Monday, 9 December 2013



Your East Vets Committee (Marjory, Anne, Katherine and Dulcie) wish all readers  a wonderful time this festive season and a Happy New Year (especially on the golf course!).                                 

We look forward to seeing many of you on 19th February at our coffee morning at Craigielaw more details available early in 2014). 

Monday, 18 November 2013



The 2013 East Vets Prizegiving and AGM were held at Murrayfield GC on 18th November, followed by a lovely buffet lunch.  The trophies ready for presentation and some of the main prizewinners are pictured above.  Anne Hanson, East Vets Champion is in the centre with Dulcie Barnes, winner of the Ramsden Cup for the Hole and Hole, to the right of Anne (as we look) and Christine Reid, winner of the Beddows Trophy to her left. The inaugural winners of the summer knockout foursomes, Helen Holton and Jean Bryden, are also pictured. Trophy winners who had made their apologies were Christine Clarke (Rosebowl Winner), Maureen Sharpe ( Senior Salver) and Elinor Blair (Wallace Williamson Trophy).
The ASP salver

Other trophies on display included the Liz Miskimmin Friendship Trophy which was won by the East in our match vs Midland Vets and the Asp Trophy (pictured to the left) which the East regained in the annual foursomes match against the West.  Presented by Asp Robertson, the Amiticia Semper Palma (ASP) inscription means "friendship always the prize" which aptly describes the spirit in which the match is played. Asp was delighted to present her Trophy to Anne Brownie who had captained the victorious East Team at Troon.  This photo is included in the picture gallery  which can be seen by clicking  here for more photos

The business proceedings of the 40th AGM, held at Murrayfield GC, went very smoothly and a full report of the AGM will be minuted and circulated in due course.

 Two matters arising from the 2012 AGM were dealt with: these were the suggestions of holding a winter social and introducing  a knockout foursomes. The Committee propose a coffee morning with short talk (10-15 minutes)  and golf quiz in February 2014 and this was approved by the meeting. This will be at Craigielaw GC on 19th  February; further details to be confirmed on this Website and by email.  The inaugural foursomes knockout was held in 2013 and proved very popular with 25 pairs participating; as a result of its success, this competition will become an annual event.

Finally, remember to look at your East Vets website closer to Christmas for information on events in 2014.

Monday, 7 October 2013


Notices of the 2013 AGM/Prizegiving Lunch at Murrayfield Golf Club have been sent to members (electronically where email addresses are known and by post if not).  A copy of the Agenda/reply slip re attendance  and 2012 Minutes may  be viewed using the following links:  Agenda and Minutes.

Your Committee look forward to welcoming you at Murrayfield Golf Club for the AGM starting at 11.15am and hope as many members as possible will attend.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


The inter-divisional playoff to decide the Scottish Vets Matchplay Champion for 2013 took place on Sunday 22/Monday 23 September at Blairgowrie. East Vets were represented by Anne Hanson   for the first time after her win at The Glen  GC last month  (pictured below at North Berwick) .

 Anne was up against Alison Bartlett, Highland Vets Champion, in her quarter-final tie -  a tough match as Alison is a Scottish Senior Internationalist.  After a shaky start which saw her 5 down after 7 holes played, Anne staged a dogged fightback which culminated in winning the 18th to square the match and force extra holes. Unfortunately, Anne lost at the first extra hole but it was a very creditable performance against the eventual winner as Alison Bartlett went on to become the 2013 Scottish Vets Champion.  Well done Anne  as you took Alison further than her subsequent opponents, and congratulations to Alison on becoming Champion.
 (See  for reports of the semifinals and final)

Thursday, 19 September 2013


Fortunately for the 20 East Vets ladies who went up to Blairgowrie for the annual two days of SVLGA competition over Rosemount and Lansdowne courses on 16th and 17th September........ the weather forecast turned out to be  VERY WRONG! Yes it was pretty chilly  on Monday (to the extent that overnight frost meant the greens could not be cut!) but we were not blown away by gales nor were our waterproofs put to the test.  That's not to say that the conditions were easy for golf-  as the scores for many showed. However, it is not all about the golf but also about socialising with Vets from other Divisions so even if not as many putts dropped as hoped for there was always the 19th hole!! 

Highlights from East Vets  were Alice Archbold who won the Senior Scratch Trophy (see picture); Barbara Biggart who won the Small Cup (so called as it is played for over the 9 hole course) and Sue Penman/Ros Thoresen who tied the winning score in the Greensomes.  Congratulations to our East Vets prizewinners. Results are listed below the following photo of Alice Archbold with the Allen Plate ; for more photos/reports see the West Vets Blog at

Results Round Up
Patrick Rosebowl Medal Round - Monday 16th September 2013
 (Played over Rosemount Course SSS 74, CSS 76 (130 Competitors))

Cathy Irving
80 - 12 = 68
Smith Medal
Sheila Durward
89 - 17 = 72
Carol Fell
83 -10 = 73 bih
Stella Bain
89 - 16 = 73 bih
Alice Archbold
83 - 10 = 73
Lyon Picture
Cathy Irving
Bronze Nett
C.C. Salver
Myra McLachlan
106 - 28 = 78


Winners of Prizes for Senior Ladies   on Monday, 16th September 2013

Allen Plate
Alice Archbold
Winner (H'Cap)
Buchanan Cup
Sheila Arnold
89 - 17= 72
Stella Bain
89 -16 =73 bih
5 Club Competition 
Small Cup     
Barbara Biggart
36-4=32 bl6
Runner Up
Esme Hill
41-9 =32
Third Prize 
Liz McGraw 
Div.with the best 3 net Scores
Lyon Trophy  
Midland from North

Tuesday 17th Sept (Lansdowne Course): Greensomes -Beddows Quaichs

Congratulations to Sue Penman and Ros Thoresen of East Vets who had a gross 81, net 72.2 which tied the leading scores scratch and net but narrowly missed out on the Beddows Quaichs Trophies on the better inward half. Sue and Ros did win the vouchers for leading scratch but Jen Petrie and Jean Clark of Northern Division picked up both the scratch and net trophies.            Belated happy birthday to Sue who was celebrating a significant birthday milestone!!!!
At the AGM Noreen Fenton (above with her shiny new badge) took over as Vets Captain from Helen Faulds whilst another East Vet, Gillian Kirkwood serves as Vice President. It was announced that the annual Blairgowrie Vets competition days would be 15th and 16th September in 2014 but the Championship matchplay in 2014   between Divisional Champions would need to be on different dates and a separate venue due to the British Seniors being at  Royal Dornoch and the Junior Ryder Cup being at Blairgowrie in mid-September 2014.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Winners of the inaugural foursomes

The winners of the 2013 knockout foursomes are Jean Bryden and Helen Holton who were 3 & 2 winners of the final against Alice Archbold and Elinor  Blair over  Gullane 1.  An interesting aside is that Jean had just arrived back from Canada the night before the Final so either the jetlag hadn't kicked in or we should all arrange our ties for the day after international flights!. 
Congratulations to Jean and Helen.
Friendly match versus the Borders Vets

The above photo is to show that the sun shone at Torwoodlee!  
Unfortunately our East Vets Team of  Gina Thomson, Margo Blair, Viv Mitchell,  Irene Campbell, Eleanor Stewart, Pat Meikle, Christine Simpson, Susan Tudball, Sandra Kempston and Marion Law captained by Marjory Lauder lost 5 games to 1. It was decided to use the greensomes format for this annual friendly match and despite being on the wrong side of the scoreline, the East Vets all agreed they had had a lovely day out at a good venue  with excellent company and a lovely meal.
Blairgowrie "weekend"

The annual autumn get-together of the different Vets Divisions takes place 16/17th September in Blairgowrie to compete for the Patrick Rosebowl and Beddows Quaichs. We wish all East Vets participating a most enjoyable couple of days with fair weather, great camaraderie and good golf. 

(Note that the SVLGA Championship knockout does not take place until the following weekend when we will be represented by Anne Hanson - best of luck Anne vs Alison Bartlett of the North on 22nd September.)

Sunday, 8 September 2013


The Grand Medal Finals were played on Sunday 8th September at King James VI GC in Perth. Twenty-three ladies, who had qualified from one of the 6 Regional Medal Finals during the season, competed on a beautiful golfing day and East Vet Vivien Mitchell (Lochend), who finished with a net 74, was  the winner of the Bronze Division. Vivien is having a great season and is now down to handicap 15 but was eligible to compete in Bronze Division based on her handicap at the time of qualification.  Very well done Vivien!

Another East Vet who has been doing well this season is Morag Wardrop of Turnhouse who was runner up in the Silver Division Medal Final with a net 73 which meant she played to her handicap of 8 on the day. (The winner was another Vet, Heather Anderson of Midland Vets, who had a scratch 71, net 67!).  Well done Morag for coming a very creditable second.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


Dulcie Barnes.

Played over a neutral venue (Liberton GC), the closely contested Final was played in good spirit with Dulcie rounding off what has been an excellent season with a win over Morag Wardrop.  Dulcie  went very close in the ESVLGA Championship this year with a narrow defeat in the semifinals but now is the proud winner of the Ramsden Cup.

The story of the match is that it was nip and tuck for the first seven holes but bunker trouble for Morag at the tricky par 3 eighth hole allowed Dulcie to edge in front .Dulcie then used that momentum to build a lead around the turn, using her stroke received at the fourteenth  hole to close out her win.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


Smile Christine! You shot a net 62 round Liberton
The Autumn Meeting took place on a warm, sunny day worthy of a summer meeting.  It was certainly hotter than early June at The Glen although competitors travelling up from North Berwick and Gullane would not have expected the Liberton sunshine as they left a haar behind in East Lothian.  The conditions were favourable for good scores - hardly any breeze, warm and dry with a course in great nick.....and good scores we certainly got!
Best of the day was a net 62 from Christine Clarke of Deer Park who shot a scratch 78 : you're not a 16 handicap any more, Christine.  Three others broke Liberton's par of 69 : Denise Mitchell with a net 67, Kate Johnston with a net 68 and Morag Wardrop (net 67) who won the scratch prize (see below). Carole Ross and Carole MacLeod both scored net 69s as did Margaret Magson who had the leading net Bronze score.  The best scratch score of the day came from Morag Wardrop with a 75 whilst Ruth Brown and Anne Brownie both shot 78s, the same as Christine Clarke.
However, not everyone found it easy to score well and there were the usual stories as cards were handed in of putts that simply refused to drop, balls that seemed to delight in finding the trees or thickest clump of grass and, of course, the balls that had a magnetic attraction to bunkers and resisted the most persistent and determined efforts to extricate them. More than one or two cards had a bunker "blip" that spoiled what could have been a tidy score.   
Finally, away from the golf scores, some of our readers may remember reports last year at Liberton of a playful fox cub who wanted to join in. Well, in 2013 there is an extended family of urban foxes at the 11th hole with no fewer than three cubs enjoying a playful romp in the sun. Funnily enough, there wasn't much sign of rabbits being around that side of the course!
Morag Wardrop  75
1.  Christine Clarke   78 (16) net 62
2 Denise Mitchell      81 (14) net 67
3 Kate Johnston         79 (11)    net 68
4 Carole  Ross           82 (13)  net 69   (on bih from Carol Macleod)
1. Margaret Magson  98 (29) net 69
2. Helen   Lock          92 (22)  net 70  (on bih from Sandra Craig)

Saturday, 24 August 2013


The revised draw for Monday's Autumn Meeting at Liberton Golf Club has been posted (see Draws).

Please note that the green fee payable on the day is £15.

Here's hoping for an enjoyable day with good weather.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Congratulations to the successful East Vets Team (pictured below) who defeated the West Vets in the annual foursomes match  on 13th August,  at Troon Portland - meaning that the Asp Friendship Trophy came back East along the M8.

The team enjoyed the wonderful views from the Portland course (when not concentrating on their shots, of course!!) as well as the tremendous condition of the course (though it was best to keep out of the rather long rough).
Ailsa Craig
  As ever, although the matches were competitive with three of them being very close indeed, there was a lot of banter and fun which made for a most enjoyable day, rounded off by a delicious lunch (and yet more golfing and non-golfing stories) in the Portland Clubhouse.

Marion Stewart, West Vets Vice Captain, presented the Asp Friendship Trophy to Anne Brownie, East Vets Vice Captain - see photo below.
For more photos click here
The overall result was West Vets 1.5  East Vets 3.5
 Individual foursomes matches (home team first)  were as follows:
Anabel Kane & Liz Hale lost to Rita Dee and Alice Jack 1 down.
Carol Fell & Jennifer Graham  lost to Fiona Ford & Gilly Glen 2&1
June Lockhart & Morag Key  beat Jane McMinn & Vickie Sandeman.
Anne Aitken & Cathy Morton  lost to Elsa Todd & Gina Thomson.
Trish Brown & Mary Wylie halved with Christine Clark & Mary Richardson.

Monday, 12 August 2013


The finalists of the inaugural foursomes knockout competition are now known and the Final will be contested between Elinor Blair and Alice Archbold versus Helen Holton and Jean Bryden. 
Well done to these four and play well. 

 (Thanks also to everyone who took part and made this first year a success.)


Saturday, 10 August 2013


The Final of the Ramsden Cup will be contested by Morag Wardrop and Dulcie Barnes.

Well done for winning your semifinals and commiserations to your opponents, Kate Johnston and Denise Mitchell

Good luck to both Morag and Dulcie and watch this space to find out the winner ......


The annual foursomes match against the West Vets Team will be held at Troon Portland on Tuesday 13th August. Our East Vets Team lines up as follows:
Rita Dee and Alice  Jack
Fiona Ford and Gilly Glen
Jane McMinn and Vickie Sandeman
Elsa Todd and Gina Thomson
Christine Clarke and Mary Richardson
Play well ladies and enjoy your day in the West! 

Monday, 5 August 2013


Anne Hanson pictured with the Bass Rock in the background after leaving the 16th green at The Glen  GC, North Berwick where she won her first East Vets Championship.
( Click here to link to photos from The Glen ; once you've opened the link it can played as a slideshow.)         A report from Sunday's play follows below  :

In a closely contested Final, Anne Hanson won her first Lady McInnes Shaw Cup to become East Vets Champion for 2013 with a 3 & 2 win over Karen Ballantyne at The Glen Golf Course, North Berwick. Congratulations to Anne, and best of luck at Blairgowrie when representing East Vets on 22nd/23rd September when the Scottish  Vets Championship will be decided.

Both semi-finals took place on the morning of the 4th August in bright, breezy conditions with the yachts on the Forth and the Bass Rock providing a picturesque backdrop to some stunning golf.   Anne Hanson had a 3 & 2  win over Dulcie Barnes in the first semi-final in which both players  scored well against par – after the famously tricky first hole (which Dulcie won). Both Anne and Dulcie had their eye in on the greens but Anne’s putter proved to be marginally the hotter. Even the caddies were impressed by the quality of the golf being played!  In the other semifinal  there was a similar story with both competitors playing some outstanding golf shots and displaying a silky touch around the greens resulting in a 3 & 2 win for Karen Ballantyne over Sue Penman.  Both finalists were very complimentary about the quality of golf played by their opponents and all four players enthused about the condition of the course.

The Final teed off at 3pm with the sun still shining and a few spectators looking forward to seeing how the finalists would tackle some of The Glen’s more challenging holes, especially with the breeze freshening. In the early holes, it was nip and tuck with Karen taking a narrow 1 up lead which she held on to notwithstanding some fine approach shots from Anne which several times looked to give her the opportunity to draw level only for Karen to hole a good putt to halve, and keep her slender advantage. Anne finally drew level with an excellent birdie at the 7th when she hit her approach to only a few feet. Anne then won the 8th to go one up and looked in pole position on the short par 4 9th holes when her tee shot went just through the back of the green whilst Karen was bunkered off the tee. The 9th was, however, halved in birdie 3s when Karen pulled off a great sand save under the watchful eyes of three Japanese golfers who the vice-captain had persuaded to let the Final play through!

Anne was not to be denied going 2 up at the 10th but at the 12th Karen holed her approach shot for an eagle 3 and thus reduced the deficit to just one hole again. The golf really was outstanding with very few shots being dropped to par.  Unfortunately for Karen this changed at the par 3 13th hole where both players found the green but, for once, Karen’s putting touch deserted her and an uncharacteristic three putt allowed Anne to regain a two hole advantage. Anne’s putting was on fire – to the extent that to spectators it seemed that even four to five footers were like gimme distance as it just seemed Anne could not miss from  five , six even seven feet in. Putting again made the difference in allowing Anne to be dormie three up at the tee of  the long par 3 16th hole and when her chip from just off the side of the green ran on a bit, it seemed the match might be extended as Karen had a shorter putt left to save her par.  However, Anne’s  unerring putting saved her own par and hence closed out the match.  Both Anne and Karen played some great golf in a super Final  which was fascinating to watch.   

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


All the quarter-finals of the East Vets Championship have been played and the semi-finalists for Sunday morning (4th August ) at the Glen Golf Club are now known. The first and second seeds, Linda Grieve and Anne Brownie, were both knocked out in the first round of matchplay  (as were Norma Richmond and Morag Wardrop in their respective quarterfinals) leaving the semi-final line-up as follows:

Dulcie Barnes   versus  Anne Hanson  at 10.00 am
Karen Ballantyne versus  Sue Penman at 10.08 am

The winners of these semi-finals will contest the Final at 3pm to become the East Vets Champion.

Here's hoping for good weather for Sunday 4th;  good luck to Dulcie, Anne, Karen and Sue.
Spectators will be most welcome.


After a good entry for the inaugural foursomes knock out competition and some exciting and close ties, we have reached the semifinal stages. Well done to the four foursomes pairings shown below, and good luck on reaching the Final:
  F.Mclaren & K.Johnston versus    E.Blair & A.Archbold
  H.Holton & J.Bryden       versus   S.Kempston & R.Lynch

Friday, 26 July 2013


After all the excitement of the Open at Muirfield, the extended heatwave and then the thunder and lightning, it's time to resume the contest to determine our East Vets Champion for 2013.

Our Captain, Marjory Lauder, extends her best wishes to the eight quarter-finalists and hopes that the weather stays fair and the bounces are kind for all contestants.

As a reminder of  those who remain in with  the opportunity of winning, here are the quarter final pairings:

Linda Grieve (1)       vs        Dulcie Barnes  (8)
Anne Hanson  (4)      vs       Morag Wardrop  (5)
Norma Richmond (3) vs      Karen Ballantyne (6)
Anne Brownie (2)      vs       Susan Penman    (7)

(Figures in brackets are the order of qualification.)

The semi-finals and final are to be played on Sunday 4th August: 10.00 and 10.08 a.m for the semifinals with the Final at 3p.m.  Spectators will be very welcome on the 4th August.

Friday, 5 July 2013


Congratulations to Fiona Hunter on her win today to become the Scottish Seniors Matchplay Champion. (Yes, the same Fiona Hunter who was an East Vet until her move back to her roots in Dumfries & Galloway !) 

For reports of the Final Click here to go to SLGA site

Further info on the earlier rounds of matchplay may be found using the above link or by going to Kirkwood golf (link at the side).  Well done to Pamela Williamson for progressing to the quarterfinal stage and to Barbara Biggart and Elinor Blair in the Nett flight who won their first round ties. Sadly no East Vets made it to the semifinals of either flight.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Anna Telfer of West Vets and Milngavie GC won the Scottish Seniors Strokeplay Championship at West Linton Golf Club in a nail-biting conclusion to the second round when it was not clear to spectators whether a play off might be required. A super birdie two at the 17th hole ( into the wind making it play a lot longer than the 179 yards on the card) clinched the title for Anna - who still had to hold her nerve for a par up the last to win the title from Heather Anderson by one stroke.  Congratulations to Anna who finished on a gross aggregate 155 (the CSS was 74 on both days in tough, windy and often wet conditions).  Many congratulations to Anna from the East Vets.

Anna is pictured above receiving the trophy from Elisabeth Nombro, West Linton Lady Captain.
Amongst the prizewinners was Pamela Williamson who won the over 60s scratch aggregate - congratulations Pamela!

The Matchplay Championship takes place over Thursday/Friday with Pamela Williamson the sole East Vets representative in the main Championship. The very best of luck to Pamela and to those East Vets who qualified for the net flight of matchplay : Karen Ballantyne (defending the title she won last year), Barbara Biggart, Elinor Blair, Rita Dee, Anne Hanson, Frances McFadzean and Morag Wardrop.

One of the great traditions of the Scottish Seniors Championship is the Seniors' Supper which was held on Tuesday evening.  This is a great opportunity for competitors to socialise away from the golf course and entertain/be entertained at the post-meal "cabaret". Compered by Liz Munro, there were contributions from the host club in the form of the West Linton Warblers plus Pete McNab (alias Chic Murray who had the audience wiping tears from their eyes in helpless laughter). Other contributors included Karen Maxwell, Sandy Bushby, May Hughes, Anne Brownie, Agnes Freeman, Morag Clapperton. A lot of laughter at the wide range of humorous topics gave jaw muscles and tear   ducts a good work out! Here's a link to  photos taken at the Seniors Supper Click here    Enjoy!
(Apologies for no captions, or if your photo is less than flattering!!! )

Monday, 1 July 2013


The Scottish Senior Ladies' Amateur Championship takes place at West Linton GC from July 2-5. Tuesday and Wednesday see the Strokeplay Champion decided followed by the knockout stages  for the Matchplay Champion on Thursday and Friday.

16 members of ESVLGA are participating this week - best of luck to them all, enjoy the course and enjoy yourselves at this beautiful course tucked amongst the Pentland Hills.

Friday, 14 June 2013


The annual East vs West Vets Match was hosted by the East Vets at Longniddry Golf Club on Wednesday 12th June.  Although there was rain for travel to the course (and traffic delays for some travelling from the West), the clouds lifted before the first of the singles matches teed off and the sun came out for the back nine.

Each side was represented by a mix of players who had played for the Elise Duncan Trophy before (in some cases on numerous occasions!!), and newcomers (or rookies!). Part of the tradition of this annual match is the social aspect and the opportunity to renew acquaintance with opponents of earlier matches. This tradition was continued at Longniddry and both teams enjoyed the post match meal and sharing of golfing stories: all in all a very enjoyable day. However, the West Vets travelled home the happier, after a successful defence of the Trophy.  


Noreen Fenton lost to Alex Glennie
Pam Williamson lost  to Jane Finnie  
Lesley Johnston lost to May Hughes
Linda Grieve beat Lorraine Campbell
Sue Penman beat Anna Telfer
Anne Brownie lost to Jennifer Mack
Hazel Saunders lost to Pat Hutton
Ruth Brown lost to Liz Keohone
Sophia Spiewak halved with Joanna Scott

 Overall match result :  East Vets 2.5   West Vets 6.5  so West Vets retain Elise Duncan Trophy

A link to some photos from Wednesday will be available  East v West 2013 Match photos – post match photos courtesy of the West Vets Captain, AnnaTelfer.  Pre=match photos from Anne Brownie.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013


Congratulations to the eight ladies below who qualified to play in the ESVLGA Championship at the end of July/early August at the Glen Golf Club.  The quarter final pairings are set out below (quarter finals are to be played at a mutually agreed time between 29th July and 2nd August) :

Linda Grieve (1)       vs        Dulcie Barnes  (8)
Anne Hanson  (4)      vs       Morag Wardrop  (5)
Norma Richmond (3) vs      Karen Ballantyne (6)
Anne Brownie (2)      vs       Susan Penman    (7)

(Figures in brackets are the order of qualification.)

The semi-finals and final are to be played on Sunday 4th August: 10.00 and 10.08 a.m for the semifinals with the Final at 3p.m.  Spectators will be very welcome on the 4th August.


The sun hid behind the clouds for most of the morning at the Summer Meeting at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick on Monday 10th June ...... but it stayed dry! Whilst the temperature was cooler than over the weekend, the welcome at The Glen GC was warm and the views from the Clubhouse as well as the course were stunning.

On a day when scoring was tricky in the east wind, only a handful of ladies played within their buffer zones as a result of which a few others also "buffered" when the CSS increased to 76. The first hole in particular did not yield many pars but got a number of rounds off to a bad start (sometimes an irretrievably bad start!). For others, the challenges of the Glen came later in their rounds and there were tales of woe and of shots that went astray and putts that refused to drop (or even stop!) when cards were returned.

The overall best net score was returned by Christine Reid who had a 75, playing off a handicap of 23. Two other ladies posted net 75s: Jane Herd and Elizabeth Simpson also had a net 75 whilst  Jane Herd had the best gross score of the day with an 81.  In Silver division two ladies had net 76s : Norma Richmond and Jane McMinn.  In Bronze Division the runner up with a net 79 was Irene Campbell.

The Summer Meeting is our Championship Qualifier; the Matchplay Draw (and qualifying scores)  will be posted on Tuesday 11th once availability to play has been confirmed. 

Sunday, 26 May 2013


REMINDER FROM THE SLGA The closing date for the Scottish Senior Ladies' (Close) Amateur Championship 2013 at West Linton Golf Club is 12 noon Monday, June 3. Further details and entry form on the SLGA's website (Championships section).

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


The match against the Midland Vets for the Liz Miskimmin Friendship Quaich was played on 21st May at Falkirk Golf Club. As may be seen from the photos (Falkirk photos)    Spring had finally arrived with trees, azaleas and gorse in full blossom and the sun even shone! A good time was had by all - starting with the bacon rolls, followed by some close matches and rounded off with soup and sandwiches.

Some of the individual games were very close and others less so; overall, the match was won by the East Vets by 6 - 1. In this friendly match everyone said how much they had enjoyed their game of golf and the opportunity to renew old or make new friendships. As one Midlands Vet remarked afterwards, Liz (Miskimmin) would surely have approved.

So the Quaich has returned to the south shores of the Forth, to be held by the East Vets until the 2014 Match.  The 2013 East Vets Team (in alphabetical order) comprised Barbara Biggart, Elinor Blair, Anne Brownie, Rosie Dennis, Hazel Saunders, Sophia Spiewak and Morag Wardrop.  The Midlands Vets were represented by Captain Winifred MacCallum , Dawn Butchart, Tricia Chillas, Alison Houston, Lizee McGraw, Christine Steedman and Emma Wilson.

 In addition to the above players drawn from handicap category 2 playing for the Liz Miskimmin Quaich, it had been agreed to provide additional match experience for Category 1 players. As it happened, due to a late injury to an East Vets player, the category 1 match comprised only one game - between Sue Penman (East) and Linda McDonald (Midlands). It proved to be very competitive, only being decided at the 18th with Linda edging out Sue.

 Well done and thanks to everyone who played and made it such an enjoyable day.

Belatedly, here is a quick update from an earlier match played against the British Seniors Golfing Society  at Elie on 16th May. Unfortunately, this match  had a less favourable outcome for our East Vets Team who finished on the wrong side of the scoreline.  The British Seniors Men were very gracious hosts, very gentlemanly but also very competitive! Once again it was a most  enjoyable day with good golf from both sides.  Elie was in great condition and the weather stayed fair if a little on the cool side.  (No photos from Elie.)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


The draw for the second round of the foursomes is available under the "Draws" tab.

Friday, 10 May 2013


A new tab has been created to give easier access to Draws - matchplay ( Ramsden Cup and Foursomes) and our Meetings. Links to the most recent Draws will be found under the tab entitled "Draws" near the top left of our Home Web page (below the photoheader).

Round 2 of the Ramsden Cup has now been posted there. Please note the closing date for Round 2 is 29th May.  Results to be notified to the Secretary as usual, please.

Thursday, 9 May 2013


Our East Vets Team for the annual match against Midlands Vets for the Liz Miskimmin Friendship Trophy is as follows (in alphabetic order):
Elinor Blair
Barbara Biggart
Anne Brownie (team captain)
Rosie Dennis
Sheila Lyon
Sophia Spiewak
Morag Wardrop
Also  representing the East Vets in the inaugural Category 1 ties are Noreen Fenton and Sue Penman.
The match takes place this year at Falkirk Golf Club on 21st May with our East Vets Team  aiming to retain the Trophy which we won last year at Murrayfield. Good luck to our East Vets Team.

Sunday, 5 May 2013


The annual match at Elie vs a British Seniors Men's Team takes place on May 16th. (At least it should be annual but was rained off last year so here's hoping for better weather this year!!)

Our East Vets Team is :
Anne Brownie and Ruth Brown
Ray Lynch and Norma Richmond
Marjory Lauder and Margaret Thomson
Liz Simpson and Christine Reid
Maureen Cranston and Sally Brian

Good luck ladies and have an enjoyable day at Elie.

Thursday, 11 April 2013



Scotland take on Ireland in the annual match for the Mary McKenna Trophy at West Kilbride this weekend (Sunday 14th and Monday 15th).
The Scottish Veterans Team must win on home soil to halt an Irish winning streak so the very best of luck to Captain Helen Faulds, Vice-Captain Noreen Fenton (East Division’s sole representative) and especially to all the Scottish players – may hearing your putts drop put smiles on your faces! 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

No weather delays, hardly any call-offs and the 2013 Spring Meeting was played over Gullane No. 3 as scheduled on 9 April.  Eighty five ladies teed off  and some shook off  the winter’s rust better than others.  Gullane No 3 posed quite a tricky challenge with fast running greens leading to more than a few three putts and a few de-greenings (as the TV commentators call  putts that run off the green). Judging approaches to greens, especially when playing downwind and over greenside bunkers, was certainly not easy whilst the aforementioned bunkers proved card-wreckers for a number of players (don’t ask the Vice-Captain!).  
As ever, some players defied the weather and treachery of greens and bunkers to post not just respectable scores but positively good ones! Very well done to those ladies mentioned below for their good scores.
Overall scratch winner :            Elinor Blair * 77

Other  silver scratch scores :   Lesley Johnston*  79
                                                Noreen Fenton   80

Net scores (Silver Division) : 1. Elinor Blair*  (77 – 9)   68
                                                 2. Gilly Glen   (84 -13)   71
                                                 3. Vicki Sandeman*  (86-14)  72  (BIH)
                                                 4.  Dorothy Thomson * (84-12)  72 (BIH)
                                                 5.  Veryan Biggar  *    (86-14)    72 

Bronze scratch winner  :          Maureen Sharpe   90
Bronze handicap scores         1.  Maureen Sharpe   (90-22)   68

                                               2. Jean Dawson*  (93 -23)      70 
                                               3.Irene Campbell * (97-22)     75                        
                                               4..Seonaid Stewart (98-22)        76
Away players (i.e. non-members of Gullane Ladies) will be delighted to learn that their CSS is Reduction Only so no increase to your handicaps for today’s round.

The CSS for members of Gullane increased to 71 proving that at least for a few players there was some home advantage! (Gullane members marked with an asterisk above)
Finally well done to the eight ladies who recorded twos on their cards: Janet Fairweather, Linda Grieve, Alice Jack, Kate Johnston, Christine Simpson, Dorothy Thomson, Ros Thoresen and  Maureen Woodward.