As in previous years, Cruden Investments Ltd have made a generous donation towards the ELJG League coaching fund for 2015. We are extremely grateful to them. The funds are held in a “ring fenced” account by the Secretary, who will organise delivery of the coaching with Ric Foulner. However, the funds are available to Member Clubs in the League, and to East Lothian Girls, on application by Convenors to the Secretary. The funding is aimed at players with potential, who are NOT currently in the Lothians, SGU or SLGA coaching squads.
This is a message from Ric Foulner, Junior Convenor at Tantallon. “Dear all, please see below details of a putting competition which will be taking place in North Berwick on Saturday June 13th. Tantallon GC are running the comp and we are trying to get as many as possible to play in it – Prizes are up for grabs and hopefully everybody will have a bit of fun also so if you could please let all your players know then it would be very much appreciated. Many Thanks. Ric.” Details at this link or at “read more” below. [Read More…]
Clara Young, only 18, and a recent Junior at North Berwick, won the final of the Scottish Ladies’ Championship at Monifeith on Saturday 23rd May. A fantastic win Clara, well done! Clara defeated Rachel Walker of Dumfries and County by one hole in a tremendous final. Clara is now attending the University of Missouri. For a full report see Global Golf Post. Gabrielle Macdonald of Craigielaw, last years Champion, also qualified for the Matchplay stages but was defeated in an early round. Lesley Atkins just missed qualifying but then went on to narrowly lose in the final of the second flight event, the Clark Rosebowl.
Jack Rogan and David Rudd, both Juniors at Longniddry, qualified for the Match Play stages of the Lothians Mens Championship. Both won their first round matches but both lost in the 2nd round. Lewis Bain, a recent Junior at Musselburgh made it to the semi-finals. Some of our former Juniors were selected to represent the Lothians in the Scottish Area Team Championships at Blairgowrie. They were Calum Hill, now ranked No 523 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Anthony Blaney, Zander Culverwell and Greg Smail were also in the Team. Our Team did not qualify for the Matchplay stages but Calum had the best individual 36 hole score for our 6-man Team.
East Girls defeated the West Girls at Bothwell Castle to win the Mhairi McKay trophy. Three EL Girls played. Click here for this and other EL Girls results. Our East Lothian Girls Team, comprising Internationalist Joanne Free of Gullane Ladies, Lauren Lee and Sophie Bain of Musselburgh, and Catherine Milne of North Berwick, successfully defended the Trophy at Glenbervie against Teams from 3 other Counties. They defeated Fife in the final 8-0! Joanne finished T5 in the recent Carnoustie Challenge. Charlotte Munro of Gullane Ladies finished 7th in this event and T19 in the Scottish Girls U16 Open Strokeplay at Strathmore. Well done Girls!
The Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar, amazingly, did not have a full entry, and featured only 22 boys from East Lothian Clubs. There was some good performances from Boys with Lothians connections. Keiran Cantley of Liberton and Ronan Higgins of Loretto reached the last 8 but both lost in extra holes. Ronan, also a member of North Berwick, lost at the 19th to Tom Foster, of the Merchants GC. Tom is the current Junior Club Champion of North Berwick GC, and he reached the semi final, but lost to the eventual winner Will Porter of Carnoustie. Well done boys! Full scoring can be seen here.
Rory McIlroy and Ricky Fowler have announced they will compete in the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open at Gullane from the 9th to the 12th July. They join Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald and Justin Rose in a very strong field. Tickets are a good price – Juniors aged under 16 get in for free with an Adult, 16-21 year Youths pay £20 a day for any of the 4 Championship days or £51 for a season ticket covering the Pro-Am plus the 4 Championship Days. Compared with a day ticket at the St Andrews Open for £75, or a season ticket for £240, this is really a good deal!