I accepted an invite from the State Junior Golf Association to attend the PGA Tour event, the Heritage, at nearby Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA. The event was won by Wesley Bryan, who proved there is more to his game than just trick shots. (Check him out on Youtube.) There is an historic golfing link between Scotland and SC which we hope to mark in future through exchanges of Junior Teams. I had meetings with Officials for the Juniors and with the Heritage Tournament Director. I managed 5 rounds on excellent courses in 80 degrees under blue skies. Meantime, I was in a local restaurant and met “BEEF!” Don’t spread it round, but I think he had a vegetarian meal:)! I’m back in Pinehurst NC now for more golf! Dave Warren, Secretary.
East Lothian Junior Golf League News
Dear Players, please see the standard Match Day information for 2022 at this link.
Viewing the List of Entrants and Draws – On the App, go to the Match Day concerned and click on it. As Players enter events through the Golf Genius App, their names appear in the section marked “Member Portal.” If you click on that, you will then see “Tee Sheets” which is a place where any draws made for our Competitions are If the event is open for registration, then all the entrants are listed there. But if the event has not yet been opened for registration, you will see the message “No rounds available.” However, you can still see the “Tee Sheets” if you click on “Member Portal,” and then click on “Tee Sheets.” Once the draw has been made, then the Order of Play can be seen under Tee Sheets” in tee-time order, and also in alphabetical order.
Scoring – This link will take you to a very good and brief explanation in a YouTube video on how to record scores on the Golf Genius App in your group during your rounds in our League. Have a look at it and you will feel more confident about using the scoring App all the time. For the rest of the 2022 season however, we will continue to use scorecards but please “double up” by also using the App to practice using it. Next season it will be optional for group to use scorecards or keep the scores on the App.
Benefits from using the App –
One person in your group can record all the scores on the App while the other players are teeing off. This will save time and speed up play. You can view the leaderboard. At the scoring desk, all the entered scores can be seen and cross checked more easily and quickly. Arithmetic will be correct. Illegible figures on scorecards, and there shouldn’t be any, can be checked against the App.
Ric Foulner and Dave Warren recently had the pleasure of a game at The West Links with Stuart Clayton, Scottish Golf’s Director of Pathways and Coaching. Stuart has previously worked at the Leadbetter Academy in Florida, has coached Catriona Matthew and many other notable players in the past, and is now focussed on devising improved developmental pathways so that many more young Players can be attracted to the game and presented with the best environment and opportunity to fall in love with the game. Scottish Golf, along with the many key influencers in a young golfer’s journey, will be there to support and add value to help them reach their own individual aspirations and dreams. Even if our Juniors do not attain County, National or International standard, they will hopefully remain playing golf for the rest of their lives.
The final event in this EL Schools series was held at The Renaissance Club on 2nd May 2022 when 23 finalists turned up to enjoy playing the current venue for The Scottish Open. Ryan Gallagher and Cameron Brown won the Scratch and Handicap sections with 33 and 44 Stableford points respectively For a full report from Kate Green, and results, see this link. The Order of Merit can also be seen at this link. It is run over 12 events at different East Lothian Clubs and was concluded at Renaissance. Scratch Winner Ryan Gallagher, Handicap Winner Ryan Pirie and top scoring girl Louise Martin (North Berwick High School/Gullane Golf Club), will be invited to represent East Lothian in the British Ladies Open ProAm Team at Muirfield in August. Please open up the links in Kate’s report to see the performances of all 40 Players. Big thanks to Kate Green for running all the events and sharing her reports with us! The photo below shows Scratch OOM winner Ryan on the left, runner-up Adam MacDonald on the right, and third placed Jack Collingswood in the centre.