Saturday, 25 July 2015


 And the winner of the 2015 ESVLGA Championship is Karen Ballantyne who successfully defended her title against fellow Craigmillar Park member Mairi Pollock by the margin of 2 & 1. 
After the lovely sunshine enjoyed at the conclusion of the semi-final matches and over lunchtime, a few clouds rolled in for the Final. However the blue skies were still around whilst we were treated to a display from the Red Arrows at the nearby East Fortune Air Show together with a variety of other planes.  It's not often that our ESVLGA Championship Final has its own Red Arrows "fly past" to mark the occasion.
Wow, so close together!!!
After the clouds rolled in and brought some rain there came a step back in time

 Back to the golf on display!  Continuing with her good putting touch from the morning, Mairi eased to a 2 up lead after seven holes. The tricky eighth hole resulted in a half but a regulation par 4 at the ninth by Karen, meant that Mairi's lead reduced to 1 up at the turn and the match was squared by Karen at the eleventh hole.  Karen took a short-lived lead at the thirteenth with Mairi immediately winning back the par 3 fourteenth. However, Karen's pitch onto the fifteenth green rattled the flagstick and dropped into the hole meaning Karen went back to 1 up and she doubled her lead with an excellent pitch into the sixteenth green and a conceded birdie putt.  A half in par 3 at the seventeenth was not enough for Mairi to take the match up the eighteenth and thus Karen Ballantyne became the 2015 ESVLGA Champion.  Congratulations Karen.
Karen will represent the  East Division at the  SVLGA Championship at Blairgowrie on 20th/21st September and will be presented with the Lady McInnes Shaw Championship Cup at the AGM/Prizegiving at Gullane in November.


The morning Semi-Final line-ups are pictured below. In the first semifinal Mairi Pollock (Craigmillar Park) against Ruth Brown (Mortonhall) and in the second semifinal Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) against Morag Wardrop (Turnhouse).

 All smiles on the first tee on a dry, still morning - just perfect for golf!
 Mairi Pollock recorded a 2 up win over  Ruth Brown in the first of the morning Semi-Finals in a very closely contested match which was real nip and tuck for most of the way round, never more than a hole in it.  Both Mairi and Ruth birdied the par 5 fifteenth hole to keep the match all square followed by another half on the sixteenth.  Mairi took advantage of a wayward tee shot from Ruth at the  short seventeenth hole and then holed a good putt on the eighteenth to ensure that the match was finished in regulation.  
In the other Semi-Final,  defending Champion Karen Ballantyne won by a margin of 6&5. Karen established an early lead with wins at the first three holes, then winning the fifth and sixth followed by birdieing the ninth to turn 6 up. Karen recorded a lot of solid pars whilst Morag's ball just didn't seem to want the bottom of the cup .... with the exception of a fine birdie at the long eleventh hole. However, Karen's steady play saw the match finish at the thirteenth.
The Final is therefore an all Craigmillar Park contest between Mairi and Karen, pictured below before teeing off:

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


The Semi-Finals and Final of our ESVLGA Championship take place on Saturday 25th July at Haddington Golf Club, and spectators will be very welcome. The semifinal line-up is now known:
10 a.m. Mairi Pollock  (Craigmillar Park)  vs  Ruth Brown  (Mortonhall)
10.07 a.m.   Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) vs Morag Wardrop (Turnhouse)

In order to reach this stage of the Championship Draw, the story of the quarter-finals was as follows:

Mairi Pollock came through a very close  semifinal against Dulcie Barnes (Gullane Ladies). There was never much in this match  with both players scoring well and a lot of halved holes.  Dulcie was the first to win a hole (at the 6th) with the 8th and 9th holes being exchanged, leaving Dulcie one up at the turn. Mairi won the 12th to take it back to all square and then won the 15th and 17th to take her first lead of the match and progress to the semifinals. Mairi's next opponent is Ruth Brown who had a more comfortable quarter-final win against Cynthia Guthrie (Gullane Ladies) by the margin of    6 & 5.

On the other side of the draw, a very close tussle between Karen Ballantyne, our defending Champion, and Anne Brownie (Gullane Ladies) went all the way to the 18th green.  The first few holes were halved in par before Karen eased to a lead of three after nine holes. Karen made an excellent par save at the 10th after being in the fairway bunker off the tee to halve the hole and Anne failed to capitalise on a good position at the par 3 14th hole to remain three down. This seemed to spur Anne on as she won the next three holes to level the match standing on the 18th tee only to see her putt narrowly fail to drop on the 18th green, leaving Karen to hole hers and secure the 1 up win.  Karen's opponent  is Morag Wardrop who won her quarter final against Pamela Williamson of Baberton. This tie started off very evenly balanced and was nip and tuck for the first eight holes before Morag won five holes in a row  to go dormie five up. In deteriorating weather ( i.e. heavy rain!!) and with a sore wrist, Pamela conceded the tie to Morag and both players were relieved to get out of the downpour!!!

The Final will be played at 3pm. Good luck to all the semi-finalists.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


What a lovely summer's day for our Summer Meeting at Haddington! Comments of "remembering how to play golf without gale force winds" and "how nice to feel some warmth again" were reflected in some hot scoring!  Haddington GC was in good condition with the "lighter" rough deceptively tough to play from whilst once again the sloping greens caused a few mis-reads and resulting cries of anguish.

Several scores to match the beautiful weather were posted with ten players equal to or better than par. The best net score came from Jean Bryden with a fantastic 65. Playing off  a handicap of 22, that was 8 below the CSS so welcome to Silver Division, Jean. In Silver Division, Mairi Pollock posted the best gross and net scores with a 78 scratch, net 69 (so that will be a handicap reduction for Mairi  too).  Mairi is therefore leading qualifier in the Championship. Very well done to both for such good scoring.   A summary of the leading scores follows below:

Silver Division : Net Scores
Mairi Pollock           Craigmillar Park       69
Janet Fairweather     Musselburgh            70  (bih)
Morag Wardrop       Turnhouse                 70  (bih)
Dulcie Barnes           Gullane Ladies        70
Marion Glauch         Mortonhall               72   (bih)
Sandra Dickson        Mortonhall               72   (bih)
Ruth Brown              Mortonhall               72

Bronze Division :  Net Scores
Jean Bryden              Dundas Park            65
Christine Reid           Kilspindie               74

Scratch Scores
Mairi Pollock           Craigmillar Park       78
Morag Wardrop        Turnhouse                79 (bih)
Karen Ballantyne      Craigmillar Park      79 (bih)
Ruth Brown              Mortonhall               79
Cynthia Guthrie        Gullane Ladies         80 (bih)
Janet Fairweather     Musselburgh             80 (bih)  (*)
Anne Brownie          Gullane Ladies         80  (best last 6)
Pamela Williamson  Baberton                   80  (best last hole)
Dulcie Barnes           Gullane Ladies         80
(*) Unavailable for matchplay.
The Draw for the Championship Matchplay Knockout is posted under Draws.

The CSS was 73 (equal to SSS/Par).  Scores have been sent to the CDH this evening but if you played under your handicap or had a stableford adjustment you should cut your own handicap until your Home Club has been able to process your handicap reduction.

The full results may  be viewed at Masterscoreboard using this link : Results

NB  a mobile phone was found in the carpark, probably a Murrayfield member so if you think it is yours please contact Anne Brownie

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


The annual scratch match between the East and West Divisions of the SVLGA for the  Elise Duncan Trophy took place on Tuesday 2nd June at Mortonhall Golf Club.  The West had held the upper hand the last three years and despite fielding a very strong team in 2015, our East Vets team members rose to the occasion and posted a 6 to 3 victory in regaining the Elise Duncan Trophy.

 Our winning team is pictured below with Captain Anne Brownie holding the Trophy.
Apologies for the quality of the above photo
More (sharper) photos of players from both sides and the scenic Mortonhall golf course may be viewed from this  link to photos .
The unseasonable windy and cold weather made for challenging conditions out on the golf course but the overnight rain had cleared away and the sun shone as seen in many of the photos.  Fortified with delicious home made scones, the two teams played out some very competitive matches and some sparkling golf was on show despite the blustery conditions. As is so often the case matches are decided by how well the putter is working and, for the most part, our East players fared better on the true but tricky  greens although good putts were holed on both sides.
There were four halved matches, one win for the West and four wins for the East.   In fact, after the first six matches, it was evenly poised at three points apiece  but the East won the last three games to close out the 6-3 win.  (Full results follow below.)  
 A very competitive and enjoyable day’s golf was rounded off with a lovely meal in the Mortonhall  Clubhouse where Marion Stewart, West Vets Captain,  presented Anne Brownie with the Elise Duncan Trophy.

RESULTS (East players first)
Anne Hanson ( Glencorse) lost to Lesley Lloyd  (Hayston)  by 3 &2

Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) halved with Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire)

Lesley Johnstone (Gullane Ladies) halved with Liz Stewart ( Greenburn)

Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) halved with Carol Whyte (Milngavie)

Pamela Williamson (Baberton) won 4 & 2 over May Hughes (Lanark)

Hazel Saunders ( Gullane Ladies) halved with Jane Finnie (Troon)

Anne Brownie (Gullane Ladies) won 6 & 5 over Sheena McDonald (Milngavie)

Jane Herd (Musselburgh)  won 1 up over Anna Telfer (Milngavie)

Ruth Brown (Mortonhall) won 2 & 1 over Lorraine Campbell (Cardross)