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

Monday, 10 July 2017

Summer Meeting - Duddingston Golf Club

 Dear Ladies,

The CSS for today was 76 which is reduction only.  Results have been sent from the V1 system tonight and should be with the respective clubs in the morning.  Full results will be posted tomorrow evening. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

East Vets Champion

We would like to congratulate Jennifer Bryans from Harburn Golf Club for successfully defending the East of Scotland Vets Championship yesterday at Haddington Golf Club.  She will now represent the East of Scotland Vets at the Inter-Divisional Championship at Blairgowrie in September.

Jennifer beat Karen Ballanytne from Craigmillar Park 6 & 5 in the final after both players won their respective semi-finals 6&5 which also included a hole in one for Jennifer at the 8th.

For more information please see http://eastvets.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Scottish Girls Champion

Congratulations Hannah!

Hannah Darling, Broomieknowe GC,  played fabulous golf today to become the 2017 Girls Champion.  She had six birdies and an eagle in the 36 hole final with Jillian Farrell, Cardross GC, who had nine birdies over the two rounds. Hannah finished the first round 1 up and started the second round in a rush to gain a 5 up lead by the 26th hole.   Jillian mounted a strong comeback and had reduced Hannah's lead to 1 by the 13th in the second round with a shot that hit the flag and rested about 6 inches from the hole.  They halved the 14th then Hannah gained one back with a birdie at the par 3 15th.  She gained another at the 16th with a tremendous eagle to beat Jillian's birdie.   Hannah was two up going down the 17th but her win was held up by a birdie from Jillian. She sealed the match with a birdie on the 18th.  This was  tremendous display of golf  that included four holed chips from off the green in the last two days.
Well done Hannah and thank you for all the hard work you have put in over the last two years or so.  Thanks too to your parents and your coach, Ian Muir, for the support they have given you.
It has been a great week for Midlothian

Last Wednesday -  we won the East Inter County Qualifier to win a place at the Scottish County Finals at Glenbervie from 15 -17th September.

Last Friday - Fiona DeVries, Baberton GC, won the Scottish Seniors Championship at Rosemount, Blairgowrie.

This Wednesday - Hannah Darling, Broomieknowe GC, won the Scottish Girls Championship.
I'm off to bed feeling very proud to be a member of MCLGA.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Scottish Girls Amateur Championship.

Hannah Darling has reached the final of this competition beating Louise Duncan, from West Kilbride Golf Club.  The competition has been played at Drumoig GC and Scotscraig GC since last Friday.  Hannah went there after playing a positive role in the County's win at the Inter County Qualifier
at Stirling from Monday to Wednesday last week.

Hannah has also been selected to represent Scotland in Oslo at a European Junior Masters Tournament in the summer.   In September she will go with another 5 Scottish Juniors to be part of the hand over ceremony at the Solheim Cup in De Moines, USA. 

I am sure, like me, you are very proud of Hannah who is having a very successful time at the moment and doing Midlothian proud.   

Our Junior section is making great progress under the leadership of Sharon MacPherson, Sarah Ledingham and Sue Cowie and will be competing in the East of Scotland Junior Championship at Bathgate GC next week.  Good luck.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Summer Meeting - Duddingston Golf Club Moday 10th July

The draw for the summer meeting at Duddingston Golf Club has now been posted in the draw section of the website.  A copy of the draw has also been sent to all participants via e-mail and a copy has been sent to the club reps for information.

We will be holding a raffle as normal in aid of junior funds and any proceeds will be greatly appreciated.  

There are a few spaces available, 1 in the morning and some in the afternoon if anyone is looking to enter please let me know as soon as possible.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Scottish Senior Women's Champion

Fiona De Vries

Congratulations to Fiona on becoming the 2017 Scottish Senior Women's Champion. 

To play during the relentless rain of this week and go on to win speaks volumes about Fiona's skill and determination.

A special mention for Jennifer Bryans.  
Jennifer qualified 16th in the Championship Match play and reached the quarter finals by beating the number 1 seed and winner of the stroke play event in the first round. (thanks to Karen Ballantyne). 

Congratulations to Diane Moncrieff who reached the semi finals of the Nett match play and to Mairi Pollock and Karen Ballantyne who reached the quarter finals


The county Finals will be held at Glenbervie Golf Club, Larbert from 15th - 17th September 2017.

Participating Counties are:



Perth & Kinross


Dumfriesshire were the 2016 winners and will be keen to retain the title.  Midlothian will be doing everything they can to bring it back to the capital.  Come and support.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Junior Girls latest news...

Good luck to Carys Irvine, Lucy Morrison and Hannah Darling competing at the Scottish Girls Championship tomorrow (Friday 30th) at Scotscraig and Drumoig.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a dry day for the girls. 

Scottish Senior Women Championship, Rosemount GC, Blairgowrie

Finals - Friday afternoon

Fiona Devries (1 up) v  Sheena Wood (19th)

Sue Hollwell (2 holes) v Gillian Wallace (7/6)

Commiserations to Diane Moncrieff - well done on getting to the semi finals.

Good luck to Fiona, play well.  We're right behind you.

Semi Finals - Friday morning.

Fiona De Vries (mclga) is 2 up at the 13th against Gillian Kyle.   Fiona beat Mary Smith 5/4 and Gillian beat Heather Anderson 2/1 in the Quarter finals.
Lorna McKinlay is 1 up at the 12th against Sheena Wood.   Sheena beat Jennifer Bryans (mclga) by 1 hole and Lorna beat Anne Ryan by 2 holes in yesterday's quarter finals.

Diane Moncriell (mclga0 is all square with Sue Holwell at the 12th.  Diane beat Sheila Stirling 4/3 and Sue beat Mairi Pollock (mclga) 6/5 yesterday.
Gillian Wallace is 5 up at the 9th against Majorie Ahern.  Gillian beat Jennifer Mack 4/3 and Majorie beat Karen Ballantyne (mclga) in yesterday's quarter finals.

Congratulations to all Midlothian players who qualified for the match play stages
Championship match play results for first round
Jennifer Bryans, Harburn GC, won against Frances Millar, Carnoustie Caledonia GC (2 up) and faces Sheena Wood, Aberdeen Ladies GC.
Wendy Nicholson, Baberton GC, lost to Anne Ryan, Tain GC, (22nd hole)
Fiona De Vries, The St Rule Club, won against Anne MacGregor and faces Anne Ryan.

Nett match play results
Diane Moncrieff, Carrickvale GC, won against Sandy Bushby, Blairgowrie GC (3/1) and faces Sheila Stirling, Royal Mid-Surrey.
Mairi Pollock, Craigmillar Park GC, won against Margaret Thurston, Panmure GC, (3/1) and gaces Sue Holwell, Lingdale GC.
Karen Ballantyne won against Millie Douglas, Aberdour GC, (4/3) and faces Marjorie Ahern, Lahinch GC.

Good luck in your games this afternoon.


What a Fantastic Team

Winners of the 2017 Inter County Qualifying Tournament

Karen Marshall (with Mikaela), Louise Fraser, Kate McIntosh, Caroline Steedman, Karen Ferguson-Snedden,
Gabrielle MacDonald, Hannah Darling, Alison McBride (with Mini Mac).

We came to Stirling fully focussed on the task - to win a place at the Scottish Finals at Glenbervie in September. And did they do it in style! - winning all three matches in style - East Lothian on Monday 6.5 - 2.5, Fife on Tuesday 8 -1, Stirling & Clackmannan 7-2.  Full scores can be found on Kirkwood Golf.

All players played a part in these victories displaying great skills on a challenging course with very difficult greens.  Once again members volunteered to caddy and made an invaluable contribution to the team's performance - thank you.  Special thanks to our two reserves, Hannah Scott and Susan Rennie, who caddied on all three days and contributed to the team spirit in a major way. Linda Wemyss, our selector, and Norma Richmond, President, worked hard watching and supporting players and myself and Louise, Vice Captain, - we couldn't have done it without you. 

As a player from the Bronze division, I would like to urge all Midlothian members to come and support these players at first hand and enjoy watching the golf of our dreams!  The Finals will be at Glenbervie 15th - 17th September 2017.  A great opportunity to watch great golf just on our doorstep.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Inter County Qualifier, Day 3

Games this morning showed a super level of golf skills with the first and third matches going to the 18th & 17th respectively. The second match was won at the 15th.

Alison McBride & Gabrielle MacDonald   v    Mhairi Hall & Louise MacGregor  2/1
Louise Fraser & Hannah Darling  v  Linda Allan & Margo Gardner   6/4
Karen Marshall & Kate McIntosh  v  Laura Bissett & Alison Davidson 1 up

 The standard of golf this morning was excellent and we are looking forward to competitive, skilful games this afternoon.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Inter County Qualifier Day 2

We woke up to heavy rain and I think we will go to sleep with heavy rain.  It has rained relentlessly to the extent that the buggy I was using had a squeezy roller in the back in case a green needed some attention.
Our opponents today were Fife, who had lost to Stirling and Clackmannanshire yesterday. As usual the morning was three foursome matches and we played very well to take all three points.

Alison McBride & Gabrielle MacDonald                v    Elaine Moffat &n Anna McKay            6/4
Kate McIntosh & Karen Marshall                            v    Jo Mackie & Evanna Hynd                    4/3
Karen Ferguson-Snedden & Caroline Steedman      v    Karin Sharp & Brogan Clark                 4/3

The rain continued throughout the lunch break and our six singles matches teed off in a downpour.  Fife tried to bamboozle us by changing their playing order so that their two strongest players were bringing up the rear but our players were up to the challenge.

Gabrielle MacDonald        v       Lorraine Morrow             7/6
Kate McIntosh                   v       Brogan Clark                   6/4
Hannah Darling                 v       Evanna Hynd                   1 up
Caroline Steedman            v       Karin Sharp                      1 down
Karen Ferguson-Snedden  v       Elaine Moffat                   2/1
Louise Fraser                     v       Jo Mackie                         5/3

Final score = 8 - 1

An excellent result by players who played very skilfully in two rounds of continuous rain over a challenging, hilly course.  A special mention to the caddies that pushed the trolleys and supported and on occasion guided the players to well earned victories.

Tomorrow we face Stirling & Clackmannanshire in what will be our most difficult task yet.  They are lying on exactly the same points i.e. 14.5 for & 3.5 against.  A win is what we need and we are determined to play our hearts out to bring back the trophy and earn our place in the Scottish Finals in September at Glenbervie GC.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Inter County Qualifier, Stirling Golf Club

Midlothian met East Lothian today in the first of their three matches in a bid to win the trophy that will give them entry to the County Finals in September.

Louise Fraser and Kate McIntosh led the way against Lauren Lee and Lesley Atkins in a competitive match that went to the 18th and finished all square.  Hannah Darling, making her debut for the County, partnered Karen Marshall against Stacey Cameron and Jill McNicol.  After a hesitant start, Hannah settled into the excellent golf we are becoming accustomed to watch and they went on to a win at the 16th.  Gabrielle MacDonald and Alison McBride played steadily and consistently to win easily 8 & 7.  All players produced skilful performances in all aspects of the game.

In the afternoon it was singles and we won four of the matches -
Louise Fraser - Stacey Cameron 6 & 5
Hannah Darling - Pam Hall 6 &4
Karen Ferguson-Snedden 4 & 3
Karen Marshall 7 & 6
Again each of these players demonstrated great skill around the greens after long drives and approach shots.

Interestingly Alison McBride and Caroline Steedman both had eagles in their battles to turn the tables on Lesley Atkins and Mary-Lou Watkins respectively.  Both were down and fought hard to stay in the match and almost made it - Alison lost on the 17th and Caroline on the 18th. 

Final Score: Midlothian 6.5 East Lothian 2.5

Tomorrow we meet Fife in what is predicted to be very heavy rain!!!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Club Championships Update

To all members - send an email to Jacky Burnett [Jackyburnett13@gmail.com] to post your championship results - semis and finals.  Please send details about your Bronze championship too

Silver - Jill Mclean won on 17th beating Stephanie Sutherland in a close fought final. 
This was Jill's 5th final so extra well done!

Bronze - Gillian Fisher won beating Roslyn Marshall

The championship semi finals were contested by
Jacqui McIntosh v Diane Moncrieff - Diane won 3 and 2
Donna Fleming v Helen Hunter - Donna won 2 and 1

The final was Diane Moncrieff  v Donna Fleming, Diane won 6 and 5

Craigmillar Park
Karen Ballantyne won the championship on the 18th  beating Emma Morrison  to go 1 up.  It was a brilliant match, taking her total to 6.  Adding to a total that started in 1989!

Well done Alison McBride, who beat Jennifer Bryans to become the Harburn champion.
The Bronze championship was won by Janet Graham who beat Annie Leitch.

Denise Christie beat Maureen MacKay to win the Bronze.

Louise Fraser and Rachael Livingstone had an epic battle in strong winds.  Louise was two up by 4th but it was all square again by the 6th.  From then, each time one went up the other pulled her back to all square.  Rachael managed to get the edge at the 20th and became the Ladies Champion.  A great game.

The semis of the ladies bronze championship took place on Friday 23rd June.
Ella Marshall beat Lisa Macpherson and Olga Greenan beat Julie Robb.
On a windy Saturday 24th June Ella Marshall beat Olga Greenan in the finals.

The semis of the Ladies Club Championship took place again on Friday 23rd June. where Karen Marshall beat Pamela Williamson and Carys Irvine beat Wendy Nicholson.
In a closely fought match on Saturday Karen Marshall beat Carys Irvine, the youngest ever finalist at Baberton, to become the 2017 Ladies Club Champion.

Ratho Park
Silver Final;         Anne Wheelhouse beatCaroline Mansley
Bronze Final;       Ah Nya Plant  beat  Liz Samuel

The 3 Steedman Girlies have done the treble! 
Caroline played Val Aitchison & won on the 17th hole with a birdie to win the Ladies Champs for the 3rd time. 

Rachel played against Pam Townsend & won 4&2 with a par, defending her title for the Ladies B Champsionship.

Abby also retained her title playing against Sophia Gonzalez & was 1 up on the the 18th with a par. 

Vicky Gumley won the Bronze Champs against Liz Mendl Cooper winning 2&1.

Championship:           Barbara Hamilton beat Claire Allan on 18th
Bronze:                       Leslie Currie beat Cath Hardwick 3 and1
Merchants had four Midlothian members in the Semi finals of the Championship on Friday 16th.   
Margaret Parr beat Jane Macdonald
Isobel Halliday beat Norma Hogg.
Finals on Saturday
Chamionship       Margaret Parr won 2&1
Bronze                 Sally Cownie beat MaggieMcKenzie 2&1

Championship;          Anne Brownie beat Viv Curran at the 35th hole (36 hole final)
Bronze;                      Diane Neave beat Jessica Walker

Hannah Darling beat Kate McIntosh to become the Ladies Champion.
Tricia Capaldi took the Bronze Championship playing against Moyra Statham.

The Club Championship was won by Kim Horne, beating Amy Foster 4&3 despite Amy only being 3 over par at the turn.   The Handicap knockout championship was contested by Linda Stewart and Joan Maclean with the match going to the 20th (result to follow!)

Congratulations, to Naomi O’Brien (aged 14) who won the Bronze Championship at Prestonfield Golf Club on the 10th June 2017.   She played in 3 qualifying rounds and was seeded in the top 8.  
In the final round she started with an impressive Birdie on the first by chipping in from under a tree.    It was a hard fought match which went to the 18th hole.    However, she managed to hold her nerve throughout the match.    A true Champion in the making.
Commiserations to Liz Taylor who lost the final of the Silver Division to Rachel Smith at the 16th.

Kingsknowe ladies have been competing in their Championship this week with the semi finals being played tonight - Thursday 15th June.
Championship Finals day is Sat 24th June with the Ladies Championship final being contested between Louise Fraser and Rachael Livingstone and the Bronze Championship between Denise Christie and Maureen Mackay.
Good luck to all.

Congratulations to Susan Rennie who is the 2017 Turnhouse champion.
Susan Rennie held out to become Ladies' Champion at the second extra hole in a closely contested match against Morag Wardrop. Both players also battled against the weather, especially during the final holes.

Bronze Champion Clem Douglas won at the 19th, beating Gill Hunt.

Congratulations to all who qualified.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Results from 9 hole event at Swanston on 18th June 2017

9 girls played today and for once the weather was pretty good! Scores were as follows:

Devon Boyle 37
Brodie Boyle 39
Morganne McQueen 40
Erica McIntosh 42
Lara Collings 42
Heidi Miller 53
Martha Johnston 54
Ruby Keys 74
Holly Reed (5 holes) 38

There is no 9 hole event next month, as it is holiday time.

International Debut for Hannah Darling

Congratulations to Hannah Darling from Broomieknowe Golf Club who has been selected to represent Scotland at the European Junior Masters in Oslo next month.  Well done, Hannah.  Hopefully it will be the first of many international honours.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Well Done, Hannah

Congratulations to Hannah Darling for an excellent result in the Stephen Gallaher Foundation Trophy & Vase competition held at Cardrona GC last weekend.  Hannah finished 4th behind Jillian Farrell (0) Cardross GC, Jasmine Mackintosh (1) Hazlehead GC and Kirsty Brodie (3) Strathmore doing a great job of keeping the Midlothian flag flying high.  This week Hannah is competing in the Broomieknowe Championship against another two stalwarts of the Midlothian squad - Kate McIntosh and Hannah Scott.  Good luck to them all.
It is a Championship time in many of the County clubs and I would wish all members who are competing the very best of luck - play well and hopefully enjoy.

Hannah Darling is making her debut for the Midlothian team in the Inter County Qualifier at Stirling Golf Club from Monday 26th until Wednesday 28th June.  We have a great team led by Louise Fraser, 2017 County Champion, who would all appreciate your support.  Come and watch some top class competitive golf.

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

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Scottish Women's Amateur Championship 2017

During what must have been one of the worst June weeks in years, a number of our top Midlothian players ventured up to Aberdeen to compete in this year's championship.

Gabrielle MacDonald, Karen Marshall, Louise Fraser, Hannah Scott, Fiona De Vries, Karen Ferguson-Snedden, Wendy Nicholson, Kirsten Blackwood and Caroline Johnston entered hoping to emulate Gabrielle's success in winning the trophy.  Unfortunately the opening day, Tuesday, turned out to be horrendous - wet and windy.  Understandably scores were low by these players standards, so hopes rested on a turnaround on the second day but it wasn't to be.  Play was delayed and delayed then finally the high winds won and the second day's play was cancelled and entry to the match play depended on one score only.

Congratulations to Gabrielle, Karen M and Karen F-S and Hannah who qualified for the match play stages of the Championship with Wendy and Kirsten qualifying for the Plate competition, the Clark Rose bowl.    Fighting hard all the way, but it was not to be our year, with all players in the Championship  going out in the morning.  Well done Wendy and Kirsten, who did well to make it to the next round but went out in the afternoon.

Congatulations to Connie Jaffrey [-3] from Troon GC who beat Clara Young [-2] from North Berwick GC.

The next big event for the County is the Inter County Qualifier at Stirling Golf Club

Monday 26th June - East Lothian
Tuesday 27th June  - Fife
Wednesday 28th June - Stirling & Clackmannanshire

Play starts each day at 0930 and 1430 and the players, officials and caddies would love to be joined by supporters.

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 sarah.c.hannay@gmail.com 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!