Wednesday, 20 May 2015


What an enjoyable day up in St Andrews!  Great fun, good golf (with lots of birdies and even eagles!), wonderful company and fellowship,  lovely  food  and ………………..

a four to three win for East Vets against the Midlands Vets. 

(Full results at the end of this report.)

Pictured above is the winning East Vets Team with Captain Anne Brownie holding the Liz Miskimmin Friendship Quaich, followed by a photo of both  teams. 


Other photos  can be viewed by clicking here
This annual match between these two SVLGA Divisions was played over the Jubilee Course in St Andrews on 19th May 2015. The strong North West wind  made a few holes play very long but then helped on others with players on both sides (Tricia Chillas of Midlands and Mairi Pollock of East) recording eagles on par 5s. Some  wonderful shot-making was on display and  several matches could have gone either way before one player pulled away whilst in others substantial leads were eaten into, keeping the outcome uncertain for a bit longer. Linda Grieve and Ruth Brown both recorded good 5 & 4 wins for the East whereas the first two matches were won by Dawn Butchart and Elsie Hutcheon for  Midlands : the match was delicately poised at two wins each.

Cynthia Guthrie then claimed Game 4 for the East at much the same time as Carol Brown lost her tussle with Tricia Chillas making it three apiece.  At this point it became known that the East would retain the Trophy as Mairi Pollock displaying a wonderful touch around the greens had gone to dormie four up against Katherine Keir.  Nonetheless it was a nail-biting last few holes to see whether Mairi could secure the outright  win for the East with Katherine mounting a valiant fightback, taking the game to the 18th green.

There was just time for a quick few photos outside the Links Clubhouse before a hail storm  came whipping through. As seen from the flyaway hairstyles in these last photos (follow link above), it really was pretty windy even though the sun did come out on occasion! After the photo-shoot a delicious meal was enjoyed in the Links Clubhouse to round off a day of  competitive  yet friendly matches  in  the spirit of the Liz Miskimmin Friendship Quaich.  Thanks go to Midlands Captain, Bev Brown, for her excellent organisation of the 2015 Match.

Individual results (East names first):
Sue Penman (Gullane Ladies) lost to Dawn Butchart (Strathmore)  2 down
Hazel Saunders (Gullane Ladies) lost to Elsie Hutcheon(Ladybank) by 4 & 3
Linda Grieve (Musselburgh)  won  vs  Gillian Wallace (Blairgowrie) by 5 & 4
Cynthia Guthrie (Gullane Ladies) won  vs Fiona Hill (Crail) by 2 & 1
Ruth Brown (Mortonhall)  won vs Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) by 5 & 4
Carol Brown (Mortonhall) lost to Tricia Chillas by 3 & 2
Mairi Pollock (Craigmillar Park) won vs Katherine (Elie)  2 up

Monday, 18 May 2015


This is a busy time of our golfing season! What a shame that so many games are being played in cold, windy conditions. Can it really be that our Summer Meeting is only three weeks away?  Let's hope that the jet stream bringing all this cold air to Scotland changes direction soon.

 Meantime the Draw for the Summer Meeting at Haddington GC on Tuesday 9th June can be found under "Draws"; this is our Championship Qualifying round with the matchplay to be played in July (The Semifinals and Final are all to take place on Saturday 25th July with the quarterfinals to be played in the two preceding weeks by arrangement.)

In conjunction with our three meetings this year, a new Trophy is being played for : The Hastings Trophy. This rather lovely trophy (see picture) has kindly been presented by Isobel Hastings and all the winner needs is one good round - a better net score than her peers. However, all you new or younger Vets please note that this trophy is reserved for Vets over 75 years. We need to know who is eligible so if you are or if you know of someone who is, do let Anne Brownie or Katherine Thomson know.

Our annual match against the British Seniors Men took place on a chilly May day at Elie Golf Club. Despite the cold wind, both sides thoroughly enjoyed this sociable yet competitive event. Our East Vets hopes were raised when the first two foursomes went our way but then the men won the remaining four games resulting in an overall 2- 4 loss. Next year ............... !

The match against the Midlands Vets takes place on Tuesday 19th May in St Andrews for the Liz Miskimmin Fellowship Quaich. Our team of   Sue Penman, Hazel Saunders, Linda Grieve, Cynthia Guthrie, Ruth Brown, Carol Brown and Mairi Pollock will be trying to ensure that the Quaich remains in the hands of the East Vets.  Good luck ladies.

The team to play the West Vets for the Elise Duncan Trophy has also been selected and will be announced on this site shortly before the match takes place on 2nd June.  Teams to play in the Foursomes Match vs the West and the Greensomes Match vs the Borders and ladies in the appropriate handicap ranges will be receiving reminders to indicate if they would be interested in playing.

Monday, 20 April 2015


Seventy eight East Vets members took part in the Spring Meeting over Gullane No. 3 course. Several ladies posted sub-par scores: good enough to put (putt?)a spring in your step as well as feeling that Spring is indeed arriving with a bit of warmth in the air!

As usual on No. 3 Course if your ball was above the hole, you can be faced with a tricky, slippery putt so there were the usual tales of woe about putts that ran on too far as well as how scores were wrecked by bunkers impossible to get out of!  However, some found the putting much easier than others with 11 twos being recorded, and three of these by one player : Vivien Mitchell of Lochend. Well done to Vivien and also to Hazel Saunders ( 2 twos), Dulcie Barnes, Zandra Mathieson, Clare Bowe, Irene Stewart, Sally Brian and Mary Richardson.

Two separate CSS calculations had to be done due to number of Gullane members participating. However,  both calculations resulted in a CSS of 69 (equivalent to SSS) meaning that whether a member of Gullane or a visitor the CSS was the same . The full scores have been uploaded to the CDH so that handicaps will be updated by Home Clubs from the CDH. A few ladies will therefore have handicap reductions as a result of their good scores posted on our leaderboard below.  Congratulations to all who played to their handicap or in their buffer zone but especially well done to the following who played below the CSS,:

Silver Nett Scores

1 Dulcie Barnes                           74  (10)  net 64
2. Denise Mitchell                       80 (14)   net 66  bih
3. Vivien Mitchell                       83  (17)  net 66
4. Louise Campbell                     83   (16)  net 67 bih
5. Zandra Mathieson                   81   (14)   net 67
6. Sandra Dickson                       88  (19)   net 69  bih
7. Frances McFadzean                 80  (11)  net  69

Bronze Nett Scores

1.Christine Reid                          88 (23)   net 65
2. Jane Browitt                            94 (24)   net 70 bih
3. Jill Millar                                 93 (23)   net 70

Congratulations to our Silver and Bronze Division winners, Dulcie and Christine, on their super scores.

Scratch Scores

Four members returned scratch scores in the 70s:
Dulcie Barnes 74, Anne Brownie 76, Hazel Saunders 77 and Ruth Brown 79.

Thursday, 16 April 2015


Captained by East Vet Noreen Fenton, our Scottish Vets team for the match against the Irish Seniors for the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy at Dunbar on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th April is as follows...

Alison Bartlett (Highland)
Lorna Bennett (Midland)
Gillian Kyle (West)
Lesley Lloyd (West)
Lorna McKinlay (Midland)
Anne Ryan (Highland)
Mary Smith (Highland)
Sheena Wood (North)

Tee-off times at Dunbar are 
Practice Round  Saturday 18th April, (2.00 – 3.30)
Day 1 (Fourball) Sunday 19th April  (10.30 – 11.30)
Day 2 (Singles)  Monday 20th April  (8.45 – 10.00). 

Spectators will be most welcome!

Sunday, 29 March 2015


Not long now until the new golf season is under way!  Let's hope we get fair weather for our various competitions and matches!

The Spring Meeting Draw has been made and has been emailed to the entered competitors  ( a good entry of 81 members). A copy has been posted on this site under the "Draws" button (top left, below the photo on this site) - scroll down the text to find and click on the link under the heading of  "Meetings".

The matchplay knockout draws have also been done and will be emailed out to competitors on Monday 30th March after which these will also be posted on this website (again using the "Draws" button for access).

Notes relating to our Medal and Matchplay competitions have also been posted under "Draws" for ease of  finding useful information regarding conditions of competition.

Following the agreement at the end of last year which was ratified at the AGM, lists of contact phone numbers and email addresses will be shared with members to make it easier to arrange ties (or other games). These will be issued to all members, alongside distribution of the matchplay draws.