Monday, 18 September 2017

Scottish County Finals

My apologies for the lack of updates for Day 2 and Day3.  The hotel we were staying at was having problems with wifi and there was little or no service at all.  I managed on Day 1 only because I had time at the golf course but that wasn't the case on the other two days.  I hope you managed to follow us on Scottish Golf website (for future use - Scottish Golf/Championship/ Women's County Finals).

Hopefully by now you will know that we were second, just losing out to Renfrewshire on count back.  The players were magnificent throughout the event - determined, supportive of each other, competitive - playing great golf.  They coped with extremely difficult greens that were reminiscent of the Ochil Hills on the horizon and fairways that had suffered from the third wettest summer since records began a hundred years ago.
 It was a rollercoaster of a tournament. 

Day 1:  We only managed a half in the foursomes against Renfrewshire so went into the afternoon on the back foot.  The players were great taking four points in the singles to finish with a draw.  Perth & Kinross and Dumfriesshire also had a draw to leave us in the same position as before the event started! 

Day 2:  The match against Dumfriesshire started well with three wins in the morning.  Going into the singles confidently it was real nail biter to finish with only 2 wins.  It was enough to give us two points for a win but left us half a point behind Renfrewshire who beat P & K 5.5 - 3.5.

Day 3:  We took the edge from the morning games with two wins and went into the afternoon just looking for three wins from six games or 3 points.  Our players played hard never giving up, competing very hard against Perth and Kinross to take three wins.  We fought hard but just couldn't get the final one point that would give us victory.  I did hope Dumfries might help us when their last three games against Renfrewshire were all square, all square and up - only for them to lose game 4 and 5!

To be second at the County Finals is a good result, particularly to be so close, and all credit to the players and officials involved in the event.  Thanks to Louise Fraser and Linda Wemyss for sharing with me  - a great team -  and President Norma for your continuous support.

Well done Team - you are fantastic.

p.s. Full results to follow.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Report from Junior Girls event at Swanston today, 17th September 2017

6 girls played this morning in relatively calm conditions. The scores were as follows:

Lauren Reid                    30
Ellie Ferguson                 37
Martha Johnston              41
Morganne McQueen       46
Megan Fallon                  47
Anya Ramsay                  57

Well done girls. See you soon!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Scottish County Finals

 15th  - 17th September, Glenbervie Golf Club.

The tournament started today with Dumfriesshire against Perth & Kinross and us against Renfrewshire.  The format is match play with the morning matches being three foursomes and the afternoon six singles.
Today was a bright, clear, sunny day and the views, across to the Ochil Hills, from the first tee were stunning.  Gabrielle MacDonald and Alison McBride led off against Megan Briggs and Carol Whyte, followed by Karen Marshall and Jennifer Bryans against Jennifer Rankine and Donna Jackson with the third match being Louise Fraser and Rachael Livingstone taking on Gillian Kyle and Liz Stewart.  Unfortunately the first and second pairs lost whilst Louise and Rachael secured a half to ensure we  went into lunch with a half point on the board.

Karen Ferguson-Snedden  v      Megan Briggs        lost 3/1
Gabrielle MacDonald        v      Gillian Kyle           won 4/3
Hannah Darling                 v      Jennifer Rankine    won 1up
Alison McBride                 v      Donna Jackson       won 5/4
Karen Marshall                  v      Denise Cowan        won 4/3
Louise Fraser                     v      Carol Whyte           lost 2/1

Midlothian 4.5 - Renfrewshire 4.5

Special mentions for Karen Ferguson-Snedden for taking Megan to the 17th and for Hannah for coming back from two down to win on the 18th.

Dumfriesshire drew with Perth & Kinross so all teams start with equal points tomorrow.

Midlothian play Dumfriesshire tomorrow with the first tee time at 0900.  Come and support us.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Swanston event this Sunday 17th September 2017

There will be a 9 hole competition this Sunday for the junior girls on the Swanston Templar course. Tee times are from 9.30am (It should only take about an hour and a quarter to go round - a nice way to spend a Sunday morning). If you would like to play please email Sarah at
The cost is £5 payable on the morning.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hannah Darling Junior County Champion

Hannah Darling, Broomieknowe Golf Club is our Junior Champion after an impressive 78 in very wet and windy conditions at Turnhouse Golf Club on Sunday.

Emma Lamond, Boat of Garden won the handicap trophy with a nett 67 beating Emily Rigg, Craigmillar Park who had a nett 68.

CSS for the competition was 73.

Our thanks to Turnhouse Golf Club for giving the girls courtesy of the course which was in excellent condition.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Scottish County Finals

The MCLGA team are competing against Renfrewshire, Dumfriesshire and Perth & Kinross from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th. 
I am sure you will like to join me in wishing the players all the best for the weekend when they make their bid to win the Scottish Finals again at Glenbervie Golf Club. 

Gabrielle MacDonald, Karen Marshall, Louise Fraser, Rachael Livingstone, Alison McBride, Karen Ferguson-Snedden, Hannah Darling & Jennifer Bryans.

May their drives fly straight and long and their putts drop!

Come and get behind our players and see great golf

Friday 15 September     09.00am – 9.38am and 1.30pm –2.52pm (7&8 minute intervals)                 
            Dumfriesshire             v          Perth & Kinross
            Renfrewshire               v          Midlothian

Saturday 16 September   09.00am – 09.38am and 1.30pm 2.52pm (7&8 minute intervals)         
            Midlothian                   v          Dumfriesshire
            Perth & Kinross           v          Renfrewshire

Sunday 17 September      09.00am – 09.38am and 1.30pm –2.52pm (7&8 minute intervals)
Renfrewshire               v          Dumfriesshire
            Perth & Kinross           v          Midlothian

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

MCLGA Girls Championship - Turnhouse Golf Club

Draw for Girls Championship
Turnhouse Golf Club
Sunday 10 September

2p.m. Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe)
          Megan Linton  (Craigmillar Park)

2.10   Samantha McGregor (Broomieknowe)
          Emily Rigg (Craigmillar Park)

2.20   Lauren Reid (Baberton)
          Mollaidh Nicholson (Prestonfield)
          Ella Marshall (Baberton)

2.30   Georgia Ledingham (Craigmillar Park)
          Abby Steedman (Murrayfield)
          Lisa Macpherson (Baberton)

2.40   Hannah Keir (Ellie)
          Emily Simpson (Elie)
          Emma Lamond (Boat of Garden)

Please check in at least 10 minutes before your tee off time.

Any call off please call Sharon's mobile 07743035822.

Autumn Meeting - Prestonfield Golf CLub Tuesday 5th September 2017

A total of 74 players participated in the Autumn Meeting at Prestonfield Golf Club yesterday.  Many thanks to those that participated and assisted throughout the day - Jacky Burnett, Susan Randall, Louise Fraser, Shelagh McComiskey, Maureen Cranston (Prestonfield Ladies Captain), Marion Law and the other Prestonfield Ladies who helped on the day.

The results have been sent back to the respective clubs via the V1 system and the results have been sent to the club reps for processing at the home clubs.

Best Net Overall (& McIntyre Trophy)             
Best Nett Overall                      Lynn Cackett                     80 – 10 = 70
2nd Best Nett                            Marion Glauch                 83 – 12 = 71

Silver Division
1st Handicap                              Lorna Lettice                    89 – 16 = 73
2nd Handicap                             Jean Lumsden                  94– 19 = 75 (BIH)

Bronze Division
1st Handicap                             Jacky Burnett                     101 – 24 = 77                        
Scratch                                       Barbara McQuillan            97

Scratch (& Lady Ford Cup)
1st Scratch                                 Caroline Steedman            75
2nd Scratch                                Louise Fraser                      78

There were were no twos recorded today.

Total Number of Players: 74
CSS: 75

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

MCLGA Autumn Meeting

Full results of today's competition will be posted tomorrow night.  The CSS today was 75.

Results have been sent to the various clubs from the V1 system.

Thank you

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Champion of Champions 2017

Congratulations to Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe GC)

MCLGA Champion of Champions 2017

At the Royal Burgess Golfing Society today Karen Marshall, Baberton GC, met Louise Fraser, Kingsknowe GC, in the final of the Champion of Champions.  This is an extremely prestigious and keenly contested competition for the lady champions of Midlothian golf clubs.  As previous winners and beaten finalists both players were familiar with the course and looked forward to the challenge again.  The course was in excellent condition with extremely fast greens and the weather for once was on our side!  The game promised to be a real 'ding dong' between these two stalwarts of the County team!

Louise immediately went into the lead but by the 3rd it was all square followed by Karen taking the lead at the 5th with a par.  Louise responded by winning the 6th then winning the 7th and 9th to be 2 up at the turn.  At the 10th Karen pulled Louise back to 1 up  and it  was up an down until the 14th when Karen was on the green in two whilst Louise took three after her drive landed behind a tree.  Louise sunk a very long putt (about 20 feet) to take the hole.  This proved to be a turning point in what was a very close game.  Throughout  Karen played excellent steady golf coming to terms with the speed of the greens fairly quickly whilst Louise found bunker after bunker interspersed with trees only to play fantastic recovery shots.

Going up the 17th supporters were beginning to consider the 19th!  Karen found the green with an exceptionally long second shot whereas Louise left herself short.  Advised by her caddy, Elaine Lumsden that she needed to leave herself with a single putt, Louise promptly went one better and holed with her chip!!
Many thanks to Norma Richmond, President, for introducing the players and starting the match and to Sheila Stuart for refereeing.

Reminder- East of Scotland Championship

Ladies, this is an opportunity to play the Royal Burgess course for £15.00.  I understand that some players may prefer not to play as it is a men only course but for those of you interested  please send an Entry Form [Found below/ posted 2nd August] to Lisa Kilpatrick.


The Royal Burgess Golfing Society
Sunday 15th October 2017
Cost: £15.00
Tee Times from 08.45
(Play will be in threes)
Entries Limited to 100 Players – Ballot on Handicap if Necessary
Entries accepted after Monday 24th July 2017
Entries close on Monday 26th September 2017
The draw will be available from 30 September 2017 at

Scratch and Handicap Prizes

Monday, 28 August 2017

MCLGA Autumn Meeting - Prestonfield Golf Club 5th September

The draw for the Autumn meeting is now available on the draw section of the website and has also been issued to the club reps for information.

There are a limited number of spaces still available should anyone wish a late entry.  Please contact me on 0790 319 1009  if you want to enter.

We will also be holding a raffle on the day in aid of junior funds and we would appreciate it if you are able to bring something along on the day.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Scottish County Finals

The Scottish County Finals will be held at Glenbervie Golf Club from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th September 2017.  I am very proud to announce the MCLGA team

Alison McBride (Harburn GC)
Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw GC)
Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe GC)
Jennifer Bryans (Harburn GC)
Karen Marshall (Baberton GC)
Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Duddingston GC)
Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe GC)
Rachael Livingstone (Kingsknowe GC)

Reserve; Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe GC)

Congratulations to those selected - I am confident you will do your best to bring the trophy back.

The team and officials would appreciate the members' support at Glenbervie.   I am confident you will see great golf and exciting competitions.

Friday, 25 August 2017

MCLGA Girls Championship

This event will be held at Turnhouse this year, on Sunday 10th September 2017, with times from 2.00pm. All juniors with a CONGU handicap who would like to play please email before 3rd September.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Results from Adult and Girl Event on 20th August 2017

17 girls took part in this competition with their adults. The weather was kind to us, with very little wind and no rain! There were some great scores.

Winners of the scratch prize were Georgia and Sarah Ledingham with a score of 33 (better last 6 holes).

1st Handicap winners were Emily and Brian Tait, 27-8.25 = 18.75
2nd Handicap prize - Victoria and Andrew Weir, 33-10.5 = 22.5
3rd Handicap prize - Ruby and Peter Keys, 43-20.5 = 22.5

Winner of the under 8s - Holly Reed.

Nearest the Pin at the 4th - Natasha Simson
Nearest the pin at the 9th - Bill Lamb.

Well done everyone and thank you for supporting this competition. There will be another one in November, when we will all need our winter woollies! Details nearer the time.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Draw for Adult and girl event on Sunday 20th August 2017

Draw for Adult/Junior Competition
Sunday 20 August
Swanston Templar Course

9am  Lauren and Garry Reid
         Georgia and Sarah Ledingham
9.06  Nicola Lamb and Yvonne Wilson
         Lisa Macpherson and Bill Lamb
9.12 Erica McIntosh and David Oswald
        Jessica and Andrew Walker
9.18  Louisa and Robert Forman
         Grace and Brian Marshall
9.24 Natasha and David Simson
        Anya Ramsay and Lisa Kilpatrick
9.30 Martha and Derek Johnston
        Darcy and Mark Riddell
9.36   Lara and Marcus Collings
          Ruby and Peter Keys
9.42   Holly and Matt Reed
         Abbi and Barri Millar
9.48   Victoria and Andrew Weir
         Emily and Brian Tait 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

MCLGA Ladies Triam

Below is a report on the Ladies Triam from Fiona Ford. 

On behalf of Midlothian I would like to thank Fiona and her team for organising such a successful, and enjoyable event.  Many thanks also to Murrayfield Golf Club for giving us courtesy of the course and to the catering staff for providing such a tasty menu and looking after us so well.


Finally the golfing gods smiled on us for a competition and we were blessed with fantastic weather. The course was in great condition in spite of the heavy rain recently and hopefully  everyone enjoyed their round. 
Prizes  are as follows
1st £50 each Caroline Steedman,  Abby Steedman, and Rachel Steedman Murrayfield Total 142
2nd £35 each Viv Curran, Catherine Stewart and Hazel Carpenter Mortonhall total 148
3rd £25 each Mary Nicol, Linda Lindsay, Sheila Keddie Dalmahoy Total 149
4th £20 each Angela Hughes, Iris O'Neil, Caroline Mansley Ratho Park  Total 151 
5th  £15 each Fiona Ford, Margaret Fergusson, Norma Richmond Murrayfield Total 152 (BIH.) 
Worst score at the mystery hole (3rd): 4 ball at Merchants. Liz Findlay,Anne Boobis and Fiona Fraser
Lucky card 4 ball at Harburn: Marion Glauch, Kay Wright, Sandra Liddle 

Nearest the pin 7th  4 ball at Glencorse Jane Sanderson
Nearest pin 10th 4 ball at Ravelston Shiela Keddie
Longest drive bronze 12th 4 ball at Turnhouse Lisa Macpherson 
Longest drive silver 16th 4 ball at Craigmillar Park Caroline Mansley 
Nearest line at 4th 4 ball at Deer Park Mary Richardson 
Nearest pin in 2 at 18th 4 ball at Baberton Fiona Ford 
Twos win £14.60 each. 

Raffle prizes and prizes can be picked up if you are playing in the Greensomes at Murrayfield on Thursday 10th August, otherwise the reps will be given the prizes at the next committee meeting and asked to distribute them to you all at your clubs. Very many thanks to all the clubs who very kindly donated fourballs.

Our thanks to the Captain and club of Murrayfield for giving us courtesy of the course. This has allowed us to raise over £1000 for MCLGA funds. Thanks to all who helped organise the event. 
We do hope you all had a great time, thank you for supporting the triam. 

Fiona Ford 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Upcoming Adult/Girl Foursomes Competition, Sunday 20th August 2017, Swanston Templar course

This popular 9 hole foursomes competition will be held on Sunday 20th August, with tee times from 9.30am. The cost is £10 per pair, payable on the day.

If you would like to enter please email with names and handicaps (if you have one), by Sunday 13th August. The draw will be available on this website from Wednesday 16th August.

Adults/girls do not have to have a handicap to enter this event, and if your daughter does not have a partner to play with but would like to play please let us know and we will do our best to arrange for someone to play with her.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Entry form for the East of Scotland Championship 2017


The Royal Burgess Golfing Society
Sunday 15th October 2017
Cost £15.00
Tee Times from 08.45
(Play will be in threes)
Entries Limited to 100 Players – Ballot on Handicap if Necessary
Entries accepted after Monday 24th July 2017
Entries close on Monday 26th September 2017
The draw will be available from 30 September 2017 at

Scratch and Handicap Prizes

Download an entry form below

Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship

Click HERE for information about the Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Closing Date for Entries Monday 14 August 2017

Ladies British Amateur Open 

The Ladies British Amateur Open is being played at North Berwick West Links this year 6th to 8th September. (Practice rounds on the 4th and 5th)

The handicap limit for entry is 6.4, but because the field is not usually full due to the time of year it is played, its likely that anyone off 6.4 or less will get in.

Most of the really low European amateurs are back at University so those studying abroad are unable to play hence the field size always being small.

The maximum field size is 120 and there are only 60 players entered so far, closing date for entries is 14 August. I think the entry is £40/£50.
Finding further details of the British Ladies competition is really quite hard  - Scottish Golf refer you to the R&A and then you have to search. It seems that players are probably best to contact North Berwick GC direct and details are below.
The North Berwick Golf Club
New Club House
Beach Road
North Berwick
East Lothian
EH39 4BB

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Results of Summer Meeting - Duddingston Golf Club - Monday 11th July


Please find below the results of the summer meeting held at Duddingston Golf Club on Monday.  Despite the poor weather on the day, 65 brave souls went out and participated.

Overall Best Net & Dumayne Bowl              Karen Marshall (Baberton)  75 - 1 = 74      

2nd Best Net Overall                                  Janet Collin (Liberton)          91 - 16 = 75 (bih)

Silver Division
1st Handicap                                              Paula McDoguall (Ravelston)         82 - 7 = 75 (bih)

2nd Handicap                                             Caroline Steedman  (Murrayfield)    81 - 5 = 76

Bronze Division
Scratch & Murphy Trophy                           Anne Boobis (Ravelston)          105

1st Handicap                                             Helen Maxwell (Ravelston)        106 - 25 = 81

1st Scratch & Corstorphine Salver                Karen Ferguson-Snedden 73 
2nd Scratch                                               Louise Fraser 78

CSS 76 (R/O)

On behalf of the Midlothian players, I would like to thank Duddingston Golf Club.  I would also like to thank the MCLGA members who manned the desk so well - Jacky Burnett, Susan Randall, Louise Fraser, Christine Clarke, Norma Richmond, Kirstin Everett, Jane Browitt, Elaine Lumsden and Helen Ross, their assistance on the day is greatly appreciated.

There were seven 2's on the day:

Elaine Lumsden @ 14th
Pamela Woods @ 2nd
Ray Lynch @ 10th
Karen Marshall @ 10th and 14th
Karen Ferguson-Snedden @ 14th
Wendy Nicholson @ 10th