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Just to let you know that we are thinking of our members and trying to make some plans. Thanks to Gail McKill for organising a “Zoom” meeting for us, an interesting experience for all. One of our committee members did have to leave the meeting briefly, to get her wine delivery but otherwise it went smoothly.

So far the only events that have been cancelled are the Spring meeting and the Summer Hole & Hole but we do expect that more will fall by the wayside.

We hope everyone is safe and well.

ELLCGA Committee

In the light of the updated Coronavirus recommendations we have had to make the following decisions.

The Spring Meeting at Luffness is cancelled/postponed, we have been advised by Luffness that all competitions have been cancelled.

The Summer Hole & Hole competition is cancelled.

The Club Captain’s meeting has been postponed.

All Junior League events in March have been cancelled.

Check with the website to receive any updated information.
This is such a worrying time for all you you. Please be safe and let us keep in touch.

Take care
Jenni

In accordance with the government recommendations re Coronavirus the Summer Hole & Hole Competition has been cancelled.

The situation regarding Coronavirus is becoming more complicated every day.

We are concerned about the welfare of our members and would ask that if you have any symptoms such as a high temperature or a have developed a cough please do not play Summer Hole & Hole ties.

More information will follow re our other competitions in due course.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
Do
√ wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
√ always wash your hands when you get home or into work
√ use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
√ cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
√ put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
√ try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don’t
× do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

A beautiful day for golf so no complaints from anyone.
Mary Lou Watkins and Gail McKill played par golf beating Jenni Ray and Jane McMinn at the 15th.
It sounds like good golf was played in the Spring sunshine ☀️
Congratulations to Gail and Mary Lou.
Kay Lannin

The Glen hosted the pre season lunch on Saturday the 29th of February. There was a fantastic turnout of over 80 of our members who were treated to a lovely lunch and a fiendish “Guess the Golfer” quiz. I’m sure that everyone enjoyed catching up.

Many thanks to the catering staff at the Glen for providing excellent service. Thanks must go to Gail McKill and the rest of the committee for organising this event.

Lesley Wood

A few more photographs can be found here: https://www.ellgolf.co.uk/county-events/social-events/pre-season-lunch-2019/

Squad short game session this evening with Katy Mcnicoll at the Loretto Golf Academy.

-What a fantastic facility, many thanks for allowing us to use it.

Hopefully this will stand us in good stead for Sunday’s match against Gullane Golf Club.

Jill McNicoll

The final is between  Vice Captain Gail McKill & Mary Lou Watkins  against Captain Jenni Ray & Jane McMinn. Wishing both teams good luck and well done in getting through to the final.

Draw sheet can be found here : Winter-Foursomes 2019 -2021
Regards
Kay Lannin

Summer may seem a long way off however entries  for our summer singles competition are now being taken. Can you please send your entry to kathleeen.lannin@icloud.com I will reply to each email received.
The closing date for entries is Sunday the 1st of March the draw will be published shortly after this date.

Kay Lannin

Congratulations to all in getting your matches played so promptly. We are now at the semi finals, good luck to all and fingers crossed you get good weather for your ties. Semi finals to be played by the 25th of February.

Kay Lannin

Results can be found by following this link: Winter-Foursomes 2019 -2021a

A very enjoyable and skillful morning at the East Lothian Indoor Bowls arena. Many thanks to the kind volunteers who made this possible.

More photos can be found by following this link:

https://www.ellgolf.co.uk/county-events/social-events/bowling-photos/

Jenni Ray

Ladies,

Now that we have packed away our Christmas Decorations, we can relax and start planning our 2020!

There is no better way to begin the Golf Season than with the Pre-Season Lunch. This year, in keeping with our decision to keep moving round different clubs, we are heading to Glen Golf Club, where I am sure we will be well looked after in their beautiful clubhouse with amazing views.

If you have not already returned a booking form, please click on the attachment for full details. The closing date for bookings is 14 February.

If you use the online payment option (the same bank details as for your subs) please can you either send me a copy of the form back by mail, email or even a photograph by text showing your choice of meal. You are welcome to sit with your friends or come along on your own and make new friends. Tables will be in 8s or 10s depending on numbers. Please let me know your choice of seating arrangement.

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and new faces at the lunch. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Kind regards

Gail McKill
Vice-Captain
16a/2 Corrennie Gardens
Edinburgh
EH10 6DG
Gail.mckill@btinternet.com
07876614113

https://www.ellgolf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ELL-Lunch-Booking-Form-1.pdf

Macmillan Cancer Support representative Michelle Campbell received a cheque for £4400 raised at this year’s Babe Zaharias Competition. Presenting the cheque was Elaine Dick accompanied by Jenni Ray and Gail McKill.

The competition this year was held at The Musselburgh GC and thanks must go to their members Diane Fraser, Jan Laing, Margaret Tiffany Linda Smith and Irene Gray for all their help in raising this fantastic sum.

Thank you to Rathbone Investment for their much appreciated sponsorship of this event.

Remember The Babe Zaharias is being held at Muirfield this year.

The first round has now been completed despite torrential rain, it sounds like there have been some great tight matches and sadly a couple of walkovers due to illness.

Here is the draw for the next round of the winter foursomes:

Winter-Foursomes 2019 -2020

Kay Lannin

Many congratulations to our honorary member Catriona Matthew who has been chosen to captain the European Solheim Cup team for the second time.

Catriona will be captain again at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, in 2021.

Catriona was part of the first European team to win on US soil at Colorado Golf Club in 2013, hopefully she can lead her team to victory in 2021.

Sunday 12 January, 10am to midday: bowling at Meadowmill for all ELLCGA members (more details to follow).

Saturday 29 February: Pre-Season Lunch at The Glen GC.

Monday 20 April: Spring Meeting and Championship Qualifier at Luffness New GC (booking opens on 23 March).

Sunday/Monday 3/4 May: Championship and Quaich Knock-out Rounds at Luffness New.

Thursday 21 May: Commonwealth Spoons at Haddington GC (booking opens on 23 April).

Monday 15 June: Summer Meeting at Royal Musselburgh GC (booking opens on 18 May).

Saturday 4 to Monday 6 July: Inter-County Jamboree at Kingsknowe GC.

Monday 10 August: Autumn Meeting (and Catriona Matthew Team Trophy) at Winterfield GC (booking opens on 13 July).

Monday 17 August: Babe Zaharias and Ultraplast Trophies at HCEG Muirfield (opening date for booking to be confirmed).

The main Prize Giving followed the AGM

County Champion this year is Grace Crawford who beat Lesley Johnson in the final at Longniddry.

Grace receiving her trophy from Vice President Carole Ross.

Jing Yun Little won the Handicap Quaich beating Lesley Wood in the final.

Congratulations to all of the players who took part in the competitions run by ELLCGA.

The full list of prize and trophy winners can be found at these links:

Senior Prize Winners 2019

Senior Trophy Winners 2019

Thank you to Jane McMinn for the photographs more of these can be found here:

https://www.ellgolf.co.uk/about/agm/prize-giving-photographs-2019/

Frances Hall, Junior Secretary, reported that there were sixteen juniors this year an increase over last year. For the first time, we had entered an ELLCGA team in the East Lothian Junior Golf League and the team performed really well in this competition.

The girls’ handicaps have all been reduced this season and they have won a lot of prizes and trophies at their clubs, at junior Opens and in the East of Scotland events. Special mention must go to Ellie Bent winner of the Trophy for most improved golfer and of course to our Junior and Senior Champion Grace Crawford (pictured below with vice president Carole Ross). 

Congratulations to all our Junior prize winners this year.

The full list of Junior prize winners can be found at this link:

JUNIOR PRIZES

It has been a very successful season for our Juniors and thanks must go to our Junior secretary Frances Hall for all her hard work.

Thank you to Jane McMinn for the photographs of the prize giving.

In her captain’s report Jenni Ray welcomed everyone to the meeting at North Berwick Golf Club and was pleased to announce that Catriona Matthew had agreed that a trophy could be presented in her name. “The Catriona Matthew Team Trophy” will be played for by club teams in the Autumn Meeting. One of the highlights of her captaincy was the commitment and performance of the County Squad at the Jamboree.

The treasurer, Elaine Wolstencraft reported a healthy financial position in the light of which there will be no change to subscriptions or entry fees.  Some changes will be made to on-line booking, competitions will open for booking 4 weeks ahead of the competition and there will be changes to how refunds are processed.

The proposed changes to the constitution were approved including a new Intermediate membership category for 18 to 25 year olds.

The Captain and Vice-Captain were proposed for re-election for 2020.  Remaining officers continued in post.

ELLCGA are delighted to announce a new team competition that will be played for at the Autumn Meeting each year. Honorary member of ELLCGA Catriona Matthew has worked with us in creating the competition in recognition of her captaincy of the successful European Solheim Cup at Gleneagles this year.

‘The Catriona Matthew Team Trophy” will be played for by teams of ELLCGA members from East Lothian Clubs. The clubs will select the teams taking part. Each team will consist of 3 members of the same club, with 2 scores to count, it will not be necessary for team members to play with each other.

Competition rules can be found at this link:

https://www.ellgolf.co.uk/competition-rules/the-catriona-matthew-trophy/

Winterfield Golf Club will have the honour of hosting this new competition on the 10th August 2020.   We hope all clubs will be encouraging their members to enter the meeting so they can compete for this fine trophy. Clubs will be encouraged to pick junior ELLCGA members to be part of their teams. We also are hoping that Catriona may be able to present the trophy.

Jenni Ray

ELLCGA Junior Girls were invited by Scottish Golf and Kingsbarns Golf Links to participate in the Kingsbarns Girls Classic on Saturday 2nd November.

This exciting event is now in its second year and is a legacy of Kingsbarns hosting the Women’s British Open in 2017. Scottish Golf’s aim is to give developing young female golfers the opportunity to play one of the world’s finest links courses, celebrate women’s golf in Scotland and inspire more young women to fulfil their golfing potential.
Each County in Scotland was invited to nominate two players to take part and they were joined by a Scottish female PGA professional or Ladies European Tour player to play as a team in a Texas Scramble format.

Abby Nisbet and Lucy Hall were selected to represent East Lothian and were joined by Gabrielle MacDonald in their Texas Scramble team. The 3 girls thoroughly enjoyed their day and played very well. 14 counties were represented at the event with people travelling from as far as Dumfries and Inverness to take part in the day.  The weather was very kind – no wind and only a few drops of rain in the last few holes.

The county representatives met for lunch and had an informal discussion on how Scottish Golf can work with us to support girls’ Golf.

Abby, Lucy and Gabrielle played very well as a team and finished in first place. It was a very enjoyable day and Abby and Lucy were delighted to have the opportunity to play such a great golf course!

Frances Hall

Congratulations to all the girls and Ladies who played in the annual match against Lanarkshire today at North Berwick West Links. The conditions were truly testing, with wind and rain. The match ended with a 2 all draw. Photographed are the Junior pairings of Annie Wilson, Molly Paton of ELLCGA and Jodie Graham and Kitty Maslanka from Lanarkshire. Thanks to Kay Lannin, Barbara Biggart, Dulcie Barnes, Mary Lou Watkins, Dawn Young and Carys Irvine who all represented ELLCGA. Thank you to North Berwick Golf Club for hosting the match providing an excellent course and catering.

Jenni Ray

The ELLCGA AGM and Prizegiving will be held at North Berwick Golf Club at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on Thursday 7 November. Tea/coffee/wine/juice will be available beforehand.

We will also have a stock of the new gilets available for sale, at a price of £50.

Please find enclosed the agenda, minutes from last year, proposed amendments to the constitution and 2018/19 accounts.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary

I saw this video and thought that it would be good to share the exploits of our champion at The Machrie on the Isle of Islay. It was the venue for a spectacular end of season tournament for golfers from the Barrie Douglas Foundation, Paul Lawrie Foundation and Stephen Gallacher Foundation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L5AQ6Ou2Ek

The East Lothian Junior Golf Championships 2019 was played for at The Glen Golf Club on Tuesday 15th October.  There were 58 Competitors including 11 girls.  The highest number of Girls since the event started in 1998.
The East Lothian Girls who were able to play in the Championship were Grace Crawford, Lucy Thomas, Ala Gorka, Charlotte Bauld, Ellie Bent, Emma Rudd and Louise Martin.
Grace won the 1st Scratch with a gross 77, net 76.
Lucy Thomas won the 1st Handicap with a gross 84, net 63.
Charlotte Bauld won the 2nd handicap with a 101 gross, net 69.
Ellie Bent won the 1st U14/U12 Scratch with a 102 net 81
Louise Martin won the 1st U14/U12 Net with a 103 gross net 76.
Congratulations to Emma Rudd and Ala Gorka who both had net 80.
 
Thanks are given to East Lothian Council for continuing to sponsor the Championships.  The Provost John McMillan and Sam Fox, The Glen Ladies Captain, presented the prizes and trophies.  In 2019 there were 24 Girls entering in the East Lothian League and we hope to increase this as we encourage more Junior Girls into our Association.
Our thanks to all the Players, Parents, Junior Convenors and particularly Frances Hall for managing our East Lothian Ladies Junior team who have achieved so much this year.
Jenni Ray
The East of Scotland Championship was held at North Berwick GC today.  It was a calm, mostly dry day but quite cold.  We had a full field of 69 players from across the four counties (East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Stirling & Clackmannanshire).  Many of the competitors had not played North Berwick before, and enjoyed discovering its unique features and world-famous holes.  The course was in superb condition and the clubhouse made everyone feel very welcome.
Congratulations to the 2019 East of Scotland Champion, Karen Ferguson-Snedden and the winning Midlothian team.
Gross:
1st (and East of Scotland Champion for 2019): Karen Ferguson-Snedden, Mortonhall GC and Midlothian, with a gross 73
2nd: Kate McIntosh, Broomieknowe and Midlothian (74 bih)
3rd: Grace Crawford, Gullane Ladies and East Lothian (74)
Nett:
1st: Brogan Clark, Lundin Links and Fife, with a nett 71
2nd: Ann Sewell, Longniddry and East Lothian (73 bih)
3rd: Laura Bissett, Braehead and Stirling & Clackmannanshire (73)
The Team Championship was won by Midlothian with a combined best 3 gross scores of 226.
CSS was 75.  Full results can be found by following these links:
Jane Nelson

The Cuthbertson Cup was held at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club on Sunday 29th September 2019. The Cuthbertson Cup was presented by Mrs. Shelagh Cuthbertson of Midlothian and was first contested in 1957.

It is an annual match played in one day between teams of 4 girls from each of East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian and Stirling & Clackmannan County Golf Associations. The Cuthbertson Cup is awarded to the winning team.

The East Lothian Team was Lucy Hall, Annie Wilson, Molly Paton and Lucy Thomas.

We played against Midlothian girls in the morning singles. The games were all closely competed and we drew 2 – 2.

Lucy Hall beat Carys Irvine
Annie Wilson lost to Lucy Morrison
Molly Paton lost to Mollaidh Nicholson
Lucy Thomas beat Ella Marshall

Sadly, we lost on a countback so Midlothian went on to play Fife in the final. Fife won 3.5 – 0.5 and so won the Cuthbertson Cup for the 3rd consecutive year. Congratulations to Fife (Evanna, Eilidh, Porscha and Hannah).

We played foursomes in the afternoon against Stirling and Clackmannan. The two games were very close but we lost both matches.

Well done to the 4 girls who represented East Lothian. The weather was kind to us and they all enjoyed playing Falkirk Tryst. Thank you to Stirling and Clackmannan for organising the day. Many thanks also to Jenni Ray and Joanne Watt for their help and support on the day.

From left to right…. Annie Wilson, Lucy Hall, Lucy Thomas and Molly Paton
Frances Hall
Junior Convenor

The draw for the Winter Foursomes has been made. As there are fewer entries this year there is one less round. First round ties have to be played by the 26th of November.

The draw can be found at the following link.

Winter-Foursomes 2019 -2020(2)

Kay Lannin

The draw for the East of Scotland Championship has been made and can be found at this link.

EoS Draw as at 23.9.2019

There will be a waiting list (in handicap order) for players who did not make the cut. People will be notified individually of their place on the waiting list.
Please would competitors note that North Berwick Golf Club does not have a car park, and to please allow plenty of time to find on-street car parking nearby.

Gullane Ladies were the winners in a closely fought match against Dunbar played on a  beautiful sunny Autumn day at The Glen. The course was looking fantastic with the Bass Rock providing a stunning background.  Thanks go to everyone at The Glen for kindly hosting the event and providing a fine afternoon tea for the players and their supporters.  Carol MacLeod kindly came along and presented the Carols’ Trophy to the Gullane Ladies Team Captain, Susan Corrie.  We saw some great golf from all the ladies.

Gail McKill