Tuesday, 9 June 2015


What a lovely summer's day for our Summer Meeting at Haddington! Comments of "remembering how to play golf without gale force winds" and "how nice to feel some warmth again" were reflected in some hot scoring!  Haddington GC was in good condition with the "lighter" rough deceptively tough to play from whilst once again the sloping greens caused a few mis-reads and resulting cries of anguish.

Several scores to match the beautiful weather were posted with ten players equal to or better than par. The best net score came from Jean Bryden with a fantastic 65. Playing off  a handicap of 22, that was 8 below the CSS so welcome to Silver Division, Jean. In Silver Division, Mairi Pollock posted the best gross and net scores with a 78 scratch, net 69 (so that will be a handicap reduction for Mairi  too).  Mairi is therefore leading qualifier in the Championship. Very well done to both for such good scoring.   A summary of the leading scores follows below:

Silver Division : Net Scores
Mairi Pollock           Craigmillar Park       69
Janet Fairweather     Musselburgh            70  (bih)
Morag Wardrop       Turnhouse                 70  (bih)
Dulcie Barnes           Gullane Ladies        70
Marion Glauch         Mortonhall               72   (bih)
Sandra Dickson        Mortonhall               72   (bih)
Ruth Brown              Mortonhall               72

Bronze Division :  Net Scores
Jean Bryden              Dundas Park            65
Christine Reid           Kilspindie               74

Scratch Scores
Mairi Pollock           Craigmillar Park       78
Morag Wardrop        Turnhouse                79 (bih)
Karen Ballantyne      Craigmillar Park      79 (bih)
Ruth Brown              Mortonhall               79
Cynthia Guthrie        Gullane Ladies         80 (bih)
Janet Fairweather     Musselburgh             80 (bih)  (*)
Anne Brownie          Gullane Ladies         80  (best last 6)
Pamela Williamson  Baberton                   80  (best last hole)
Dulcie Barnes           Gullane Ladies         80
(*) Unavailable for matchplay.
The Draw for the Championship Matchplay Knockout is posted under Draws.

The CSS was 73 (equal to SSS/Par).  Scores have been sent to the CDH this evening but if you played under your handicap or had a stableford adjustment you should cut your own handicap until your Home Club has been able to process your handicap reduction.

The full results may  be viewed at Masterscoreboard using this link : Results

NB  a mobile phone was found in the carpark, probably a Murrayfield member so if you think it is yours please contact Anne Brownie

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


The annual scratch match between the East and West Divisions of the SVLGA for the  Elise Duncan Trophy took place on Tuesday 2nd June at Mortonhall Golf Club.  The West had held the upper hand the last three years and despite fielding a very strong team in 2015, our East Vets team members rose to the occasion and posted a 6 to 3 victory in regaining the Elise Duncan Trophy.

 Our winning team is pictured below with Captain Anne Brownie holding the Trophy.
Apologies for the quality of the above photo
More (sharper) photos of players from both sides and the scenic Mortonhall golf course may be viewed from this  link to photos .
The unseasonable windy and cold weather made for challenging conditions out on the golf course but the overnight rain had cleared away and the sun shone as seen in many of the photos.  Fortified with delicious home made scones, the two teams played out some very competitive matches and some sparkling golf was on show despite the blustery conditions. As is so often the case matches are decided by how well the putter is working and, for the most part, our East players fared better on the true but tricky  greens although good putts were holed on both sides.
There were four halved matches, one win for the West and four wins for the East.   In fact, after the first six matches, it was evenly poised at three points apiece  but the East won the last three games to close out the 6-3 win.  (Full results follow below.)  
 A very competitive and enjoyable day’s golf was rounded off with a lovely meal in the Mortonhall  Clubhouse where Marion Stewart, West Vets Captain,  presented Anne Brownie with the Elise Duncan Trophy.

RESULTS (East players first)
Anne Hanson ( Glencorse) lost to Lesley Lloyd  (Hayston)  by 3 &2

Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) halved with Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire)

Lesley Johnstone (Gullane Ladies) halved with Liz Stewart ( Greenburn)

Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) halved with Carol Whyte (Milngavie)

Pamela Williamson (Baberton) won 4 & 2 over May Hughes (Lanark)

Hazel Saunders ( Gullane Ladies) halved with Jane Finnie (Troon)

Anne Brownie (Gullane Ladies) won 6 & 5 over Sheena McDonald (Milngavie)

Jane Herd (Musselburgh)  won 1 up over Anna Telfer (Milngavie)

Ruth Brown (Mortonhall) won 2 & 1 over Lorraine Campbell (Cardross)