It is not long now till a Team from ELJGL visits Pinehurst North Carolina USA for 9 days of golf on fabulous courses. Please don't be worried by the attached photo of a snowbound Pinehurst No. 2, taken 18th Jan! Dave Warren and Ric Foulner are accompanying Lewis Irvine, Lewis Hannah, Jack McDonald, Jack Noon, James Morgan, Ross Lunn, Josh Grahame, Harry Rogan, William Ladbrooke, and Liam Currid on the trip. The group leaves on 9th Feb 2018 and returns on the 20th. They will play rounds on Mid Pines, Pine Needles, and on several of the Pinehurst Resort courses, including the world ranked Pinehurst No. 2 - venue of several US Opens. They will also have a match against a team from a local school. The Players’ costs are being subsidised by kind donations from Dan van Horn (the founder of US Kids Golf,) and East Lothian Council, and we are also very grateful that the costs of golf bags and clothing, all with logos, are being met by Russell Shepherd of “Hotdocs,” “Scotland’s Golf Coast,” North Berwick Professional Martyn Huish, and by Jim Wilson of “Cablecom.” Thanks - this couldn't have happened without you! The Players were selected from those Boys who played well in League Competitions and/or finished high up in the Orders of Merit in 2017. Preference was given to older Boys as younger Players will have other chances to go on similar trips in future. A trip is also being planned for a Team of Girls who play in our League. So if you want to be considered for future trips of this type, then please play for your Club Teams in the 2018 League and in other League events, all of which can be seen in our fixtures list under “Events.”
The Secretary's report on the 2016-7 year is here. Our League Convenors met recently for our AGM. There will be a slight change to the scoring in the League in 2018 but the format will basically stay the same.
The East Lothian Schools Order of Merit positions can be seen here after the Haddington and Winterfield events. The remaining events at Craigielaw, Longniddry and Gullane are on our Calendar under "Events." As well as leading to the Paul Lawrie Scottish Schools Championships, the prize for the leaders include teeing up in the Pro-Ams of the Scottish Open and Scottish Seniors in 2018.
The inaugural Scottish Junior Team Championships were held at Glenbervie on Sunday the 24th September 2017. These are the results CSS was +2 so 34 points were needed to play to handicap. Scores have been sent to Home Clubs. A report will follow on this site and will be circulated by email to Team Organisers asap, along with photos. The winning Team - Craigmillar Park. L-R Lucy Morrison, Cameron Ledingham, Alessio Margiotta, Mark Brooks, Sam Hall, Conor O' Toole. Their 5 out of 6 counting points totalled 178, Alloa came in second 14 points behind on 164, just pipping Craigielaw and Kilmarnock Barassie both on 163, by a single point. Well done to all 13 Teams from all over Scotland who came to compete!
The 2017 ELJGL County Cup Foursomes at Longniddry was won by the Kilspindie Team of Aaron Hall, Connor Currie, and Sam and Oliver Mukherjee. After an exciting win by 1 hole over the host Team in the semi final, they faced Gullane in the final. The aggregate format, the first game being a scratch game, and the second being a handicap game, produced some great golf with Aaron and Connor being 8 holes up after 14 holes against Liam Currid and William Ladbrooke of Gullane, and Sam and Oliver being 3 holes up against Charlie Malcolm and Jack Lucas after 12 holes. Our thanks are due to Longniddry GC for hosting us and to Vice Captain Keith Bowman for presenting the prizes. The full draw and results can be seen here. winners L-R Aaron Hall, Keith Bowman, Connor Currie and if you can tell me which Mukherjee twin is which, please let me know!
The 2017 Orders of Merit (OOM) were completed at MD9. Lewis Hannah of Musselburgh won the 1st Prize in the Scratch on a count-back from James Morgan of Longniddry. Lewis Irvine of Craigielaw won the Handicap by 8 points from fellow Craigielaw member Fergus Brown. The two winners received "Shot Scopes" kindly donated by Grant Forrest, former ELJGL Player and now a Professional. The R&A kindly donated prizes which went to the players in 2nd to 4th places in both Scratch and Handicap. More results to follow. OOM winners below - L to R , Jack McDonald, William Ladbrooke, Fergus Brown, Lewis Hannah, Lewis Irvine, Jack Lucas and James Morgan. Sam Hall also won a prize but was not present. A complete list of the Match Day winners and prizes can be seen here. A complete list of the OOM winners in all categories and age sections is here. I have emailed Players for whom I have prizes with instructions to contact me for collection or delivery. A big thanks to Grant Forrest, and to the R&A for donating such great prizes.
Craigielaw confirmed they are worthy winners of the 2017 League with another win, this time over Haddington by 141 points to 113. Gullane U14s capped a fine season by maintaining 2nd place. The Match Results and the League Table have been updated. The scores were:- The Glen beat Kilspindie 125 to 119, Gullane U18s beat Dunbar 128 to 109, West Links beat Longniddry 149 to 129, and Gullane U14s scored 122 but had a walkover win against Musselburgh. The best net scores were Cera Gemmell with 42 points and Niall Holman with 40 points. The best scratch points were by Cammie Gallagher with 31 and William Ladbrooke and Valdemar Hundeboll with 30. Full results on the links above. Photo below of some of the victorious Craigielaw squad together with Craigielaw Convenor Gordon Smith and Captain Duncan Thompson, with Captain Jim Sear of the Glen presenting the Trophy. The CSSs were 1 more than the SSSs so they went to 71 for Boys and to 74 for Girls. This equates to 35 Stableford points for all Players. All scores have been sent to Players' Home Clubs so Handicaps will be adjusted automatically. A big thanks are due to hosts - The Glen, and to The Captain and the Staff for hosting us so well. Several Junior Convenors assisted in running the event and our thanks are also due to them.
Thanks to the 60 Competitors who played and to all the helpers! The press report sent to the local newspaper is here. A slideshow now appears below this article. The leading results and prize list are here. The CSSs for U18/U16s Boys at Gullane No.2 which is Par 71 and SSS 71, were 71 for both AM and PM rounds. The CSS for the Girls at Gullane No 2. which is Par 73 and SSS 73, was -1 = 72. The CSS for the U14s Boys at Gullane No 2 was 71. The Stableford CSS for the U12s at Gullane No 3 which is Par 68, SSS 66, was -1. So players needed 39 points to equal the CSS. IMPORTANT - All Players have to submit their scores as "away" scores. This means you go to your Home Club's website, access your handicap page, and then find "away scores." Then enter the Par, then the SSS, and lastly the CSS for your event as mentioned above. If you were not at the Prize-giving and you are on the list of prize-winners, the Secretary will arrange collection or delivery to you. The trophies have already gone for engraving. There may have been an minor error in the prizes which I will resolve. No-one will be disadvantaged.
CSS was 35 points. Players' home Clubs have been notified. Our thanks go to the staff at Haddington for hosting MD8. In particular to Dave Parker, Veronica Nicholson and our Starter, David Drew. Craigielaw were in danger of losing to The Glen until their last Player, Ryan Yuill, came in with an excellent 37 points. Gullane U14s, in second place in the League, also won by virtue of a walkover against Kilspindie, and Musselburgh had a walkover against Dunbar. Longniddry beat Gullane U18s and Haddington beat West Links. Craigielaw have a much superior goal difference (68 points) so should seal the League title at MD9 at The Glen on Sunday the 10th September. 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. Some matches were very slow, and players will have to address their pre-shot routines, keep up with the Match in front, and use their common sense with regards to (see link) our "Ready Golf" advice which applies at ALL our events. Scores and updates will appear here soon. In the Scratch OOM, Lewis Hannah has drawn level with James Morgan, but in order to win the OOM, James has to score 4 points more than Lewis at MD9, provided Lewis scores 28 or more. Lewis Irvine has an 8 point lead over Fergus Brown in the Handicap OOM but if Lewis does not improve his total by scoring 37 or more, Fergus can overtake him with a 40 point total at MD9. OOM updates are here Scratch and Handicap.