Saturday, July 11, 2020

West Vets Fixtures & update July 2020

On the 8th July West Vets Secretary Sandra MacDougall sent out an email to all the West Vet Members from Captain Chris Fowler -- In was you did not receive it or have not read it -- here is the Covid-19 update for the Association ------

The Committee held a Zoom meeting on the 6th July to discuss our fixtures for 2020 and how we go forward into 2021. 

1. We took account of what Scottish Golf had to say about Open Competition, Elite Amateur or indeed Professional events: 
"At present, it is not currently envisaged that these type of events will return for some time yet" 
Along with the SVLGA's early decision to cancel all their competitive golf events this year, we have decided to cancel our Autumn Meeting at West Kilbride in September. East Vets have already made the decision to cancel the Foursomes Match in August

2 Since we have not been able to hold any events this year, we felt that it is only fair to carry forward your subscription payments into 2021. We hope this meets with your approval.

3. It is hoped that all our 2020 fixtures will remain the same for 2021. Same venues, approximately the same dates for competitions and matches. Sandra has been in touch with all the clubs we were going to use and is hopeful this will be the case.

With so much uncertainty about golf this year, we felt we should make these decisions now and let you know the situation as it stands.

I will be in touch later in the year with any news about fixtures and what will happen about our AGM.

These are certainly unprecedented and extraordinary times. 
Keep Safe, enjoy your golf.

Chris Fowler (Captain)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Hi Ladies,

"I hope that you and your families are all safe and well.
Today would have been the West Vets Summer meeting at Cathkin Braes Golf Club, also our Championship qualifier which would have been played next week over Renfrew Golf Club."

"With the announcement that Golf will be permitted in England from Wednesday and in Ireland and Wales from next Monday there is no doubt that we are getting closer to a return ourselves here in Scotland.
I’m sure most of you will be looking forward to getting back out on the golf course, mindful of social distancing and all other measures put in place to keep you safe."

"It has been a really difficult time for everyone and it is likely to a slow return to what we consider normal – playing golf, meeting friends & family."
"I will keep you up to posted with any news or updates."

Take care and stay safe.
Chris Fowler

Thursday, May 07, 2020


As you all know, we are in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic and the SVLGA Committee has been trying to find the best way forward for 2020. We have held a virtual committee meeting, and, taking into account recent government advice on the length of time it may take to find our way out of the lockdown, we have decided to cancel all our events for 2020. Playing any kind of competitive golf event appears to be quite a long way off. Our events involve an older age group, travel across Scotland and England, overnight stays, catering, not to speak of methods of playing golf at a social distance. We hope that all Divisions agree with these decisions.

The first event to be cancelled is the Jamboree at Glenbervie. We were looking forward to hosting the English Divisions in Scotland. However, the Divisions have agreed to postpone the event to 2021, and we have booked to play at Glenbervie from Monday 2nd - Thursday 5th August 2021.

We have also decided to cancel the SVLGA Championship. Many Divisions have cancelled their qualifying competitions which are usually played over the year leading up to the finals at Blairgowrie. The Scottish Championship will not be contested this year. In 2021 the SVLGA Championship Finals will be contested on Sunday 19th September and Monday 20th September at Blairgowrie as usual. 

We have also cancelled the Blairgowrie event. We were hoping that we might be able to hold a golf event in September as it is still a few months away, but it is looking increasingly unlikely that we would be able to hold the event in the normal format, and the sensible decision is to cancel it. We have booked at Blairgowrie for 2021 on Monday 20th September and Tuesday 21st September. Thank you to everyone who intimated that they would like to play this year. Most Divisions had taken up their quota, and will be allocated the same number of places for 2021.

Our AGM is scheduled for Sunday 20th September 2020 at Blairgowrie at 7.30pm. As the Blairgowrie event is not going ahead, we will find another method of holding the AGM which is likely to be on the same date at the same time. We will let you know details as soon as we can.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


I have been in touch with the East and Midlands Captains regarding our up and coming Team Matches. We have agreed that these scheduled matches cannot go ahead following the latest Government directives.
Consequently -
                          28th May West v Midlands at Troon
                          2nd June West v East at Douglas Park
Have been cancelled.
Whether these matches can be rearranged later in the season is impossible to predict. We will keep you posted.

With best wishes and good health throughout the coming months.

Chris Fowler

Friday, March 20, 2020


In light of the recent directive from the UK Government to avoid non-essential social contact, we have taken the decision to cancel/postpone the Spring Meeting at Lanark, the Summer Meeting at Cathkin Braes along with the Championship at Renfrew.
The number of clubs around Scotland who have now closed their catering and bar facilities is increasing daily.
I am also aware that things are likely to escalate over the next few weeks.
We are extremely disappointed but agree that this is in the best interests of our members.

The draw for Blairgowrie will go ahead, we have been allocated 11 spaces. So far 9 couples have sent Sandra applications. If you still wish to apply, can you do so by 4th April.

We normally ask for names of ladies who wish to be considered for our 3 Team Matches, to put there names forward when attending the Spring Meeting, can you email myself if you wish to be considered for selection for any of the matches listed below.

For players with a handicap of 10 and above there are two matches:

The singles match against Midlands, 28th May at Troon Portland 
The Foursomes match against East, 13th August at Turnhouse GC
For players with a handicap of 9 and under 
Singles match against East, 2nd June at Douglas Park

Obviously, we will be looking at the current situation nearer the time as to whether any of these matches will take place.

It may be possible to try and play the Championship later in the year, however that is something we can look at over the coming weeks.

Stay safe everyone.
Chris Fowler (Captain)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy is postponed

The Annual SVLGA team v Irish Senior Ladies team for the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy:

I suspect that it will come as no surprise that the decision has been made to postpone the above match which was due to take place on 28 and 29 March in Dublin. We are currently in discussions with our Irish friends to decide when the next match will be played.
This is such a disappointment for all concerned but it is clear the current situation will not improve  in the next two weeks and this is the only course of action which could be taken. 

In the meantime, we do hope that all our members stay fit and well and manage to get out on the golf course to reap the benefits of playing this great game. 

Stay fit and well everyone ⛳️🏌️‍♀️
Karen Ballantyne
SVLGA Captain

Sunday, March 08, 2020


Lesley, Liz, Donna and Gillian on the practice day
West Vets, Donna Jackson, Liz Stewart, Gillian Kyle, Lesley Lloyd and Gillian McGinlay have all been at the Spanish Seniors last week in Valencia at Parador El Saler Golf Club.
The event consisted of 2 days of 'Doubles" - Fourball (Day 1) and Foursomes (Day 2) and then 3 days of singles with the cut being made at 60th out of a field of 90 after the 2nd round.

Out of a field of 46 couples Gillian Kyle partnered by Scottish Seniors Champion Elaine Moffat finished in Tied in 22nd place followed by 1 shot behind by Donna and Liz tied in 24th place

The whole week all the players endured exceedingly high winds that played havoc with many scores and as you can see from the photo below some light refreshment was needed to help the recovery !!
The 19th Hole
Donna and Lesley Lloyd had the best performance with both of them finishing the rounds tied in 40th position and Donna was 20th in the handicap section.

For all the daily reports and scores click on the following link