v Clara Young

12.42 Karen Ferguson-Snedden v Carys Irvine

12.50 Emma Morrison v Kirsten Ireland

12.58 Anne Hanson v Dianne Brown

13.06 Kate Rorke v Mary Lou Watkins

13.14 Caroline Steedman v Kay Lannin

13.22 Louise Fraser v Jill McNicoll

13.30 Karen Marshall v Tara MacTaggart

The East Division Inter-County Jamboree 2021 will be held at Kingsknowe Golf Club, from Friday 2nd July – Sunday 4th July 2021 inclusive.

Many thanks to Midlothian County for organising this event and to Kingsknowe for the courtesy of the course.

The Jamboree is an annual three day competition between the East Division counties, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian and Stirling & Clackmannanshire. This year the format has been changed so that the teams will play 8 singles matches against each other on a round robin basis. There will be no caddies/ trolley pullers.

The winners go on to represent the East Division in the County Finals in Forres in August.

Tomorrow East Lothian take on Midlothian in the first of their matches, looking at the potential pairings there will be some very exciting golf on offer. First tee time 12.34pm.  You will be able to get live updates from the Scottish Golf App and also reports from our website.

Accessing the Live Scores from the Scottish Golf App

Go to the Homepage of the App and click on the comps Icon at the bottom of the page. Select Open and Future then scroll down the page until you find Midlothian County Ladies Golf click on this and at the moment you will be able to see player line ups, tomorrow live scores.


Spectators will be allowed access to the course and are asked to respect the current level of guidance and the measures that the club has put in place at the time of the competition.

Car Parking

The main car park is off Kingsknowe Road South. There is a small car park off Lanark Road to the South West side of the Clubhouse. When car parks are full, cars should be parked on a carriageway not blocking any of the Golf Clubs neighbour’s driveways and parking is preferred only on the golf course side of the road on Kingsknowe Road South unless other golfers have parked on the other side. Due to Edinburgh’s ‘spaces for people’ programme the amount of parking next to the Clubhouse has been impacted massively.

The excitement is mounting for the upcoming Jamboree at Kingsknowe Golf Club Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th July. Tee times below.

Friday 2nd July
Match 1 Stirling & Clackmannanshire V Fife 11.30 to 12.26.
Match 2 Midlothian  V East Lothian 12.34 to 13.30

Saturday 3rd July
Match 1 Stirling & Clackmannanshire V Midlothian 11.06 to 12.02.
Match 2 East Lothian V Fife 12.10 to 13.06

Sunday 4th July
Match 1 Fife V Midlothian 11.06 to  12.02
Match 2 East Lothian V Stirling & Clackmannanshire 12.10 to 13.06

Look out for these new hats, visors and snoods available for purchase at the summer meeting in August.

Summer Hole and Hole round 1 completed. There were some very close ties and extra holes have had to be played.
Round 2 ties need to be completed by or on the 11th July.
Let’s hope the sun continues to shine.🌝
Please email your results as soon as possible after your ties to kathleeen.lannin@icloud.com.

Summer Hole & Hole 2021

What a great achievement for Grace coming from six strokes behind to win the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Vase at Castle Park. After her excellent performances in the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship and the Women’s Amateur Championship this was a fantastic result. Further information can be found at the following link.


Congratulations to the ELLCGA girls who won the first East Lothian Junior Golf League at Craigielaw. A grand total of 148 points saw them at the top of the leader board. Well done girls!

Good luck to the girls in the first East Lothian Junior Golf League Match Day.

ELLCGA Junior Team

Craigielaw Sunday 13th June

Gabriella Oliver   – tee time  13.00
Ellie Bent            – tee time   13.00
Charlotte Bauld  – tee time    13.18
Molly Chapman  – tee time    13.18
Rebecca Wilson – tee time    13.18
Lucy Thomas     – tee time     13.00
Louise Martin
Gail McKill
Captain, ELLCGA
This years East Division County Jamboree is from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th July at Kingsnowe Golf Club.
Our strong squad of players, listed below, are all set and we hope to improve on our runners up position last time.

Tara Mactaggart (Captain)
Clara Young
Grace Crawford
Carys Irvine
Kirsten Ireland
Mary Lou Watkins
Kay Lannin
Jill McNicoll
Dawn Young
Dianne Brown
Reserves: Sue Penman & Alyssa Balding

The draw for the event is as follows:

Friday 2nd July Tee Times 1130 to 1330
Match 1 – Stirling & Clackmannanshire V Fife
Match 2 – Midlothian V East Lothian

Saturday 3rd July Tee Times 1100 to 1300
Match 1 – Stirling & Clackmannanshire V Midlothian
Match 2 – East Lothian V Fife

Sunday 4th July Tee Times 1100 to 1300
Match 1 – Fife V Midlothian
Match 2 – East Lothian V Stirling & Clackmannanshire

This year’s tournament will consist of 8 singles matches each day. Due to COVID-19, the format has been changed to keep within current guidelines. There will be no caddies or trolley pullers this year.
We welcome spectators and ask those who are coming along to respect all social distancing measures and guidelines in place at the time.
Please watch our social media and website for each days order of play, results and daily match reports.

Gail McKill
Captain, ELLCGA

We’ve been amazed (and really pleased) at how quickly the Babe Zaharias start sheet has filled up this year.

The start sheet is currently on ten minute intervals, and we have decided to shift this to nine minute intervals to squeeze out some extra places for people on the waiting list.

If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please just reply to this email (ellcga2@gmail.com).

This will mean some minor changes (no more than half an hour, and just a few minutes for most players) for everyone else. We’ll publish the start sheet as soon as possible after the closing date (30 June).

This will allow us to maximise our contribution to Macmillan Cancer Care.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA


Well played Tara it was fantastic to have an ELLCGA player in the final, we are all proud of you.

After winning her semi final against Clara Young, Tara Mactaggart faced Chloe Goadby, 5 & 4 winner against Hannah Darling in the final. The St Regulus player proved a tough opponent, winning the final 4 & 3. Congratulations to Chloe and commiserations to Tara.

Full scores can be found here:


ELLCGA are guaranteed a finalist in the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship at Gullane GC. Congratulations to Tara MacTaggart and Clara Young  who will face each other in the semi final, the other semi final sees Hannah Darling taking on Claire Goadby.

Good luck to all the players in what should be a fantastic day of golf.

Follow updates on Twitter and the Scottish Golf App – News page.

Entries open at 7.00pm on Tuesday 1 June for this year’s Babe Zaharias Trophy (scratch) and Ultraplast Trophy (handicap), in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, to be played at Longniddry GC on Monday 16 August 2021. Booking is via the East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association website (follow the ‘Read More’ link below). This is an open competition, not restricted to ELLCGA members. The handicap index limit is 30.4.

The entry fee is £25, with all proceeds to Macmillan. Last year we donated nearly £4000 from this event.

Entries will close on 30 June, following which date refunds for withdrawals will not be made.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in August.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA