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Grace Crawford and Clara Young, who had the two best gross scores in yesterday’s Spring Meeting, met tonight in the 2020 North Berwick Ladies Championship final.
Grace birdied the 17th and the 18th to take the match to extra holes. At the first extra hole another long birdie putt from Grace was enough to win the Championship. Congratulations to Grace and commiserations to Clara in what sounded like a fantastic match.

There are some great match ups in the draws for both competitions, taking place on the 9th and the 16th of May.

Championship Knockout:

2021 Championship Draw North Berwick

Handicap Quaich

2021 Handicap Quaich Draw North Berwick

Jane Nelson and
“The Early Birds”

We’ve had downpours at Dunbar and murderous conditions at Muirfield but for the later starters
this capped it all. Spring certainly was not in the air, today at North Berwick but not even the weathermen could deter the large field of hardy and enthusiastic golfers as finally, the season got off to a long awaited start. A day of two halves saw some promising early morning sunshine but sadly the forecasters got it right when in came the wind and rain in the afternoon. A bit dreich to say the least! The weather conditions were challenging but the course was in lovely condition and rain or shine the views can only be admired. A big thank you to North Berwick for hosting.

Despite the weather there was some wonderful scoring……..

Winner of the Spring Meeting with a nett score of 68 was San San Little.

Well done San San, a great advert for Get into Golf.

The winner of the best gross score was Grace Crawford with a 71, second was Clara Young with 73. These two face each other today in the final of the 2020 North Berwick Ladies Championship. Good luck to both players, play well.

Scores can be found by following these links:

Nett results

Gross Results

Janet Reid and Jean Waddell – The Final pair

Dear all

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Spring Meeting on Monday.

Please find enclosed further information about how the day will run.

Spring Meeting – Additional Notes

The Terms of Competition can be found by following the ‘Read More’ link below.


If you need to contact us on the day, please message or phone the following numbers:

Until 1000: 07876 614113
1000 to 1100: 07767 785872
After 1100: 07980 984413

Please make sure that you know your current Handicap Index. We’ll ask you to confirm this on registration so that we can check there are no discrepancies with Scottish Golf records.


Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

Entries open at 7.00pm on Thursday 22 April for the Commonwealth Spoons (foursomes, stroke play), which will be held at Musselburgh GC (Monktonhall Hall) on Thursday 20 May 2021. Entry is via the BRS system on the ELLCGA website, or by following the ‘Read More’ link below. The cost is £10 per player, and the closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Thursday 13 May.


Dear East Lothian County Ladies

I am looking forward to seeing you all at North Berwick at the Spring Meeting on 3rd May and delighted we are able to start our season finally.

We have a full field and Jane will be emailing you with instructions for the day along with food and beverage information.

This year’s County Squad have been busy getting lots of practice in for the Championships and we shall be choosing a Squad of 10 to represent us at the Jamboree at Kingsknowe from 3rd to 5th July.

The East Division Captains have met frequently over the last few months to come up with a plan to run the Jamboree safely and it has been decided that it will be 8 singles matches per day. This means only one round for our players and they will travel to and from home daily as sharing accommodation is not possible with current restrictions. We shall not require caddies and shall find out in due course if any spectators will be allowed.

Wishing you good luck at North Berwick.


Gail McKill
Captain, ELLCGA

Booking for the Spring Meeting (rescheduled to Monday 3 May) opens at 7.00pm next Monday, 5 April. We have tee times from 0700 to 0945; 1015 to 1045; 1150 to 1400; 1600 to 1707. Rather an early start, but at least the early birds will get a parking space (remember that parking in North Berwick may be a challenge if it’s a sunny bank holiday Monday).

The top 16 gross scores will qualify for the County Championship matchplay rounds, and the top 8 nett scores will qualify for the Quaich. These matches will be held as follows:

Championship matchplay Round 1: Sunday 9 May, morning
Championship matchplay Round 2: Sunday 9 May, afternoon
Championship Semi-final: Sunday 16 May, morning
Championship Final: Sunday 16 May, afternoon

Quaich matchplay Round 1: Sunday 9 May, afternoon
Quaich matchplay Semi-Final: Sunday 16 May, morning
Quaich matchplay Final: Sunday 16 May, afternoon

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA


Summer is just around the corner and hopefully competitive golf for all.

Following an ELLCGA committee meeting on Monday 29th March the commencement of play for this competition will be on Monday 26th April assuming that travel restrictions are eased.

Please check the draw and make sure your contact details are correct . If details are incorrect or have changed please send me an email and I will update the draw sheet.

During this competition we ask that you adhere to all COVID restrictions and guidelines.

Kay Lannin

Summer Hole & Hole 2021

The Spring Meeting (and Championship and Quaich Qualifier) was scheduled to be held at North Berwick GC on Tuesday 27 April. As this will be only the second day back to golf for out-of-county golf club members, we have agreed with North Berwick to change the date of our Spring Meeting to MONDAY 3 MAY 2021.

Our being able to go ahead will, of course, be subject to whatever Covid-19 rules are in force at the time.

Entries will open via the ELLCGA website at 7.00pm on Monday 5 April.

The arrangements for the matchplay rounds are currently being finalised and will be notified as soon as possible.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

Thanks to Martyn Huish and Katy McNicoll for running a rules quiz for the squad and committee tonight. The quiz really tested our knowledge of the rules and made everyone realise that it is well worth brushing up on the rules as sometimes it can be to our advantage. Martyn and Katy certainly chose some testing, “advanced” questions for us to answer. Let’s just say some were better, or luckier, than others. You can do a lot of guessing when the questions are multiple choice and true or false.

Who can drop a ball if you are playing a foursomes? Can you lean on your club in a bunker? What is the penalty for a double hit?

After such a long break from competition golf we probably need a quick reminder. The R and A website has an excellent rules section and there is an App that you can download.


This is just to give you advance notice that this year’s Babe Zaharias Trophy (in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support) will be played at Longniddry GC on Monday 16 August 2021. Booking opens at 1900 on Tuesday 1 June 2021, via the East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association website. 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.

If you want an opportunity to play Longniddry in advance of the Babe Z, their RNLI Individual Stableford competition (entry fee £12) is on Tuesday 4 May 2021 – see further information in the ‘Read More’ link below.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in August.

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA

Following the First Minister’s latest update on COVID-19 restrictions, please note that there is no change to the current position for golf. This means we are having to delay the start of the Summer Hole and Hole competition. The draw will be published as soon as the restrictions are eased.


Kay Lannin

Entries  for our Summer  Hole & Hole 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 28th February the draw will be published shortly after this date. Fingers crossed we are able to play this competition without disruption from any more restrictions.

Kay Lannin

I have contacted East Lothian Clubs with a view to showing the Ladies Open Competitions on our website. If you are a member of a committee and would like your Opens to be advertised on the ELLCGA site please contact us and let us know the details.

Contact email: ellcga2@gmail.com

Lesley Wood

Along with Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player, Babe Zaharias was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This came after a request from the Zaharias Foundation backed by a dozen Texas congressmen, and  provides an acknowledgement to a trailblazer once barred from competing and mocked as a “Muscle Moll”.

More information can be found about the “Babe Zaharias Trophy” and about the remarkable Babe herself, by following this link:


On Thursday night we held our first of three Golf Fit Sessions for the Squad with Vharri McMinn.  Vharri put us through our paces incorporating cardio, strengthening and stretching all focused on improving our golf fitness.  The session was suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and a huge success, even Saffy the dog took part!  It was so nice to see everyone and we shall look forward to the next one in February.

Gail McKill

Those of you who won trophies this year haven’t been able to see them yet. Now thanks to Helen Bruce you will be able to see photographs of the trophies and lists of their past winners.

If you follow this link it will take you to a little bit of the history of the trophies: Trophies

Thanks to Elaine Dick for her History of the ELLCGA.

Follow the links to find a list of 2020 trophy winners:

Trophy Winners 2020

Junior Prizegiving

Thanks again to Helen for all her hard work  in recording all the winners and taking the photographs of them.

Now that the winter is upon us the squad were due to have their first foursomes practice in December, unfortunately due to current restrictions we have had to postpone this until further notice.  However the squad have their own winter league and it’s well and truly underway.  The Squad League Table can be seen under the County Team section on the website.  We are also planning to have GolfFit on Zoom for the squad, this will take place during the early months of 2021.  All being well we hope to be able to get them together in January at Gullane and have some foursomes practice prior to our first match against the Gullane men in February.

Gail McKill

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 2023 (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