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).