Saturday, 9 July 2016


Jennifer Bryans:2016 East Vets Champion

Jennifer Bryans of Harburn GC won the SVLGA East Division Championship at Haddington Golf Club and will represent East Vets in the Scroggie Cup inter-divisonal championship at Blairgowrie in September. Congratulations Jennifer and commiserations to runner-up Barbara Biggart (North Berwick GC) who was leading qualifier and went all the way to the Final.

Barbara and Jennifer at the first tee
 No sooner than the Final had got underway and it was waterproofs on and umbrellas up. However, the rain only lasted a few holes and there was even the odd glimpse of blue sky on the way round! Jennifer took an early lead at the second hole but Barbara immediately hit back with a birdie at the third. After exchanging holes at the fourth and fifth, Jennifer went ahead again at the sixth then at the seventh both she and Barbara hit excellent iron shots to the green. However, Barbara's putt failed to drop whilst Jennifer's did - to double her lead. Both players were on the tricky par-3 eighth green which was halved in regulation whilst neither found the ninth with their second shots. A very good up and down from Jennifer extended her lead to 3 up at the turn and although Barbara reduced the lead to 2 up at the thirteenth, her approach to the fifteenth overshot the green and Jennifer seized the opportunity to go three up again. Jennifer closed out the match at the sixteenth where Barbara's ball had too close an encounter with the large greenside tree resulting a 4&2 win for Jennifer.

Photos from the Final and morning semifinals (including  some of caddies and spectators) may be viewed by clicking HERE 
Speaking of caddies the following photo shows Barbara and Jennifer with caddies Sue Penman and Lisa Kilpatrick.


Jennifer Bryans of Harburn Well played Jennifer.
Report to follow.


The Final of the 2016 Championship will be contested between Barbara Biggart (North Berwick) and Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) The Final will tee off at 2.37pm at Haddington GC.

Barbara Biggart
Jennifer Bryans

 In the  morning semifinals, Barbara played Sue Penman of Gullane Ladies. After halving the first, Sue birdied the second but her lead was quickly clawed back and Barbara edged in front. Barbara was 2 up after 12 holes and then built on her lead to close the match out 4 & 3 with  Barbara's short game making the difference as she chipped and putted superbly.

The other semifinal proved  very close indeed, finishing at the 18th hole when Jennifer holed a slippery little putt to half the hole and win one up. This was real nip and tuck affair with lots of halved holes. Anne's one hole lead after 11 holes was cut back at the 12th and the match remained all square until the 15th which Jennifer won, and then the remaining holes were halved.

To see more photos from the morning semifinals (and afternoon final) please click here   

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


The Semi-Finals and Final of our ESVLGA Championship take place on Saturday 9th July at Haddington Golf Club, and spectators will be very welcome.

The semifinal line-up is as follows:
10 a.m.(*) Barbara Biggart (N Berwick) vs  Sue Penman (Gullane Ladies)
10.07 a.m Jennifer Bryans (Harburn)  vs Anne Hanson (Glencorse)

(*) this quarter-final is being played on Friday 8th July.

The Final will tee off at 3pm on Saturday 9th July.

Here's hoping for good weather and some great golf!

Thursday, 30 June 2016


Congratulations go to Sheena Wood of Aberdeen Ladies who won the Scottish Women's Seniors Matchplay Championship by defeating Ashley Rose of Royal Dornoch 3 and 2 in the Final at Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC. Well done Sheena.     (Sadly for East Vets who had reached either the Championship or handicap flights of matchplay as detailed further down this article, they did not progress although there were some close matches. Ah well, there's always next year!)

Day 2 of the Scottish Senior Women's Strokeplay Championship being played on the Black Isle provided a very stern test over Fortrose & Rosemarkie's challenging links as strong winds swept many competitors' golf balls astray! The gusting wind was held to be responsible for Fortrose's renowned gorse claiming many victims with double, triple and quadruple bogies (and worse) being recorded on scorecards. It was therefore no surprise that Day 2's CSS was Reduction Only, in contrast to the more benign conditions of  Day 1 when the CSS matched the SSS of 72.

Congratulations go to Alex Glennie who overcame the testing conditions rounds of  77 and 78 to become the 2016 Scottish Senior Women's Strokeplay Champion. Well done Alex.

The Strokeplay Championship also provides the qualifiers for the Scottish Senior Women's Matchplay Championship. Several East Vets put together qualifying scores though Karen Ballantyne (family reasons) is unavailable to take part. Leading East Vet, Anne Hanson (Glencorse) together with Dawn Young (North Berwick) and Linda Grieve (Musselburgh) will all participate in the Championship Flight. In the second flight of matchplay Jennifer Bryans (Harburn), Caroline Kinnaird (Glencorse), Morag Wardrop (Turnhouse) and Barbara Biggart (North Berwick) are the qualifiers from East Vets.  Jennifer narrowly missed out on the Championship Flight by being pipped in a play off  between five players for the final two places. Fuller information on scores and the matchplay draws in both flights are set out below.

Best of luck to all East Vets playing on Friday in, hopefully, more benign weather conditions.


 155 A Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) 77 78
157 F de Vries (St Rule) 76 81
159 M Smith (Tain) 79 80
161 S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 75 86
163 A Hanson (Glencorse) 83 80
164 A Rose (Royal Dornoch) 82 82
165 K Sutherland (Royal Montrose) 83 82, E Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) 80 85
166 L Dyball (Pitreavie) 82 84
167 A Ryan (Tain) 78 89, D Young (North Berwick) 77 90.
168 K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 83 85
169 L McKinlay (Dunnikier Park) 82 87, S MacVicar (Nairn) 80 89, L Grieve (Musselburgh) 80 89.
170  L Fraser (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) 90 80. L Terry (Cruden Bay)85 85

(East Vets in green)
8.30 Alex Glennie v Lynne Terry
8.38 Ellie Whyte v Linda Dyball
8.46 Sheena Wood v Susan MacVicar
8.54 Anne Hanson v Lorna McKinlay
9.02 Ashley Rose v Dawn Young
9.10 Mary Smith v Linda Grieve
9.18 Kathleen Sutherland v Anne Ryan
9.26 Fiona De Vries v Lynne Fraser

(NB this is a handicap competition, with qualification based on nett scores)

Jennifer Bryans v Fiona Clark
Isobel Chapman v Margaret Thurston
Caroline King v Louise Graham
Agnes Freeman v Morag Wardrop
Caroline Kinnaird v Margot Barr
Barbara Biggart v Angela Ford
June Nicol v  Christine McAndrew
Elizabeth Coghill v Aileen Baker  

170 J Bryans (Harburn) 85 85,  L Graham (Carnoustie Ladies) 82 88, C McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 81 89.
171 A Ford (Ullapool) 82 89, E Coghill (Royal Dornoch) 82 89
172 A Baker (Crail GC) 87 85, M Wardrop (Turnhouse) 85 87, C King (Clober) 84 88.
173 M Hughes (Lanark) 84 89 
174 B S Biggart (North Berwick) 90 84
175 J Nicol (Inverness) 86 89.
178 A Freeman (Panmure) 90 88, J Paterson (Drumpellier) 84 94
179 C Kinnaird (Glencorse) 87 92.
180 M Barr (Nairn 87 93
181 M M Fergusson (Murrayfield) 83 98
184 I Chapman (Forfar) 92 92
185 R Lynch (Murrayfield) 96 89
186 M Miller (Blairgowrie) 87 89
187 F Cameron (Cowglen) 90 97
188 M Thurston (Panmure) 91 97
192 B Godley (Blairgowrie) 94 98
193 J Petrie (Panmure) 91 102
195 F Clark (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) 100 95.
197 J Cooper (Forres) 95 100
198 I Harvey (St Rule) 102 96
199 L Nixon (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) 95 104.