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.
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!
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 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.
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.