Friday, 12 December 2014

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Monday, 17 November 2014


At the AGM and Prizegiving of the East Division of the SVLGA outgoing Captain Marjory Lauder presented the 2014 Champion, Karen Ballantyne of Craigmillar Park GC with the Lady McInnes Shaw Championship Cup. More photos of the main trophy winners follow below and by clicking on this link :  

Left to Right :Irene Gray, Janet Fairweather, Susan Tudball, Karen Ballantyne, Jane Browitt, Marion Glauch, Sandra Liddle
Missing from the above group  and pictured below is Fiona Ford

61 ladies attended the AGM/Prizegiving held at Mortonhall Golf Club on 17th November 2014.  Marjory Lauder welcomed members and conducted the Prizegiving before moving on to the business of the AGM. The Minutes from the 2013 AGM and Financial Report were approved. Captain Marjory Lauder then presented her Report summarising East Vets events throughout the year from the inaugural Coffee Morning in February through to Blairgowrie in September as well as highlighting successes of East Vets members in 2014. 

At the election of Office Bearers, Marjory Lauder handed over the Captain's badge to Anne Brownie who thanked Marjory for all she had done on behalf of East Vets before introducing new Vice Captain, Caroline Kinnaird (of Glencorse GC),to the Meeting.  Katherine Thomson (Secretary/Treasurer) will continue in office for one more year (for which everyone is delighted) and Dulcie Barnes will continue as Committee Member.  These appointments were all approved by the AGM.

Anne Brownie (pictured right) then ran over the
main fixtures for 2015and informed the meeting that these are already available on the Website with only a few dates to be confirmed.  Following the success of the 2014 Coffee Morning, a coffee morning will be held at Craigielaw GC on Monday 9th February 2015 when Gillian Kirkwood and Anne will combine to look at the more amusing incidents or rulings  which golf referees encounter!

At the completion of the AGM business, Karen  Ballantyne gave a vote of thanks on behalf of members.          
The AGM was followed by a delicious buffet lunch  and members took the opportunity to socialise with one another and reflect on the 2014 golf season or arrange some winter golf.
Please note that as Dulcie Barnes had made apologies for the AGM, a photo of the full East Vets Committee will be posted at a later date.



Sunday, 16 November 2014


Dates for most of the 2015 fixtures are now known so a provisional list can be found under the "Fixtures" button.  Dates marked "TBA" will be updated once they  are known together with the week/Finals Day of our East Championship Matchplay.

Thursday, 30 October 2014


The 2014 AGM and Prizegiving takes place at Mortonhall Golf Club on Monday 17th November with the AGM starting at 11.15am to be followed by the Prizegiving and lunch. Notices of the AGM have been sent out to members and a copy of last year's minutes will be posted on this site two weeks' before the AGM. (Minutes now available by clicking here.)

Your Committee would like to welcome as many as possible of our members to this year's AGM/Prizegiving, and hope that many will also stay on for the lunch. With this in mind, it would be helpful if replies could be sent to our Secretary, Katherine,  to arrive before 7 November.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


East Vets  Champion,  Karen Ballantyne, took her place
 in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Veterans Ladies Golf Association Championship on Saturday 20th September at the new venue of Strathmore GC.  Karen came through a close match with Lorraine Campbell, representing the West, by the margin
of 2 and 1.

In the Sunday semi-final, Karen came up against Lorna Bennett who was in fine late-season form.  Lorna prevailed by the margin of 4 and 3 over Karen and went on to win in a dramatic final against Mary Smith (Highland Vets) which went to the 19th!  As last year, our East Vets Champion lost to the overall Champion.  Well done Karen for representing the East so well and congratulations to Lorna Bennett for becoming Scottish Vets Champion for 2014.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Congratulations to Susan Tudball of Murrayfield GC who has won the 2014 Ramsden Cup. Commiserations to Margaret Fergusson who, like Susan, came through five rounds of matchplay to reach the Final but well done for getting there. For the rest of us, there's always next year though in the meantime Susan is the worthy 2014 winner.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Twenty members from East Vets went up to Blairgowrie to participate in the various competitions run by SVLGA for Vets from all Divisions across Scotland.  This year the overall Scottish Vets Champion will not be decided until the following weekend where the East will be represented by our Champion Karen Ballantyne at  Strathmore  GC
- best of luck Karen!

Blairgowrie itself and both championship courses were looking lovely as you would expect with the Junior Ryder Cup only a week away. Rosemount and Lansdowne were in great condition with very true greens ( assuming you read the subtle and not so subtle borrows correctly!).  Unfortunately, the weather was not as kind as the previous year and many competitors got quite a soaking especially during the Patrick Rosebowl over Rosemount on the Monday or if you were brave or foolish enough as your Vice Captain and friends to go out over the wee course in the 5-Club competition in "persistent" rain.

As ever, a great time was enjoyed by all and there were some individual successes by East Vets players which are noted below.  In the team category for the Lyon Trophy, East were narrowly pipped by the West with countback going down to the last six holes. The West also had the overall winner of the Patrick Rosebowl : their Vice Captain Marion Stewart who had a net 71 and is pictured below receiving her prize from Gillian Kirkwood.
East Vets ladies who are to be congratulated are Kate Johnston who was Runner Up in both the Patrick Rosebowl and in the Buchanan Cup.  Second place in the Rosebowl wins the Smith Medal so well done Kate! The Corstorphine Salver for the best bronze net score was won by Sheila Hunter. Well done also to Noreen Fenton won the scratch in the Allen Plate and to Joanne Watt was fourth overall in the Patrick Rosebowl and third in the Wee Cup.  Sadly, no East Vets pairings featured in the prizelist for the Greensomes over Landsowne; the Beddows Quaichs were won by Janet Henderson and Claire Currin (North) and the Tony Moffat Memorial Trophy by Gillian Wallace and Mary Hope (Midlands)
Photos of our successful East Vets : Kate, Sheila, Noreen and Joanne are below:

Kate Johnston

Sheila Hunter
Joanne Watt
Noreen Fenton
At the SVLGA AGM, Gillian Kirkwood, who had been standing  in for the injured Sally Coster (best wishes to Sally from in East Vets for a full and speedy recovery), was confirmed as the new  SVLGA President with Emma Wilson (Midlands) voted in as Vice President.  Noreen Fenton continues as Scottish Vets Captain.  Your smiling new President from East Vets is pictured below

Gillian Kirkwood

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Report from Captain Marjory Lauder resuming the match vs the Borders on Wednesday 10th September. 

                        ESVLGA  versus The Borders.

                      Members of both  Teams before the match.

                                  A wonderful day at Liberton.    

 The Captain  welcomed both teams to Liberton Golf Course and everyone enjoyed coffee and scones. The players were introduced and the format agreed.
At Torwoodlee in 2013 the PLAYERS 'voted 'to play Greensomes Matchplay as an alternative to Foursomes!
The Captains had  already agreed to try this again.
The East pairings were all new combinations, many not even knowing their partners beforehand.
All the players were full of praise for the course. On such a perfect day everyone appreciated the condition of the course and the interest it offered without too much length and few hills!
The Borders 'Captain, Janice Cambridge, thanked the East for their hospitality and said how much their team had enjoyed their day.
The East Captain wished  them all a safe journey and looked  forward to visiting the Borders next year.

The East won the Match 4 games to 2. (Photos link here)

Many thanks to Maureen Stewart who stepped in at the very last moment ( 8am) as Gina Thomson succumbed to a very bad cold.

We had a well earned 'late lunch' and set off home before the rush-hour.


Marion Glauch and Christine Reid won 4/3 against Viv Geoghegan and Sheila Cuthbertson

Viv Mitchell and Marion Law  lost to Gloria Smith and Sheila Horsburgh 1 hole

Maureen Stewart and Sandra Craig won 4/3 against Janice Cambridge and Alison Smith

Katy Gillies and Irene Gray won 3/1 against Marvyn Brydon and Lucille Paterson

Marjory Lauder and Mary Richardson lost to Marny Waddell and Dianne Keddie 2down

Elsa Todd and Sheila Dickson won 3/2 against Lynne Flannigan and Sandry Mc Carthy

Monday, 1 September 2014


The Foursomes Competition has now been completed with Irene Gray and Janet Fairweather of Musselburgh GC winning the Final vs Denise Mitchell and Fiona Ford of Murrayfield.  The Final was played at The Musselburgh GC on 1st September on a lovely morning for good golf. 

Well done to Irene and Janet and thanks to all who played in this second year of our foursomes knock- out competition.  Roll on the 2015 competition and look out for the new foursomes trophy at the Prizegiving (a Quaich graciously presented by the inaugural foursomes winners Helen Holton and Jean Bryden).

Sunday, 31 August 2014


Many ties have been played in the Ramsden Cup from early April through to the end of August with tales of putts holed and putts that missed, of shots that  went where intended and those which didn't......... !!  And the two ladies who have made it through to the final of the Ramsden Cup to be played at Liberton GC are:

Margaret Fergusson and Susan Tudball

Good luck to both

Monday, 25 August 2014


Congratulations to Fiona Ford of Murrayfield (right) who won the Rosebowl Trophy at Liberton Golf Club today (Monday 25th August) - beating last year's winner, Christine Clarke of Deer Park GC. 

Fiona's net 67 (playing off a handicap of 11) was one better than Christine's net 68 (playing off 15). Five ladies had net 69s which matched Liberton's par and also the CSS for the day which went up by one from the SSS of 68. The best scratch score of the day came from Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) with a 76, narrowly pipping Elinor Blair of North Berwick whose 77 had held the Clubhouse lead for a while.  Full results can be found on Masterscoreboard whilst the prizewinners are noted below.

Overall winner of the Rosebowl and
1st Silver Handicap :      Fiona Ford         78  (11)     67
2nd handicap (Silver)   :  Christine Clarke 83  (15)    68
3rd Handicap (Silver)   :  Elinor Blair        77   (8)     69  (bih)
4th Handicap  (Silver)  :   Morag Wardrop   79  (10)  69 (bih)

1st Handicap  (Bronze)   :  Jane Browitt      94 (25)   69  (bih)
2nd Handicap (Bronze)   :  Sandra Craig      91 (22) 69 

Scratch  : Jennifer Bryans   76

Missing out on the prizes was Gillian Kirkwood  who also had very creditable net 69 but lost out on countback. 

The competition was played in dry but cool conditions with a gusty east wind which caught out a few players.  For  other competitors there were tales of adventures in bunkers resulting in unwelcome high scores whilst for some, as ever, putting woes put paid to playing in buffer zones.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


The Asp Friendship Trophy is presented by Marion Stewart (West Vets Vice Captain) to the East Captain, Marjory Lauder (photo courtesy of Marion)
Marjory Lauder recaps the match for us below;  not a day for lots of photos by the sound of things but click here for a flavour of the day!!
'Big Bertha ' took on a new meaning as the teams huddled beside the starters hut on Gullane No. 2  before the East v West match on Tuesday 12th August.  (So much for the "Glorious 12th" from the point of view of weather!)

Having kitted our team out with team jumpers the jumpers were quickly concealed under waterproofs.  The wind gusted and the rain rained. Was it a 3 club wind or even a 10 club wind?

The Lothian Boys were playing on No. 3 course and UNDER 12s were about to start.
We could not be outdone and felt obliged to continue with our matches.!

Clare Bowe was drafted in at the last moment and suggested that we could curtail our matches to 14 holes if the weather became worse.(cutting out 10 to 13 )
Team Captains Marion Stewart and Marjory Lauder decided to meet the matches at the 9th green and assess the situation!  However the 1st match were happy to continue over 18 holes as they were coping with the wind.  Decision made! Onwards played the Vets from East and West.   The rain did ease at times but the wind persisted.

All the players enjoyed their games ---winners or losers. The individual scores are listed below (East names first) with a fine home win for the East Vets by 5 -0.

Dulcie Barnes & Christine Clarke beat Anabel Kane & Mo Neilson  4/3
Norma Richmond & Margaret Fergusson  beat June Lockhart & Enid Young  2 up
Kate Johnston & Pam Townsend beat Morag Key &  Liz Hale 4/3
Fiona Ford & Clare Bowe beat Anita McMillan & Cathy Morton 6/4
Frances McFadrean & Jane McMinn beat Mary Wylie & Maureen Cook 1 up

 The meal was superb. There was a choice of 3 hot courses , salad, dessert, and cheese.
 There was plenty chat.

 Marion Stewart presented the East with the trophy, thanked us for our hospitality, and informed us that the match would be contested at Kilmacolm next year!

Monday, 11 August 2014


The Draw for the  Autumn Meeting on 25th August at Liberton GC can be found via the Draw button on the website. The  balance of green  fee due on the day (assuming entrants paid a deposit) will be £10. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us!

 Any changes to the Draw ahead of 25th August should be done in conjunction with the Secretary as usual.  Should players need to contact the organisers on the day of the Autumn Meeting please call or text 07990603069.

Sunday, 20 July 2014


The 2014 East Vets Champion is Karen Ballantyne of Craigmillar Park GC (Club Captain and Ladies Champion!).  Congratulations to Karen, pictured  below who  won her second East Vets Championship at Haddington GC on 19th July.

The story of  Karen's route to victory was that she first had to come through a very close match against Anne Brownie (Gullane Ladies) in the second of the morning semifinals which Karen won at the 19th. Anne had held a slender one hole lead for several holes on the back nine which but for several clutch putts from Karen (at the 14th, 16th and 17th) could have been extended. However, Karen won the 18th to draw level before going on to win at the first extra hole.  In the other semifinal defending Champion Anne Hanson (Glencorse) had a tough tussle with Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) with Jennifer's putter proving the to be the difference in securing her 4 & 2 win over Anne at the 16th.   Some excellent shotmaking and scoring were produced in both semifinals which, despite a dreadful weather forecast, were played in reasonably benign conditions until the rain came on mid way through the back nine.  Pictures of both sets of semifinalists are below (before the rain).

Anne and Jennifer

Anne & Karen 

And the Finalists with Captain Marjory Lauder  (in a brief respite from the rain):

The Final was therefore destined to be played in rather soggy conditions as the rain was on and off all afternoon but at least the forecast thunderstorms never materialised and the Final between Karen and Jennifer was able to go ahead without any suspensions of play. Jennifer in her first Vets final (at her first participation) had the better of the first nine against Karen and reached the turn 2 up.  Karen pulled one back at the 10th hole and was herself 1 up after 15 holes. Jennifer hit an excellent shot into the 16th hole to level things up before the 17th was halved in birdie 2s. It was looking like extra holes were again going to be needed when Karen guided in her 7 foot putt from the back of the 18th green to secure a 1 up win and title of East Vets Champion 2014.

Friday, 18 July 2014


The East Vets Championship reaches its climax this weekend with both the semi-finals and Final to be played at Haddington Golf Club on Saturday 19th July.  The quarter finals all proved to be close with none finishing before the 16th hole.

Top seed and defending champion Anne Hanson was pushed all the way by Sue Penman but prevailed with a 1 up win. Second seed Pamela Williamson built an early lead over Anne Brownie but Anne fought back to win narrowly by the margin of 2 & 1.  Jennifer Bryans posted a 3 & 2 win over Elinor Blair whilst Karen Ballantyne won her tie with Jane Herd by  3 & 1.  Well done to the winners and commiserations to the other four who played good golf in tight matches. 

The semi-finals are thus:
10.00  Anne Hanson vs Jennifer Bryans
10.07  Karen Ballantyne vs Anne Brownie 

The Final is scheduled for 3pm.  Spectators are welcome for semifinals and Final.

Monday, 7 July 2014


The Scottish Seniors Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships took place at Elgin GC with 20 East Vets taking part.  Elgin proved to be an excellent venue and the course was in great condition.  The Strokeplay Championship (over 36 holes) was won by Alison Bartlett of Royal Dornoch with a 154 aggregate (against par of 148).  Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) of East Vets was in a tie for second place on 156 and won the over 60s scratch prize.   Anne Brownie (Gullane Ladies) and Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) tied on 160 (11th place). Anne and Karen were joined by. Linda Grieve (Musselburgh) and Lesley Johnston  (Gullane Ladies) in the  Matchplay Championship  Draw. Full Strokeplay results can be found by clicking on the following link  Strokeplay results .  Well done to the above East Vets for doing well in the strokeplay and Congratulations from East Vets to the 2014 Strokeplay Champion, Alison Bartlett pictured below:

In the first round of the Scottish Seniors Matchplay Championship, unfortunately Karen, Linda and  Lesley did not progress into the quarter finals. Anne had a very close game with Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) narrowly winning 1 up (thanks to halving the 18th with a birdie).  Anne then lost her quarter final against another Seniors Internationalist, Alex Glennie of Kilmarnock (Barassie), in another very close match eventually losing 2 down at the 18th. The full results can be found using this link  Championship Draw.  Congratulations again go to Alison Bartlett who became the 2014 Matchplay Champion - the first time the double had been done since our own Pamela Williamson (Baberton) did it in 2005.  Alison is pictured below with both trophies
Away from the main event, the following six East Vets qualified for the handicap championship with Joanne Watt being 2nd seed:
Rita Dee (Kingsknowe), Joanne Watt, Dorothy Thomson,(both Gullane Ladies) Gilly Glen, Frances McFadzean (both Craigmillar Park)and Tricia Smith (Mortonhall).( Lesley Duncan from Craigmillar Park also qualified.) Click the link below to see how the net matchplay progressed: 
Many Congratulations to Rita Dee (pictured below) who won the handicap event.  
As ever, a feature of the week up in Elgin was the great camaraderie among Seniors alongside the competitive golf. Over 90 ladies (and some gentlemen!) attended the Seniors' Supper which was a most enjoyable evening sharing good food, wine and reminiscences before the Cabaret.  Eliz Munro compered a highly entertaining selection of party pieces some of which were captured in the photo album below (links to photos at the end of this post). Chic Murray (alias Pete McNab from West Linton), community singing led by Elgin Ladies and a number of side-splitting/tear producing stories and jokes rounded off an excellent evening. (If you do look at the photos then yes, Karen Maxwell is holding a selection of "panties/lingerie" in her tale from babies to old age!!)  
Photos can be viewed by looking at the following links:

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


What a beautiful, warm and sunny day for our Summer Meeting at Haddington on Tuesday 17th June. The course was looking lovely in glorious sunshine as in this photo of some of the blossom still in bloom:
For a few ladies, their golf matched the  gorgeous sunshine but for many, Haddington proved a stern test especially on the very slick greens. A number of tricky  pin placements led to tales of woe in the Clubhouse of putts which would not stop, never mind actually drop! Reminiscent of Pinehurst the previous weekend, it was all too easy to putt off the 17th green so close was the hole to the left hand edge and run-off slope. 
Umbrellas were raised, not for rain but to beat off the searing heat of the sun - so unusual for us East Vets, and such a contrast to the weather at the Spring Meeting!  The bar did good business with soft drinks - helping competitors rehydrate.
Now to the business side of this report and congratulations to the following ladies who posted good scores :
Overall winner and first in Silver with a net 72 (off 19) is Marion Glauch a new member this year from Mortonhall GC.  Four other ladies in Silver played under the CSS which went up to 75 on the day; they are (in order as determined by BIH) : Zandra  Mathieson , Anne Hanson, Louise Campbell and Dorothy Thomson who all had net 74s.  In Bronze Divison, the winner is another new Vet  - Jane Browitt of Glencorse who also had a net 74 with the runner-up in Bronze being Eleanor  Stewart with net 78. 
The Summer Meeting is also, of course, Championship Qualifying.  Two ladies broke 80: Noreen Fenton and Anne Hanson who both posted 79.  Noreen wins the Scratch prize on the better inward half but is unavailable for the matchplay stages. Anne Hanson as defending Champion is the number 1 seed in the knockout stages with the quarter final match ups below (the figure in brackets) is their respective seeding). The matchplay takes place in week commencing 14 July with the semifinals and final on Saturday 19th July.
Anne Hanson (1) v Sue Penman  (8)

Jennifer Bryans (4) v. Elinor Blair  (5)

  Jane Herd (3)  v Karen Ballantyne (6)
Pam Williamson (2) v Anne Brownie (7)
Good luck to all in the matchplay stages. 
And finally, one of the images associated with Haddington GC - the ruined temple bathed in June sunshine


Sunday, 15 June 2014


The East Region Medal Finals run by the SLGA was held recently at Kirkcaldy Golf Club and was won by East Vet Jane Herd of Musselburgh GC,  Congratulations to Jane and Good Luck in the Grand Final on 7th September.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


It's said that a picture tells a story better than words! No doubt about who won the annual scratch match between West Vets and East Vets  for the Elise Duncan Trophy :

Anne Brownie (East Vice-Captain) presents the Trophy to West Vets Captain Anna Telfer.  Congratulations to the West Vets on retaining the Trophy with an 8 to 1  win, though some of the individual matches were much closer than the overall margin of victory.

The match this year took place at West Kilbride GC which was a great venue being in lovely condition and with wonderful scenery especially looking over to Arran. Above all it was DRY!!!!There had been torrential rain in the East the day before and it was still raining on the drive through to the West coast  but as we entered Ayrshire the rain went off and did not return. Despite the margin of defeat, many of the East Team who had never   played West Kilbride before would be keen to return having enjoyed the course if not the result.  Fortunately for the East, Lesley Johnston saved a whitewash.

As ever, the hospitality was super: everyone enjoyed the match and the opportunity to renew or make friendships - as can be seen from the selection of photos . 

Click here for photo selection

West Vets (in order of play) were represented by : Liz Stewart, Alex Glennie, May Hughes, Jane Finnie, Lorraine Campbell, Janice Paterson, Liz Keohone, Anna Telfer, Helen Faulds.
East Vets were represented By : Anne Hanson, Karen Ballantyne, Jennifer Bryans, Lesley Johnston, Anne Brownie, Marion Quigley, Carol Brown, Hazel Saunders, Mairi Pollock.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Let's hope for summery weather at our Summer Meeting at Haddington GC on 17th June.   This is our Championship Qualifying Competition; qualifiers need to be available to play the quarter-finals at a mutually agreed time in week commencing 14th July but please note that the semi-finals are at 10.00 and 10.07 on Saturday 19th July, with the Final at 3pm, also on the 19th July.  Please  note that the SVLGA Inter Divisional Championship will be played over the weekend of 20th/21st September at Strathmore Golf Club; our East Champion will play the West Champion in the first round.

 The Summer Meeting Draw has been issued to entrants  by email and may also be viewed via the "Draws" button.  Would entrants please note that £5 is due at check-in on the day (assuming you paid your £10 deposit on entry). Competitors will be asked to indicate on their scorecards whether they are available for the Championship Matchplay in July (dates as in the above paragraph)

We are trialling a new method of notifications of call-offs (hopefully not necessary!) on the day by phoning or texting a dedicated mobile  (07910907980) available only on 17th June. Any communications prior to 17th June should be to the Secretary in the normal way.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


The annual match (Category 2 handicaps) against the Midland Vets for the Liz Miskimmin Friendship Quaich took place on 20th May at Mortonhall GC and resulted in a win for the East Vets by the narrow margin of 4 to 3.

For many of the players on both teams, this match was the first time they had played Mortonhall and found it a good test of golf with some beautiful scenery and wildlife to admire (in between golf shots, of course!).  A "hidden gem" was one description.  Whilst we didn't see much of the sun with a haar coming and going, it stayed dry and a little on the cool side especially for those not playing.  East Vets Captain Marjory Lauder acted as starter for the seven matches whilst  Midlands Captain Liz Fertacz  and Anne Brownie (East Vice Captain, and chief photographer) followed progress out on the course.  Several individual matches were very close, and the overall result was not known until the second last game came off the course.  All in all, it was a very enjoyable day with some wonderful golf shots and great camaraderie - living up to its billing as the Friendship Quaich.

As will be seen from the slideshow to follow, it was not just the golf that was enjoyed with  Mortonhall's  pre-match scones  proving very popular and setting up those smiles on the first tee!

Click here for a selection of photos

For the records, and to help put names to faces when the photos are uploaded, the match results were as follows (East names first) :
Sue Penman lost 5&3 to Gillian Wallace
Linda Grieve won 5&4 over Fiona Johnston
Carol Brown was 2 down to Fiona Hill
Hazel Saunders won 4&3 over Bev Brown
Barbara Biggart won 2&1 over Joan Peden
Elinor Blair won 6&5 over Isobel Harvey
Alice Archbold was 1 down to Lynn Fleming


This annual match between East Vets and the British Seniors took place on Thursday 15th May.  As ever, it was a most enjoyable occasion with an excellent lunch prior to play.  The weather stayed fair for us and, at the end of the day, the result was a very honourable 3 - 3 drawn match.  As ever  some players had hot putters whereas for others the greens were tricky but win or lose a good time was had by all.  Our thanks go to British Seniors Men for arranging this match.

The East Vets Team comprised

Anne Brownie and Liz McClelland
 Ellice Cackett and Jane Browitt
Liz Simpson and June McEwan
Clare Bowe and Sandra Simpson
Gillian Kirkwood and Sydena Cullen
Marjory Lauder and Maureen Stewart

Saturday, 17 May 2014


The Ramsden Cup (Singles) and Foursomes Matchplay Draws have been updated for results to date. The next round matchups for both can be found under the "draws" button on this website.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Spring may have sprung over Easter weekend but it went into hiding on Tuesday 22nd April resulting in a number of withdrawals and a reduced field for our East Vets Spring Meeting over Gullane 3.

59 ladies decided to brave the rather "dreich" day - it had been wet overnight but was damp rather than actually raining when players teed off.  Several of those who played were rewarded with good scores as whilst the greens may have been a bit slower than sometimes, the conditions above ground were not as severe as they'd seemed when indoors looking out  on to the course.  So well done to all those who went out and played, and congratulations to the ladies who came in with good scores especially our nett and gross prizewinners listed below.

Three ladies broke par recording  net 68s with the overall winner, Jane McMinn (playing off 16), being decided on countback over the last 6 holes.  New East Vets Linda Smith  and Sandra Liddle  were pipped by Jane with Sandra winning the Bronze Division by 6 shots.

Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) recorded the best scratch score of the day, a very creditable 74 posted early in the day.  Scratch Runner Up was  Pamela Williamson (Baberton) with a gross 77  (with a mention in dispatches for Barbara Biggart  with a gross 78 giving her 3rd place in Silver Net prizewinners).

Overall Winner : Jane McMinn(North Berwick West) Net 68 (best last 6)
/1st Silver 
 2nd in Silver :  Linda Smith (Longniddry)                Net 68
3rd in Silver : Barbara Biggart(North Berwick West)Net 69(best last 6)
4th  in Silver :  Jane Neville      (Murrayfield)           Net 69

Bronze Winner         Sandra Liddle  (Mortonhall)                Net  68
Bronze Runner Up   Elspeth Morrison (Musselburgh)         Net 74
 (on count back from  Sheila Dickson (Mortonhall)       

  Three "twos" were scored : Barbara Biggart, Katy Gillies and Barbara Halliday.

The CSS went up by one to 70 with only one CSS applicable in the reduced field.  (Apologies to those players present when it was thought that the CSS had increased to 71 - it was subsequently found that there were some "ghosts" in the system (as a result of the many withdrawals) affecting the CSS calculation which was revised to 70.)         

Thanks must go to the Gullane admin and catering staff who fielded a number  of phonecalls early on notifying cancellations.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for brighter weather at Haddington GC for our Summer Meeting.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Good luck to Captain Noreen and her Scottish Vets Team in the annual match against an  Irish Select Team for the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy at Donabate GC (Mary's home course) on 12th and 13th April. 

East Vets wish all the Scots players good golf and putts that drop - bring home that Trophy!

The Scottish Team comprises
Alison Bartlett (Highland)
Lorna Bennett (Midland)
Fiona de Vries (Midland)
Alex Glennie (West)
May Hughes (West)
Anne Ryan (Highland)
Mary Smith (Highland)
Sheena Wood (Northern)

Captain Noreen Fenton  (East)
Vice-Captain Kathleen Sutherland  (Northern)

Monday, 31 March 2014


The new golfing season is almost upon us!

The Spring Meeting Draw has been made with 96 entrants to play over Gullane 3 on 22nd April : what a great entry - so here's hoping for a fine day on the weather front. Please note that a balance of £9 for green fees is payable on the day (assuming you have paid the deposit with your entry). The Draw can be viewed by going to the "Draws" button (top left of this page).

The individual and foursomes knock out competitions have also been drawn which gives a little more time for the first round ties to be arranged.  The Ramsden Cup and Foursomes Draws may also be viewed by clicking on the "Draws" button above.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Round Up News

Coffee Morning :  Our East Vets Coffee Morning (billed as being for the golfing brain) was a great success with some 60 ladies attending.  The Committee was delighted to see so many at Craigielaw so thanks to all who came along.  Anne Brownie gave her informative and entertaining talk on the "Negative Power of  NOT" during which she had the group singing the chorus of "Yellow Submarine"!!! With so many there and everyone having a good chat, there was no time to run through the Quiz  so if  you can't find one of your missing answers email to find out.

East Vets Championship: Change to Finals Day date  :  please note that the semi-finals and Final are now to be played on Saturday 19th July (at the request of the host club, Haddington).

Blairgowrie : entry forms for the Scottish Vets Blairgowrie Meeting  (held over the 15th and 16th Sept) are now available; please apply to our Secretary Katherine Thomson if you want one.  Please note we have a limited number of places; entry forms are to be returned to Katherine by 28th March and if oversubscribed some entries may be balloted out.
East Vets T-shirts :there is a small stock of the mint green polo shirts (small and medium sizes) which will be available for sale (cost £12) at the Spring Meeting.   Pre-orders can be sent to if you wish to  buy in advance or won't be at the Spring Meeting.

Monday, 17 February 2014


Your East Vets Committee (Marjory, Katherine, Dulcie and Anne) are looking forward to welcoming members to this Wednesday's Coffee Morning.  Thanks to those of you who replied, giving us an indication of likely numbers; we're delighted to hear some 50 members (including several new members) plan to be there. Even if you didn't reply, do come along!

Looking forward to seeing you at Craigielaw GC on Wednesday (19th) for a 10.15am start. 

Please bring exact money (£3) if possible to pay as you arrive.

Monday, 13 January 2014




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A Coffee Morning will take place at Craigielaw Golf Club (just outside of Aberlady) for all East Vets members who wish to attend.  As this is the first time we are holding a social event outside of the golfing season it would be helpful to know who wishes to come along so that we can coordinate numbers with Craigielaw GC.

We hope to see  you at Craigielaw  GC.

Please send an email reply to  by 12th February if you intend to be there. 

Time : 10.15am on Wednesday 19th February 2014
Cost : £3
Format: Coffee (or tea) and biscuits on arrival  with the opportunity to pick up a golfing quiz sheet.
A short talk entitled "The Negative Power of  NOT" will be given by Anne Brownie to get us thinking about the right golfing mindset before the new golf season starts! Coffee top-ups available after the talk with plenty of time to mingle and catch up with fellow members.