Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Anne McIntosh loses in Handicap Quaich final

Anne McIntosh(Gullane) just failed to take the East Lothian County Handicap Quaich when she was beaten in the final today against Beryl Morris of Dunbar, by one hole. What a great game!

East Vets in Midlothian championship and 'B' Championship

Midlothian held their County Championship 36-hole qualifying rounds today over Newbattle Golf Course in changeable weather conditions - i.e. variable but never that bad. The course was in splendid condition but some of the pin positions were in rather tricky parts of the green and lent themselves to three and even four putting.

Several East Vets Ladies took part but only four veterans qualified. One such lady (pictured above) - not even an East Vet since she now plays for the MIDLANDS but who ought to be mentioned as she had the third best score in a very low scoring competition is Fiona de Vries (present Scottish Veteran Champion and Honorary Member of Baberton). She had an excellent total of 149 (73,76). Other vets scores:

157 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) 80,77
161 Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)83,78
171 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn) 86,85

Unfortunately Karen and Ruth cannot manage to play in the match-play which takes place on Friday 1st May and are consequently not in the draw. Sadly Metcheck Weather Forecast is not good but fingers crossed.

Match-Play Draw
9.00am Louise Fraser(Kingsknowe)(77,70) v Diane Moncrieff(Lochend)(84,88)
9.07am Noreen Fenton(Dunbar)(80,77) v Gabrielle MacDonald(Craigielaw)(79,77)
9.15am Kirsten Blackwood(Craigmillar Park)(76,76) v Susan Rennie(Uphall)(82,82)
9.22am Karen Marshall(Baberton)(82,83) v Claire Macdonald(Mortonhall)(76,74)
9.30am Fiona de Vries(St Rule)(73,76) v Linda Caine(Dunbar)(84,82)
9.37am Wendy Nicholson(Broomieknowe)(79,81) v Claire Hargan(Mortonhall)(79,75)
9.45am Stephanie Crolla(Duddingston)(79,76) v Kate McIntosh(Broomieknowe)(77,82)
9.52am Gillian Simpson(Murrayfield)(83,84) v Rachel Watton(Mortonhall)(71,76)

The first round of the Midlothian 'B' Championship will also take place on Friday 1st May. The qualifying competition to determine those playing was at Dalmahoy West on April 20th. Four East Vets have qualified for this championship which will be played off scratch.

Midlothian 'B' C'ship Draw
10.00am Helen Warnock(Harburn) v Coleen Derighetti(Lochend)
10.07am Lesley Campbell(Torphin Hill) v Mandy McBain(New Swanston)
10.15am Pam Townsend(Murrayfield) v Sandra Wilkes(Deer Park)
10.22am Sandra Ashurst(Murrayfield) v Dee Williams(Craigmillar Park)
10.30am Carole Mason(Dalmahoy) v Jaci Moriarty(Lochend)
10.37am Mary Davidson(Kingsknowe) v Hannah Scott(Broomieknowe)
10.45am Susan Dalrymple(Craigielaw) v Yvonne Blyth(Prestonfield)
10.52am Sue Caton(Kingsknowe) v Margaret Alexander(Baberton)

Good luck all!
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Monday, 27 April 2009

No East Vets Ladies remain in East Lothian Semi-final

On a day peppered with showers, East Vets were unfortunately not successful beyond the quarterfinals of the East Lothian County Championship. Both Eleanor Black (Dunbar)and Barbara Biggart (Gullane) were unsuccessful in the morning round when Mary Lou Renton, vice-captain of East Lothian, emerged as the successful semifinalist.

Jane Herd (Musselburgh) had a very good win of 10 and 8 against Alice Archbold (Longniddry)but, at only 3 over par, succumbed by 6 and 5 to Emma Fairnie (Dunbar) who was very steady indeed, being 3 under par at the end of the game.

Handicap Quaich

In the handicap quaich the East Vets put in a great performance. Ann McIntosh(Gullane) is through to the final and will play Beryl Morris(Dunbar) tomorrow . In the first round Sheila King(Gullane) beat Corrinne Luca(Longniddry) by 6 and 5, only to lose to Beryl Norris in a very close game at the 20th in the semifinals. Anne McIntosh unfortunartely had been drawn against a fellow vet and clubmate, Jackie Squires, whom she beat by 5 and 4. In the semifinals Anne beat Pat Cusden(Dunbar) by the same margin.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Moira Thomson has best scratch score in East Lothian County Championship

Several East Vets ladies have qualified for the match-play stages of the East Lothian Women's County Golf Association to be played over Gullane No 2 next week - Monday and Tuesday 27/28 April. However, Moira Thomson, the scratch winner of the qualifying round with a splendid 75 , is disappointed not to be able to play in the match-play games due to heavy work commitments.

Qualifying East Vets scores:
75 Moira Thomson (Gullane)
84 Eleanor Black (Dunbar)
85 Jane Herd (Musselburgh)
88 Barbara Biggart (Gullane)

Match-play Draw
Mary-Lou Renton (Gifford) v Barbara Biggart (Gullane)
Eleanor Black (Dunbar) v D. Young (North Berwick)
C. Young (North Berwick) v Pat Savin (North Berwick)
Ruth Carroll (Musselburgh Old) v Line Mortensen (Gullane)
Jayne Smith (Gullane) v Marie Vandepeear (Dunbar)
Linda Grieve (Musselburgh) v Jill Rankin (North Berwick)
Alice Archbold (Longniddry) v Jane Herd (Musselburgh)
Viv Cupples (Dunbar) v Emma Fairnie (Dunbar)

Handicap Quaich East Vets Qualifiers
71 Anne McIntosh (Gullane)(22)
75 Jackie Squires (Gullane)(25)
77 Sheila King (Gullane)(19)

Match-play Draw
Corrine Luca (Longniddry) v Sheila King (Gullane)
Irene Gray (Musselburgh) v Beryl Morris (Dunbar)
Pat Lockie (North Berwick) v Pat Cusden (Dunbar)
Jackie Squires (Gullane) v Anne McIntosh (Gullane)

Good luck the Vets.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Some pictures from Cruden bay


Who are all these blue-jerseyed creatures?
Are they part of a religious cult? Worse still
are there words to this prayer?

Top centre in light apple green, the disappointed but always delightful, Irish Senior team. Sporting the elegant navy - our own victorious Scottish Veteran Ladies Team, together with Lynne Terry, Pamela Williamson (who led the prayer meeting) and Isobel McIntosh (President SVLGA). Well done girls!
Thanks to Dr. Lynne Terry Scottish captain for the pictures and details on the games on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Scottish Vets are victorious for sixth time

The Scottish Vets retained the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy for the sixth time today at Cruden Bay Golf Club. Captain Lynne Terry was understandably delighted with her team and the result, especially over her home course of Cruden Bay of which she was justifiably proud. Happily the grey weather of yesterday was a thing of the past although the defeated captain Mary McKenna, tongue in cheek, blamed the change of wind direction for her team's lack of fortune.

Starting off today's resume in the singles one point up had made things slightly easier for the home team but that did not diminish the Scots girls' determination as they tumbled out of their sundry accommodation in Cruden Bay - B and B, generous hospitality, DIY - some replete with full English breakfast, some left to make their own toast - but all eager to do battle.

The draw for the singles matches had, as usual, been accomplished by pulling the names of team players from each side, randomly out of the hat, all with the object of making this one of the most sociable, enjoyable but seriously fought matches ever.

Fiona de Vries beat Marlene Henderson 2 and 1
Lorna Bennett beat Violet McBride 5 and 4
Heather Anderson beat Pauline Walsh 3 and 2
Jill Harrison beat Mary Madden 3 and 2
Fiona Hunter lost to Helen Jones 2 and 1
Mary Smith lost to Mary McKenna 2 and 1
May Hughes lost to Valerie Hassett by one hole
Kathleen Sutherland beat Sheena McElroy 5 and 4

Scotland 5 Ireland 3
Scotland won the Mary McKenna Perpetual trophy 7 1/2 to 4 1/2

Well done girls.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Scotland up against the Irish after Day One

The sun never broke through at Cruden Bay on the first day of the defence of the Mary McKenna Perpetual trophy but it certainly shone over Scotland. It was a cold grey day with a chill wind off the North Sea but after day one Scotland is leading by 2 1/2 to 1 1/2.

The first couple, Fiona De Vries and Lorna Bennett won against Sheena McElroy and Marlene Henderson quite comfortably by a 3 and 2 margin but the final game has reputedly been a real cracker. The final pairing of Jill Harrison, playing on her home course and Fiona Hunter (Baberton) saw them all square going down the long eighteenth against Helen Jones and the legendary Mary McKenna. A lovely wood straight to the heart of the green, two putts and it was one up for Scotland.

Results (Scotland first)

Fiona de Vries and Lorna Bennett beat Sheena McElroy and Marlene Henderson 3 and 2

Heather Anderson and Mary Smith halved with Mary Madden and Pauline Walsh

Kathleen Sutherland and May Hughes lost to Valerie Hassett and Violet McBride by 2 and 1

Jill Harrison and Fiona Hunter beat Helen Jones and Mary McKenna by 1 hole

Same again tomorrow girls. (Random draw)

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Irish Team for Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy Announced

The Irish team to play against the Scottish Veteran Ladies for the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April at Cruden Bay has been announced. It is as follows.

Irish Team

Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
Marilyn Henderson (West Rhine)
Helen Jones (Strabane)
Mary Madden (Ballinasloe)
Violet McBride (Belvoir Park)
Sheena McElroy (Grange)
Mary McKenna (Donabate)
Pauline Walsh (Headford)

Scottish Team

Lynne Terry (Captain), Pamela Williamson (Vice-captain)
Heather Anderson (Downfield)
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank)
Fiona de Vries (St Rule)
Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay)
May Hughes (Lanark)
Fiona Hunter (Baberton)
Mary Smith (Tain)
Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose)

There are two new faces in the Irish line-up compared to 2008 these being Helen Jones and Pauline Walsh, replacing Nano Brennan, Carmel Cahill, Pamela Morgan and Eileen McMullen when the Irish rather surprisingly produced a team of ten. Sheena McElroy is probably more familiar to everyone as the former Sheena O'Brien-Kenney.

The format after a practice round on the Friday, will be four ball on Saturday and singles on Sunday. Scotland are the holders of the trophy. Cruden Bay Golf Course will be a very worthy venue for this competition. Click here to read more about Cruden Bay.

Good luck all.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Still Time for Entry to Scottish Ladies

The last day for entry to the Scottish Ladies at Southerness is Monday 20th April so there's still time. It starts 20th May with a practice round the day before. This event is not supported in any great numbers by senior/veteran ladies and the question is why not. There is no reason why it should be solely the domain of the young and the extremely low handicap. It provides plenty scope for all the usual aspects of a championship - competition and social. Why not boost the presence of the more mature lady golfer, show these young things golf doesn't stop at twenty-one and give it a go?

PS. If you have any views on why more senior/veteran ladies do not play in open "ladies" competitions, you could always send in your comments.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

East Vets CSS 71 for Home and Away Players

The results published on this website for the Spring Meeting at Gullane No 3 on Monday 6th contained an unconscious error and have been corrected. It had been calculated that the CSS was 72 (+3) for Gullane Home players but only 71(+2) for Away players.

The following has been quoted from Kirkwoodgolf:

"It's been pointed out that under Clause 2.3 of Appendix B, Competition Scratch Score Procedure in the CONGU Handbook (Page 53) that if the Competition Scratch Score for 'Home' players is higher than that calculated for 'Away' players the CSS Calculation should default to a single CSS calculation, calculated for the whole field.
The CSS for the whole field went up +2 to 71 on the day."

Gillian is generously trying to take the blame for this on her own website but only because she sat for more than an hour helping your committee - novices in the ways of their new computer - work out the two separate CSS's, when in fact that same committee would still be sitting in the Gullane clubhouse were it not for her kind assistance. Thanks very much Gillian. I'm sure you would much rather have been sitting with your new grandson. Like you I hope the Gullane Home players are not too disappointed with this news and that it hasn't caused problems.

On the bright side it's good to be aware of yet another anomaly in our handicapping system and we will definitely be ready for it the next time.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Change to Bronze Winner in the Spring Meeting

Sylvia Cunninghame (Murrayfield) has been in touch to say mistakenly she played under the wrong handicap yesterday and as such is disqualified. Bad luck Sylvia, we've all done something similar but thanks for letting us know. The Bronze winner is therefore Patricia Rose (Broomieknowe) with a nett 71 (92 - 21)

Monday, 6 April 2009

Always On The Go!

If anyone saw a buggie heading back out to the golf course long after all the ladies were in, it was the on-site crack Course Rating Team of Ethel (the terrier) Jack and Sue (only slightly less terrier-like) Penman. It had been noticed by some competitors that several of the ladies tees were 10-15 yards in front of the permanent markers such that the legality of the competition was in question. No sooner said than done, Ethel and Sue drove out to measure the distance on all teeing grounds between permanent markers and the ladies tees but were eventually able to report that the sum total of this discrepancy was less than the magic 100 yards as specified in "Congu". The competition results stood - much to the joy of those ladies with great scores. Thanks Ethel and Sue. Hope you didn't catch pneumonia.

Caroline Kinnaird wins East Vets Spring Meeting

Caroline Kinnaird from Glencorse was the outright winner of the East Vets Spring Meeting over Gullane No 3 today. Her nett 64 was four strokes clear from Barbara Halliday(Murrayfield), Karen Ballantyne(Craigmillar Park) and Liz Simpson(Murrayfield)on nett 68. It was an overcast day but the wind was not too troublesome. The pin positions and greens may have caused some ladies a little trouble - but obviously not Caroline who was playing off a handicap of 11. Well done Caroline.

Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) won the scratch prize with a 74 by one stroke from Noreen Fenton (Dunbar)

The CSS went up by +3 (to 72) for Gullane Home players and +2 (to 71) for Away players

Leading Scores SSS69, CSS72(Home)71(Away))

Silver Division
64 Caroline Kinnaird (Glencorse)75 - 11
68 Barbara Halliday (Murrayfield)81 - 13
68 Liz Simpson (Murrayfield) 78 - 10
68 Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 74 - 6 Scratch Winner
69 Dulcie Barnes (Gullane Ladies) 81 - 12
70 Cath Tait (Gullane Ladies)88 - 18
71 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar)75 - 4
71 Sheila Lyon (Kingsknowe)78 - 7
72 Davida Simpson (Liberton)92 - 20
72 Ellice Cackett (Broomieknowe)83 - 11
72 Liz Smith (Murrayfield) 89 - 17
72 Phyl Early (Glencorse) 89 - 17
73 Norma Richmond (Murrayfield) 81 - 8
73 Gillian Kirkwood (Gullane Ladies)83 - 10
73 Marjory Lauder (Turnhouse)86 - 13
73 Margaret Sneddon(Gullane ladies) 87 - 14
73 May Hardy (Baberton) 93 - 20
73 Carol Halliday (Dunbar) 83 - 10

Bronze Division

69 Sylvia Cunninghame (Murrayfield) 92 - 23
71 Patricia Rose (Broomieknowe) 92 - 21
72 Jean dawson (Gullane Ladies) 95 - 23
73 Maureen Stewart (Glencorse) 97 - 24
73 Jackie Squires (Gullane Ladies) 98 - 25
73 Maureen Matthews (Gullane Ladies) 95 - 22

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Revamped Draw for Spring Meeting

The lovely spring weather of this past week unfortunately seems to have moved on but here's hoping at least for a dry day on Monday at Gullane without the need for that extra layer or two. When you come in from your round, you will be able to enter your scores on our new laptop but Katherine and Noreen will be there to help if you are unsure.
As you can see there are now some spaces in the draw and should any lady wish to play who had not previously entered, then please contact Katherine.

Revamped East Vets Draw

8.48 Gillian Glen, Noreen Fenton, Gillian Kirkwood

8.56 Pat Mavor, Anne Torkington, Elizabeth Simpson

9.04 Dulcie Barnes, Maureen Woodward, Caroline Johnstone

9.12 Sheila Lyon, Libby Campbell, Denise Mitchell
9.20 Dorothy Thomson, Liz McLelland

9.28 Barbara Halliday, Jill Scott, Pam Townsend

9.36 Anne Brownie, Carole Ross,

9.44 Marjory Lauder, Anne Chainey, Jane Herd

9.52 Mo Younie, Amelia Taylor, Mary Davidson

10.00 Margaret Milligan, Aileen Kennedy, Margaret Sneddon

10.08 Caryl Campbell, Sylvia Cunningham, Margaret Webber

10.16 Jackie Squires, Isobel McDonald, Judy Cuthbertson

10.24 Catriona Shedden, Martha Beatson, Pamela McKenzie

10.32 Kate Milne, Barbara Russell

10.40 Jane Butters, Norma Richmond,

10.48 Elise Guy, Marion Cantley, Patricia Rose

10.56 May Hardy, Christine Clarke, Phyl Early

11.04 Madge Hutchison, Anne McIntosh, Cath Tait

11.12 Val Hallam, Carol McLeod, Ann Hanna

11.20 Margaret Maxwell, Carol Smith, Davida Simpson

11.28 Sydena Cullen, Karen Ballantyne, Barbara Biggart

11.36 Carol Halliday, Caroline Kinnaird, Ruth Brown

11.44 Sue Caton, Nancy Gow, Maureen Stewart

11.52 Joan Haviland, Muriel Westwood, Anne Patrick

12.00 Moira Thomson, Eleanor Black, Libby Burnet

12.08 Ethel Jack, Ray Lynch, Maureen Cranston

12.16 Pam Williamson, Barbara McIntosh, Ellice Cackett

12.24 Helga Millard, Senga Grant

12.32 Hilda Elder, Jean Dawson, Maureen Matthews

12.40 Seonaid Stewart, Gratian Andrew, Rita Dee

12.48 Clare Bowe, Liz Smith, Jane Millar

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Changes to the Draw for the Spring Meeting

There are quite a number of cancellations for the Spring meeting at Gullane on Monday 6th April so a revamped draw will be put on the web over the weekend. Keep an eye open just in case your time is slightly changed.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Draw for the Ramsden Cup

This draw will be photocopied and put up on your noticeboards but here it is in advance: