24th March 2019 – Report from Maree Rudd – On another windy day at Longniddry we finished our season with the 5th #Thisgirlgolfs Winter Fun Event. We had 11 brave souls go out in two competitions, one for those with handicap and one for those without. The six girls with handicaps pushed on in difficult conditions to play 10 holes in a Stableford event. Handicap Event 1st Maisie Witt (Bathgate) 21 points, 2nd= Lucy Hall (Gullane) 19 points, 2nd= Ellie Bent (Gullane) 19 points, 4th Emma Morton (Duns) 14 points, 5th Louise Martin (North Berwick) 13 points, 6th Emma Rudd (Longniddry)
Louise Martin had a nett 1 on the 10th hole and Emma Rudd had a nett 1 on the 2nd hole.
Non-Handicap Event 1st = Rebecca Wilson 18 points, 1st = Gemma McArdle 18 points, 3rd Eleanor Stirling 13 points, 4th Bella Renton 12 points
All the girls in this event had at least 1 nett 2 and golf balls were issued as a reward. Eleanor was closest to the pin on the 6th hole in this event.
Our youngest player today was Lucy Mochrie, aged 6 who managed to pay 6 holes with some help from her big cousin, full-time amateur golfer, David Rudd.
Many thanks to Longniddry golf club for hosting us and thanks to Fraser for his help in the Pro-Shop and to Shona and staff in the bar. The ladies behind the bar were very impressed with the good manners and positive attitude displayed by all the girls, well done girls. Thanks also to Kate Green from Active East Lothian and Frances Hall from East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association, who came along to support the event and help with starting and photography.
Finally, a big thanks to Matthew Foot, assistant pro at Longniddry who came to help with results and prizegiving and was key to getting this series of fun Winter events up and running. Well done Matthew and we look forward to seeing more initiatives to keep the girls playing together in East Lothian and beyond.
Kate Green produces a Fixture list for the Spring and Summer and this was issued to the girls. We hope they will all participate in some selected events during the coming season. If they need any advice for taking the girls forward to the next level, maybe to gain a handicap over the Summer or to start playing some Junior Opens, then just ask. Between us we are sure to be able to help.
Once again, well done and many thanks for your support of these events through the Winter. Good luck, if you can play in Scotland during the Winter, you can play anywhere.
The 4th Winter Event has been held at Haddington. This report is from Maree.
Well done to all those who came along to Haddington on Sunday for our 4th event. It was a stunning day and everyone managed to play 9 holes in the Stableford Competition. Many thanks to Haddington GC and their Pro, Scott Thomson for hosting us and thanks to Matthew Foot, Assistant Pro at Longniddry, for acting as starter and keeping me right on the scoring. It was lovely to see Lesley Nicholson and her wee dog out for a walk and to see how you were all getting on!
There were a few successful “chocolate holes” that is to say nett 3s for the girls and rewards were given upon completion of the course. I have held on to the Stableford prizes as the Gullane girls had to head off to their “Get Together” and these will be presented at Longniddry on the 24th March at our final Winter event, 13 hole stableford with short tee and blue tee options.
Results – 9 Hole Stableford 1st Maisie Witt 16 points, 2nd Ellie Bent 15 points, 3rd= Rebecca Wilson 12 points & Eleanor Stirling 12 points, 5th= Emma Morton 11 points & Emma Rudd 11 points, 7th Louise Martin 10 points, 8th Amy Varndell 2 points
Hope to see you all next month. We will have information and opportunity to get some advice for Summer golf plans. Maree
On Sunday the 27th January, a “ThisGirlGolfs” event was held at Gullane No.3. Maree Rudd organised the event, which was played over 6 holes and involved 16 young girls. One group involved Girls with CONGU handicaps, and the other group involved Girls without handicaps. Also in attendance to assist were Frances Hall, Gullane Assistant Pro Ailsa Murphy, David Rudd and several parents. The featured photo is of David with his cousin, 6 year old Lucy Mochrie, who was the youngest competitor. Report and results from Maree follows:-
Nearest The Pin on the 2nd – Handicap Lucy Hall – Sleeve of Balls – Non-handicap Rebecca Wilson – Sleeve of Balls
3s scored (Handicap) Emma Morton – Cap Courtesy of Longniddry Pro Shop, 4s scored (Non-handicap) Rebecca Wilson – Ball Marker and Sharpie, Freya Edmondson – Ball Marker and Sharpie, 3s (Extra Hole) Maisie Witt – Ball Marker and Sharpie, Louise Martin Pitchfork Tool, Youngest Player Lucy Mochrie Ball Marker
We were assisted on the day by; Ailsa Murphy, Assistant Pro at Gullane who performed starting duties and Frances Hall, East Lothian Ladies’ County Golf Association, who brought biscuits!!!! and chatted to some of the girls about joining the Junior Section, please look at their website for information www.ellgolf.co.uk as it is only £10 to join for the year and there will be a number of opportunities to play together once the season starts.
Dave Warren, Secretary of the East Lothian Junior Golf League, brought a few of the prizes along. The League has a superb website which you should visit, it has news an events calendar and lots of other up-to-date information www.eastlothianjuniorgolf.org.uk
David Rudd, Fulltime Amateur golfer, who came and lent a hand with the little ones at the end of the field.
Thank you to all parents who went out on the course to assist the participants in what was challenging conditions.
Our next two events will be on; Sunday 24th Feb – 9 Holes – Haddington – (We will try to get some early tee times so that the Gullane members can still make their Get Together at 1500) Sunday 24th March – 13 Holes – Longniddry (Forward tees, used for US Kids, option for Non-Handicap players)
We hope to have Kate Green along, with her fixtures list so that girls who have progressed over the Winter months can see what will be available for them to participate in during the season. We will have a list of Club Conveners so that anyone who wants help to get a handicap has a contact at their local club and can get support and advice.
See you next month, enjoy the holidays, get some more Winter golf in.