Wednesday, 30 June 2010

As the webmaster is playing in the Scottish Seniors at Fortrose and Rosemarkie this week please refer to either Kirkwoodgolf or the West vets website for results, both of which can be reached by winding down on the "Links" section down the left hand side. As soon as possible, a report will be made particularly on the performance of the 20 East Vets who have taken part - also on the results of the sweep that has been held!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Slideshow of East v West at Troon Portland

here at last are some pictures of East Vets successful day at Troon Portland. Click to enlarge

East Lothian County Summer Meeting

Pam McKenzie of Longniddry brought in a nett 75 at Craigielaw on Thursday 24th June to win the Second Bronze prize. Scores in general were on the high side because of the dry terrain, the speed of the greens and a wind that got up throughout the day. Well done Pam.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

And a Great day was Held at Troon

East Vets retained the Elise Duncan Trophy at Troon Portland today by 6.5 to 2.5 against a pretty strong West team.

The day started off rather dull in the Lothians before all the cars carrying excited but determined East Vets, headed off in the Troon direction. Many were pleased that they were not to be playing in the scorching temperatures of recent days but the rain encountered en route was a bit of a shock as some had not seen fit to pack a umbrella - but it did not last and really the golfing conditions were excellent.

Bacon rolls, crisped to personal preference were churned forth at breakneck speed together with ennervating coffee. Exact handicaps were checked and then Helen Faulds (West Vets captain)read out her team to be matched one at a time by East Vets, for complete transparency - actually we're pretty honest, we would just have given her our list if she'd asked. And then to battle.

There were reports of a great many birdies but that might feasibly be because the fairways were so very dry that the ball, given half a dunt, could roll for miles but the disadvantage of that was of course, any trouble came that much nearer. Some people had more than their fair share of bunker trouble. The greens were quite magnificent and very receptive to positive putting.

Once into the clubhouse, despite initially everyone saying they wouldn't change from golf gear, virtually everyone did, only no one told the last couple out, Jane Herd and Pat Hutton who came into the meal straight off the course. Very thoughtfully no one drew attention to this - until now. Winners and losers together there was much to chat about over a mild libation. Jennifer Mack wanted to know who had mistakenly picked up her dark glasses, Anna Telfer said she couldn't remember which of her eyes had the contact lens still in but several people helped her find it - such is the friendliness of this occasion. After some photographs, there was the presentation of the Elise Duncan Trophy by Captain Helen to the East Vice-Captain, Noreen Fenton, with determined words of definitely winning it at Gullane next year. (Well we'll see about that!) Everyone then enjoyed a delicious meal together with home-baking which didn't sit on the plates for any length of time. Thanks to the West Vets for a great day.

Results (East vets first)
Noreen Fenton won against May Hughes 5 and 4
Moira Thomson won against Suzanne Cadden 5 and 3
Pamela Williamson halved with Alex Glennie
Ruth Brown lost to Helen Faulds 6 and 5
Lesley Johsnton lost to Anna Telfer 3 and 1
Sue Penman won against Jennifer Mack 2 and 1
Caroline Johnston won against Janice Paterson 4 and 2
Karen Ballantyne won against Joanna Scott 2 and 1
Jane Herd won against Pat Hutton 3 and 2

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Team selected to defend the Elise Duncan trophy

The East Vets team to defend the Elise Duncan trophy has been selected. This, for those who do not know, is the trophy for the annual scratch match between the East and West Vets, this year being played over Troon Portland on Wednesday 23rd June. There have been many different weather scenarios for this game but hopefully this will be one of the nice ones.

East Vets Team in alphabetical order:
Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)
Ruth Brown (Lothianburn)
Noreen Fenton (Dunbar)
Jane Herd (Musselburgh)
Caroline Johnstone (Murrayfield)
Lesley Johnstone (Gullane)
Sue Penman (Gullane)
Moira Thomson (Gullane)
Pamela Williamson (Baberton)

The West Vets have requested that the teams meet for coffee at 10am for socialising (and eyeing up the opposition) with the games starting at 11am. Those playing have been given the telephone numbers of everyone so that possible car-sharing can take place. The uniform will be green jersey, white teeshirt and navy trousers, but if there is a problem with the navy trousers please contact Noreen (Vice-captain) with a view to everyone maybe wearing cream.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Final Round In European Seniors

There are no details of the conditions in Golf Club Achensee-Pertisau, Austria where the final round of the European Senior Ladies' Amateur Championship was taking place but suffice to say the eventual winner, Viginie Burrus (France)maintained her wonderful golf throughout. She produced a final round of 72,one over par, for a total of 221. Pamela Williamson could not quite manage a return to her first round golf. Her third round of 85 gave her a total of 245 and 24th joint position. Fiona de Vries (St Rule) finished with another round of 80 for joint 20th place and a total of 243. The remaining Scot, Christine McAndrew did not qualify for the third round.

Gold Medal Winner
Virginie Burrus (France) 76,73,72 - 221
Scottish scores
Fiona de Vries (St Rule) 80,83,80 - 243
Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 77,83,85 - 245

Pamela Williamson plays in Austria

Pamela Williamson (Baberton) is playing in the European Senior Women's amateur Championship in Achensee-Pertisau, Austria. The Scottish contingency is small, being three in a field of just over fifty. Fiona de Vries (honorary member of Baberton but playing out of St Rule) and Christine McAndrew of Nairn Dunbar are the other two vets.

After round one Pamela was lying very commendably in joint fourth place, with a 6 over par 77 which was only one more than the joint leaders. Pamela's round was an exciting combination of hopes raised and hopes dashed but typically, with a strong finish. She must have been dissatisfied to start with a double bogey at the par 4 first hole, followed by a bogey. However nothing daunted, she plunged in with a string of six comfortable pars marred only slightly with a bogey to complete her outward half. Although starting the inward nine with yet another bogey 5, she pushed things up a gear with a delicious birdie 2, bogey, then came back fighting with another birdie 2 followed by yet another birdie 4 at the fourteenth. How disappointing to crash back to earth with a heartbreaking double bogey at the fifteenth then two further bogeys. The shortish eighteenth however saw her finish positively with a good par three - all set for the next day and Round 2.

Round one results
76 Virginie Burrus (France), Elsa Kalstad (Denmark), Guen Preti Moavero (Italy)
77 Pamela Williamson (Baberton)
Other Scottish scores
80 Fiona de Vries (St Rule) joint 13th
91 Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar)

The following day (Friday) unfortunately saw a slight drop in fortunes. Pamela followed her first round 77 with an 83, leaving her in joint 12th position. This round lacked the sparks of brilliance of the previous day although it still contained a birdie at the longish eighth hole. Fiona de Vries was joint 22nd on 163 and Christine McAndrew 51st on 178

Round two results
149 Virginie Burrus (France)76,73
Scottish Scores
160 Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 77,83
163 Fiona de Vries 80,83
178 Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 91,87

Round 3 tomorrow
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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Summer Meeting at Haddington

Well the last thing the fourteenth hole at Haddington looked like was this, as in the picture. It was wet in one form or another all day for the East Vets Summer Meeting - yes, the Summer Meeting - and unfortunately this was reflected in both the scores and the turnout. Only 22 valiant souls played, out of the original 57 who entered, and there is no way one could report that they bounced in at the eighteenth full of the joys, having loved the game and thrilled over the scores. Almost to the last man cards were handed in with a gloomy "s'not very good", (to be greeted with a "don't worry - neither was anyone else") not until the last pair that is, Elsa Todd and Katy Gillies who seemed to have picked up the knack of popping the ball into the hole in the fewest number of strokes. (Up till that point it was definitely a non-counter - but don't feel guilty, Katy, that was just because no one else cottoned on to the right idea!)

The best scratch scores were combined with those at the Spring meeting to produce the eight qualifiers for the Championship which will take place at Haddington on Saturday and Sunday 10 - 11 July. Spectators will be very welcome.

22 entrants SS 73 CSS 76 (Counter)
Scratch Winner
Moira Thomson(Gullane) 81
Division One
1st Handicap Katy Gillies (Melville) 92(20)72
2nd Handicap Elsa Todd (Prestonfield) 90(15)75
3rd Handicap Denise Mitchell (Murrayfield) 89(13)76
4th Handicap Kate Johnstone (Baberton) 89(12)77
5th Handicap Moira Thomson (Gullane) 81(4)77
Division Two
1st Handicap Anne Beedie (Glencorse) 105(22)83 bih
2nd Handicap Mary Davidson (Kingsknowe) 104(21)83
3rd Handicap Patricia Rose(Broomieknowe) 106(22)84

Draw for Championship
Moira Thomson(Gullane) v Mary Richardson(Craigmillar Park)
Noreen Fenton(Dunbar) v Ruth Brown(Lothianburn)
Karen Ballantyne(Craigmillar Park) v Rita Dee(Kingsknowe)
Ellice Cackett(Broomieknowe) v Anne Brownie(Lothianburn)

Good luck and good games.