Sunday, 28 November 2010

SLGA/SGU Amalgamation

Sixty-six ladies converged on Kingsknowe Golf Club, last Wednesday, this being the venue for one of the SLGA organised roadshows to promote the proposed amalgamation between the SLGA and the SGU. It was not an opportunity for all and sundry to come, have a free coffee and biscuit, listen to a presentation, ask some questions and go home, satisfied that they had left apathy at home and shown a positive interest in ladies' golf affairs. This was a limited invitation of two representatives from each club in Midlothian and East Lothian - and they wanted answers.

Sixty-six must have seemed a fairly respectable number considering Fife drew in approximately thirty-five and Angus, only fourteen and that included both speakers and the person who put out the chairs. Sixty-six at Kingsknowe still meant that some clubs were unrepresented. Was this a measure of the interest in this historic proposal which is effectively the death-knell of more than a century of the SLGA - not of course the death-knell of ladies' golf but the beginning of a new phase - whatever that might be.

To present the SLGA "side" was Lorna Bennett(pictured above) a Fife lawyer, Senior Ladies Internationalist and the SLGA representative for the East of Scotland. She was assisted by Janet Wake who is approaching the end of her term on the the SLGA, was a former Midlothian County Captain and is now the Midlothian President. Lorna did not require any back-up as she was, typically,very well prepared indeed, knowing exactly what she knew and, what was equally valuable(and freely admitted) exactly what she didn't. At the beginning of her talk, she invited the ladies present to ask questions at any time, before, during or after her presentation. What she couldn't answer she promised to relay back to the Board for clarification and this hopefully would lead to inclusion or acceptable changes to the proposal.

Lorna went through the proposal, which is available for all to see on the SLGA website, pretty much point by point in uncomplicated detail. Initially the audience was quiet and attentive, until one person asked for clarification on a point and after that the floodgates were opened and the questions came fast and furious. Furious is the wrong word because of course no one was in the slightest bit hostile as there was no reason to be. Maybe there might have been an initial feeling of "shoot the messenger" by those openly against the amalgamation, but Lorna's calm and obviously sincere approach prevented any such thing. And so questions flowed from the stalls and were answered to general satisfaction from the floor, the flavour of the evening being definitely more of a discussion than a pre-general election hecklers' meeting.

Topics causing most concern were first of all, possible redundancies of SLGA staff together with the anomaly of having at one and the same time possibly three CEO's - one from the SLGA, one from the SGU both with contracts still to run and a new CEO representing the new Scotland Golf Limited - a huge financial outlay. Lorna was at pains to allay any fears with regard redundancies from the SLGA side, who could not possibly run with less and she thought it highly unlikely that the SGU would feel they could do with less staff either. She identified two officials on the existing SLGA Board - all voluntary of course which is often forgotten or ignored - who give so much of their time to SLGA business, they must have forgotten what their own firesides looked like. It was to be noticed this did not include reference to herself and this was the third roadshow in so many days!

The per capita situation was also discussed where all ladies would be members of a county whether they wished to be or not, although counties would not be forced to adopt this.

The gender issue was contentious, whereby the number of ladies initially on the new body would be protected but only for three years. Thereafter there was a genuine fear that by virtue of sheer weight of numbers - gents:ladies are 6:1 - ladies might never be voted in with a potentially disastrous effect on matters appertaining to ladies.

Sponsorship issues and Sportscotland and how much would actually come the way of the ladies especially after the Ryder Cup in Scotland had been and gone. Lorna freely admitted that she was under the impression that this legacy would feel the draught of the current economic situation.

Both the SLGA and the SGU have separate premises, neither of which would be large enough to house the new body with its combined staff. Obviously new premises would need to be found but the leases of both properties have years to go so no saving here, only increased expense as these existing leases are seen out. As for bringing out a new logo and the rebranding of everything under the banner of the new Scotland Golf Limited, has this been costed?

It does seem that to continue to push all this through when there are so many unresolved loose ends, is, to say the least, a little hasty. Even supposing all the niggles and doubts and genuine worries are taken on board, is there now enough time to have it all completed by their cut-off date? The fact remains that maybe this amalgamation is indeed the best way forward but only when every angle has been examined and resolved. Where is the advantage in rushing everything through at breakneck speed if it is not done properly. It is much too late after the event, when it is signed, sealed and delivered legally only to find that there are areas which have not been clarified. So it made complete sense when a proposal came from one of the ladies to defer the amalgamation completely until we had all the facts before us, to our complete satisfaction. More to the point when we would have a better idea of exactly how much all this would cost.

Roadshows promoting the proposed SLGA/SGU Amalgamation are taking place all over Scotland. There may be some objection, to the word 'promoting' as if this event is a frantic sales pitch but there has been very little obvious attempt to involve the membership in this process up to the issuing of "The Proposal". We therefore can scarcely be blamed for feeling left-out. What have we got an SLGA for, one may argue, if we don't let them get on with running the day-to-day affairs. We should be grateful to them. Well we are (grateful) and we do (let them get on with the day-to-day running of our affairs, more-or-less) - but the total break-up of the SLGA as we have known it, the handing-over of everything that women have lived and died for - OK that's a bit OTT - is surely worthy of a little more of a say in something as important and final as this. You are involved (they may say) you're getting roadshows aren't you, you can ask questions can't you and if we can - or want to? - we'll answer them. Ladies, if you may recall last year at the SLGA AGM in Perth, an attempt was made to ask about financial matters pertaining to the future amalgamation. The lady in question was snubbed - and that is the perfect word for it. No polite answering with an apology for the lack of specificity at this stage - just plain snubbed. Which led straightaway to the question, why. The SLGA run our golfing affairs, they are not our masters and they should be transparent at all times. Why cannot we ask questions and why would we not get answers. But with regard to this amalgamation, whether it has been intentional or not, there has been an element of secrecy which can only lead the more cynical to wonder why. When all said and done, this amalgamation might truly be the very best step forward for ladies' golf but is there really such a need to rush it in, especially when the financial situation in the country is, if not fragile, at least uncertain. We know the contribution from Sportscotland is going to decrease this coming year, but it is not known by how much. We have only to look at the papers and television to see what a dreadful state Ireland is in just now. Last year, did the man, or woman, on the street in Dublin have any inkling how bad things would get for them this year? Are they going to be pouring money into Irish Ladies' Golf this coming year. How can we possibly know how we will be situated ourselves. Nothing is guaranteed. It is not possible for anyone holding the moneybags to give any guarantees. Why not wait? No one on the SLGA seems able to categorically say how much we will get from Sportscotland , not because they are withholding this information for their own dark and desperate designs - they don't know. Lorna said this. Get a proper feed-back from the members. Take the time to fill out this proposal with more detail about all the financial queries, include all unanswered questions and send it out again and then, if necessary repeat the whole process. Then and only then will the proper course of action be formulated, one way or another. And what is more, they will know for sure they are carrying the majority of the membership with them which could well be not what they are doing at the moment.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Murrayfield wins the Mail on Sunday Classic in Spain

When competitive golf in Scotland has virtually hibernated, it is something to cheer about to hear of Murrayfield's great success in the Mail on Sunday Classic, held at El Rompido on the Spanish Costa del Sol. The four semifinalist teams, two from Scotland and two from England, bundled all their golf gear on to the aeroplane and met to do battle on November 23rd and 24th far from these shores. However, to all reports, this was hardly played out in lovely warm conditions such as might have been expected as apparently the rain in Spain had not stayed mainly on the plain and it had been raining cats and dogs in El Rompido. At least it has been dry here in the Lothians albeit a trifle nippy!

Three East Vets contributed to Murrayfield's great win - these being Norma Richmond, (their ace reporter), Caroline Johnstone and Ray Lynch, the remaining members of the team being Margaret Fergusson, Lyn Wilson and Rosie Dennis. On Day One, Murrayfield played and won against Wildwood Golf Club from Surrey, the scoreline being a convincing 5 : 0 and this in the face of the opposition all having caddies, always a major advantage in soggy conditions, which according to Norma had to be seen to be believed. Those who played in this game were Margaret Fergusson, Rosie Dennis, Lyn Wilson, Norma Richmond and Caroline Johnstone. The other Scottish team, from Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire were only just beaten to the post 3 : 2 by Beau Desert from Staffordsire or it would have been an all Scottish final.

On Day 2, Murrayfield then faced Beau Desert (weather conditions unclear in the final but obviously the same for both). The Murrayfield team was unchanged except for Ray Lynch playing in place of Rosie Dennis. Margaret Fergusson won by 5 and 4 and Lyn Wilson by 2 and 1. Ray Lynch got a very honourable half in spite of being dormie 2 down - so very well done indeed Ray. Norma unfortunately met heavier opposition and lost by 4 and 3, pushing the scoreline to a knife-edge at 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 with one game to play. All depended on Caroline's game but a 4 and 2 win meant the trophy was their's. Well done indeed Murrayfield and we all hope the well-deserved champagne headaches weren't so bad the next day.

Suffice to say that at a meeting of Midlothian and East Lothian Ladies in Kingsknowe golf club, news of the result was relayed before it started and a rousing cheer could have been heard not only in Murrayfield but even in El Rompido.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Winners at Midlothianladies County AGM and Prizegiving

East Vets managed to walk off with a good proportion of the prizes at the Midlothian Ladies County Golf Association AGM and Prizegiving at Liberton Golf Club tonight. Mary Richardson (Craigmillar Park) took over the captaincy reins from Tracy Laughland - as Mary said in her opening words,a hard act to follow and likewise Janet Wake(Merchants) is the new Midlothian President. Margaret Rodger is now taking a well-earned rest.

Winter Foursomes
Winners Maureen McKay (Kingsknowe) partnered with Katharine Logan
Runners-up Fiona Hunter (Baberton) partnered with Sharon McPherson
Spring Meeting
Bronze Division 1st handicap - Susan Tudball (Murrayfield)
Silver Division 1st Handicap - Denise Mitchell (Murrayfield)
Best Overall Nett Score - Pam Townsend (Murrayfield)
2nd Best Overall - Norma Richmond (Murrayfield)
2nd scratch - Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)
Midsummer Foursomes
2nd handicap - Maureen Stewart(Glencorse)
Summer Meeting
Silver Division 2nd Handicap - Kate Johnston (Baberton)
Autumn Meeting
2nd scratch - Ruth Brown (Lothianburn)
Summer Hole & Hole
Bronze Quaich runner-up - Susan Tudball (Murrayfield)
Silver Division semi-finalists - Maureen McKay (Kingsknowe), Elsa Todd (Prestonfield)
'B'Championship Cup
Winner Denise Mitchell (Murrayfield)
Runner-up Isobel Halliday (Merchants)

Well done everyone

Monday, 25 October 2010

Annual General Meeting 2010 held at Gullane

The East Vets AGM and annual prizegiving was held at Gullane Golf Club today. 56 ladies were present for the meeting followed by lunch.

Captain Elise Guy welcomed everyone present and without further ado the meeting was opened. After the apologies were announced (69), the prizegiving got underway. Happily most of the prizewinners were present which is always more satisfactory then when vouchers and trophies are placed to the side and hand-delivered later - which was the case in 2009.

The trophy winners were as follows:
Senior Salver - Elsa Todd
Wallace Williamson Aggregate Cup - Anne Brownie (Lothianburn)
Beddowes Trophy (best nett score Summer Meeting) - Katy Gillies (Glencorse)
Rosebowl (best nett score Autumn Meeting)- Ruth Brown (Lothianburn)
Ramsden Cup (Hole & Hole) Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)
Lady McInnes Shaw Trophy (Championship) - Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)

Karen (pictured above)had also brought to the meeting the Scroggie Cup (Scottish Vets Championship)which she recently won at Blairgowrie. She is pictured above with all three trophies. (apologies for the background) After the presentation, Karen read out a very nice tribute.

Captain Elise returned to the fore and delivered her captain's speech where she reiterated the list of all prizewinners but also the results of the interdivision matches which have previously been reported on the website - except for the East v Borders match at Swanston which seemed to have been omitted. This was in fact a loss to the East. She drew attention to the Elise Duncan Trophy which is played for in the annual East v West match for scratch and upwards players and which was retained this year. It is a very handsome trophy - still with no details from anyone as to the history of "Elise Duncan". Asp Robertson proclaimed her delight that the "Asp Trophy" was for once on show on the East trophy table - as opposed to decorating one from the West.

Elise asked the Vice-captain, Noreen Fenton, to say a few words on the results of East Vets participation in international events this year.

The minutes were then read out by Katherine, the timing of this deviating slightly from the norm. This is the last time that the minutes will be read out at the AGM, as it has been decided that in future, they will be put on the website prior to the event, when all East Vets can read them at their leisure. The minutes were proposed and seconded by Karen Ballantyne and Carol McLeod respectively.

Next was the turn of the Financial report but before a proposer and seconder were asked for, Katherine felt obliged to mention that the blurred signature at the bottom was in fact due to her printer and not an attempt at forgery. Clare Bowe and Catriona Shedden were kind enough to propose and second the financial report which showed a small return.

Elise announced tht the trial of using an aggregate of two scores to qualify for the championship was to be abandonned, reverting to the use of the Summer Meeting at Haddington only. This was mainly due to the most unfortunate weather conditions enjoyed by the competitors in both spring and summer meetings which reduced the number of entrants radically. Indeed a superstitious person might have deemed the whole venture cursed from the very beginning and doomed to failure. So, summer meeting only. This incidentally was received with more nods from the assembled audience than practically anything else other than the arrival of the meal.

Elise announced that Marjory Lauder would be the next Vice-captain and that Dulcie Barnes would join the committee. She then thanked her committee for their hard work and in particular Katherine, before handing over her badge of office to Noreen.

Noreen then dealt with the AOCB starting off with the Ramsden Cup. Ladies this year had found themselves in the position of being all square after eighteen holes and having to decide themselves in the field so to speak, what they would do since neither knew and had left home without their mobiles. They had at that time opted for best of three. It was agreed that for the remainder of the year this format would continue, until it could be brought up at the AGM. Thrown to the company , a show of hands decided on best of three rather than sudden death. So now all know.

The format for the matchplay stage of the championship would remain as it was this past year, first round on Saturday afternoon, semi-final and final on the Sunday. At present the actual dates for this are not yet known apart from the fact they will be one of week-ends 11/12 June, 18/19 June or 9/10 July to be finalised when the Haddington professional returns from holiday. The Summer Meeting will be on June 7th. The venue for the Autumn Meeting has alternated between Murrayfield and Liberton in the past. However since numbers at Liberton appear to be almost twice those of Murrayfield, it has been decided that Liberton will from now on be the only venue . This will be on September 5th, 2011, with the AGM and prizegiving on 24th October, also at Liberton Golf Club.

As already referred to previously, the East match against Borders was not our finest hour but we were able to admire the extreme smartness of the opposition to the point that the committee wanted to ensure that ladies representing our division in future would be attired similarly - not similar to the Borders but to each other. Although a different and prettier colour of shirt was suggested to the company, the general feeling was to wear yellow and that Katherine would ask for orders of this official East Vets shirt along with the subscriptions at the beginning of the year.

Noreen brought up the issue of using Distance Measuring Devices in East Vets competitions. Two ladies had asked if they could use them at the Autumn meeting but permission was refused at that time, although a short survey later conducted had shown a positive stance for their use. The vast majority of those present today voted for allowing the use of the device, although the general feeling of the meeting was that few would use them, but that there was no objection to those using them, who wanted to. Karen suggested that the view of the SVLGA could be sought which was agreed. In the meantime East Vets will allow their use as a local rule.

There being no further business the meeting was closed and all settled back with great patience to enjoy a really lovely meal when it arrived. The committee, being nearest the kitchen door, were served first and had to endure covetous glances from the rest of the room - but they just ignored them.

Monday, 18 October 2010

East Vets Annual General Meeting Monday 25th October

The Annual General Meeting and Prizegiving of the East Vets will take place in the clubhouse at Gullane next Monday at 11am. Hopefully any questions which have to be raised have long been in Katherine's possession. Last year there was unfortunately a shortage of prizewinners there to receive their trophies but early reports indicate this will not be the case this year. Please bring your smiles as well in case there are some cameras at the ready. The meeting will be followed by lunch.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Looking Back on Sheringham

It seems like a far distant memory now - pre-Ryder Cup certainly - but it was only a few days ago. It seems so much more.

Not Scotland's most illustrious hour certainly and a huge disappointment after their recent victory in Germany. Like all golf matches, just a tweak here, a touch there, a putt going in rather than sitting looking into the depths, would have made the most enormous difference to the result. A game of "if only".

Take for instance the game against Wales, which was a drawn match. Such was the closeness that one putt could have made Scotland all-over second as opposed to last. How cruel is golf. Very possibly everyone in the team can look back at a certain shot that influenced the outcome of their game, whether it was a shot that won a hole or more than likely, a shot that lost one. A sudden gust of wind taking the ball into a bunker, a putt not hit just that touch hard enough, an understandable desperation for the perfect shot that the swing was just that fraction too quick - then disaster. There's generally something that turns a match round and players can only "look back in anger" at themselves because it's easy to think what one might or should have done - afterwards. There's no stress and anxiety when it's all over. It's quite normal to try and shoulder the blame when one recalls poor shots. But no one player should ever take that responsibility. Each player went out there and did her absolute best, she should recall all the great shots and be proud.

Everyone or most everyone will have been watching the Ryder Cup over the weekend, seen the emotion and the passion with which both sides played. You might think if this is what they do all the time, they ought to be good at it, perfect at it even, but it didn't work out like that. It never does. There was so much to gasp at, wonderful wood shots soaring over trees and water and landing feet from this tiniest of flags, there were bunker shots peppering the hole, coming out of the sand like a pin-ball machine but with the precision of a bullet, there were putts, so many putts speeding their way twenty,thirty,yards over greens and finding a safe haven in the hole. Fantastic. Wonderful. There were also some pretty weird shots from these wizards of the golf course and there could have been cries of derision from the audience (and the living room) with the expectation of perfection - but more than likely not. More than likely sympathy and genuine understanding of their disappointment. To see players bouncing along, confident in their game, happy with their "holes-up status", smiling and chatting to their caddies, to see them lose one hole possibly against a birdie, no fault there, then maybe a slack or unlucky shot loses another and suddenly it seems as if the gates are open, allowing holes to run away and doubt and tension to slip in. Comfortable leads become monstrous deficits and it gets harder and harder to get that ball to do what you know you can do. And that's the other side of golf. We've all been there. We all understand.

Is that what happened at Sheringham? The team that came back from Berlin, buoyant with the gold medal under their belts and to all intents and purposes playing the same game, they just could not find that extra something to let them do it again and make a successful defence of the Senior Home International Trophy. Many of the games were initially even. As the Irish captain relayed on hearing results coming through her radio, "First game one up, second one down with the third all square on the first tee - well you could say it was anyone's game"!

Sadly it wasn't Scotland's on this occasion but there's always next year!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Third day at the Senior Home Interntionals

Scotland unfortunately were unable to take a point from Ireland on the third and final day of the Senior Home Internationals. In an effort to promote the Second Coming into her team, Captain Pamela Williamson completely altered the pairings but to no avail. At number one position, she joined together an old winning partnership of Fiona de Vries and Lorna Bennett, who took on new Irish cap Mairead MacNamara and very long-hitting Niamh Giblin. They lost 4 and 3. The second pairing was the combination of the two sisters from Tain, Mary Smith and Anne Ryan. They won against Pat Doran and Helen Jones on the eighteenth. The third couple were Heather Anderson and Noreen Fenton who were not tight enough initially against Sheena McElroy and Phil O'Gorman and then failed to counter the rush of birdies and good pars from both, whose putters were red hot. At the short eighth, the Scots tee-shot was six inches from the hole and surely could not be blamed for thinking they would get a hole back especially as the opposition's tee-shot was about forty feet away. Their hopes were dashed when the ball fell into the hole for a half in two.

In the afternoon singles, knowing that four out of five of the games had to come Scotland's way to make a likely second place, things started quite well. This however did not last, although Fiona de Vries, who had played in all six games, was too much for Violet McBride and brought in an early point. Mary Smith did likewise against Mairead MacNamara. But that was to be it. Moira Thomson (pictured left against the backdrop of the North Sea) held on to her usual steady game till the ninth where she missed an unlikely putt for her but this then allowed her opponent, Pat Doran, a foot in the door. As Moira began to appear a little less purposeful, Pat's game conversely looked increasingly more secure. It's a fact of life or golf than when that happens, there is very little luck to be had. The two remaining games with Lorna Bennett (playing Helen Jones) and Anne Ryan (playing Sheena mcElroy) were hard fought to the last but both finished on the seventeenth with points to Ireland.

Having recently come home from Berlin as worthy champions, Scotland were relegated to fourth place in the Home Internationals. England had won all their games with a healthy margin and indeed were very worthy winners.

England 3 points
Ireland 1 1/2 points
Wales 1 point
Scotland 1/2 point

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Second day at the Home Internationals disappointing

Scotland's hopes of retaining the Senior Home International Trophy took a sudden dive today when they met a very impressive English team. Yesterday Scotland had drawn their game with Wales while England had beaten Ireland 7 / 1. Today Scotland lost to England 6 1/2 to 1 1/2 and Ireland also halved with Wales. England have won two games, wales have two halved matches while all scotland and Ireland have one halved match apiece. Tomorrow will decide who will be second.

Skipper Pamela Williamson is desperately keen - as are her entire team - to put a win on the board tomorrw and has had a complete rearrangement of her foursomes to see if this will secure points in the morning. Today only managed to achieve a halved match with Fiona de Vries and Anne Ryan.

In the afternoon singles, the only match to win a point was down to Lorna Bennett who came back from being two down to win three holes on the trot over Sue Dye. On the seventeenth, when one hole up, she sent a putt racing over the full length of the green which never looked like doing anything else than go in, much to her team-mates delight. She won 2 an 1.

Fiona de Vries lost also on the seventeenth after a quality game against the English Champion Caroline Marron which saw an initial exchange of birdies from the very first hole. Moira Thomson played very steadily but unfortunately, one hole down going into the eighteenth, was unable to do other than half the hole. Both Heather Anderson and Noreen Fenton were unable to produce the golf of the previous day and lost at the fifteenth.

Look on Kirkwoodgolf to get the full results.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

First Day at the Senior Home Internationals

The first day at the Senior Home Internationals proceeded without any interference by that arch-villain, The Weather although there is no question that tomorrow will be another day. The locals have promised "wall to wall rain" which sadly co-incides with BBC Weather so sadly it looks pretty poor.

However today was a good golfing day in that it was dry, not at all cold and although there was an north-east wind it was fairly moderate. So good conditions and consequently a lot of very good golf.

Scotland played Wales today and had a halved match. Another website hinted at this being a poor result for Scotland, the current European Team champions (the webmaster freely admits this constant reference to the European Team Championship is beginning to smack of a certain country winning a football competition in 1966 - but it was pretty special!) anyway the inference was that a halved match was a poor result because Wales did not put forward a team for the aforesaid championship. Just because they did not enter - for their own reasons - hardly constitutes the right to deem them less worthy opponents. Wales won the Senior Home Internationals very recently - apologies for not having this at hand but it is thought to be 2008. Certainly Scotland were disappointed not to win a point here. Losing the foursomes 2 - 1 makes for a difficult task in the singles when four out of the five possible games had to be seized. As it was they only got three points out of a possible five which was only good enough for the halved match.

In the morning the only victory went to the new pairing of Lorna Bennett(Ladybank) and Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie). They were playing against the very experienced Janet Doleman and new cap Louise Fleet whom they beat by 2 and 1. It was an up and down game with a healthy exchange of birdies. The Welsh pair birdied the short 11th hole with a two to the Scots' par and then also at the par 4 fourteenth hole, where they had a 3. One down. However all change at the 171 yard fifteenth hole when Heather's wood, straight into the oncoming wind, just eased through the back of the green into semi-rough. The Welsh girls looked as if they had the advantage but made a poor job of their approach whilst Lorna chipped dead for a gimme. Capitalising on this at the very next hole, Heather's long iron was again just through but Lorna hammered that 30 footer right to the back of the can for a birdie three. One up with two to play. Two good drives at the next hole but Lorna's second was straight for the pin whereas the Welsh girls took rather a circuitous route to the hole - and it was all over. A great fighting finish.

Moira Thomson (Gullane) and her partner Mary Smith (Tain) who had an unblemished record in the Europeans were up against the very strong pairing of Vicki Thomas and Jane Rees who were really on their game. Their huge uncompromising length off the tee often gave them a big advantage and indeed they were on the 436 yard 5th hole in two strokes which was something indeed. (If the weather on Thursday improves it is hoped to have a picture of this portrait hole to brighten up the report!)

In the afternoon singles the only points gained came from Fiona de Vries(St Rule), Heather Anderson and Noreen Fenton(Dunbar) Fiona took on Vicki Thomas whom she beat by 4 and 2. It looked as if Fiona might have lost the twelfth hole when Vicki made the green in two and she (Fiona)found a greenside bunker. But not to be outdone and Fiona had a great up and down for a good par and her opponent uncharacteristically three-putted. The game finished at the sixteenth when Vicki, again most atypical, put two drives out of bounds on to the railway. Four and two to Fiona.

Noreen Fenton, not having played in the morning foursomes, started shakily against Denise Richards, three putting the first to go one down and then losing the second to a twenty foot birdie putt from off the green to go two down. A chip which sat on the edge of the hole at the fourth brought this back to one down but a dreadful fifth re-instated the two down status. However a two at the sixth and a good up and down from a bunker at the short eighth brought this back to all square. Noreen was very fortunate to win this game at the sixteenth as Denise had a marvellous day with her putter but was satisfied to have been level par at the end of the game.

England beat a very strong irish team by 7 / 1. Scotland take them on tomorrow. Readers are requested to refer to Kirkwoodgolf for all the above scores. Sleep beckons.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Practice Day at Sheringham

Three East Vets are involved in the Senior Ladies Home Internationals this year being held at Sheringham Golf Club in Norfolk, England which today, the first practice day, was quite definitely one of the wettest most miserable places in the whole of the UK. All the more so because the weather in the Lothians looked, for once very acceptable.

Anyone would be forgiven for wondering what on earth the Scottish Senior Ladies have done to offend the celestial golfing powers-that-be (who control the weather). For example, a few weeks ago our golfing giants (and Lorna Bennett) arrived in Berlin to challenge for the European Senior Ladies Team Championship and it was so wet, there were preferred lies - in September would you believe. The British Senior Ladies Open Stroke-Play Championship at West Kilbride followed soon after the above glorious victory and just before there was a week of such fantastic weather that phrases like "Indian Summer" were bandied about lulling everyone into a false sense that summer had come at last, a bit late granted but who's counting. The point being there was heat and sun and no wind. So what exactly was that at West Kilbride. The lovely weather just vanished overnight exactly on practice day. It was just unspeakably bad. (Congratulations to all who played and survived - they all deserved medals).

And now here we are again - first practice day for the Senior Home Internationals and back to the rain. Scotland may be cooler than of late but at least it has been basking in dry weather. It was certainly not dry in Norfolk today. Lashed by winds off the North Sea and soaked by torrential rain. O Me miserum. Why us!

However our Scottish Senior worthies, inclusive of Moira Thomson (Gullane), Noreen Fenton(Dunbar),Captain Pamela Williamson(Baberton) - but also Mary Smith and Anne Ryan of Tain, Lorna Bennett (Ladybank),Fiona de Vries (St Rule), SLGA President Emma Wilson(Leven) and Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie), all dressed appropriately for the very worst of the elements, all took on this wind-swept course situated along the cliffs in North Norfolk and tried hard to imagine what it would look like on a sunny day!

Just imagine the scene, heads bent in the blinding rain, dragging the non-motorised trolleys behind them - which if left unattended had the tendency to blow over. Practice days are supposed to be days to glean information about the course, clubbing, borrows on greens. Not exactly. Thankfully the matches proper don't start till Tuesday when Scotland plays Wales and England plays Ireland. The forecast is promised to improve. Tomorrow is another practice day but the team are not thinking about that right now. They are dried out. Their clubs are dried out and all the waterproof gear too. And they are away to bed.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


So that's it all over for another year. "Blairgowrie" has come and gone. It has been a very successful year for East Vets in that one of our own has won the Scottish Vets title - only the sixth winner in the last twenty years, these being Karen Ballantyne, Moira Thomson, Noreen Fenton, Joan Marshall, Liz Simpson and Connie Lugton.

So this is Karen's year. Her first round was against the Galloway Champion, Jean Brydson, who is very experienced and must know Lansdowne like the back of her hand! This was a pretty tight game and really Karen only made inroads in the second half winning at the sixteenth by 3 and 2. The next day she was drawn against Anne Ryan of Highlands who herself had beaten a three times winner of the title, Liz Campbell of Borders. Anne was in the successful Scottish Seniors team who lifted the gold medal recently in the European Team Championship.

The game started slowly with both having pars over the first two holes. Anne went one ahead at the fourth hole (which greatly resembled the second and third) with a par four. Lansdowne is one of these tree-lined courses where a good drive seems often to land somewhere near the 150 yard post. A player can often find that if this is his or her distance with a certain club, as long as he or she continues to hit nice and straight from here - that is keeping out of the trees and the heather - he or she is halfway to a successful outcome. One lady said she seemed to go all the way round playing her driver and a seven wood. She wasn't complaining. It was a good day for both clubs!

We digress. Back to Anne and Karen's game. The short 5th was halved in four, as was the sixth but then Anne took the long seventh with a birdie to go two up. The eighth was a crucial hole for Karen. A good saving putt from her saved going three down which might have been psychologically a bit disheartening. This, together with a fine birdie two at the 9th, meant she was going into the second half only one down which was a great boost. Anne dropped a stroke at the eleventh and now the game was all square. Not to be outdone, however, taking advantage of her greater length off the tee, she placed her ball in a better position at the tricky 12th which strangely seems to be Stroke Index 15 - far from an easy par four, with its yawning bunker to the left and a sturdy oak(?) bang in line for the green if one chose to head right from the tee. Anne was one up again. A short-lived advantage as she promptly gifted the 13th to Karen who had a par to Anne's treble bogey. All square. Both had lovely threes at the short 14th but then Anne dropped shots at both the fifteenth and sixteenth to be dormie two down. Again Anne's length came in useful at the long seventeenth but a half at the last gave victory to Karen and a place in the final.

Karen said she was fired up for her game against May Hughes of Lanark who had had a great game against Fiona de Vries, a former winner. But May's golden putter deserted her in the afternoon game. Although she won the second and eighth with pars, she found herself three down at the turn to Karen who birdied the first with a four and the ninth with yet another two. Karen dropped a hole at the par four eleventh but immediately retook it the following hole. The next three were halved in pars, so May was unable to make inroads until the sixteenth when a par from her cut Karen's lead to two holes. She did not take the mental advantage of this because at the dog-legged seventeenth, May found herself in trouble up the left, wasting a stroke to come back on to the fairway. Both ended up in the bunker to the right of the green. Karen went wide and had to putt first, leaving a thirty-footer a mere six inches from the hole. This left May needing to hole her putt - which wasn't much short of Karen's - just to stay alive. It didn't go in.

Karen had won the Scottish Vet's title by 2 and 1.

Scroggie Cup Results

Karen Ballantyne beat Jean Brydson 3 and 2
Liz Campbell lost to Anne Ryan 2 and 1
Lynne Terry lost to May Hughes 5 and 4
Fiona de Vries beat Pearl Beattie 7 and 6

Karen beat Anne 2 up
May beat Fiona 7 and 6

Karen beat May 2 and 1

Whilst all this exciting championship play was going on round Lansdowne, about 130 Vets from all over Scotland were storming round the Rosemount in the Patrick Rosebowl, the results of which, for East Vets are as below. It is sad to say that none appeared in the prizelist. The weather was lovely throughout the morning although it did start to rain in the afternoon. This was doubly unfortunate for those going out later as there was the most incredible delay at the short 14th when apparently at one point, there were about ten couples all waiting to go off. Something like this can often wreck a good score but many ladies are there simply to enjoy the golf and the chat so perhaps they did not even notice the delay.

Nett Results
Elinor Blair 82 - 8 = 74
Sue Penman 81 - 6 = 75
Jane Herd 84 - 7 = 77
Sandra Ashurst - 90 - 13 = 77
Noreen Fenton - 83 - 4 - 79
Ethel jack - 92 - 1 - 81
Mairi Pollock - 91 - 9 - 82
Dorothy Thomson - 93 - 11 - 82
Carole Ross - 96 - 11 = 85
Carol McLeod - 100 - 14 = 86
Barbara Biggart 95 - 9 = 86
Asp Robertson 107 - 19 = 88
Isabel MacDonald 114 - 21 = 93
Elise Guy 116 - 22 = 94
Margaret Snedden 110 - 15 = 95
Nancy Gow 111 - 14 = 97

On the Tuesday, the ladies played in the greensomes round the Lansdowne course. The East did manage to have a finger in this pie when Ethel Jack partnered by Sue Penman took second handicap prize with a nett 72. They would have taken second scratch with this but could only get one prize. Noreen Fenton and Jane Herd were pipped for a very minor award by Emma Wilson and Alison Houston of the Midland who came in late with a better score!

Beddowes QuaichEthel Jack and Sue Penman 80 - 8 = 72
Dorothy Thomson and Barbara Biggart 85 - 9.8 = 75.2
Noreen Fenton and Jane Herd 83 - 5.2 = 77.8
Elinor Blair and Mairi Pollock 89 - 7.8 = 81.2
Carole Ross and Carol McLeod 95 - 12.8 = 82.2
Nancy Gow and Sandra Ashurst 97 - 13.4 = 83.6
Margaret Snedden and Isabel MacDonald 102 - 17.4 = 84.6

Monday, 20 September 2010

Karen Ballantyne wins Scottish Vets

Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) won the Scottish Vets at Lansdowne, today. This is the first and only time Karen has played in this event. In the quarter-finals she beat Jean Brydson of Galloway by 3 and 2 which only whetted Karen's appetite for the semi-finals. She beat Anne Ryan (a member of the victorious Scottish Senior team who recently won the European Senior Team Championship) by 2 holes after a tight match and then in the afternoon, she took on May Hughes of Lanark (who had rather unexpectedly beaten Fiona de Vries by a margin of 6 and 5). She won the game against May by 2 and 1 and hence lifted the coveted Scroggie Cup for the East Division. It is to be noted that this is only the sixth time in the last twenty years that the trophy has come to the East. Well done Karen. What a year.

(Details of the match to come later)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Maureen Richmond top Scot in Senior British Championship

No East Vets magically materialised in the leading scores at West Kilbride. The best Scottish performance was by ex-Kilmacolm champion and Curtis Cup player, Maureen Richmond who has been a GP in England for some decades. Maureen was the overnight leader but her final round of 81, although a fine score in the conditions, was almost derisory in the wake of several wonderful scores in the seventies on Thursday - some almost beyond belief in a wind every bit as strong as had been on Tuesday, that day of portaloo-toppling force. The English lady, Bev New who lifted the championship, brought in an amazing birdie-strewn 73.

Next best Scottish performance was by Lorna Bennett of Ladybank, a member of the recent victorious Scottish team which won the European Team Championship. Although her opening score of 84 simply reflected the difficulties of the conditions on Tuesday, her scores of 79 and 78 on the two following days were the product of good steady golf, devoid of major tragedies.

This is an excellent championship, with great organisation going on behind closed doors. Everything was conducted with efficiency except of course in the LGU's complete ineptitude when it came to fixing the weather which quite separated the men from the boys, or in this case, the women from the girls. There is no getting away from the fact that some were luckier than others in their draw times, but it is accurate to say everyone will have had really foul weather at some time or another in their round - swings and roundabouts. The incredible hailstorm, seen coming over the water like a tsunami, was short sharp and quite destructive. Those on the first tee were forced out regardless when it was almost impossible to stand up in the face of it, not only from the sheer force behind it but also from the needle-like pain on the skin! One late group possibly thought they were going to complete their round dry when a flash flood just arrived halfway down the eighteenth. There was no time to struggle into waterproofs before being completely soaked. How galling to find that the minute they had replaced the flag on the green, and shaken corresponding dripping hands, the rain switched off and the sun had the nerve to come out. Just in time to witness the adding-up of a possibly ruined score or two!

An event like this allows friends from far and not-so-far to meet up. Certainly the clubhouse echoed with cheerful chatter but also many, many tales of woe, not only on the day when play was suspended for two and a quarter hours but at the usual gatherings socially of the Cocktail Evening and the Competitors Dinner. Lip-reading was a most useful skill as the noise level surely mirrored that of a football stadium rocking to the use of the vuvuzela.

Many thanks go, as already said to the efficient and pleasant LGU officials (with their constant supply of boilings and jelly babies), to the lost property department, and to the referees who seem much more compassionate when it comes to time faults or perhaps competitors see them coming and in sheer panic simply open up the throttle on their batteries. There are always characters. One who comes to mind was the ever cheerful starter Tommy (spelling?) who, having watched one poor lady drive her first ball straight out of bounds to the right, re-announced her with ---- "and on the tee for the second time -----".

Congratulations to all those lifting the honours. Wonderful golf. Congratulations to all those others for simply playing. You were a credit to yourselves.

Scottish results
239 Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool)78,80,81
241 Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) 84,79,78
244 Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie) 83,81,80
247 Mary Smith (Tain) 84,84,79, Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies) 84,83,80
248 Fiona de Vries (St Rule) 84,83,81
250 Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) (91,82,77), Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies)83,86,81
252 Alison Bartlett(Royal Dornoch)85,86,81
256 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar)86,87,83, Margaret Tough (Falkirk) 88,85,83
257 May Hughes (Lanark) 83,90,84, Catherine Garrett (W.Kilbride) 87,82,88

174 Janice Patterson (Drumpellier) 89,85, Anne Ryan (Tain) 82,92
175 Anna Telfer (Milngavie) 90,85
176 Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 92,84
177 Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) 94,83, Chris McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 93,84
178 Jennifer Mack (Haggs Casle) 90,88
183 Lorraine Campbell (Cardross) 93,90, Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 86,97
... Ruth Brown (Lothianburn) 98,NR
Withdrawn - Pamela Williamson (Baberton)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Latest at the Senior British

Readers are referred to the reports on this championship to Kirkwoodgolf and the West Vets due to the webmaster finding it difficult connecting to a network and attempting to keep her feet,in the gale-force conditions here at West Kilbride. The stories of umbrellas being blown outside in, one every three minutes are almost true but the upside down portaloo is definitely true - thankfully no one was within although a substantial person have have managed to keep things to the upright and narrow. The latest situation here just after midday is that all games are proceeding nicely in bright if still very windy conditions - two and a quarter hours later than quoted. This might make things difficult for the top players who now won't be going out till mid-afternoon, should the light start to go. Players have all been warned about grounding their putters, as balls are oscillating but could quite definitely have minds of their own.

Hopefully a report on todays play will follow later - and who have managed to win through to the last day's play - top 40.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Team for the Senior Home Internationals announced

The team to represent the Scottish Senior Ladies in the Home Internationals at Sheringham on the 28 - 30 September has been announced. It is the same team which recently won the gold medal at the European Senior Ladies Team Championship recently in Berlin together with Noreen Fenton of Dunbar who was the first reserve for that team. Great pressure as the Scottish Senior team won the Senior Internationals in2009 for the first time and will now clearly be the team to beat not only in the defence of that trophy but also in the light of their recent success in Berlin. The Scottish Ladies also triumphed in Cardiff last week in their Home Internationals.

Scottish team
Heather Anderson (Alyth)
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank)
Fiona de Vries (St Rule)
Noreen Fenton (Dunbar)
Anne Ryan (Tain)
Mary Smith (Tain)
Moira Thomson (Gullane)
Captain Pamela Williamson (Baberton)
First Reserve: May Hughes (Lanark)
Second reserve: Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Third Reserve: Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch)

All members and reserves of the team (except Moira who has work commitments) are in West Kilbride challenging for the Senior British Ladies. The official practice day, Monday was the worst possible day and only the most keen or most something else attempted to play. One or two people walked the course. Tomorrow the weather promises to show a slight improvement but the chances of it being worse would be a virtual impossility.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Four East Vets have entered Senior British Ladies

The Senior Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at West Kilbride Golf Club is due to start on Tuesday 14th September. It takes the same format as the recent Irish Senior Ladies strokeplay - one round of 18 holes on each of two consecutive days - Tuesday and Wednesday 14th and 15th September and the top 40 go forward to the third round on Thursday 16th September. There are 90 entrants from thirteen different countries although the bulk are undoubtedly from the home nations - 24 ladies from Scotland. Four are from East Vets and are Karen Ballantyne from Craigmillar Park(East Vet Champion) Ruth Brown from Lothianburn, Pamela Williamson (Baberton) and Noreen Fenton (Dunbar). There are two practice rounds, one on Sunday and one on Monday after which the draw will be made.

Good luck to all.

Irish lady wins Irish Seniors

Helen Jones of Strabane who played in the recent European Senior Ladies Team Championship (won by Scotland) herself won the Irish Senior strokplay in Laytown and Bettystown today. She was six strokes clear of her nearest rival and had an aggregate over the three rounds of 228 (74,78, 76). Two of Scotland's entrants were successful in qualifying for the third round - Sue Penman of Gullane and Barbara Biggart of North Berwick. Dorothy Thomson of Gullane failed to qualify. Pamela Williamson of Baberton was in the initial draw but did not play. According to the Irish report, it was extremely windy and the course played very long.

Scottish Results
Sue Penman 259 (92,85,82)
Barbara Biggart 276 (88,90,88)
Dorothy Thomson 99,94

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Four East Vets Compete in the Irish Seniors

Only four Scots are playing in the Irish Senior Women's Open Strokeplay Championship at Laytown and Bettystown but they are all East Vets. Pamela Williamson (Baberton) fresh from her triumph in leading the Scottish Seniors to a gold medal in the recent European Seniors Ladies' Team Championship in Berlin, is anxious to get her hands on a golf club rather than watching others doing it. Barbara Biggart from North Berwick and Dorothy Thomson and Sue Penman both from Gullane are also in the draw tomorrow.

The competition consists of two rounds of 18 holes, one on Wednesday 8th September and one on Thursday 9th. The top 40 will then play the third round on Friday 10th. This is a very high ranking championship and will include many of the international senior lady golfers who took part in the European Team Championship. There is also a strong contingent as always from Canada led by the defending champion Alison Murdoch. Many of those present are putting in a last minute practice before the British Senior Ladies at West Kilbride next week.

Good luck to our girls.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Karen Ballantyne wins Ramsden Cup

Karen Ballantyne of Craigmillar has had a great season. Just last week she added not only the Ramsden Cup to her trophy cupboard but also the Dunbar Club Championship - this on top of winning the East Vets Championship at Haddington in July.

The two finalists in the Ramsden Cup, herself and Katy Gillies of Melville, had to have two bites at the cherry as their first attempt to play it, only lasted two holes. The weather was truly atrocious. The third green was unplayable and they understood afterwards what the professional had meant by telling them "to start at the shallow end" when they set off in their wetsuits. Their second attempt met with much better luck as it was a beautiful day and they had a very enjoyable game. Katy found however that Karen was very much on her game as she has been all this year, and was quite unable to take her any further than the fifteenth hole.

Well done Karen and good luck in the Scroggie Cup at Blairgowrie when you represent East Vets in a couple of weeks.
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Ruth Brown wins Autumn Meeting

Ruth Brown of Lothianburn is well used to playing in wind up in the slopes of the Pentlands and today in the Autumn Meeting at Liberton this was no exception. She brought off a fine scratch score of 74 in very difficult conditions where quick decisions had to be made to anticipate the sudden violent gusts. In her outward half of 40, she confessed to finding the putting tricky - not something she generally has a problem with - but an inward half of 34 meant she had at last got the hang of them. Her fellow member at Lothianburn, Anne Brownie also brought in a great scratch score of 75.

Ruth's nett score of 68 was not the only one recorded - there were seven nett 68's, which was pretty good going on such a tough day. Ruth had just squeezed out the very last player in the field, Molly Woolgar, who, like the others had also brought in a great nett 68. Ruth won not on the better inward half but on the last six holes! Surprisingly her score had no two's - unlike the eight who did.

Whilst innocently trying to top up their nutritional status, some of the ladies were subjected to an informal survey of their views on the use of Distance Measuring Devices which to date have not been allowed in competitions. Most (80%) had no objection to their being used, although many admitted they wouldn't bother having one themselves. Of the 20% who were against their adoption, many had no objection to stroke-savers!

67 ladies played today. CSS was 69

Overall Winner: Ruth Brown (Lothianburn) 74 - 6 - 68

Silver Division
Molly Woolgar (Murrayfield) 88 - 20 = 68
Pam Townsend (Murrayfield) 79 - 11 =68
Anne Brownie (Lothianburn) 75 - 7 = 68
Betty Redwood (Baberton) 88 - 19 = 69
Katy Gillies (Melville) 87 - 18 = 69
Vicky Cullen (Murrayfield) 87 - 17 = 70
Liz Smith (Murrayfield) 88 - 18 = 70
Dulcie Barnes (Gullane) 82 - 12 = 70
Pam Stephenson (Glencorse) 82 - 12 = 70
Ellice Cackett (Broomieknowe) 80 - 10 = 70
Carol MacLeod (Gullane) 85 - 14 = 71
Pat Walkingshaw (Ravelston) 79 - 8 = 71
Margaret Thompson (Turnhouse) 84 - 13 - 71
May Hardy (Baberton) 90 - 18 = 72
Val Hallam (Glencorse) 84 - 12 = 72
Jane Herd (Musselburgh) 79 - 7 = 72

Bronze Division
Senga Grant (Gullane) 96 - 28 = 68
Mary Davidson (Kingsknowe) 89 - 21 = 68
Carol Foggo (Murrayfield) 94 - 26 = 68
Maureen Stewart (Glencorse) 93 - 24 = 69
Patricia Rose (Baberton) 94 - 21 = 73

Saturday, 4 September 2010


Jubilance. That is how the above picture was described in Germany today and Jubilance it will remain. Captain Pamela Williamson of Baberton will not sleep tonight. She has lived for this very day and this is her just reward. Her team contacted this website just to say what a fantastic captain she was. They also were full of praise for their manager Janet Wake of Merchants who could not do enough to ensure all the other requisites for a successful outcome were at hand - including the necessary bananas, nuts etc etc.

But the team! It is such a magnificent achievement. To be sixth seed after the stroke-play and beat the favourites and defending champions, Germany, on their home soil, next a very strong Irish team and then, the icing on the cake, the first seed, England - just says it all. Never mind the wonderful golf they produced, their faith in themselves must have been overpowering. Many games were rescued from seeming disaster simply with patience and determination. What else is there to say. We are so proud of you.

To return to the actual match, the first point on the board came from our foursomes pairing Moira Thomson and Mary Smith who had three points out of three but this was probably the sweetest victory. The next game went England's way. Fiona de Vries had been four down to the English Champion, Caroline Marron at the turn but had been quite unable to reverse the situation, eventually losing at the 14th. The next game happily was ours when Lorna Bennett playing the formidable Chris Quinn, hung on grimly to her slender one hole lead at the turn, all the way to the 18th hole. Two points to Scotland.

The next match between Heather Anderson and Roz Adams followed the path of the second game in that Heather was four down at the turn and sadly failed to make inroads into this disparity, also losing at the fourteenth. Roz was the English player who had had a hole in one in the qualifying rounds and had had a very successful tournament. At this point the captain must have been chewing her nails. Two games each.

The final game was between Anne Ryan and Sue Dye. This championship was Anne's maiden voyage into the international scene. And now the outcome of the match rested on her shoulders. But they were clearly broad enough as was her ability to not only hang on to her two hole lead at the turn but to increase it, sinking her putt at the 16th to win her match and indeed gold for Scotland.

They've won, they've won

Well why are we getting excited? Was that not why they went in the first place - to win? And they have - Scotland have won the European Senior ladies' Team Championship. More on this later when the Berlin Correspondent emails through but in the meantime here are the results.

Results (Scotland first - of course)
Mary Smith and Moira Thomson bt Janet Melville and Felicity Christine 2 and 1
Fiona de Vries lost to Caroline Marron 5 and 4
Lorna Bennett bt Chris Quinn 1 hole
Heather Anderson lost to Roz Adams 5 and 4
Anne Ryan bt Sue Dye 3 and 2
Scotland 3 England 2 let's do that again Scotland THREE England two

You beauty!!!!!!!!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Penultimate Post on the Scottish Seniors

Scotland are really pulling out all the stops and are through to the finals of the European Senior Ladies Team Championship for the very first time. Despite being severely mauled by German man-eating mosquitoes, which render all exposed skin parts into pink pin-cushions, they have managed to put such aggravations right to the back of the collective mind and focussed on the job in hand. Only one more hurdle to go but what a hurdle and what joy to overcome it! Tomorrow Scotland play England in the final.

The game today, Friday, was always anticipated to be difficult. The Irish are of course old friends and it is an added strain to put personal feelings aside and lay waste - but they managed.

The first point went to Scotland, gained by that great partnership of Moira Thomson and Mary Smith, who although they went three down at a fairly early stage, dug deep and turned the game around beating Phil O'Gormon and Violet Mcbride by 3 and 2. The short-game was impressive.

The next point also went to Scotland. Fiona de Vries, one-time air-port ambassadress, had a rather lean time initially with her putter, which must have greatly surprised her relieved opponent, Valerie Hassett. Fiona however quickly put this bang to rights and arrived at her favourite hole the seventeenth in a winning position. The webmaster now wishes to cancel the personal statement issued by Fiona that this is her "bogey hole" before tomorrow unless of course she plans not to encounter this hole at all. Although their match did indeed finish at this hole, pars were not the order of the day. However still two points on the board.

Lorna Bennett was next on the tee and her match against Pat Doran was a tight one from the beginning to end with very little between them. It could have gone either way until the last couple of holes when Pat took control and unfortunately secured the first point for Ireland.

Heather Anderson was two up on the seventeenth in her match against the very experienced Sheena McElroy. Sheena, being Irish had all the luck accrued to them and a ball destined for deep rough should not have been expected to bounce back out on to the fairway again - but it did. The wise approach to the seventeenth apparently is to play short and avoid the greenside bunkers but both players managed to ignore this course management advice. In spite of this, both came out of the sand handsomely, but Heather was the only one to slot the putt.

Three points for Scotland and a win. Not forgetting Anne Ryan however, who had again pulled the short straw by being drawn against the incredibly fit and in-form Helen Jones. Helen won the tussle by 4 and 3.

England were the favourites againt Switzerland and won by 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, the half being awarded to each of the competitors in the final game between Jo Ashmore and Mimmi Guglielmone. The foursome pairing of Janet Melville and Felicity Christine won by 1 hole. Caroline Marron the English Senior Champion beat Anne Argi easily by 7 and 6. Chris Quinn who has had a great championship performance won also but Sue Dye lost by 1 hole.

The draw has already been announced and is as follows - Scotland first.

Mary Smith and Moira Thomson v Janet Melville and Felicity Christine
Fiona de Vries v Caroline Marron
Lorna Bennett v Chris Quinn
Heather Anderson v Roz Adams
Anne Ryan v Sue Dye

This promises to be a terrific battle tomorrow.

Today's Results (Scotland first)
Mary Smith and Moira Thomson bt Phil O'Gormon and Violet McBride 3 and 2
Fiona de Vries bt Valerie Hassett 3 and 1
Lorna Bennett lost to Pat Doran 2 and 1
Heather Anderson bt Sheena McElroy 2 and 1
Anne Ryan lost to Helen Jones 4 and 3
Scotland 3 - Ireland 2

Janet Melville and Felicity Quinn bt Irene Meier-Boelm and Petra Kronenberg 1 hole
Caroline Marron bt Anne Argi 7 and 6
Chris Quinn bt Marie-Christine de Werra 3 and 1
Sue Dye lost to Carlotta Vannini 1 hole
Jo Ashmore halved with Mimmi Guglielmone
England 3 1/2 - Switzerland 1 1/2

Picture from Berlin

Thanks to West Vets for this lovely picture

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Straight from the Horses's Mouth

Sorry Fiona didn't mean you - our correspondent in Berlin has put flesh to the bones of the previous report. Scotland is holding its nerve and reaping the rewards.

Today Lorna Bennet was too much for Tessa Oldebourg and won comfortably by 4 and 3,bringing the first point to the table. Both Heather Anderson and Anne Ryan did in fact get the sharp end of the stick by being drawn against Cornelia Schmidt-Stutzle and Sabine Blecker respectively, Heather losing by 2 and 1 and Anne by 4 and 3. Blecker had already received special mention on yesterday's report from Germany, having the lowest qualifying score of 72. Schmidt-Stutzle had simply brought in two scores of 76 and 78 - pretty impressive - pretty steady.

Two games down to one, but Fiona, drawn against Uschi Beer, was looking comfortably ahead being three up after the fourteenth hole. She had certainly not been counting her chickens, which was just as well. They halved the fifteenth with birdies. Three up and three to play. Beer slotted her putt on sixteenth for a birdie and Fiona could only watch her own sneak slowly past the hole. Two up with two to play. Approaching the 17th, which was the third most common hole for bogeys, the second most common for double bogeys and surprise surprise - it is Fiona's own bogey hole! She lost it to a par. One hole up with one to play. But the agony was just about over. The 18th was halved in par, Fiona had won and it was neck and neck - two games each.

Back down to the first fairway to follow Moira and Mary's game which had been all square at the 18th and there was Mary's ball solidly on the green about ten feet from the pin. Gumpert and Lehman putted first - and missed but were given their par. Moira lined up and stroked her putt straight into the can for a birdie, for the game and for the match! Three games to two.

Can you bear to wait for tomorrow?

European Seniors

The latest - NOT the late-night email from THE TEAM - gives a little more information and gossip. It was clearly a very exciting day. Both Fiona de Vries and Lorna Bennett had won their matches against Uschi Beer and Tessa Oldenbourg- scores unknown - but it all rested on the result of the foursomes - often considered the poor county cousin, (that being such complete nonsense - a perfect pairing is worth GOLD)- and they came up such trumps. Moira and Mary were all square after eighteen but on the nineteenth, a perfect approach and a perfect putt = BIRDIE and match won!!!! Look on the EGA site and see delighted captain Pamela Williamson and Fiona de Vries congratulating Moira Thomson on their win. Heather Anderson and Anne Ryan played against Cornelia Schmidt-Stultze and Sabine Blecher, both of whom are clearly great stroke-play players. Sabine had the lowest qualifying score of the championship - 72. Germany brought seven members to the table, probably a stronger stroke-play player with an alternative strong match-play player. But we beat them. And now for the Irish.

England, the number one seed is also through to the semifinals having beaten Spain by 4 1/2 - to 1/2. England used as their foursomes the strong pairing of Janet Melville (who did not play at all in the stroke-play) and the fairly new but very able Felicity Christine. The singles team consisted of the indestructible Chris Quinn who had done exceptionally well in the stroke-play matches, Roz Adams (hole in one and 2009 British Senior Stroke-play Champion) and Jo Asmmore - they all won their singles matches. The English Champion, Caroline Marron had a halved match with Marta Estay. Sue Dye did not play in the matchplay. Tomorrow they take on Switzerland who beat Sweden.

Can't wait.

Latest result from Berlin

A text, seconds ago from Berlin - hence straight off the press - has relayed the vital information that Scotland are through to the semi-finals having beaten Germany (the Home Team and previous favourites)by three games to two. Great result - but only to be expected of course! No further details are at hand but here were the games.

Mary Smith/Moira Thomson v Gumpert/Lehmann
Fiona de Vries v Beer
Lorna Bennett v Oldenbourg
Heather Anderson v Schmidt-Stutzle
Anne Ryan v Blecher

At the point of getting the text the webmaster had been checking on the performance and pedigree of the opposition - no need now but suffice to say "our girls dun good!"

Tomorrow they play Ireland - with revenge on the cards for the recent loss of the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy? But of course. Ireland had beaten France - second seed - by a similar margin of three games to two. It certainly proves the point that stroke-play and match-play are just not the same thing at all! Results tonight as they come on the EGA site. The webmaster wishes she had done a German o-level.

PS Great picture on the EGA of Mary Smith driving off the first tee with Moira Thomson looking on!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Day 2 with the Scottish Seniors in Berlin

Despite their very best intentions, the Scottish Seniors failed to improve on their first day aggregate, being ten strokes worse today with their top five scores. There were no excuses from the team but a clear declaration that "dodgy putting and silly mistakes" are finished with, as they head to take on Germany, the third seed, in the matchplay stages. Mary Smith, whose score yesterday was rejected (only five out of six scores are counted)will have been delighted that she produced the best of the Scottish scores today - an 80. On clearly a day of ups and downs, it was Heather's score today which was discarded, she had four double bogeys but compensated with birdies at both the 4th and the 16th holes. Keeping a close eye on Live Scoring is all very well but paper scores give no idea of what the players are facing, their lies, lucky or more than likely, unlucky bounces so it is all the more encouraging to see the odd birdie slipping in just to balance a less than shining hole!

The Live Scoring gives all manner of statistics which are fun for the "folks at home" if perhaps not all that helpful. Which holes have had most birdies - which holes have had most double bogeys and how this compares to our girls' cards. How many birdies they've had, how many par fours and par fives. It is interesting to note that despite Heather's score today not being in the team aggregate, she has had the most birdies compared to her team-mates. However, when all said and done Scotland may not have the best stroke-play results but they have qualified for the first flight and now it is all down to their strongest suit which is their match-play skill. Over to you Scotland.

Scottish Scores
159 Fiona de Vries 78,81
162 Moira Thomson 80,82
163 Lorna Bennett 79,84
165 Mary Smith 85,80
165 Anne Ryan 83,82
165 Heather Anderson 79,86

Team results
England +40
France +56
Germany +58
Sweden +72
Switzerland +86
Scotland +88
Ireland +88
Spain +94

Match-play draw
England v Spain
Sweden v Switzerland
Germany v Scotland
France v Ireland

Scotland results

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Scottish Seniors Make Steady Start in Berlin

The Scottish Seniors - including East Vet Moira Thomson of Gullane - have completed Day One in Berlin in the European Senior Ladies' Team Championship finding themselves in a most commendable fifth position. They are behind main rivals England who had a superlative first round aggregate of 383, France on 391, home players Germany on 394 and Sweden on 396. Scotland's 399 leaves them with the full ambition - nay,intention of stepping up a gear on Day 2.

The weather was all that Scottish golfers should be well used to - a strong wind together with wet conditions underfoot to such an extent that provisional lies were the order of the day and relief was given for embedded balls. This clearly involved many refereeing decisions. Five hour rounds were the unenviable norm. The championship was being played on the Arnold Palmer course - and not the Nick Faldo as previously stated. With the wet conditions, the course was playing much longer and necessitated long irons or even fairway woods to greens protected by cavernous bunkers. With longer and low-flying approach shots to the massive greens this often resulted in huge return putts and consequently many a dropped shot.

The Opening Ceremony, always a highlight in this championship and a matter of considerable pride for the competitors, went well for Scotland, as they conducted themselves with expected decorum. Spare a thought then for poor Spain who will be remembered to eternity as being the country whose captain, having failed to pre-check the elastic in her waistband, as one would do, was then unable to prevent her skirt from falling down in full view of all the representng teams. Quel embarrasment!

Some of the teams present, as last year, have seven members present which gives them the benefit of choice should players be more proficient in say stroke-play than match-play or vice versa and indeed is an insurance against injury or ill-health. Scotland, Belgium, Denmark and Portugal all have the minimum six members in their teams. Each member plays and the top five scores go towards the team aggregate. Fiona de Vries - many thanks for an entertainling email - had the best score of 78 and indeed she was the only member of the team to start with a par. Her inward half was going along very smartly with pars at all the holes until a couple of dropped shots on the sixteenth and seventeenth. Lorna Bennet and Heather Anderson were both one short more on 79. Lorna started with a six but recovered with a brilliant two at the fourth hole. She had no doubt been disappointed to start the second nine with another six which was a double bogey and will be determined to eliminate this number from her repertoire in her second round. Heather went out in 40, having four bogeys but got her teeth into the second nine with two fine birdie threes at the 13th and 18th. Compared to her team mates, Moira had the best outward half of 38 which still included that six at the first hole but only included one further dropped shot at the par three seventh. A fine steady first half. Although an unsettling triple bogey started her inward half, this was soon forgotten and she finished with a good 80. After the now obligatory six at the first hole, Anne Ryan had a steady first nine but had a rather slack inward nine which included seven bogeys. The five hour round would do nothing for anyone's concentration. Her sister Mary will be determined to better her second round of 85 if, for no other reason than not having the score which did not count in the aggregate. She appeared to hit slightly more trouble than the others. Her two halves of 45 and 38 had two double bogeys but she had a fine birdie four at the long twelfth hole.

All to play for on Day Two.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

SVLGA 's Vetsround 11 is on

The West Vets site is generally very goood at drawing attention to the printing of the latest Vetsround on the SVLGA site. Vetsround 11 has been on since last week Carol!

Moira Thomson set for Berlin next week in Senior European Team Event

Moira Thomson of Gullane is sneaking in last minute practice and polishing up on her German before she flies off to Berlin at the weekend. She is one of a six-man team representing Scotland in the Senior European Individual Team Championship, starting Wednesday 1st September. This is notably the last time this will be an annual event, as it will revert to taking place every second year. The course venue is the tip-top Sporting Club Berlin. Information from the website reports on there being 63 holes but the star attraction is the Nick Faldo Course. Although Arnold Palmer first laid out his course in 1995, Nick Faldo came on the scene and created a masterpiece of a course in 1997. The main feature in this admittedly fairly flat course is the expert and crafty positioning of the bunkers. Indeed the par 5, eleventh hole has no fewer than 14 bunkers!

As expected, the holes are reported to be completely individual, each being recognisably different from any other. The greens are large and very quick so that should suit our girls who are all well used to playing on our fast links courses. And if there is any aspect of their game not entirely to their satisfaction, there are great practice facilities, with special scope for perfecting the short-game.

Our team is
Heather Anderson (Alyth)
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank)
Fiona de Vries (St Rule)
Anne Ryan (Tain)
Mary Smith (Tain)
Moira Thomson (Gullane)
First reserve Noreen Fenton (Dunbar)
Second reserve Fiona Hunter (Baberton)
Captain Pamela Williamson (Baberton)
Manager Janet Wake (Merchants)

For those at home wishing to keep up with minute by minute action, you can keep right up to date with Live Scoring on the EGA site (go into Kirkwoodgolf - useful links - EGA and follow the directions) Day One and Two are strokeplay days where five of the six team scores count. The aggregate over the two days determines which flight the teams get into. Thereafter matchplay. All members of the team play every day, four singles and one foursome, all gaining the same points value. It is a most exciting but stressful format and we wish them the very best of luck.

Draw for Midlothian Autumn meeting - vets entry

The Midlothian Autumn Meeting, to be played over Swanston New on Thursday 2nd September is as below. It involves 20 East Vets so good luck to all.
08.07 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar), Pat Walkingshaw (Ravelston)
08.22 Isobel Halliday (Merchants) one a.n.other
08.30 Denise Mitchell (Murrayfield), Julie Baird (Glencorse)
08.37 Suzie Laugland (Dornoch), Barbara Halliday (Murrayfield)
08.52 Elsa Todd (Prestonfield), Fiona McLaren (Baberton)
09.37 Molly Woolgar (Murrayfield), Janet Collin (Liberton)
10.15 Hilary Laughland (Troon Ladies), Ruth Brown (Lothianburn)
10.22 Maureen Stewart (Glencorse), Margaret Dalrymple (Baberton)
10.30 Mary Davidson (Kingsknowe), Katy Gillies (Melville)
10.52 Vivien Mitchell (Prestonfield), Madge Hutchison (Baberton)
13.52 Libby Campbell (Baberton), one a.n.other
14.30 Adrienne Turner (Baberton), Ellice Cackett (Broomieknowe)
14.37 Maureen Mcleod (Merchants), Anne Hanna (Murrayfield)
14.45 Ann Beedie (Glencorse), Sheila Hunter (Murrayfield)
14.52 Winnie Wilson (Ravelston), Susan Tudball (Murrayfield)

Final of Ramsden Cup Delayed

The final of the Ramsden Cup between Katy Gillies(Melville) and Karen Ballantyne(Craigmillar Park) was due to be played on Monday night 23rd August but unfortunately it only got as far as the second hole before it was rained off. It will now take place next Tuesday. Anyone seen a long-range forecast? Anyone believe it?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Semi-final results for the Ramsden Cup

We have now arrived at the final of the Ramsden Cup which will be contested by Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) and Katy Gillies (Melville), neither of whom have been strangers to winning this year. In the semifinals Katy bt Sandra Simpson and Karen bt Denise Mitchell. So well done and relative commiserations.

Good luck to both in the final.

PS It has been reported that at least one game has gone to the 18th and not knowing what the official line was, the competitors opted to play the best of three holes. It would therefore be fair to continue with this. However this will be raised at the AGM with a view to possibly having sudden death next year.

East Vets Autumn Meeting - Draw

Surely we cannot continue to be as unlucky with this the third and last meeting of the year. Surely we will have a lovely day on Monday 6th September at Liberton. The sun will shine interminably, scoring will be fantastic and everyone will be very happy. The end. Or is this just a fairy story? We shall just have to keep our fingers crossed, not walk under any ladders and frighten the life out of black cats such that they shoot across our paths. Then we can wish for a dry day.

Here is the draw.

9.30 F.McFadzean, V.Cullen, N.Fenton
9.38 M.Thompson, A.Hanna, M.Dalrymple
9.46 P.Walkingshaw, E.Blair, J.Scott
9.54 R.Denny, C.Shedden, K.Gillies
10.02 M.Stewart, P.Townsend, D.Fraser
10.10 A.Brownie, G.Kirkwood, F.McLaren
10.18 B.Redwood, S.Hunter, A.Beedie
10.26 K.Milne, M.Armstrong, I.Hastings
10.34 M.Lauder, G.Glen, P.Stephenson
10.42 M.Davidson, I.MacDonald, E.Todd
10.50 J.Cuthbertson, J.Squires, S.Tudball
10.58 M.Sneddon, J.Herd, D.Barnes
11.06 S.Grant, C.Reid, M.Magson
11.14 B.Freedman, M.Blair, K.Johnston
11.22 J.Watt, L.Campbell, D.Simpson
11.30 S.Cullen, D.Mitchell, R.Brown
11.38 J.Robertson, R.Veitch, C.Foggo
11.46 C.Guthrie, C.MacLeod, J.Neville
11.54 S.Ashurst, C.Kinnaird, C.Bowe
12.02 K.Ballantyne, M.Richardson, Asp Robertson
12.10 S.Stewart, E.Cackett, C.Tait
12.18 L.Loudon, P.Mavor, R.Thoresen
12.26 J.Dawson, P.Rose, S.Simpson
12.34 J.Marshall, B.Halliday, J.Millar
12.42 M.Law, M.Hardy, M.Loughran
12.50 S.Cunningham, W.Ross, M.Woolgar

Could all ladies please try to bring the exact money to pay the balance of the green fee which is £14 but obviously don't feel you have to call off just because you can't lay your hands on it! Also, could all ladies who won trophies last year please bring them with them as we are needing to send them to the engraver. Thank-you.

Have a great game.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

last post was only half the story

The reminder about Vetsround 10 was indeed half the story as only half the story got into print. There's more.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Chat on the Jamboree on SVLGA's Vetsround 10

The last word on the Jamboree has been reported on Vetsround 10 on the SVLGA site - under "Latest News"

Monday, 9 August 2010

Slideshow of East v West at Gullane

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The Asp Trophy comes home

It hasn't happened since 2004 but it was surely worth the wait. The promise made last year has been fulfilled. Today the East Vets beat the West Vets at Gullane by 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. The Asp Trophy has come home!

The weather looked promising early afternoon and those East Vets travelling from the Edinburgh area and all those West Vets must have thought the Meteorological Office had got it wrong - again - but in actual fact they hadn't. Heavy showers had been promised and they were bang on. (At this point readers are recommended to have a squint at the slideshow). However nothing dampened the enthusiasm of the players. They had arrived in time for coffee and biscuits but, by some peculiar miracle, the West Vets converted their rich teas into bacon rolls. The East Vets enjoyed the aroma.

Then to battle. This was as usual a scratch foursomes competition for ladies of handicaps 10 - 15 and it was very evenly matched indeed apart from the fact that the West Vets - being the away team - seemed to have just a little more knowledge of Gullane 2 than the East Vets might have expected. This somewhat negated the Home Player Advantage Phenomenon. However. Off they went into the torrential rain and the home support went and had another cup of coffee.

Two of the games went very much in East favour but the others followed more of a tug and rug nature with many fine shots - and one or two odd ones. The rough was very rough but the strategy of just avoiding it did not seem well enough understood. Now and again this caused a bit of a problem.

With the scoreline at 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 (for East Vets) there was one game to go which could level the game and lead to retention of the Asp Trophy by the West. The game was all square at the eighteenth. Both drives rolled right down the middle of the fairway in prime position. The West caught the front edge of the green with their second but Sandra Ashurst dropped a lovely wedge shot right at the pin, the ball unfortunately rolling up the slope a little. It was not exactly dead and presented a tricky downhill putt for her partner. The West putted first and were pin-high in three. Carol McLeod studied her line and when she was ready - only when she was ready - stroked that ball down the hill and straight into the can, for a birdie. The Trophy was ours at last. Well done the East.

A lovely tea was enjoyed by all after which Fiona Roger presented Noreen Fenton with the Asp Trophy.

Gilly Glen and Ellice Cackett lost to Enid Young and Marion Stewart by one hole
Morag Wardrop and Dulcie Barnes bt Maureen Mitchell and Rena Simpson 5 and 4
Kate Johnstone and Pam Townsend bt Cathy Morton and Lana McDonald
Caroline Kinnaird and Sydena Cullen halved with Ruth Henderson and Elinor Grant
Carol McLeod and Sandra Ashurst bt Margaret Mowat and Fiona Roger one hole

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Slideshow of the Jamboree

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Day 3's results at the Jamboree

Just to complete the picture here are the results from Day 3 at the Jamboree.

Scotland v North
Fiona de Vries and Heather Anderson bt Pat Wrightson and Fiona Anderson one up
Lorna Bennett and Noreen Fenton lost to Caroline Marron and Sue Dye 2 and 1
Mary Smith and Moira Thomson bt Barbara Laird and Sue Warrington 6 and 4
Lorna Bennett halved with Caroline Marron
Fiona de Vries bt Barbara Laird 6 and 4
Heather Anderson halved with Fiona Anderson
Mary Smith bt Sue Dye one up
Anne Ryan lost to Pat Wrightson 3 and 2
May Hughes bt Ruth Lindley 2 and 1
Scotland 6 North 3

Midlands v South
Janet Melville and Jo Ashmore bt Chris Stirling and Jeannie O'Keefe two up
Paula Parker and Janet Doleman lost to Irene Brien and Ann Bridges 2 and 1
Pat West and Julie Walter bt Marianne Copp and Pat Bennett 4 and 2
Pat West lost to Irene Brien one up
Janet Melville bt Anne Bridges 6 and 5
Gillian Curley lost to Jeannie O'Keefe 3 and 2
Andrea Stockdale lost to Marianne Copp 3 and 2
Jo Ashmore lost to Cathy Armstrong 2 and 1
Paula Parker lost to Pat Bennett two up
Midlands 3 South 6

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Scotland retains the Miller-Stirling Salver

Scotland has won the Miller-Stirling Salver after a nail-biting finish. They beat the North by 6 - 3 which was the product of a regrouping and a re-attacking which one Scottish supporting gent declared was something our football team should learn from. Having attained a scoreline of 2/1 in the morning foursomes, all that was needed was three points from the singles. Whereas at one point this may have looked feasible, halfway through, Captain Pamela Williamson was transformed into what is loosely described in Fife as a "blue er--d flea" - is one allowed to say that? - as she roved at speed from one hole to the next, trying to guage possible points as they seemed to be slipping away. But slender leads were hung on to, dormie situations turned into halves and May Hughes serenely brought up the rear oblivious of what was transpiring elsewhere - she had the most glorious birdie four at the sixteenth (which in general rendered most people into quivering wrecks) to make the situation all the safer by becoming dormie two.

All for the moment. Prize-giving awaits. Well done Scotland!

Latest at the Jamboree (Seascale)

Last day and all to play for. Scotland - playing the so-far unbeaten North team - have won the foursomes by 2 games to 1 and are as we speak submerged in maintaining this position in the afternoon singles.

The first couple Fiona de Vries and Heather Anderson took their opponents Pat Wrightson and Fiona Anderson (anglo-scot but playing for some time under the English division flag) had a most exciting game which went all the way to the very difficult 18th which is a great match-play hole. Much to the north supporters sorrow this went Scotland's way after a great challenging putt by Fiona. Fiona's drive had caught the rough on the right but Heather lifted it sweetly on to the green with an eight iron leaving an eight foot trembler by Fiona to win the match with a birdie.

The second match against the English match-play champion Caroline Marron and former champion Sue Dye, got off to a bad start when the English couple sank an off-the-green putt which would have gone far enough if the pin had not got in the way. The second hole was made all the more difficult when Noreen went too left off the tee going into the worst and only really deep clump of rough inches in from the fairway. There was little Lorna could do but just get it back in play. The opposition went two up with a par. The long sixth hole was lost to a par when a great second shot by Lorna impossibly stayed up in the edge of the rough when any other ball would have followed the general pattern of gravity and sloped down into the planned central position. Chances were lost at the 4th and 7th to get two holes back but Lorna's partner left her too much to do! Three down at the sixth saw a gradual fight-back with holes back at the eighth and the 1th, a great half at the 13th with a wonderful saving putt by Lorna (after being in the ditch) and also at the 14th. All square. Unfortunately the sixteenth which was a crucial hole was lost with a loose pitch by Noreen. A bunkered seventeenth with failure to putt out meant the game was over .

One game each.

Moira and Mary - a convincing partnership, had a much easier run with 6 and 4 win against Barbara Laird and Sue Warrington. They won the first hole with a wondeful chip to the pin by Moira. They lost the third to a birdie and then won the 5th with a birdie two. They won the eighth and ninth after further lovely chips by Moira. Mary took over the "close-to-the -pin" competition with a lovely four iron at the short 10th, straight into the wind. A win at the 12th (conceded) and the 14th with a scorching birdie four. All over - and another point on the board for Scotland.

Awaiting the singles. Needing three points. Off with the binoculars.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Late postings re the Jamboree

Due to very many reasons there has been a lack of up-to-date reports on the East Vets site - and by virtue of this - a similar lack possibly on West vets and Kirkwoodgolf. This is mainly due to a lack of network connections in the depth of the Lake District where the Scottish vets team are being "put-up" away from the paparazzi. It is also due to the webmaster feeling obliged to concentrate on the golf, for fairly obvious reasons. A fairly extensive report on the week will appear at the week-end on both this site and the SVLGA website under Vetsround 9 when normal service will hopefully be resumed. In the meantime here are the results as they stood on leaving Seascale golf course at six o'clock - starting with the results on Tuesday first. Please refer to previous reports for team members' home clubs.

Scotland v South
Heather Anderson and Anne Ryan bt Carole Weir and Irene Brien 2 up
Mary Smith and Moira Thomson lost to Chris Stirling and Jeannie O'Keefe 2 and 1
Noreen Fenton and May Hughes bt Marianne Copp and Pat Bennett 4 and 3
Lorna Bennett bt Carole Weir 4 and 3
Fiona de Vries bt Chris Stirling 1 up
Anne Ryan lost to Anne Bridges 1 up
Noreen Fenton bt Irene Brien 4 and 3
Mary Smith bt Cathy Armstrong 2 and 1
Heather Anderson lost to Jeannie O'Keefe 3 and 1
Scotland 6 South 3

Midlands v North
Janet Melville and Jo Ashmore halved with Pat Wrightson and Fiona Anderson
Gillian Curley and Andrea Stockdale lost to Caroline Marron and Sue Dye 2 up
Pat West and Julie Walter lost to Barbara Laird and Sue Warrington 2 up

Janet Doleman lost to Caroline Marron 3 and 2
Paula Parker lost to Fiona Anderson 2 up
Janet Melville bt Ruth Lindley 2 up
Jo Ashmore lost to Sue Dye 7 and 6
Julie Walter bt Pat Wrightson 3 and 2
Pat West lost to Rosie Walter 3 and 1
Midlands 2 1/2 North 6 1/2

Wednesday 4th Results
Scotland v Midlands
Fiona de Vries and Anne Ryan bt Janet Melville and Julie Walter 2 and 1
Mary Smith and Moira Thomson bt Janet Doleman and Paula Parker 4 and 3
Lorna Bennett and May Hughes bt Gillian Curley and Andrea Stockdale 4 and 2

Lorna Bennett lost to Pat West 2 and 1
Fiona de Vries lost to Jo Ashmore 2 up
Heather Anderson bt Andrea Stockdale 2 up
Anne Ryan lost to Janet Melville 2 up
Moira Thomson halved with Julie Walter
Noreen Fenton lost to Janet Doleman 1 up
Scotland and Midlands halved match

South v North
Caroline Weir and Irene Brien lost to Pat Wrightson and Fiona Anderson 3 and 2
Chris Stirling and Jeannie O'Keefe lost to Caroline Marron and Sue Dye 5 and 4
Marianne Copp and Pat Bennett lost to Barbara Laird and Sue Warrington 5 and 4
Chris Stirling lost to Caroline Marron 2 up
Carole Weir bt Sue Dye 5 and 3
Irene Brien bt Barbara Laird 3 and 2
Jeannie O'Keefe lost to Ruth Lindley
Anne Bridges and Rosie Walter result awaited
Cathy Armstrong and Sue Warrington result awaited

North will have won against the South.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Scotland play North who have an unbeaten record. They have to win.

North 2 points
Sc0tland 1 1/2 points
Midlands 1/2 point
South 0 points

Only Scotland can deprive North of the Miller-Stirling Trophy but there could be quite a battle for runner-up. Let's not think about that. All out victory or nothing!