Wednesday, 24 May 2017

2017 County Team

We are pleased to announce the 2017 County Team for the Inter County Qualifier in Stirling Golf Club from Monday 26th until Wednesday 28th June 2017

Alison McBride (Harburn)
Caroline Steedman (Murrayfield)
Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw)
Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe)
Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Duddingston)
Karen Marshall (Baberton)
Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe)
Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe)

1st Reserve: Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe)
2nd Reserve: Susan Rennie (Turnhouse)

Come and support

Monday 26th               East Lothian v Midlothian
                                    Stirling & Clackmannanshire v Fife

Tuesday 27th               Midlothian v Fife
                                   East Lothian v Stirling & Clackmannanshire

Wednesday 28th             Stirling & Clackmannanshire v Midlothian
                                  Fife v East Lothian

Morning matches start at 0930 and afternoon matches start at 1430.      

Monday, 22 May 2017

Results from 9 Hole Swanston Event on Sunday 21st May 2017

6 girls played the Swanston Templar course today in remarkably good conditions considering the weather yesterday! Some good golf was on display. Results were as follows (all scores are gross):

Emily Tait 38
Victoria Weir 40
Lara Collings 46
Martha Johnston 52
Heidi Miller 53
Abbi Millar 54

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Junior Girls 9 hole event at Swanston Sunday 21st May 2017.

We will be running the usual 9 hole event this Sunday morning at 9,30 on the Swanston Templar (short) course. Sue Cowie will be in charge. Please email Sarah Ledingham at if you are coming so that we can make sure we have enough tee times. Cost is £5. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Midsummer Foursomes - Monday 15th May Results

On Monday 15th May Midlothian held their annual commonwealth spoons
(Midsummer Foursomes) at Liberton Golf Club.  The weather was not as kind as of the previous week however Liberton Golf Course was in excellent condition with some great scores coming in.  The results are as follows:-

1st Scratch - Frances Douglas & Shona Morland (Ravelston) 80
1st Handicap - Liz Calder & Susan Rennie (Turnhouse and Longniddry)   75 - 10 - 65
2nd Handicap - Mandy McBain & Susan Randall (Carrickvale)   82- 12.5 - 69.5
3rd Handicap - Hilary Anderson & Fiona Tyrell (Craigmillar Park)   91 - 21 - 70

The seven couples who have qualified to progress to the final at Alyth GC on Monday, 11th September are:-

Liz Calder & Susan Rennie (nett 65)
Frances Douglas & Shona Morland (nett 68.5)
Mandy McBain & Susan Randall (nett 69.5)
Fiona Jackson & Alison Maillardet-O'Neill (nett 71 bih)
Norma Hogg & Una Fleming (nett 71 bih)
Sandra Ashurt & Celia Nixon (nett 71)
Katy Gillies & Anne Bell (nett 71.5)

There were 7 two's which were:

Sheila Keddie & Mary Nicol (Dalmahoy) hole 8
Kim Horne & Pam Woods (Dalmahoy) hole 8
Gail Joughin & Wilma Gill (Comiston & Merchants) hole 13
Norma Hogg & Una Fleming (Merchants) hole 13
Gilly Glen & Janet Hamblin (Craigmillar Park ) hole 11
Letty Mackinnon & Lisa Kilpatrick (Kingsknowe & Deerk Park) hole 13 & 17.
Congratulations to the qualifyers and good luck in the event in September.  I will be in touch as soon as I have further information from Scottish Golf

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Junior singles and Foursome Knockouts

The draws for the junior knockouts are now available under DRAWS on the left hand side of this page

Friday, 12 May 2017

Winners of the Winter fours 2016/17......

The final of the winter fours took place on a sunny afternoon on 20th April between Lynn Wilson & Ray Lynch (Murrayfield) and Katy Lessells and Helen Maxwell (Ravelston) with Lynn and Ray being the eventual winners with a one hole victory.  It was a closely contested match between the Murrayfield ladies and Ravelston ladies.  Congratulations go to Lynn and Ray.  Commiserations to Katy and Helen but well done on reaching the finals nevertheless. 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Murrayfield are Inter Club Champions 2017

Caroline Steedman, Debbie Hay-Smith, Fiona Ford, Caroline Johnstone

Congratulations to Murrayfield who won the Edinburgh Inter Club Tournament today for the first time since 1984.  They beat hosts Broomieknowe in a closely contested final.  In the morning semi-finals Broomieknowe beat Glencorse in a very close match which ended went to the final putt on the final green and Murrayfield overcame Turnhouse.

Ladies Interclub 2017 - Semi Finals

Broomieknowe v Glencorse and  Turnhouse v Murrayfield.

The first game was definitely an all youth affair with Hannah Scott & Kate McIntosh taking on Jessica and Emily Dalgetty and no player over 23.  Broomieknowe took an early lead and maintained it through the 16th although Glencorse were constantly
challenging.  At the 15th, the lead was reduced to one then a fantastic eagle, after Jess drove the green at the 16th, brought the score level.  However Kate & Hannah withstood the pressure and went 2 up on the 18th when Hannah drove the green.  The second match was no less exciting or skilful - Kirsten Blackwood puposefully striding up the fairways, determined to match Hannah Darling's long hitting with her accurate short game.  Hannah treated the spectators to two magnificent shots at the 6th & 7th, clearing trees nonchantly.  The games moved to the 16th with Broomie two up with three to play but Glencorse were not for lying down and so it went into the 18th all square Hannah rose to the occasion, driving the green whilst Glecorse's second shot found the greenside bunker.  A wayward flier out of the bunker sealed the match in the home club's favour.
The second match seemed to follow a similar path to Murrayfield's game against  Liberton last night.  The first team ended their match three down against a very good pairing of Jen Dick and Susan Rennie then had to wait to see how many their second were up after the 16th.  Caroline Johnston and Fiona  Ford had played well to command a six hole lead and so Murrayfield ended the  match 3 up with 2 to play.

Final: Broomieknowe v Murrayfiel

Friday, 5 May 2017

Ladies Inter Club 2017 - Quarterfinals

The sun was shining, the cold wind was blowing as the Inter Club moved to the quarter final stages and teams were hoping to claim a place on tomorrow's stage.  The winners from Wednesday and Thursday evenings matches met in the top and bottom halves of tonight's draw i.e. Broomieknowe v Mortonhall, Baberton v Glencorse, Kingsknowe v Turnhouse and Murrayfield v Liberton.

Broomieknowe's young team led from the off  looking extremely comfortable on their own patch.  Hannah Darling treated the onlookers to  a tremendous drive at the dogleg 6th that cleared the trees and the fairway.  Throughout both teams jelled well with Kate and Hannah shaking hands on the 17th being 6 up.   Baberton and Glencorse could not have been closer with their first couples through the 18th all square and Glencorse 1up coming up the last.  Baberton narrowly missed their putt so halving the hole and sending Glencorse through 1 up.

The scoring in bottom half was a mirror image of the top half.  Turnhouse turned in a strong performance against Kingsknowe to win very convincingly at the 15th whilst Liberton and Murrayfield fought to the final putt.  Murrayfield's first couple finished four down then watched as their team mates came up the 18th four up.  Again it came down to the final putt - sinking it would level the score and the match would go up the 1st.   Mandy Bell had the agony of watching her putt do a 360 round the hole before popping back out.

Four teams play tomorrow starting at 10.00

1000 & 1010             Broomieknowe    v     Glencorse
1020  & 1030            Turnhouse           v      Murrayfield

1430 & 1440              Final

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Midsummer Foursomes Draw - Liberton Golf Club 15th May

Ladies, the draw for the Midsummer Foursomes to be held at Liberton Golf Club on 15th May is now on the left hand side.  This event is well attended with a few spaces left in the afternoon.  If anyone is looking for a late entry please contact me ASAP.

This is also a qualifiying event with approximately 8 couples qualifying for the Scottish Finals to be held at Alyth Golf Club on Monday 11th September.

As normal we will be running a raffle in aid of the juniors.  Any prizes will be greatly received.  Looking forward to seeing you at Liberton on 15th May. 

Please note I will be moving house this weekend and the week ahead.   If anyone needs to speak with me best to contact me on my mobile 0790 319 1009.

Ladies InterClub 2017 - Round 2

On a sunny but cold and windy evening the second round of this complex, fascinating team competition got underway.  Kingsknowe teed off first against Royal Musselburgh and led from the start, qualifying for the next round at the 13th and 14th.  Turnhouse were next to qualify against Prestonfield and will meet Kingsknowe tomorrow night.   After a close tussle, Murrayfield beat Dalmahoy on the 17th and 18th.

Friday's matches

Broomieknowe   v       Mortonhall
Baberton             v       Glencorse
Kingsknowe       v       Turnhouse
Murrayfield        v       Liberton   

Ladies Inter Club 2017

This year's Inter Club is being hosted at Broomieknowe GC in Bonnyrigg and got started in sunny, blue skies last night.  On paper many people would consider the opener to be the hardest tie - Broomieknowe v Craigmillar Park and it was fairly close for the first 12 holes with the lead changing hands a few times.   Supporters were treated to some fine examples of driving, with Morag MacPherson reaching round the corner and halfway down the hill at the dogleg 7th and Hannah Darling reaching the green at the 16th.   Reportedly, the greens were slow but hopefully by Friday when all competitors have become more accustomed we can expect  a display of putting prowess.  Broomieknowe emerged as the winners at the 17th.
Mortonhall overcame Merchants to meet Broomieknowe is the first quarter final on Friday in what should be another good game as the visitors were last seasons 5 a side winners.  Musselburgh were swept away at the 11th and 12th by a very efficient Baberton team of Karen Marshall, Fiona DeVries, Wendy Nicholson & Mandy Dougal.  The Dalgetty sisters,  Jessica & Emily with Kirsten Blackwood & Caroline Kinnaird beat Ratho Park on the 15th & 16th to secure the fourth spot on Friday evening.

Tonight is round 2, staring at 4.00 pm.  Come and see some great golf.

Kingsknowe v Royal Musselburgh
Turnhouse  v Prestonfield
Dalmahoy v Murrayfield
Liberton v Newbattle

Monday, 1 May 2017

Barbara Hamilton 'B' Champion

Barbara Hamilton, from Newbattle GC, wins the 'B' Championship in style. 

Having finished the 'A' Championship with a very credible 84 (16th qualifier was 83)
Barabra went on to qualify for the 'B' Championship a  week later.  The Spring Meeting was contested at Craigmillar Park GC on a very cold April day where hailstones reputedly fell but Barbara wasn't deterred one bit.  She turned in an 86 to be first qualifier and  her run of good steady play continued over championship weekend as she claimed the trophy.  Barbara was unstoppable beating Rachel Steedman, Murrayfield 6/5 then Kate Johnston 3/2 on the way to the final against Jaci Moriarty, Lochend GC.  Jaci had much closer games beating Isobel Halliday on the 19th followed by Catherine Wilke, Baberton, by 1up.
Jaci Moriarty, Jacky Burnett & Champion Barbara Hamilton

The final saw Barbara 3 up for much of the match but Jaci refused to be beaten, putting up a great struggle finally going down 2/1.

Champion Louise

Congratulations to Louise Fraser of Kingsknowe Golf Club who became the 2017 Midlothian Champion yesterday. 

In an effort to attract more competitors a new format was introduced for a two year pilot, so 2017 saw the championship qualifier and knock out stages become an all weekend affair.  36 entrants played at Turnhouse Golf Club on Sunday 16th April to qualify for the match play stages that were scheduled for the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April over the same course.  Thanks to Turnhouse GC for their warm welcome and hospitality in addition to a testing course that managed to have lightning quick greens just to make sure players had to bring their A game to the event.

The qualifier went according to plan for most competitors with Karen Marshall, Baberton GC, being the surprise casualty.  Gabrielle MacDonald, playing off +1, qualified first with a73 from Alison McBride, 76 and Louise Fraser 77.  Morag Wardrop was the leading home player with a very creditable 77 whilst Hannah Darling 79 was the leading junior whilst Rachel Livingstone was 16th with an 83.

Saturday was full of drama with wonderful golf being the order of the day.  The first two matches went up the 19th and 20th respectively whilst Kate McIntosh beat Jennifer Bryans on the 18th with a clinical eagle. Wendy Nicholson, Louise Fraser, Hannah Scott and Alison McBride moved into the afternoon ties reasonably easily whilst Susan Rennie came from behind to beat Hannah Darling on the 19th.  In the main the afternoon matches were completed by the 14th or 15th except for Susan Rennie's match against Louise where again Susan used her excellent short game to full advantage against her long hitting opponent.

On Sunday the players were faced with strong winds that made it difficult to keep the ball on the fairway and we saw some unusual wayward shots.  At least it let a player of my lesser ability see what is really meant by a recovery shot!  Rachel was 1up going down the 18th and would have been forgiven for thinking a steady half at the 18th would suffice.  However an inspired chip in from just off the green ensured Wendy Nicholson was still in contention so yet again the a game went up the 1st to be decided.  A tricky downhill putt left Rachel needing to hole for a half but unfortunately her ball lipped out leaving Wendy to challenge Louise for the cup.

Neither finalist had been champion so we had a rare treat in the afternoon.  It was great to see so any MCLGA members supporting and I know the players really appreciated it.  Again both battled with the wind and the game stayed close with Louise managing to just stay ahead. 

With some massive drives, notably on the 12th and 14th, Louise still could not relax being only too aware that Wendy was on form and ready to deliver accurate chips and approach shots that would quickly reverse the score.  Louise clinched the game on the 16th to win 3/1/Each was ably supported by experienced caddies who incidentally have been long time golfing friends. 

Thanks to Sheila Stuart for all her input this weekend - host, referee, chauffeur and adviser

Thanks also to our president, Norma Richmond, who braved the cold to start the players off.

Well done Louise.  As you said - three times a bridesmaid, now you've walked up the aisle!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

MCLGA Championship Update

A very windy morning made a real battle ground for the Semi finals.  Wendy Nicholson had a good tussle with Rachael Livingston before chipping in on the 18th to force a sudden death play off.  The Baberton player won the 19th to prevent an all Kingsknowe final.  Hannah Scott, Broomieknowe, battled hard against Louise Fraser before going down 3/1.  Went and Louise tee off in the final at 2.30.

Congratulations to Barbara Hamilton, Newbattle GC, who won the B Championship beating Jaci Moriarty, Lochend, 2/1.

Saturday, 29 April 2017


It was a cold windy day at Turnhouse Golf Course but the 24 qualifiers [16 for the A Championship and 8 for the B championship] were undeterred as they embarked on the initial stages of this prestigious competition.  Most of the morning games were tight and although some players managed three hole leads early on most soon became nip and tuck and were finally settled at the 18th or 19th holes.

Championship - morning

Rachael Livingstone beat Gabrielle MacDonald on the 19th
Karen Ferguson-Snedden beat Caroline Steedman on the 20th.
Kate McIntosh beat Jennifer Bryans on the 18th with an eagle.
Wendy Nicholson beat Morag Wardrop 3/1
Louise Fraser beat Sal Shepherd 8/6.
Susan Rennie beat Hannah Darling on the 19th
Hannah Scott beat Jane Flucker 4/3
Alison McBride beat Janet Reid-Thomas 2/1

Rachel Livingston won 4/3
Wendy Nicholson won 4/3
Louise Fraser won 1 up
Hannah Scott won 5/4

Semi Finals - Sunday

0930     Rachael Livingstone v Wendy Nicholson

0940     Louise Fraser v  Hannah Scott

B Championship - morning

Barbara Hamilton beat Rachel Steedman 6/5
Kate Johnston beat Celia McIntyre 2/1
Jaci Moriarty beat Isobel Halliday on the 19th
Catherine Wilkie beat Gillian Pritchard 1 up


Barbara Hamilton beat Kate Johnston 3/2
Jaci Moriarty beat Catherine Wilkie 1up

Final - Sunday

0950     Barbara Hamilton v Jaci Moriarty

Come, watch and support.   You will see excellent golf.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

MCLGA Spring Meeting - Craigmillar Park

CSS 73 (Reduction Only)

We had four seasons in one day but 97 members braved the elements and played in our Spring meeting at Craigmillar Park Golf Club.  Our thanks to Craigmillar Park Golf Club for making us feel so welcome. The course was in good condition. 

Winners on the day were

Bronze 1st Handicap                           Helen Maxwell           99 - 25 = 74
Scratch and CM Park Rosebowl           Ann Brown                91

1st Handicap                                       Jaci Moriarty             88 - 14 = 74
2nd Handicap                                      Kary Gillies               93 - 18 = 75 (B.I.H)

Best net overall                                   Catherine Wilkie         86 - 17 = 69
2nd best net overall                             Barbara Hamilton        86 - 13 =73

1st Scratch and Cormack Salver          Sal Shepherd              75
2nd Scratch                                       Wendy Nicholson        78 (B.I.H)

There was 10 2's today, congratulations to: 

Isobel Halliday
Kary Gillies
Mandy Dougal
Lesley Campbell
Karen Ferguson-Snedden
Sal Shepherd (x2)
Janet Hamblin
Karen Marshall
Wendy Nicholson     

Well done to all the winners.

The proceeds from the raffle for the Juniors will be updated shortly.  Raffle prizes and 2's money will be distributed to reps or individuals at the weekend.



29 April  - A.M.
29 April - P.M.
30 April  - A.M.
Barbara Hamilton
Rachel Steedman
Barbara Hamilton 6/5
Celia MacIntyre
Barbara Hamilton 3/2
Kate Johnstone
 Kate Johnston 2/1
 Barbara Hamilton
Jaci Moriarty
Isobel Halliday
Jaci Moriarty  19th
Catherine Wilkie

Jaci Moriarty 1 up
Gillian Pritchard

Catherine Wilkie 1 up



29th APRIL  - A.M.
29th APRIL  - P.M.
30th APRIL - A.M.
30th APRIL - P.M.

Gabrielle MacDonald

 Rachel Livingstone 19th

Rachel Livingstone


Karen Ferguson-Snedden

 Karen Ferguson-Snedden 20th
 Rachel Livingstone 4/3

Caroline Steedman


Jennifer Bryans

 Kate McIntosh 1up
Wendy Nicholson 19th

Kate McIntosh


Wendy Nicholson

Wendy Nicholson 3/1
 Wendy Nicholson 4/3

Morag Wardrop

Louise Fraser  3/1

Louise Fraser

Louise Fraser 8/6

Sal Shepherd


Susan Rennie

Susan Rennie 19th
Louise Fraser 1 up

Hannah Darling

Hannah Scott
Hannah Scott 4/3

Louise Fraser 1 up

Jane Flucker


Janet Reid-Thomas

Alison McBride 2/1

Hannah Scott 5/4

Alison McBride