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Subject to Scottish Golf confirming that Open Competitions can be played, and toilet facilities being available, we are planning to go ahead with the Babe Zaharias Trophy at Muirfield on Monday 17 August. Entries, via BRS on the East Lothian Ladies website, will open at 0800 on Monday 13 July.

We have put back the opening date for entries so that we can provide you with as much information as possible about what facilities will be available, as it is likely that these will be restricted. We will run the competition in accordance with whatever rules Scottish Golf have put in place. (They have recently confirmed that club competitions can restart, with special arrangements made for recording and submitting scores).

If the event is over-subscribed, we will run a waiting list.

So we will be in touch again some time around 10 July to confirm the arrangements that have been put in place, to allow you to decide whether to enter.

Fingers crossed!

Jane Nelson
Hon. Secretary, ELLCGA


I hope I find you all in good health and coping in this extraordinary time. I hope we will be back to golf soon, but as we know it will not immediately be in the format which will allow the County to hold all our usual competitions.

Gail, Jane and I have had a few meetings (via Zoom) with Scottish Golf and the East of Scotland Captains. Karin Sharpe is the new Chief Operating Officer of Scottish Golf and is managing all decisions being made by them. We had a very insightful and informative meeting with her. Scottish Golf had cancelled all the competitions they manage a long time ago. Many of us suggested they had made this call too soon, but as things have progressed this has been the right decision for them.

The meeting with the East of Scotland Captains, again made a few changes for us. The Jamboree has been cancelled. I have informed the squad players, and this is obviously a disappointment. The captains of Fife and Stirling & Clackmannanshire have only just come on board and so they feel that as they have not experienced any golf this year, they are prepared to commit to a further two years Captaincy. The Midlothian Captain is going to commit to one more year. The decision has been made to roll forward all the competitions we have between us to next year. So in 2021 Midlothian will still be holding the Jamboree at Kingsnowe and Fife will hold the East of Scotland (EoS) Championships. Gail and I have decided we are not repeating any years and we will exchange our roles as per usual at the AGM in November. Some clever person had worked out a system where the County Captain does not have to manage any major competition in their first year. This now alters with these changes mentioned above. In fact it means that our Captain will be hosting the Jamboree in their first year. We discussed this with the ELLCGA Committee and felt that this would not be too big a problem. We have a strong, supportive Committee and membership, so all the help that would be required to run a Jamboree would be available. If competitive golf returns before the end of this season, then Fife will still run the EoS Championship at St Andrews, and also next year. Let’s hope this can happen.

The other counties have cancelled all their competitions for the rest of the season. We are not doing that at this stage, though we have taken the decision to cancel the Commonwealth Spoons on 21 May and the Summer Meeting on 15 June. Golf is returning and changes are happening so I am still optimistic that we may have some form of competitive golf this year, maybe on different dates, but hopefully we will have something to organise for you all.

The 5-a-sides have been cancelled however. Gail has sent an email to the Club Captains to let them know.

The East Lothian Junior League, have also not yet cancelled all their events. These continue to be cancelled as time goes on, with the hope that some may be played. The Cuthbertson Cup was due to be played at Kilspindie this year on 27th September, we will still host it next year so I have asked for it to be changed to the 26th September 2021. The East of Scotland Junior spring, summer and autumn meetings are still under discussion and we will all be advised when those decisions are made.

The opening date for entry for the Babe Zaharias has been moved to July at the earliest. We will let you know if there are any alterations to this event.

My thanks to Jane and Gail for attending all these Zoom meetings and to Lesley for keeping the website updated with the news as it happens. Also thanks to Katie McNicoll for running our quizzes. I hope you are enjoying it and congratulations to Liz McLelland and Lucy Hall who seem to be the scratch quizzers in the county.

Keep safe and I hope to be able to see you all at a competition soon.

Best regards

According to the Sunday Times today a return to golf in Scotland is on the cards , perhaps this week, however competition golf is further away.

Sadly we have had to cancel the Commonwealth Spoons, due to be played at Haddington and our Summer Meeting at Royal Musselburgh has also been cancelled.

The Inter County Jamboree at Kingsnowe has been postponed until next year. Hopefully we will be able to play competitions later in the year.

Fingers crossed that the Sunday Times is correct.

We hope you are all safe and well.

The answers and results for Lockdown Quiz 2 are attached. Congratulations to Lucy Hall, who was the clear winner with 17/20. Our President Joanne Watt and Brenda Goldstein tied for second place on 16. (Our President seemed to do rather better than our Captain this time!).

East Lothian Ladies’ County Golf Association Lockdown Quiz – Leaderboard 2

This year’s Babe Zaharias Trophy is due to be played at Muirfield on Monday 17 August, and entries were due to open on 1 June.

Clearly we have no idea yet as to whether it will be possible to play the competition on 17 August. We are therefore postponing the opening date for entries until things are clearer. We will keep you informed.

Please find attached the results and answers from last week’s quiz. Congratulations to Liz McLelland, who got full marks, and to Lucy Hall, who was the top junior with 16/20.

Quiz 1 results

Katy has set a second quiz for us, which can be found by following ‘Read More’. Entries in by 5pm next Wednesday 13 May please.

Remember, no cheating!

What a beautiful day it would have been for our Spring Meeting, Luffness will be in wonderful condition and here we are in lockdown.

Just think of some of the conditions we have had in the past, Dunbar and Muirfield spring to mind. The forecast for the rest of the month shows that we may start to see drought headlines in the papers.

Muirfield in a break between hail storms

However it is important that we stay safe and continue to keep off the courses no matter how frustrating it is.

Whatever the weather, I’m sure that like you, I can’t wait to get back to golf and I promise not to moan about the rain.

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

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
√ 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
× 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
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:


Jenni Ray


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
16a/2 Corrennie Gardens
EH10 6DG


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:


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:


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:


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