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After breaking the course record at Winterfield, Grace Crawford has gone on to set a new ladies record at Longniddry. Her 6 under par score in the final round of the ProDreamUSA UK Junior Open has been confirmed as the record for the course. This is the same course where Grace won the USKids Golf European Championship when she was 8 and where she won the ELLCGA Championship when she was 13.

Congratulations Grace.

A big thank you from Macmillan
Thank you so much for holding your Golf event and raising an incredible £‎3,900.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. We hope you enjoyed it, and that you’ll pass on our thanks to everyone who helped make it a success. Your enthusiasm and generosity will allow us to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.

£3,700 could fund the conversion of a small hospital office into a quiet room for cancer patients to have private and sensitive conversations with healthcare professionals.

Support every step of the way
At Macmillan, we understand that cancer can impact a person’s whole life – health, money, family, work; everything. We can help people with managing symptoms and offer advice and benefits for things like keeping the cost of heating down during treatment. We can also provide training for employers to support people back to work. With your support, people get the energy and inspiration to feel more like themselves.

Gift Aid raises more
Did you know that Macmillan Cancer Support can claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated from UK tax-payers at no extra cost? If you do hold an event for Macmillan in the future, would you be so kind to ask your supporters to Gift Aid their donations by filling in your sponsorship form, which can be downloaded at: be.macmillan.org.uk/sponsorship-form.

Thank you once again for being a part of Team Macmillan. We have attached a certificate for you to display. 

With best wishes,

Emma Peeling
Supporter Donations Team
Tel: 0300 1000 200

A Zoom AGM was a new experience for all of us but thanks to the hard work of Gail it was an incredibly successful meeting. The technology performed extremely well, allowing the meeting to proceed without any technical problems.

The committee were on view to all, as panellists.

The new committee were voted in.

PositionNameClubTerm of Office
PresidentCarole RossNorth Berwick2021 & 2022
Vice-PresdtGill MorrisonGullane Ladies2021 & 2022
CaptainGail McKillGullane Ladies2021, eligible for re-election in 2022
Vice CaptainFrances HallGullane LadiesAs above
TreasurerNancy ThorneGlenAnnual appointment by Committee.
SecretaryJane NelsonDunbarAs above, first appointed 2018
CommitteeAlex KellyRenaissance2021 to 2022 (3 years)
Kay LanninCraigielaw2019 to 2021 (3 yrs)
Helen BruceHaddington2019 to 2021 (3 yrs)
Junior Sec.Shona PatonGiffordAnnual appointment by Committee.

There were a few highlights during the meeting.

As the prizes were being presented  Helen Bruce performed a sterling job showing the trophies that had been won.  This culminated in the presentation of the Championship Trophy to Clara Young.

Winners list 2020 (for AGM)

One of our attendees did comment that she would be able to get a job with QVC.

During the handover from Joanne Watt to Carol Ross a short video was shown. Sounds easy but Gail spent a very long time trying to get this to work successfully.


As Jenni handed over the captaincy to Gail she retired to her sofa with a large glass of wine.

All in all a successful meeting but hopefully a one off, as it is so much better to meet face to face and allow all our membership to gather together.

Due to the travel restrictions being placed by the government of a permitted 5 miles for exercise, it is with deep regret that we are suspending the winter singles.
The suspension will be lifted once the restrictions allow normal travel to resume.

ELLCGA have managed to raise the fantastic sum of £3,900 for  Macmillan Cancer Support, from hosting the Babe Zaharias Competition at Muirfield. Many thanks to all who took part and for the hard work and finger crossing that allowed the competition to take place. Thank you to Muirfield for hosting this event.

Unfortunately due to current restrictions we have been unable to make the donation in person.

Michelle Campbell  from Macmillan has contacted us saying:

“Absolutely amazing news about the event and the timing couldn’t have worked out better.  What a fantastic amount raised, we are even more grateful for such a large donation this year due to the circumstances.”

Gail McKill

Congratulations to everyone on completing your ties in time. Some very close matches,  a couple of walkovers and a special mention to Elinor Blair on her hole in one 👏🏌️‍♀️.

If your next round is being played on or after the 2nd November once the WHS has been implemented you will need to know your handicap index in order to work out your handicap for the courses that you will be playing. It will still be full difference for your ties. As this competition has commenced play will continue to use red/forward tees. Ties to be played on or before the 30th of November.

Winter Knockout


As the Spring meeting was delayed it was decided that the Championship and the Handicap Quaich should be decided without having the knock-out rounds and be run as a single round of stroke play – County Championship off scratch, and Quaich off handicap.

Congratulations to Our County Champion Clara Young (North Berwick) with a scratch score of 76.

Congratulations to Handicap Quaich winner Lucy Thomas (Gullane) with a net score of 72.

A glorious day at Haddington for our delayed Spring Meeting, conditions were far better than they usually are for this competition and the autumn colours provided a wonderful backdrop.

Many thanks to Haddington for hosting this event.

The results were as follows:

Silver Scratch

Clara Young (North Berwick) Scratch 76

Silver Handicap

1st Lucy Thomas (Gullane) 72 bih

2nd Gail McKill (Gullane) 72

3rd Carys Irvine (Craigielaw) 73

Bronze Scratch

Louise Martin (Gullane) 98

Bronze Handicap

1st Judy Newton (Winterfield) 74

2nd Sheila Herschell (Longniddry) 77

3rd Jean McNeill (Longniddry) 79

Full results

Spring Meeting Gross

Spring Meeting Nett Results

I don’t think any of our girls will have played a Summer Meeting in October before but on Sunday we held the ELLCGA Girls’ Summer Meeting alongside the ELJGL Championship on Gullane No 3.  There were 11 girls playing in total, 8 of whom are members of ELLCGA.
It was a lovely Autumn day at Gullane, with not too much wind.  The scores were good and the girls’ all enjoyed catching up with their friends.


 Ala Gorka won the Scratch prize with a gross 74 and Molly Chapman had the best Nett score of 65.

Well done to all the girls who played.  Thanks to Dave Warren for organising the day.
Frances Hall

Three juniors – Lucy Thomas, Ellie Bent and Ala Gorka enjoyed a great game with Catriona Matthew on North Berwick West Links this morning.  The weather was kind to them and Catriona and Lucy challenged Ellie and Ala to a match. It was very closely fought with some great golf played by all the girls and particularly some good putting.  Several holes were halved with birdies! It was all square on the 18th tee and Catriona and Lucy managed to win with a birdie 3. Thank you very much to Catriona for giving the girls a fantastic opportunity to play with you and to Dave Warren and Jenni Ray for organising the game.

Frances Hall

Using a putter borrowed from her brother Grace won the East of Scotland Championship with a 73 on the Jubilee course at St Andrews. With 4 birdies and 12 pars In her round Grace won by two shots from fellow County member Clara Young.

Congratulations from all our County members.

Please find attached the draw and additional requirements for the ‘Spring Meeting’ next week. Please ensure that you read the additional requirements, which cover the Covid-19 precautions.

‘Spring Meeting’ Start Sheet

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

Many congratulations to our youngest ELLCGA champion, Grace Crawford.

It has taken some time but we have managed to confirm with Winterfield that her score at our Autumn Meeting is a new ladies’ course record.
Grace’s 65 was the thirteen year old’s lowest ever round and the lowest ladies score since Winterfield was altered six years ago.

Many thanks to Winterfield for confirming this record.

Captain Jenni Ray presenting Grace with her scorecard

We’re delighted to announce that we will be running a delayed ‘Spring Meeting and County Championship’ at Haddington GC on Wednesday 21 October.

Tee times will be available from 0800 until 1350, which will allow up to 108 members to play. Booking will open, via the BRS system on the ELLCGA website, at 0800 on Thursday 1 October. The entry fee will be £12.

We won’t be able to have any knock-out rounds for the County Championship and Handicap Quaich, so both these competitions will be run as a single round of stroke play – County Championship off scratch, and Quaich off handicap. No single player can win both events. In the event of a tie, both competitions will be decided by count back on the back 9, then back 6, then back 3, then final hole scores. If a tie still arises, the last 6, 3 and 1 of the first nine holes will be used.

We’re sorry about the relatively short notice, but are very grateful to Haddington GC for agreeing to make the course available to us. I hope that people will be able to book a day off work, if required, and we’re pleased that this is half term week, which should allow our juniors to enter.

As for the Autumn Meeting, we will have to run the competition in compliance with whatever Scottish Golf and Scottish Government Covid rules are in force on the day. In order to minimise the number of people present, caddies will not be permitted.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at Haddington!

Jenni Ray
Captain, ELLCGA

Well done to all for completing their games in the preliminary round. All good close games and mostly good weather. Some games already completed in round 1.

Winter Singles 2020-21

Round 1 to be completed by the 31st of October


At last we were able to hold a competition for the ELLCGA Girls!
Yesterday we held the Girls’ Spring (!) Meeting and Championship on Gullane No 2.  The weather was great for the time of year with plenty sunshine and not much wind. The girls were pleased to see each other and nearly all of them had grown 4 inches taller since our last fixture last year!

The scoring was good and the girls all enjoyed their afternoon in the sunshine. The winner of the Morrison Quaich with the best handicap score of 73 was Ala Gorka.  The Junior Championship winner was Abby Nisbet with a very good gross score of 74.  Congratulations to Ala and Abby and thank you to all the girls for taking part.

Junior Championship Results

Frances Hall

                           Abby Nisbet                             Ala Gorka

Competitors at sunny Gullane

Alongside the Autumn Meeting the inaugural Catriona Matthew Team Trophy was being contested.

Clubs nominated one or two teams of three players to take part, the best two scores being added together to give the score for their team.

23 teams from 14 Clubs took part, including a team from Muirfield and one from the home club, Winterfield.

ELLCGA are delighted to report that our junior team won the competition with a fantastic score of 80. The trophy will be presented by Catriona Matthew at North Berwick Golf Club at a date to be arranged.

Many thanks to Winterfield for hosting this competition.


1st ELLCGA Juniors Ellie Bent, Grace Crawford and Lucy Thomas  80 points

2nd Musselburgh A Trudy Burnett, Anne Rorison and Irene Stewart 76 points

3rd North Berwick A Elinor Blair, Fiona McIver and Gwen Stewart 75 points

It was a beautiful day in Dunbar with very little wind and Winterfield was in fantastic condition, scoring was generally good with the front nine proving a lot easier than the back nine. Our members were very positive about the course and all seemed to have really enjoyed their day.

Grace Crawford’s 65 may be a new ladies record but this will need to be confirmed, fantastic score Grace.

Congratulations go to the winner of the Autumn Meeting, one of our new members in her first ELLCGA competition, Val Bird (Royal Musselburgh) with a Stableford score of 43.

There were 15 2’s, special mention for Carole Ross who managed a 2 on the 15th, a hole most of us thought was a par 4.

Thanks go to the staff at Winterfield for their help.

Handicap Winners

1st Val Bird 43 points

2nd Ellie Bent 41 points

3rd Seline Stewart 40 points  (bih)

4th Linda Tulloch 40 points

Gross Scores

1st Grace Crawford 39 points

2nd Carys Irvine 34 points

3rd Deborah Back house 30 points

Mary Lou Renwick 29 points

Full Results

Autumn Meeting Nett Scores

Autumn Meeting Gross Scores

Autumn Meeting Two’s

Follow the link to access the start sheet for the Autumn Meeting at Winterfield.

Autumn Meeting Start Sheet v.2

Jane Nelson

We have 90 entrants for the Autumn Meeting so far, with about 30 spaces remaining on the start sheet. The closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Friday 11 September.

For the first time we will be combining the Autumn Meeting with our new Catriona Matthew Team Trophy. After entry has closed, each club’s lady captain will be invited to nominate up to two teams, each made up of three players who have entered the Autumn Meeting. The Trophy will be awarded to the team who have the highest aggregate of the best two stableford scores from their three players. Note that this is done on overall stableford scores NOT hole by hole. We hope also to have teams made up of county junior members.
Entries can be made through BRS.

Jane Nelson

Fife County Ladies Golf Association have just announced the arrangements for the East of Scotland Championship, which will be held this year on the Jubilee Course at St Andrews, on Sunday 18 October. The competition is open to members of East of Scotland counties (East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian and Stirling & Clackmannanshire). As well as the individual stroke play competition there is a team trophy to be played for.

In the event that there are more entrants than tee times, places will be allocated to the players with the lowest handicaps. The closing date for entries is 21 September 2020.

Entry Form at this link: EoS Entry Form

Information Sheet: EoS Championship 2020 Poster

The East Lothian County Flag flew over Muirfield yesterday for the first time since the memorable day of our Spring Meeting in 2017. This time it was for the Babe Zaharias Competition and yet again the main topic of conversation was the weather. 155 players had come from all over the UK to experience the wonderful Muirfield course and to take in the fabulous East Lothian scenery, sadly there was little of that to be seen as heavy mist shrouded the course. The Babe Zaharias Trophy shone some light on the scene as it was looking magnificent since its trip to the jewellers to be re-silvered.

Amazingly this didn’t dampen the spirits and the masked players were surprisingly upbeat as they came in to call out their scores, it made it very difficult for us to recognise even old friends, it didn’t help that they were very wet and bedraggled. Many of them told us that it was like appearing on Dragon’s Den as they read out from the pieces of blue papier mache that were their scorecards. We heard tales of the brutal rough, the bunkers, not being able to see the ball land in the fog, playing 9 off a tee just so they could post a score and losing 11 balls (apologies to anyone who lost more) but all with good humour and a feeling that they had managed to survive the round.

The fog became thicker and thicker and there were serious concerns about the late starters. Jenni went out in the buggy to check the conditions and there was great concern over whether the competition could continue, it was really touch and go but amazingly and unexpectedly the fog lifted and this allowed the final groups to finish.

Congratulations to our prize winners in particular Karen Marshall who won the Babe Zaharias Trophy with a fabulous score of 77, given the conditions an amazing effort and Kay Lannin whose net 76 won her the Ultraplast Trophy.


A sign of the times

For a long time there was no certainty that this event would have been able to go ahead so a huge thank you to Muirfield for their efforts in helping us stage this competition and to make sure we complied with all the Covid rules. I am sure all the players appreciated the chance to play on this great course.

The ‘Babe’ has always been about raising money for charity and there will be an update soon on the sum that will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all those who took part for their support.

Babe Zaharias was an amazing character and it is well worth looking at her story https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Didrikson_Zaharias

Full Results can be found at the following links:

Gross results          Nett results               Twos report

On a really challenging day at Muirfield congratulations to the winner of the Babe Zaharias Trophy Karen Marshall and the winner of the Ultraplast Trophy Kay Lannin.

The results were as follows:

The Babe Zaharias Trophy 


Winner Karen Marshall (Baberton) 77

Second Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Mortonhall) 81

Third Tara Mactaggart (Minto) 82 bih

The Ultraplast Trophy 


Winner Kay Lannin (Craigielaw) net 76 bih

Second Susan Rennie (Longniddry) 76

Third Diane Watson (Leven) 78

Thank you to Muirfield for hosting this event.

More to follow

Good morning ladies, a bit of a dreich start at Muirfield this morning but not raining. I think everyone is looking forward to playing the course, hopefully it will clear up.

HCEG Muirfield have been very supportive in enabling us to go ahead with the Babe Zaharias next Monday. However they have been required by East Lothian Council to provide a very detailed and stringent Covid-19 risk assessment which in turn requires us to set very strict and comprehensive rules. These are attached, and you will be asked on the day to confirm that you have read and understand these. If you booked tee times on behalf of other players please forward this email to them.

The additional rules cover travel to Muirfield, registration, practice facilities, play, entering results, professional shop and catering.

Muirfield Additional Covid Regulations (3)

I must draw your attention in particular to the ban on car sharing to travel to Muirfield outside the three ball that you are playing in. If you were planning to car share with someone outside your group, please let me know and we will try to re-arrange the start sheet. This may not be possible, and I would ask all East Lothian and Midlothian ladies not to request this so that we can concentrate on helping those travelling from further afield.

Please note also that your temperature will be checked on arrival, and, if it is above 38 degrees you will not be permitted to play.

I hope everyone will understand why we are having to set such stringent requirements. These are challenging times but together we can make it work!

Thank you all for your co-operation – and thanks again to Muirfield for making it happen.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association

It is looking likely that we will be able to run counting competitions for the Babe Zaharias and Ultraplast Trophies next Monday, which is good news. However there are a lot of details that we have yet to sort out, and I’m afraid it’s going to mean that you will probably get several emails over the next few days.

I do need to let you know now that we will be required to provide Muirfield with the names of all players and, in the event of this being required for Covid track and trace, contact information for you all. If you are not willing for your contact details to be passed on, I am afraid you will not be able to play. If this is the case, please let me know as soon as possible.

Best wishes.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

We remain uncertain whether we will be able to play the competition, as open counting competitions are not yet permitted in Scotland. However we are putting all arrangements in place so that we are able to proceed at short notice if the go ahead is given.

Meanwhile, HCEG Muirfield have very kindly agreed that we may have use of the course on 17 August for non-counting golf. Therefore, if we are unable to hold the competition we will run a Tri-Am type competition – teams as per the start sheet. Full details of the arrangements, and also catering etc., will be published nearer the date of the competition.

We will publish Terms of Competition amended for the latest Covid rules. In the meantime please note that caddies will not be permitted, and that buggies (which must be booked through Muirfield) may only be used with the permission of the Committee.

If you are travelling up from England, please make sure that you are familiar with the up-to-date Scottish Covid guidance (e.g. 2m social distancing).

If you wish to withdraw at this stage, a full refund will be given. Please let us know as soon as possible as we have a long waiting list of people keen to play Muirfield.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

The start sheet for the Babe Zaharias Competition can be found here:

BZ Draw (as at 30.7.2020)

Please note that we are still uncertain as to whether we can play this competition.