The series of subsidised or free golfing experiences arranged for Juniors who supported the League’s events in 2020 has continued into April 2021 when six Boys who had never played Muirfield before, were guests of two generous members, Douglas Connon and Brian O’Connor. They were Andrew Hendry, Adam Nichol and Magnus Braby, who all played with Brian. Ryan Gallagher, Sam Hall, and Harry Dunkinson were due to play with Douglas but as Douglas had an urgent matter to deal with, the Boys had to play with the League Secretary Dave Warren, who was delighted to stand in for Douglas! The weather was superb on the day and the course was, as usual, in immaculate condition, and arguably, still is the best Championship links course in the UK. The Secretary, who first played Muirfield when he was 16 and has never forgotten it, enjoyed his match with Ryan against Sam and Harry, until Sam eagled the 17th hole to better his partner Harry’s birdie on the same hole to win the match. Thank you, HCEG, Douglas and Brian!
Two Boys who have never played the West Links at North Berwick before, were guests of the League. Blair Roberts and Tobin Witt played with League Secretary Dave Warren, and Blair’s father Steven also played in place of a third Boy who had to drop out.
Sadly, the plan for 3 Boys to play the Old Course in St Andrews for the first time has not come to fruition yes as they were unlucky in the ballot on two occasions. However, there are plans for this to happen in May 2021.
Catriona Matthew played at North Berwick with 3 Girls who played in the 2020 ELJGL Girls Championships, which was a joint meeting with the ELLCGA Girls Spring Meeting, yes Spring! 2020 was a difficult year! Catriona played with Lucy Thomas against Ellie Bent and Ala Gorka. Catriona and Lucy won by 1 hole. Catriona signed souvenir scorecards for the Girls. The League paid for the Girls’ green fees and presented Catriona with a bottle of something sparkling, and something to drink it from!
On the following day at North Berwick, 3 other Girls, who also played in our recent Championships, all played with Clara Young, a former Scottish Ladies’ Champion. This involved Maisie Witt, Molly Chapman and Megan Fallon, whose fees were again paid by the League. Clara partnered each Girl for 6 holes and was presented with some golf balls with the League logo.
Not to be outdone, 3 Boys who played in our earlier U18 Championships at Musselburgh GC, were hosted by Douglas Connon, a member at Muirfield, and former Chairman of Scottish Golf, who is a big supporter of Junior Golf. The Boys were Euan Cooper, Ryan Yuill and Byron Archibald. Douglas walked round the course with them, and his anecdotes and knowledge of the history of Muirfield will be long remembered by these 3 lucky Boys!
The attached photos show L-R Brian O’Connor, Andrew Hendry, Magnus Braby, Adam Nichol, Harry Dunkinson, Ryan Gallagher and Sam Hall.
L-R, Tobin Witt, Steven Roberts, Blair Roberts and Dave Warren,
L-R, Molly Chapman, Clara Young, Megan Fallon, Maisie Witt.
With Douglas at Muirfield, L-R Ryan Yuill, Euan Cooper, Byron Archibald.
With Catriona L-R Ellie Bent, Lucy Thomas, Ala Gorka.