Wednesday, October 17, 2012

FIONA SENDS HER BEST WISHES TO ALL FROM SOUTH AFRICA

 Fiona Roger your West Vets Captain sends her best wishes to you all from South Africa and sent this lovely photograph. She is having a terrific time and looks  forward to seeing you all at the AGM at Cowglen Golf Club on Thursday November 8th at 2pm. 

The Annual Subscription for 2013 of £18 may be paid then.  

Alternatively, cheques made out to SVLGA(West) may be sent to the Treasurer, Mrs. Sheila Shaw, 5 McMillan Crescent, Beith KA15 1BP.

The Minutes of the 2011 AGM are on the West Vets website.  CLICK HERE  to read them.


A few copies will be available at the Meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

PURPLE HEATHER RAISES £551 FOR BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER

Emma Wilson with her cheque for Breakthough Breast Cancer 

Past SLGA President Emma Wilson who was caddying at the Senior Home Internationals at Elie Golf Club was delighted to have raised £551 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer by creating and receiving donations for her heather sprays. 

She says "Thank you all very much. I know that Breakthrough Breast Cancer will be delighted especially as October is breast cancer month to go PINK."

Well we went Purple instead.

The Scottish Team were  delighted for Emma and her efforts towards Breakthrough Breast Cancer and said  - "What a super amount you have raised, and just a tremendous reward for all your long hours creating the heather sprays and for encouraging all the purple support at Elie..  How good was it to see so many with their purple heather! "


All the Ladies of Elie & Earlsferry  were so friendly and indeed the men we came across the same, and just made us feel so welcome.. So I'm sure everybody would go home remembering Elie as a wonderful venue, and a great golf course as well.
Thanks again and well done to you!

The Elie ladies were also full of praise of everyone and they just thought that hosting the event was fantastic.

Over and above the £551 raised, Emma has also now raised £6,922 for Breakthough Breast Cancer  with her pink sock campaign !!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

SOME PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO'S FROM ELIE AT THE SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONALS


Ireland - 2012 Senior home International Champions
Here are some  photoalbums from the Senior Home International at Elie  --- CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS

Scottish Seniors Home Internationals Teams and Welcoming Reception Party

Scotland v Wales - Day 1

 Scotland v England - Day 2

Scotland v Ireland - Day 3

2012 Scottish Seniors Home International Presentation and Dinner



Alternatively you will find photos the photos by Clicking on the following links -- Where you  can download any photo you would like

OPENING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
SCOTLAND v WALES 
SCOTLAND v ENGLAND
SCOTLAND v IRELAND
CLOSING CEREMONY, PRESENTATION AND DINNER



THERE ARE 11 VIDEOS FROM THE CLOSING CEREMONY AND DINNER. --TO MOVE THROUGH THEN CLICK ON THE NEXT ARROW ON THE BOTTOM WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING THE VIDEO. -- NEXT TO THE PAUSE BUTTON 

Alternatively CLICK HERE to go to the playlist

  

Friday, October 05, 2012

SCOTLAND LOSE TO IRELAND ON DAY 3 AND IRELAND ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Ireland -- Senior champions
By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Colin@scottishgolfview.com 
Scotland slumped to their heaviest ever 7-1 defeat at the hands of Ireland as the team from the Emerald Isle romped to their first ever title in the Senior Women's Home Internationals at Elie today.
Ireland were the pre-tournament favourites for the title on the strength of their bronze medals performance in the European senior womens championships in Switzerland several weeks ago. And they lived up to their star billing.
They were almost in a different league from defending champions England (beat them 6-2), Wales (beat them 5-3) and Scotland (beat them 7-1) with Ireland's Carol Wickham, the MVP of the tournament. She was the only player from any country to end up with six wins out of six.
Scotland, a little bit unlucky to go down heavily to England on Wednesday, had no such excuses in crashing 5-0 in the singles against the rampant Irish.
Scotland's top player over the three days was Fifer Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) with 3pt out of a possible six.

 DAY 3 RESULTS AT ELIE

WALES 2, ENGLAND 6
Foursomes - A Lewis and V Thomas lost to J Melville and F Christine 1 hole, O Davies and P Fernon lost to C Quinn and C Berry 4 and 3, J Rees and D Richards bt B Laird and R Adams 1 hole (1-2)
Singles - Lewis lost to Quinn 3 and 2, Rees bt Melville 4 and 2, C Harries lost to A Mayne 1 hole, Thomas lost to Christine 4 and 2, Richards lost to Berry 3 and 2 (1-4)

SCOTLAND 1, IRELAND 7
Foursomes - M Smith and A Ryan lost to H Jones and P Doran 1 hole, H Anderson and M Hughes lost to S McElroy and C Wickham 7 and 6, L Bennett and A Bartlett bt S Corcoran and K Evans 4 and 3 (1-2)
Singles - Bartlett lost to McElroy 7 and 6, Smith lost to Wickham 3 and 2, Bennett lost to Corcoran 5 and 3, F De Vries lost to Jones 1 hole, Ryan lost to Doran 3 and 2 (0-5)


HOW THEY FINISHED
Ireland 3 points
England 2 
points
Scotland 1point
Wales 0 points.


Thursday, October 04, 2012

IRELAND ON COURSE TO WIN THE SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONALS AT ELIE

Helen Jones and Pat Jones - Morning Winners
Ireland are still on course to win the Senior Home Internationals for the first time with a 100 per cent record through the three days at Elie. But they had to come from behind to take a 2-1 foursomes lead over Scotland.
England led Wales 2-1 at lunchtime in the other match.
Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham put the first point on the board for the Irish with a 7 and 6 win over Heather Anderson and May Hughes. The Irish pair won the first hole but it was their great run from the fourth to the ninth, during which they won five of the six holes, that proved decisive.
The Scots did not win a hole. They went seven down on the 11th and a half at the next hole ended the lopsided contest.
Scotland levelled it at 1-1 when Lorna Bennett and Alison Bartlett beat Suzanne Corcoran and Kate Evans by 4 and 3. The Scots lost the second but then won the third, fourth, seventh and eighth to be three up. Corcoran and Evans won back the ninth to be two down at the turn.
After four halved holes in succession, Scotland suddenly had the match won with back-to-back gains at the 14th and 15th.
Scotland's sisters, Mary Smith and Anne Ryan, looked set to give their side the lunchtime lead when they won the 11th with a par 3 to be three up on the Irish stalwart pair of Helen Jones and Pat Doran. But the latter snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a great inward half during which they won the 14th and 15th and then the par-5 17th with an eagle 3, thanks to a huge putt from Doran.
Down the last, the Irish recovery carried them to victory with Smith and Ryan taking three putts to get down from the "Valley of Sin" in front of the 18th green for a bogey 5 while while Jone and Doran two-putted from the back of the green for a winning par 4.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

SCOTLAND LOSE TO ENGLAND ON DAY 2

SCOTS WERE NOT HAMMERED BY THE ENGLISH. DESPITE THE SCORELINE
Thanks go go Colin Farquharson for the report

Ireland, 5-3 winners over Wales today (Wed), are the only team with a 100 % record going into the final day of the Senior Home International matches at Elie and Earlsferry Fife. Only Scotland, beaten 6 1/2-1 1/2 by England, stand between the Irish and a first ever seven-a-side title.
Even a draw against the mercurial Scots would be enough to clinch the over-50s title for Ireland who won the bronze medal in the recent European senior women's championships in Switzerland.
Ireland made a 3-0 clean sweep of the foursomes for the second day in a row but the fighting Welsh took them down a peg by winning the singles 3-2.
The England v Scotland match was closer than the final scoreline of 6 1/2-1 1/2 in favour of the English would suggest.
Scotland won the first foursome and were ahead in the other two but went in at lunchtime trailing 2-1. Of the five singles, three went to the 18th green and the two others ended at the 17th.
Chris Quinn put England ahead 3-1 by beating Alison Bartlett 2 and 1 in the lead-off singles. Bartlett had the better of the outward half and was two up three times within the first eight holes. But Quinn won the ninth, 12th and 13th to lead for the first time.
Five of the last six holes were halved but Quinn went to up at the 16th.
Caroline Berry ensured that England could not be beaten by delivering the fourth point, courtesy of a 2 and 1 win over Lorna Bennett. Betty was three up after five holes and though Bennett got her deficit back to one hole after eighth she could down get the gains after that. Nine of the last 10 holes were halved with Berry going two up by winning the 13th.
Scotland's Heather Anderson was three up after six holes, having won three in a row from the fourth, against Barbara Laird who fell four down when she lost the eighth. That was the high point for Anderson. Laird won the ninth, 14th, 15th and 16th to square the match and the last two holes were halved.
Felicity Christine beat Fiona De Vries by one hole in a match of two halves. Christine won five holes in a row from the third and was five up after 10. Then De Vries took over the driving seat. She won the 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th to be one down with three to play.
Christine held the rallying Scot at bay by halving the lat three holes.
Rozalyn Adams beat Mary Smith by two holes after leading for the first time at the 17th and also winning the 18th. Smith had been two up after two and still two up after seven but Adams finished the stronger.


IRELAND 5, WALES 3
Foursomes - H Jones and P Doran bt A Lewis and V Thomas 3 and 2, S McElroy and C Wickham bt C Harries and P. Fernon 7 an d6, S Corcoran and G McMullen bt J Rees and D Richards 1 hole (3-0)
Singles - McElory lost to Lewis 2 and 1, Wickham bt O Davies 4 and 3, Jones lost to Rees 5 and 4, K Evans lost to Thomas 2 and 1, Doran bt Richards 2 and 1 (2-3).

SCOTLAND 1 1/2, ENGLAND 6 1/2
Foursomes - L Bennett and F De Vries bt C Quinn and A Mayne 5 and 4, M Smith and A Ryan lost to R Adams and B Laird 1 hole, H Anderson and A Bartlett lost to J Melville and F Christine 2 holes (1-2)
Singles - Bartlett lost to1/2 Quinn 2 and 1, Bennett lost to C Berry 2 and 1, De Vries lost to Christine 1 hole, Anderson halved with Laird, Smith lost to Adams 2 holes (1/2-4 1/2)
HOW THEY STAND
Ireland 2 pt, Scotland 1pt, England 1pt, Wales 0.
FINAL THURSDAY MATCHES
8.30 and 1.10pm - Wales v England.
9.00 and 1.50 - Scotland v Ireland.


SCOTLAND V ENGLAND (MORNING FOURSOMES) - DAY 2

CLICK HERE for live scoring from Elie at the Senior Home Internationals

 England lost the first foursome to Scotland by a big margin and trailed in the two other ties at one stage but the defending champions pulled through to lead 2-1 at lunchtime.

Lorna Bennett and Fiona De Vries combined well to put the first Wednesday point on the board for Scotland. They beat Chris Quinn and Amanda Mayne by 5 and 4 after being three up at the turn, thanks to gains at the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth. The Scots were four up by winning the 10th and, after three halved holes, clinched victory some way from home by winning the 14th for a five-hole lead.

Roz Adams and Barbara Laird levelled matters overall by beating sisters Mary Smith and Anne Ryan by one hole. The English pair took the lead for the first time by winning the ninth to square and the 11th to go one up. Mary Smith and Anne Ryan retaliated by winning the 12th and 13th for a one-hole lead. But the English pair finished very strongly to win the 14th and 15th for a one-hole advantage. Mary and Anne won the 16th to be all square but after a half at the 17th Roz Adams rolled a long putt up to within inches of the hole for England to win the 18th and the match by the narrowest of margins.

Janet Melville and Felicity Christine put England in for lunch with a 2-1 lead by beating Heather Anderson and Alison Bartlett by one hole. The English pair twice held a two-hole lead on the outward journey but the Scots squared the match by winning the eighth and 10th and went one up for the first time by taking the 12th. Melville and Christine dominated the closing holes by winning the 14th (all square), then the 16th (one up) and also the 18th where the Scots went out of bounds over the back of the green.
 FOURSOMES: SCOTLAND 1 ENGLAND 2
 IRELAND 3 WALES 0

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

SCOTLAND WIN AGAINST WALES DAY 1

The Thumbs Up --  Scotland are Winners against Wales
Report by Colin Farquharson 
 Scotland made a good start to the senior women's home golf internationals at Elie and Earlsferry, Fife today . They beat Wales 5-3 and now face England whose hopes of retaining the title were mortally wounded when Ireland beat them for the first time in this series which started in 2003.

Ireland have never won the over-50s title but this 6-2 win makes them hot favourites to break their duck.Two North players made huge contributions to the Scotland effort.

Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch), who did not play in the morning foursomes which were shared 1 1/2-1 1/2 against Wales, came off the bench to beat the legendary Vicki Thomas by 4 and 3 after winning the first three holes.Then, with the overall matched poised at 4-3 in Scotland's favour but Wales hoping to win the last match to salvage a draw, Tain's Mary Smith rose to the occasion to beat the experienced Jane Rees by one hole.
 Scotland play England on the second day with the prospects of a backlash performance by the well beaten English a strong possibility. Ireland play Wales and should pick up another win before they meet Scotland in Thursday's final programme DAY 1
SCOTLAND 5, WALES 3
Foursomes - L Bennett and F De Vries halved with A Lewis and V Thomas, H Anderson and M Hughes bt P Fernon and C Harries 2 and 1, M Smith and A Ryan lost to J Rees and D Richards 2 holes (1 1/2-1 1/2)
Singles - Bennett halved with Lewis, A Bartlett bt Thomas 4 and 3, De Vries bt Harries 3 and 2, Hughes lost to Richards 6 and 4, Smith bt Rees 1 hole (3 1/2-1 1/2)
ENGLAND 2, IRELAND 6
Foursomes - C Quinn and A Mayne lost to H Jones and P Doran 1 hole, J Melville and F Christine lost to S McElroy and C Wickham 5 and 4, C Berry and R Adams lost to S Corcoran and G McMullen 4 and 2 (0-3)
Singles - Quinn bt Jones 4 and 2, Melville lost to McElroy 4 and 3, Mayne lost to Wickham 3 and 2, B Laird lost to Corcoran 6 and 4, Berry bt Doran 2 holes (2-3).
 DAY 2 MATCHES
Ireland v Wales (8.30am and 1.10pm)
Scotland v England (9am and 1.50pm

SCOTLAND v WALES MORNING FOURSOMES

Wales' lead-off pairing of Ann Lewis and Vicki Thomas won the last two holes to snatch a square match against Scotland's Lorna Bennett and Fiona De Vries who, after an fairly even outward half, had taken the lead for the first time by winning the 11th and were still one up on the 17th tee.

Scotland got their morning point with a 2 and 1 win by Heather Anderson and May Hughes over Patricia Fernon and Christine Harries. The Irish pair had the better of the outward half and when they won the seventh and eighth they went two up. Heather Anderson and May Hughes turned their fortunes around by winning the ninth to be only one down and then took three holes in a row from the 12th to jump into a two-hole lead. Three halves in succession completed the Scots' victory.

Jane Rees and Denise Richards levelled the scoreline for Wales by beating sisters Mary Smith and Anne Ryan by two holes. The Welsh pair looked to be heading for an early finish when they went four up after 10 holes but three halves in row stopped the rot for the Scots and when they won the 14th, 15th and 16th to be only one down on the 17th tee, they were on the verge of salvaging at least a square match. But it was not to be. After a half at the 17th, Rees and Richards won the last hole. 
Morning Foursomes
 Scotland 1.5 Wales 1.5
England 0 Ireland 3