All ten trophies from our recent Championships have been engraved and are ready for collection or delivery. Just text me or email me with where you would like them dropped off. Well done again everyone!
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.
Many thanks to The Glen for hosting this event on Friday the 4th August. The appalling weather brought play to a grinding halt for a considerable time, and, due to the number of Players who abandoned their rounds, the competition was cancelled under Decision 33-2d/1. But 9 players played on regardless and they are to be commended! They will all receive prizes to recognise their perseverance! In fact no Team met the requirement to finish with at least 3 scores for Team aggregation. So the Team Stroke-play Championship trophy will not be awarded in 2017 unless * see below! HANDICAPS and CSS - Under Clause 18.7 of CONGU which deals with "Abandoned" competitions, the CSS is equal to the SSS, so any Players completing their rounds who beat the SSS/CSS (70 for Boys, 73 for Girls) have their handicaps cut by the extent dictated against these CSSs. However, there was only 1 Player who did so, Carys Irvine of Craigielaw, who beat the SSS/CSS of 73 with a superb net 72. Special mention must be made of David Rudd and William Ladbrooke who battled on to record Gross 74s, and to Harry Bent who recorded a Net 71. All Players with scores equal to or greater than the CSS, or who had "No Returns," do not receive any handicap increase and do not need to submit "Away Scores." Carys, you should put an "Away Score" in for the "ELJGL Team Stroke-play" on the 4th August declaring a net 72 against a CSS of 73. I think we have all learned a lesson today - if a Course is still open for play, and there is no threat of lightning, and if play has not been suspended by the Committee, it might be prudent and excusable to discontinue play, and await an improvement in the weather (as happened today). Thus Players waiting for the change in conditions could then continue and a decision will later be made by the Committee - which today was me - sitting in the lounge of the Clubhouse! * If another Club has capacity and a date in mind, the Competition could be played later this year. Watch this space!
CSSs - Boys 35 points, Girls 38 points. Remember that the Boy's scores were inflated by a Competition Handicap Allowance of 3 Strokes, so for handicap purposes, their points totals in the Competition will be reduced. 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. A big thanks to Musselburgh G.C. for hosting us, especially to David Noon, Ric Foulner, Mark Yule, Irene Gray, and the Clubhouse staff. Craigielaw march on towards the title by beating West Links convincingly. The Teams in joint 2nd place, Longniddry and Gullane U14s, played each other, and this came down to the last player on the course! Scott McEwan-Ness of Gullane U14s scored a great 41 points in his first ever Match Day to win the day for Gullane. Musselburgh beat The Glen by only 2 points! Full results, League Table, OOMs are now in place on this website. Lewis Irvine looks uncatchable in the Handicap OOM but James Morgan could be caught by several Players in the Scratch OOM. Next Match Sunday 6th August at Haddington on Sunday 6th August starting at 1330 till 1550.
Our thanks go to Kilspindie and in particular to Chris Stirling, Phil Notley and Club Secretary Keith Martin. The CSSs were 39 points for Boys and 37 points for Girls. Scores have been notified to Players' Home Clubs. Craigielaw beat Kilspindie to remain top - (see new League table.) Longniddry beat Musselburgh, West Links beat The Glen, Dunbar beat Gullane U14s, and Gullane U18s, with a record high Team Score of 166, beat Haddington. The full Team results are here. The individual Gross points are here. Net points are here. The Orders of Merit after MD6 have been updated and those players near the top of either of the Scratch or the Handicap OOMs were invited to play at Renaissance against the combined North Florida and Longniddry Teams on Sunday the 23rd July.
The ELJG League would like to thank Dan Van Horn, the Founder of US Kids Golf, who has made a generous donation to us, to recognise the hosting of the US Kids European Championships at several East Lothian courses every year since 2008. These monies will be used exclusively to provide financial assistance to Teams selected from our present and past East Lothian Junior League Players to visit and experience golf in the USA and to take part in friendly matches and Competitions. Planning is underway for the first such visit to South Carolina in 2019. A team of their Juniors are scheduled to visit East Lothian in 2018. Dave Warren, League Secretary.
The season of Junior Opens started at Haddington on Friday the 7th July. Please enter as many of our Junior Opens as possible. There is a composite entry form for your use here. There is also a great chance for Juniors to compete on one of the UK's finest courses at Royal Dornoch in October in the Donald Ross Junior Open. Entry form here. Perhaps a few Players from East Lothian could get together and go? Accompanying adults get a good rate for a round!
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.
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 tables shows actual totals after MD5 and also a projection of the best 5 out of 6 scores after MD6! The Teams will be selected by taking one player from the Scratch OOM, then one from the Handicap OOM, until six of the available Players from each OOM are confirmed. The current and potential Team candidates 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 there could be big changes at Match Day 6 on the 16th July at Kilspindie so there is still all to play for. The Longniddry League Team Members are highlighted in Blue as they might be selected for Longniddry. The match will take place at The Renaissance Club on Sunday the 23rd July.