Orders of Merit are now published under the "League" drop down! Selection for the Match against Florida Juniors will be based on the positions after MD6. (See OOM article below for more details.) The CSS at Dunbar was +3 for all competitors so equalling the CCS would require 34 points for Boys and 32 for Girls (this excludes any extra points attributable to their CHA of 2 strokes.) Away scores have been sent to Home Clubs. The Team results and leading Individual scores are here. (Click on link.) All individual scores are here, Gross and Net. A list of Prizewinners at all Match Days is here. Collect from Dave Warren. The highlights in the strong winds were a gross 73 by James Morgan and 39 points by Jack Lucas. Our thanks are due to Dunbar GC for hosting us, in particular to Junior Convenor Chris Greco, to the Starters - Jane Nelson and Andy Allan, and to Liz Thom who input all the scores for us. Leaders Craigielaw were defeated by the Gullane U14s, Longniddry beat Dunbar, Gullane U18s beat The Glen, and both West Links and Haddington received walkovers.
Dear Convenors and Players, sadly, after consultation with a few Convenors, some of whom still have Teams in the diminished draw, I have made the decision to postpone this years County Cup due to be played on Tue - Thu next week at Longniddry. This is due to the number of Teams who have already scratched, and to other Teams in the draw who are now finding great difficulty in getting Players. The proximity to the Scottish Boys and Girls Championships starting on Friday was at first not thought to be a factor, but Players are quite rightly focussing on the Scottish events. Our County Cup would therefore be a much diluted event if we played it next week. I thank all the Convenors for trying to raise Teams for this event. Perhaps if you are going to be at Dunbar for Match Day 5 on Sunday, you can give me your thoughts on alternative dates that might work. Dave Warren.
Our biggest event is here again! It is being played over Gullane No. 2 and No. 3 on Friday the 11th August. This link to the flier gives you details on how to enter. There are huge prizes so better enter soon!
The latest Orders of Merit appear on this website at the "dropdown" underneath "League." The best 5 out of 9 scores in all the Match Days will win the trophy and the top prize. In the Scratch OOM, the leader after 5 Match Days, is Jack McDonald by 16 points from Sam Hall and Lewis Hannah. In the Handicap OOM, Lewis Irvine leads the way by 12 points from Jamie O'Connor, Ruaridh McKenzie and Jack Lucas. With 4 Match Days still to go, anyone can win! After Match Day 6, our Team to face the combined Team from Longniddry and Florida will be selected from available players in the top 6 of each of the OOMs. The match will take place at The Renaissance Club on Sunday the 23rd July. The current 12 leaders are highlighted in Green (Scratch) and Red (Handicap) and they should keep Sunday the 23rd July free for the Match against North Florida and Longniddry Juniors ! But they could be overtaken easily at Match Day 6 so there is all to play for. The Longniddry League Team Members are highlighted in Blue as they might be selected for Longniddry.
Royal Musselburgh are kindly making their course available for a Pro-Am event for our League! This event will be held on Friday the 20th October 2017 at 1000. Club Teams will comprise their Pro, their Junior Convenor, and two Junior Players. Teams from Clubs with no Pro will be paired with a Pro from one of our local Clubs. If the Junior Convenor is unavailable, then a third Junior or a member of the Club Committee could play instead. There is no entry fee and a buffet lunch will be provided for all competitors. The format will be the best two scores from four. Prizes for both Professionals and Amateurs will be awarded.
The owners of Renaissance Golf have generously given courtesy times from 1200 on Sunday the 23rd July to East Lothian Juniors, so that a Match can be played against a combined Team of Juniors from North Florida and Longniddry.* (See previous news item.) The League and the Florida organisers will fund a BBQ (cost £20) after the Match for all 24 players, whilst watching the final round of the Open Championship on TV. The Team for East Lothian will be finalised after Match Day 6 at Kilspindie on the 16th July. The leading players in the Orders of Merit, both Scratch and Handicap, will be selected, and the winning Team (or the runners-up if Longniddry win) in the final of the County Cup on the 29th June at Longniddry will also qualify to play. Any other spaces may be filled by reference to the results of the 2016 Championships at Haddington. As Longniddry players will be playing with Florida against the League, they can't play for the ELJG League Team! Convenors and Parents who wish to attend, and enjoy the BBQ and Open Golf, should contact the League Secretary.
I accepted an invite from the State Junior Golf Association to attend the PGA Tour event, the Heritage, at nearby Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA. The event was won by Wesley Bryan, who proved there is more to his game than just trick shots. (Check him out on Youtube.) There is an historic golfing link between Scotland and SC which we hope to mark in future through exchanges of Junior Teams. I had meetings with Officials for the Juniors and with the Heritage Tournament Director. I managed 5 rounds on excellent courses in 80 degrees under blue skies. Meantime, I was in a local restaurant and met "BEEF!" Don't spread it round, but I think he had a vegetarian meal:)! I'm back in Pinehurst NC now for more golf! Dave Warren, Secretary.
Grant Forrest has kindly donated two "Shot Scopes" as prizes for the Junior League Order of Merit this year. They are excellent aids to game improvement, and cost £185 each. In addition to a trophy and a £100 voucher and a trophy, they will be awarded to the winners of the scratch and handicap Orders of Merit being played for over all 9 League Match days. For the rules see here.
This is the link - see generic draw for all Match Days, combined with a summary of the Rules. For the alphabetic coding, see the "League Match Day Fixtures 2017" in the right hand side of the home page. You can work out the approximate draw for every Team. The actual draw will be published well before each Match Day. For the full League Match Day Rules, look under the heading "Rules."
For Junior Opens in 2017, see the dates and venues of all of them on the ELJG Calendar on this website under “Events.” A standard entry form for East Lothian JO’s can be seen under "Opens" and is downloadable for your use. Please support our local JO's and get your entries in early! Entry forms for the 2017 National Championships, see the Scottish Golf website, are now available. If you aspire to play at higher levels, please consider competing in these.