East Lothian Junior Golf Championships 2018.
(New – see “Gallery” for slideshow of photos. Contact Secretary for copies if required.)
Thanks to Craigielaw for hosting the event and to all the helpers throughout the day. All scores have been sent to Players home clubs. The CSSs were 71 for Girls, and 70 for both the U14 and U12 Boys. For the U18s, the CSSs were 72 for both rounds. A report and a full prize-list appear below. The Secretary has any unclaimed trophy and prizes. Photos below.
This is the Press report which is being sent to the East Lothian Courier and the Edinburgh Evening News:-
“The annual ELJGL Championships were held at Craigielaw Golf Club on the 3rd August. There were 49 Competitors including 8 Girls, the highest number of Girls since the event started in 1998. The events had an added incentive this year as the leading 2 Boys and the leading Girl, would qualify to partner a Senior Golf Pro in the Scottish Senior Open at Craigielaw, on the 14th and 15th September. So Mollaidh Nicholson, Jack Noon and Andrew Scott will play with a Pro on the first 2 days of that event, at Craigielaw.
The first round of the U18/U16 Boys Championship was dominated by 4-handicap Jack Noon, of Musselburgh Golf Club, who birdied the first 2 holes, then, from the 11th hole, went eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie! However, a disastrous 8 on the final par 5 hole resulted in only a level par round of 71, giving a net score of 67. Playing in the company of two friends from an ELJGL trip to Pinehurst USA in February this year, Jack tackled Round 2 with a 3 shot lead from Andrew Scott of Dunbar, and Liam Currid of Gullane, both of whom had scored 74.
Meantime, in the Girls Championship over 18 holes, competition for the scratch prize was keen as 6 of the Girls had handicaps of 10 or below. Mollaidh Nicholson of Kilspindie set a fast pace on the front 9 with a level par 35, and her closest challengers were Annie Wilson of Castle Park with 38, Lucy Morrison of Gullane with 39, and Carys Irvine of Craigielaw with 42. Annie and Lucy faltered on the back 9, but Carys put pressure on Mollaidh with a one over par 37 on the back 9 to score 79. Mollaidh did not know she had a 5 shot lead with 2 holes to go, but encountered trouble at the par 3 17th with a triple bogey 6. Despite a bogey 6 at the 18th, Mollaidh recorded an excellent 78 to win the scratch trophy by a single stroke from Carys. Ala Gorka of Royal Musselburgh, had steady halves of 41 for a net 72, to lift the handicap trophy by one stroke from Annie.
In the Boys U14 Championship, also played over 18 holes, Mackenzie Notley of Kilspindie, off 14 handicap, “blitzed” the opposition with a 79 to take the scratch trophy, followed by Harry Bent of The Glen who scored 82. Alexander Rate of Gullane scored a net 71 to win the handicap trophy, but only by a single stroke from Ryan Gallagher of Longniddry.
In the Boys U12 Championship, Brodie Cunningham of Gullane scored an 83 to easily win the scratch trophy by 5 shots from Joe Macpherson, also of Gullane. Rory Leishman of Haddington won the handicap trophy with a net 70, only 2 strokes ahead of Scott McEwan-Ness of Gullane.
Meanwhile, the older Boys tackled the course again in the afternoon. Jack Noon faltered a little with an outward 38, whilst Andrew went into the lead with a level par 35. Liam lost ground with an outward 39. Andrew, playing behind Jack, had a 2 shot lead with 2 holes to go, but he finished double bogey, bogey to record a 76, for a 150 aggregate. Jack had the steadier par, par, finish to go ahead of Andrew with a 78 for a total of 149. Angus Mather of West Links won the 36 hole Handicap trophy and prizes with a score of 142.
There was a notable gross 74 in the afternoon by Joseph Cookson of Gullane to win the Boys U16 scratch trophy with a total of 153, after being tied with Malachy Hayward of the home Club. However, Malachy had the consolation of winning the handicap trophy by 3 shots from Jack McDonald of Haddington.
The League is extremely grateful to East Lothian Council for continuing to sponsor these Championships, which give many young players the chance to experience a Championship away from their own Clubs for the first time. Provost John McMillan presented the prizes to all of the 18 hole competitors and gave words of encouragement to the Juniors about being part of “Scotland’s Golf Coast” and urged them to encourage their friends and parents to play.
Apologies for absence were received from Gordon Smith, Craigielaw Club Captain (and Junior Convenor.) The League Secretary, David Warren, thanked Craigielaw Club for hosting the event, and then presented the prizes to the U18/U16 Champions of 2018. All winners received prizes of vouchers, together with golf clothing and equipment kindly donated by the R&A.
There is still plenty of competitive golf to play this year, and we hope that more Juniors will join East Lothian Clubs, to fully experience the great courses we have in the area. Under “Events” on our website at eastlothianjuniorgolf.org.uk there is information on hundreds of fixtures. Regular participation and good performances from our Juniors may result in invitations to take part in future annual golf trips to Pinehurst USA.”
A “GolfSixes” Team event for very young Players was held on the same day over the 6 hole short course at Craigielaw. Report to follow.
David Warren, Secretary, East Lothian Junior Golf League.
The attached is a full list of prizewinners. Vouchers highlighted in green can be collected from the Secretary by arrangement.
Photo 1. L-R U18/U16 winners Angus Mather, Jack Noon, Joseph Cookson.
Photo 2. L-R Provost McMillan and Secretary. With trophies, L-R Ala Gorka and Mollaidh Nicholson.
Photo 3. L-R U12s. With trophies L-R Brodie Cunningham and Rory Leishman.
Photo 4. U14s. With trophy Mackenzie Notley.