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69 junior golfers played in the East Lothian Junior League at Gifford. The winning Team were the East Lothian Girls with a best 4 total of 160, beating Glen by 2 points and West Links by 5.

A great result, well done girls.

Further information can be found at this link:

http://eastlothianjuniorgolf.org.uk/md4-at-gifford-draw/

At the age of 12 Grace has become our youngest champion taking over the mantle from Clara Young.

Apologies for the previous post that said Jane Connachan had been the youngest winner before Grace in fact Clara became the youngest ever East Lothian champion when she beat Mary Lou Renton (Gifford), the county captain, by 4 and 3 in the afternoon final at Musselburgh Golf Club.

We look forward to enjoying watching Grace’s golf in the years to come.

Congratulations to all the players for a wonderful day of golf. Thank you to all the spectators who came out to support our players.

What a final!! The battle of the generations was won by 12 year old Grace Crawford by 1 hole, although Lesley Johnston really made her fight for it. At one stage Lesley was 4 down but used all her experience to come back to 1 down with a great 3 from the sand at 13. Grace won the next hole narrowly missing an eagle putt. A brilliant birdie at the long, par 4, 15th brought Lesley back to 1 down. After slightly wayward tee shots the players halved the 16th. The last two holes were also halved, giving Grace the victory.

Thanks must go to the caddies for all their efforts today.

The sun finally came out and allowed the presentation to take place outside, a fitting end to a week of great golf at Longniddry. Many thanks to all at Longniddry for their hospitality and friendliness, we were all made to feel very welcome. The course was in excellent condition so a big thank you to the greenkeepers.

Jenni Ray presenting the Championship Trophy to Grace Crawford

Jenni with San San Little and the Handicap Quaich

At 9am this morning it was raining and the temperature was three degrees, luckily things did improve.

This afternoon’s Championship Final is between Grace Crawford and Lesley Johnston. Grace won her match against Dianne Brown by 3 and 2. Lesley won her match against Mary Lou Watkins by 3 and 1.

The Handicap Quaich final was won by Jing Yun (San San) Little who beat Lesley Wood by 2 and 1. It was a very good match with the lead changing hands several times. San San is a product of Longniddry’s Get in to Golf initiative and has shown how successful this can be.

Jenni Ray, captain and referee, Lesley Wood, San San Little and Ros Haig captain of Longniddry and caddy

Congratulations to all players and caddies who took part this morning

Blue skies and sunshine this afternoon, a pleasant change.

Results from this afternoon are:

Championship Match Play Quarter Finals
Grace Crawford won 6 and 5 v Kay Lannin
Dianne Brown won 20th hole v Barbara Biggart
Ann Sewell lost 5 and 3 v Mary Lou Watkins
Dulcie Barnes lost 3 and 2 v Lesley Johnston

Handicap Match Play Semi Finals
King Yun (San San) Little won 4 and 3 v Diane Huish
Lesley Wood won 5 and 4 v Lynda Jeffrey

The tee times for the semi finals of the championship are as follows:

Grace Crawford v Dianne Brown at 0900

Mary Lou Watkins v Lesley Johnston at 0908

The final of the championship tees off at 14.12

The final of the Handicap Quaich is as follows:

Jing Yun Little v Lesley Wood at 0916

Conditions this morning can only be described as Baltic and winter gear that had been optimistically put away had to be brought out again. Things did warm up a bit thank goodness

Results of this mornings match play are as follows.

Championship Match Play Round 1
Grace Crawford won 2 and 1 v Anne Smith
Pam Hall lost 2 and 1 v Kay Lannin
Sarah Stichbury lost 1 down v Dianne Brown
Barbara Biggart won 5 and 4 v Jenni Ray
Karen Fullerton lost 2 and 1 v Ann Sewell
Mary Lou Watkins won 5 and 4 v Dawn Young
Hazel Saunders lost 1 down v Dulcie Barnes
Lesley Johnston won 2 and 1 v Pauline O’Hagan

Handicap Match Play Quarter Finals
King Yun (San San) Little won 6 and 5 v Barbara Wallace
Diane Huish won 3 and 2 v Gill Ellis-Pow
Lesley Wood won at 19th v Wendy Thummanond
Lynda Jeffrey won 2 and 1 v Tina Mooney

Good luck to all in this afternoon’s matches.

The County Championship match play rounds are to be played at Longniddry on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May.
The draws can be found at the following links:

At the start of the day Jenni and Mary Lou were helping to fly the flag for ELLCGA at Longniddry

A perfect golfing day with hardly any wind and a very pleasant temperature saw Grace Crawford produce a fantastic scratch score of 74. Grace’s score included 3 birdies and 11 pars, two of the birdies being 2’s at the 6th and the 16th. Grace was the winner of division 1 with a net score of 71 just beating Anne Rorrison on a count back, Tina Mooney was third with a net 72.

Our winner with Alyssa Balding and Jill McNicoll

One of our new members JingYun Little won division 2 with a net 72, Gill Ellis-Pow was second with a net 77 and Donna Sarvardi was third on a count back.

Congratulations to all those players.

Full scores can be found at the following links:

Gross Results Sheet

Nett Results Sheet

Two’s Sweep Results

There were seven 2’s in today’s sweep, including Mary Lou Watkin’s hole in one at the sixth.

Hazel Saunders at the 6th

Gail McKill at the 16th

Sarah Stichbury at the 13th

Louise Casey at the 6th

Heather Neill at the 16th

Christine Reid at the 16th

Well done to everyone who took part today and thank you to the committee for their organisation of this event.

Congratulations to Mary Lou Watkins who had a hole in on the 6th hole at Longniddry.

Mary Lou is pictured with GM Bob Gunning who is presenting her with a commemorative flag and a bottle of NB gin.

All first round games have been completed. Enjoyable games were had by all from the feedback. Unfortunately some games were walk overs due to injuries and illness.

Find the Draw Sheet at this link: Summer Hole & Hole 2019

Kay Lannin

The start sheet for the Spring Meeting can be found by following this link: Spring Meeting Start Sheet

An information sheet re the competition and facilities at Longniddry can be found here: Longniddry info sheet for Spring Meeting

The terms and conditions of the Spring Meeting and Championship can be found at this link: 2019 Spring Meeting Terms of Competition

We are delighted to announce that Rathbones, one of the UK’s leading providers of investment management services, is to sponsor the 2019 Babe Zaharias Competition.

The Babe Zaharias Open Ladies stroke play competition is to be held this year at The Musselburgh Golf Course on August the 19th.

Entry forms will be available on the ELLCGA website from the 1st of June to the 31st of July 2019. Entry £25. Handicap limit of 30.

It was lovely to see the sunshine and lots of happy golfers at Longniddry yesterday. Although the wind got up in the afternoon, it was a great day for some good golf. We had 9 girls competing for the Spring Meeting and they were all representing either East Lothian or their own club.

There was some excellent scoring and the winners were tied with 40 stableford points. Grace Crawford was the overall winner with a better inward half from Emma Chapman. Very well played, girls. In third place was Lucy Hall with 37 points.

The CSS has been confirmed as 74.

Thanks to Jenni for all her help on Sunday and to Joanne Watt, our president, who came along to see the girls start. Thank you for your support.

Look forward to seeing you at the Summer Meeting on July 7th at Kilspindie but in the meantime, there are a few more ELJGL Match Days to play!

Happy golfing and well done again, Grace. (Hard lines, Emma, but very well played!)

Regards

Frances Hall

Whole ELJGA squad with Junior Convener Frances, President Joanne and Captain Jenni.


Lucy Hall, Anni Wilson And Emma chapman

The remaining ties have to be played on or before the 29th of April.

The next round has to be played on or before the 27th of May.

Let us hope for continued good weather.

The updated draw sheet can be found at this link: Summer Hole & Hole 2019

Kay Lannin

Booking is open for the Commonwealth Spoons Foursomes, at Gifford GC on Thursday 23 May. Booking should be made via BRS on the ELLCGA website.

The tee intervals are 15 minutes. This is because Gifford is a nine hole course. Please be aware that starters after about 1030 will be alternating with groups coming through from the ninth green.

Booking is still open for the Spring Meeting.

Jane Nelson

The first ELJGL Match Day was held at Gullane on 17th March. It was a very windy day but the girls enjoyed playing together. Four scores out of 6 count for the overall team score and we finished 6th out of 12 teams.

Lucy Thomas had the best girl’s score with 41 points which was excellent in the windy conditions.

The next match day will be on 14th April at The West Links, closely followed by Longniddry on 21st April.

Three of our girls played in the East of Scotland Spring Meeting at Ratho Park Golf Club on 31st March. Lucy Hall finished in 2nd in the Scratch competition. Ellie Bent had a Nett 69 (CSS 71).

The Lothians Mixed Junior Championship is to be held at Luffness on Monday 14th October. This is a new event that is being held to coincide with the 125th Anniversary of Luffness.

Frances Hall

Junior Convenor

There are still tee times available for the Spring Meeting at Longniddry, closing date for entries is the 23rd of April.

This is the qualifying competition for the Championship and the Handicap Quaich match play rounds. From those available, the 16 competitors returning the lowest scratch scores qualify for the match play to compete for the County Championship.

The 8 competitors, thereafter, returning the lowest nett scores qualify for the match play to compete for the Handicap Quaich.

The match play rounds will be played at Longniddry on Sunday the 5th of May and Monday the 6th of May.


Many thanks to Paul Wardell and Euan Bowden who enthusiastically helped Ladies of ELLCGA with various golf skills at the Loretto Golf Academy on the 26th March. Drills for chipping, pitching, bunker and putting were set out and all the ladies came away with a lot to work on for their personal performance.

Paul and Euan are Professionals that teach in East Lothian and are known to many of the ladies.
For those if you who wish to contact them:

paulwardellgolf@btinternet.com
euanbowden@btinternet.com

More photos of the event can be found at:

Personal Performance Evening Photos

Skills Sheets
Paul has kindly allowed us to post these skills sheets to remind everyone of the important points he was emphasising.  Practice makes perfect, thanks Paul.
The Skills Sheets can be found at:

A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding evening. Thanks to Gail McKill, Gwen Stewart and Jane McMinn who helped by retrieving hundreds of balls and managing the evening.
Jenni

A great day at Minto Golf Club today where ELLCGA beat The Borders 3 1/2 – 1/2.  Thanks to Kay, Dulcie, Gail, Dianne, Sue, Karen, Ann, Alyssa,, Sharon and Mhairi.  The course had beautiful views, lots of grass and made it a challenge for all the team. Thank you to the Borders for hosting.

Jenni Ray

National Club Golfer Top 100 Tour events are running throughout England and Scotland in 2019, these are open to both male and female golfers. The organiser is planning to offer the events, usually £60, at £40 per person to ELLCGA members if booked over the phone and using the code “Scotland”.

There are 12 qualifying events, 6 in England, 6 in Scotland with fantastic prizes from Taylormade to be won at each event.

The top 3 players from each event will qualify for the Grand Final at Fulford Golf Club where the winner will receive a golf break for two to the 2020 Masters.

For more information on the events please visit the website and look at the poster.

https://top100tour.golfgenius.com/

Top100-Poster-2019 (1)

Ladies the draw for the Hole & Hole 2019 has been made. Can you all please keep to the dates and send your results as soon as possible to kathleeen.lannin@icloud.com so that the sheet can be updated. First round to be played by April 29th. Good luck to all taking part and enjoy the golf.

The draw can be found at this link: Summer Hole & Hole 2019 

Regards
Kay Lannin

The final of the winter foursomes took place yesterday morning at Gullane number 1. In very windy conditions Liz Millar and Louise Casey won by 4 & 2 on the 16th hole playing against Jan Laing and Wendy Thummamond. Congratulations to Liz and Louise and commiserations to Jan and Wendy.

The finalists before setting off at 9.04 and the eventual winners.

Full results can be found by following the link: Winter-Foursomes update 2018-19

What a delightful way to spend Saturday afternoon. Good food and great company at Haddington golf course. We also had great table decorations and a quiz which involved identifying holes from our East Lothian golf courses, courtesy of our chief organiser Gail McKill. Thanks to all involved in the organisation of today and to the Haddington staff for their hospitality.
Thanks to Mary Lou Watkins for the photos.

The final of the Winter Foursomes will be between Wendy Thummanond and Jan Laing and Liz Miller and Louise Casey. Well done ladies let’s hope that the conditions remain as favourable in March as they have been in February. The final is to be played by the 31st of March.

Updated draw sheet can be found here: Winter-Foursomes update 2018-19

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Haddington on Saturday 2nd March at 12.30. Lunch will be seated at 1pm.

Our East Lothian Ladies Squad team played the annual match against the Gullane Men for the Percy Vere Trophy on Sunday. The matches were all very close and it is with great pleasure that I can say that we won the trophy this year 3 1/2 – 2 1/2. Congratulations to Kay Lannin, Jill McNicoll, Susan Penman, Ann Sewell, Barbara Biggart, Elinor Blair, Grace Crawford, Gail McKill, Mary Lou Watkins, Pam Hall, Hazel Saunders and Karen Fullerton for representing the County. Many thanks to Gullane Golf for inviting us again and hosting us to the golf and a magnificent high tea.

Jenni Ray

Many of the East Lothian Clubs host open competitions throughout the year and it was thought that these should be publicised on the ELLCGA website.

I have collated information from several websites and this can be found at https://www.ellgolf.co.uk/county-events/open-competitions/

Opens are a great way of playing a variety of clubs in the area, they can be booked online, though the club website or by a printed entry form depending on the club.

There are several sites that can be accessed to help you enter:

Scottish Golf https://www.scottishgolf.org/players/club-members/open-competitions/

Golf Empire https://www.golfempire.co.uk/

Happy Golf https://happygolf.co.uk/

Printed forms can usually also be found at the individual clubs website.

If you would like any other information posted or if I have made any errors please let me know by email to: lesleywood@blueyonder.co.uk

Junior Convenor, Frances Hall sent this photo of the East Lothian Junior League team at Pinehurst.

There are more photos and stories on the ELJL website, it makes for a really interesting read.

http://eastlothianjuniorgolf.org.uk/socialising-in-pinehurst/

The Winter Foursomes quarter finals are now complete and the semi final line up has been decided.

Frances Hall and Lindsey Garden are due to play Wendy Thummanond and Jan Laing.

Liz Miller and Louise Casey are taking on Diane Huish and Gwen Stewart.

The semi finals are due to be played by the 3rd of March.

Good luck ladies.

The full results can be found here:

Winter-Foursomes update 2018-19

The squad started training sessions in December with Martin Huish at his Trackman Studio in Fenton Barnes. We will have another session on the short game shortly.

We have had a match against Lanarkshire and only just lost 3-2. We have a match against the Borders in March.

There are more matches planned against the Gullane and the North Berwick men.

We have some 4sms practice sessions on Kilspindie and Gullane 3. Kilspindie was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather. Thanks to both clubs for allowing us to use the courses.

The emphasis this year is focussing on personal performance and team building. This is all working towards selection for an 8 woman team to represent East Lothian at the Inter County Matches. These will be played at Ladybank GC, Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July 2019. Your support will be most appreciated.

Some of our players are in the USA on scholarships and therefore not around for most of our training sessions. The selection for the Jamboree Team will be made after the finals of the Spring Meeting in April and the play offs on the 5th and 6th May.

Jenni Ray