Thursday, November 24, 2011

Moira Thomson Funeral Arrangements

Moira's funeral will be at 2pm on Wednesday 30th November at Mortonhall Crematorium.

All friends are welcome afterwards at the Nether Abbey Hotel, Dirleton Avenue, North Berwick to join the family in a celebration of Moira's life.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


May Hughes
Many Congratulations go to West Vet May Hughes who received Honorary Membership of Lanarkshire County at their AGM last night. To read the full report go to the Lanarkshire County Website

Saturday, November 19, 2011


By Gillian Kirkwood

It is with huge regret that I report the death of Moira Thomson (nee Dewar) at the young age of 61.   
She died this morning (19th November) at the Western General Hospital.   I am sure all who read this will be as shocked as I am at the speed in which her illness took her.   It has been only 13 weeks since her diagnosis,  and she fought a courageous battle to the end.
Moira won the Scottish Girls Championship at Dalmahoy in 1968.   Starting out as a County player for Midlothian, and then a stalwart of the East Lothian County team,  she really came into her own on reaching the age for seniors golf,  and was a regular Scottish Senior International player for over 10 years.   
She worked very hard on her golf in these latter years,  and gained the respect of her international colleagues as a strong match player.  She thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of senior golf and her  friends at Gullane will miss her in their regular Saturday game.
Our heartfelt sympathies go to her husband Alastair, her daughter Claire and son Andrew, her sister Anne and their families.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

To read more go to the EAST VETS WEBSITE -- Some memories from recent times are seen in the photos below CLICK HERE for larger photos

Monday, November 14, 2011



Captain Fiona Roger welcomed 35 members to the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the West Vets AGM at Cowglen Golf Club.
APOLOGIES were received from 39 members.

MINUTES of 2010 AGM. The adoption was proposed by Ann Dunn and seconded by Helen Faulds.


FINANCIAL REPORT.  Sheila Shaw thanked Jan Macnab for auditing the accounts and Fiona Roger for taking care of the sale of the sweaters.
Total income for the year was £3151 and expenditure was £3167 leaving a deficit, of £16.
Sheila reported that bank interest was considerably reduced and in fact has now disappeared completely. Trophy insurance costs show a sizeable increase and this is being looked at seriously before the annual renewal in May.
The financial report was approved having been proposed by Janette Stewart and seconded by Ann Prentice.

SECRETARY'S REPORT.  The secretary announced that the membership currently stood at 178 (there having been 2 resignations prior to the AGM. There are 44 ladies on the waiting list.

The fixtures for 2012 are as follows :-
Spring meeting   - Thursday 26th April 2012 at Ralston GC. 9.30. till 12.30pm
Summer meeting – Thursday 24th May 2012 at Kilmacolm GC. 9.30 till 1pm
Autumn meeting  - Wednesday 5th Sept 2012 at Hilton Park GC (Allander). 9.30 till 12.30pm
Matches :-
West v Midlands   - Tues 5th June 2012 at Ranfurly Castle GC at 11am
West v East (singles) – Wed 11th July 2012 at Troon (Portland) at 11am
East v West (foursomes)  - Tues 14th Aug at Gullane no 2 at 3pm
Renfrew GC – Wed 30th May 2012 – 9.30am and 2pm
                         Thurs 31st May 2012 – 11am

CAPTAIN'S REPORT.  The Captain began by saying how much she had enjoyed her first year in office. The weather for the year had not been spectacular but the meetings had all been successfully completed and Prestwick St Cuthbert's at the Spring meeting had been particularly enjoyed by all. The numbers entering the meetings had been very high and extra tee times had had to be arranged for two of the meetings.
The results of the matches were as follows:
Midlands v West – Played at Alloa and win 4-3 by West
East v West singles – Played at Gullane and halved
West v East Foursomes – Played at Troon and won 3.5 – 1.5 by West

CHAMPIONSHIP -  This was held as usual at Renfrew GC and was won by Pat Hutton with the runner up being Jennifer Mack. The Bronze championship was won by May McGhee with Mary Irving being the runner up. Thanks were extended to Renfrew for granting courtesy of the course again.

The Captain then congratulated the many West Vets who had played in competitions in Scotland and elsewhere throughout the year and who had, in many cases, been very successful.

BLAIRGOWRIE REPORT   The captain reported that June Irons was second in the Patrick Rose Bowl and Sheilagh Osborne was 5th. The Buchanan Cup was won by June Irons with Sheilagh Osborne runner up. The Greensomes was won yet again by Helen Faulds and Carol Fell who retained the Tony Moffat Trophy for the best scratch score and the Beddows Quaich for the 1st handicap
Jamboree   - The Hirsel GC Coldstream from 7th to 9th August, 2012
Irish match  - Hilton Temple Patrick GC Belfast from 14th to 16th April, 2012
Championship  - Blairgowrie from 16th to 18th September, 2012

The President, Jean Thomas, was absent due to illness and Sally Coster (Vice President) chaired the meeting. Pam Williamson handed over captaincy of the Scottish Vets to Helen Faulds who announced that her Vice Captain will be Noreen Fenton (East)
The Championship draw has now been changed to a rolling draw rather than an ad hoc annual draw. It was agreed that the use of distance measuring devices will be allowed at Blairgowrie from 2012.

Irish Match. May Hughes reported that Craigielaw was the venue for the Irish match contesting the Mary McKenna Trophy. The team consisted of Elaine Allison, Heather Anderson, Allison Bartlett, Lorna Bennett, May Hughes, Anne Ryan, Mary Smith and Moira Thomson. The match was played in excellent weather and the Irish won by the narrow margin of 6.5 to 5.5

JAMBOREE. Alex Glennie reported that this was held at Wellingborough GC from 10th to 12th August. It was an interesting course with a very testing final hole! The results of the matches were:-
Scotland v England midlands - 6 -3 to Scotland
Scotland v England south – 8.5 – 0.5 to England south
Scotland v England north - match halved
The Miller Trophy was won by England South

HOME INTERNATIONALS. In appalling weather the Scottish team lost to both Ireland and England and beat Wales to finish third overall. Next year they will be held at Elie and a good turn out is hoped for.

ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS. The Captain thanked Helen Faulds and Jinty Halley who will both be stepping down. Sheila Shaw and Ruth Henderson will remain as Treasurer and Secretary respectively for a further year. Two new committee members were proposed by Captain Fiona:-
Helen Burnett  and Morag Key. These ladies were seconded by Sheilagh Osborne and will serve for a period of 2 years.

The captain proposed that the use of distance measuring devices be allowed in all West competitions from 2012 and this was approved.
Cathy Morton suggested that the West division might consider underwriting the cost of the Trophy insurance ourselves by depositing money each year into an account to be used for the purpose. It was agreed that the committee will look into this.
It was agreed that all meetings from 2012 will be pre-ballotted.
Carol fell was presented with a gift in appreciation of all her work on the web site.
The captain reported that a special trophy would be given to Sally Coster to mark her hole in one at the Spring meeting at Prestwick St Cuthberts.
After the presentation of the prizes Jennifer Mack proposed a vote of thanks.



Thursday, November 03, 2011


Some of the West Vets Prizewinners
The SVLGA West Divisional AGM and prizegiving was held today at Cowglen Golf Club. Captain Fiona Roger Chaired the meeting and with Secretary Ruth Henderson and Treasurer Sheila Shaw the Annual reports were read out --- See below Slideshow

After the AGM President Wendy Cameron presented the prizes.

To see larger photographs CLICK HERE and then click on slideshow


Another year gone in the blink of an eye! I can honestly say that I have enjoyed my first year of captaincy of the West Vets, and along with it, another year of fun in the wider circle of Scottish vet’s golfing circles.
I think the fun and camaraderie within the vets is something special.
The golf may not be quite as consistent as it once was, but we are still out there trying as hard as we ever did!

As in most of the Vet’s Divisions in Scotland we have a very full membership and turnouts for competitions are high. Our membership is full with 180 members and a considerable waiting list. Long may that continue. Perhaps not for the people well down the waiting list but certainly to be in such a healthy position is great.

The past season has not produced a whole lot of summer weather but if you recall our Spring Meeting at Prestwick St Cuthbert in April was a magnificent day and we had 87 enthusiastic ladies take part. There wee 7 ladies below the CSS for the day in Division 1 and 4 in Division 2. A great display of golf! Janette Stewart (Kilmarnock Barassie) was our winner with a brilliant net 66. Division 2 winner and super vet was May McGhee with a net 65.

The summer Meeting was played at Whitecraigs in weather that improved as the morning went on. This was also our qualifier for the West Division Championship. 68 people participated and scoring reflected the not so good conditions. The CSS was 75 (RO). The winner was Enid Young with a nett 77. Whitecraigs member Sandra Carruthers was Division 2 winner and Super Vet with a net 73, Well done Sandra – the best net score of the day! 8 players with the best scratch scores qualified for the Championship – more about that later.

There was a poor turnout for the Autumn Meeting at Cardross. Perhaps the awful weather leading up to it, and the fact that it was a difficult course and even more difficult with the conditions underfoot. The day did in fact turn out to be extremely good overhead but sadly we had only 33 ladies turn up.
We had 2 people who obviously didn’t find it too difficult! The CSS was 77 and Joanna Scott (Cathkin Braes) returned a wonderful score of GROSS 78-6:72 pipping Suzanne Cadden (Cardross) also GROSS 78-5:73. Well done to both of them. Division 2 was won by Jane Thomson (Whitecraigs)

All three matches this year were played in a very friendly but competitive manner and I am delighted to report a halved match against the East in the Elise Duncan Trophy at Gullane – scratch singles for the single handicapers.

A win (4-3) against the Midlands for the Mid West Trophy at Alloa – scratch singles for 10+ handicaps.

And a win (3.5-1.5) against the East in the Friendship Trophy at Troon – scratch foursomes for handicaps 10+.

May I minute my thanks to Emma Wilson, Midlands Captain and Noreen Fenton, East Captain for arranging two such enjoyable days away, and to say how much we enjoyed hosting the East foursomes team at Troon.

Can I thank all those who took part in the matches.
Low singles at Gullane:
Suzanne Cadden, Helen Faulds, Jane Finnie, Alex Glennie, May Hughes, Pat Hutton, Jennifer Mack, Janice Paterson and Anna Telfer.

10+ handicap singles match at Alloa:
Enid Young, Maureen Mitchell, Cathy Morton, Marion Stewart, Jennifer Graham, Mo Neilson and Anne Aitken.

Foursomes at Troon:
Enid Young, Sandra Gilchrist, Marion Stewart, Rena Simpson, Jennifer Graham, Ruth Henderson, Freda Bunch, Fiona Roger, Anne Aitken and Ann Dunn.

The Championship:
The 2011 West Division Championship was played again this year at Renfrew Golf Club. The 8 best scratch scores from the Summer Meeting went forward to the match play stages and the best 4 scratch scores in the Bronze contested the Bronze Championship.
We appreciate Renfrew allowing us the courtesy of the course – 10 tee tmes in all over two days.
A challenging course and good to start of the championship on a windless day.
Congratulations to all those who qualified for the match play stages.
Day 1 saw Alex Glennie, Jennifer Mack, May Hughes and Janette McCartney progress to the semi finals at the expense of Lorraine Campbell, May Hughes, Enid Young and Anna Telfer.
The semi finals and finals were played on day 2 under blue skies and warm sunshine.
Jennifer beat Alex at the 17th in a closely contested match.
The other semi final was a game of two halves between Pat and Janette. Janette took a commanding lead but Pat played her way back into the match and was victorious at the 18th.
The final was contested between Pat and Jennifer and in the end Pat was the worthy winner and Vets Champion for 2011.
The Bronze finalists were Mary Irving and May McGhee at the expense of Maureen Rennie and Anna MacDougall. The final was very competitive and closely fought with May McGhee coming out on top as Bronze Champion 2011.

Can I say how honoured I am to captain a Vet’s Division that has so many of its members committed to so many areas of Golf – administration, captaincy, team members, club champions and participants in so many of the Vet competitions not only in this country but also abroad. If I have omitted anyone in the following list, please forgive me.

Fiona Cowan, SLGA Committee

Sally Coster, Vice President of the Scottish Vets, Helen Faulds Scottish Vets Captain

Scottish team for Home Internationals – May Hughes and Alex Glennie team members, Helen Faulds Captain

Team members – Scotland v Ireland – May Hughes team member and reserves Alex Glennie and Suzanne Cadden,

Vets JamboreeAlex Glennie and May Hughes team members and reserve Janice Paterson.
Helen Faulds, Vice Captain ( jamboree played before Helen took over captaincy)

Home Internationals: Captained by Helen Faulds Team members Alex Glennie and May Hughes.

Seven Vets played in the Scottish Championships at Machrihanish. I think they all wish the had decided not to – the weather was seriously horrendous.

17 West Division vets took part in the Scottish Seniors at Portpatrick Dunskey. There were 77 competed altogether. Alex Glennie became Scottish Stroke play Champion – many congratulations Alex. Alex, Pat Hutton, Janice Paterson and May Hughes all qualified for the match play stages, Jennifer Mack, missing out in a play off, for the last match play place. Pat unfortunately lost in the first round. May in the quarter finals but both Alex and Janice reached the semis Janice only losing to the eventual winner, Noreen Fenton at the 18th. Carol Fell qualified for the new handicap match play but unfortunately lost in the first round.

The West vets were represented at the British Seniors in Ireland by Janice Paterson. Jennifer Mack and Helen Faulds had to withdraw as they were storm bound and unable to cross to Ireland on the ferry!

Janice and Jennifer went to the Portugeuse Seniors. Janice won the 6-12 handicap category.

Janice and Suzanne Cadden participated at the Spanish Seniors.

Ayrshire County Captain Alex Glennie took her county team to the County Finals

Milngavie Greenlees team, led by Anna Telfer won the Greenlees Trophy for the 3rd year in a row.

I do know that several vets have won their club championships. I apologise for not being able to name them. I couldn’t find the list which I know Carol put on the web.


I would like to finish my report by thanking all my committee for their support throughout the season and to all the members of the Division who have supported all the year’s competitions. I look forward to as many of you being able to be at next season’s competitions and hope that we have some slightly better summer months.


120 Ladies from all over Scotland were at Blairgowrie for the annual vet’s meeting. The Championship played on the Landsdowne course features the 8 Divisional champions from all over Scotland, in a knockout competition and PAT HUTTON our West Division champion lost in the quarter final to Linda Dyball from Midlands. The East Champion, NOREEN FENTON, followed up her title of SCOTTISH SENIORS CHAMPION earlier in the season at PORTPATRICK DUNSKEY by becoming SCOTTISH VETS CHAMPION at Blairgowrie.

West division was well represented in the prize list for the other competitions over the two days.
Played on the Monday, JUNE IRONS was second in the Patrick Rose Bowl – medal round played over Rosemount- with a net 74 and SHEILAGH ORBORNE was 5th with a net 76. The Buchanan Cup, for the best net score for the ladies in the more senior age group was won by JUNE IRONS with SHEILAGH ORSBORNE runner up.

The Greensomes was played on Tuesday and the West had 13 couples participating. Carol Fell and Helen Faulds retained the Tony Moffat Trophy for the best scratch score of 78 and the Beddows Quaich for 1sr handicap (78-7:71)

Well done to all the prizewinners.

Helen and I attended the committee meeting on Sunday, along with the other captains and secretaries and then the AGM, well supported, was held on the Monday night. Both meetings past with any great dramas.

In the absence of President Jean Thomas due to illness Sally Coster in her role as Vice President chaired the AGM.

Correspondence was received from Team members who played in the Irish and Jamboree matches saying that they felt it was a privilege to play for the vets and appreciated the continued support from the Association and that they were very aware of costs involved although they do contribute quite a lot of expenses themselves.

Finances seems to be holding their own. Sheila has already mentioned the £1 increase payable by the Divisions.

Pam Williamson gave a very comprehensive report on the 2011 Jamboree held at Wellingborough in August. She was disappointed that the Miller Stirling Cup wasn’t retained but the team gave of their best. One win, one draw and a loss.
Pam then handed over the Scottish Vet’s captaincy to Helen Faulds and wished her well in her time of office. Helen then announced that her vice captain would be Noreen Fenton from the East.

The 2012 Jamboree will be hosted by Scotland at The Hirshel Golf Club, Coldstream from 7th to 9th August.

The Irish match will be in Ireland at Hilton Temple Patrick Golf Club from 14th to 16th April 2012.

It has been agreed that the Scottish team have a nice new uniform which is in the hands of Helen.

At the request of Helen, The Championship draw has been changed to a rolling draw rather than divisions drawn out of a hat. There are 8 Division and there will now be a set draw which will cover seven years.

As always a huge thanks must go to the Scottish Vet’s Secretary Jean Lambert and her team for a very well organised few days of competition as well as the meetings she has to prepare for. It is thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part.
Dates for next year’s Blairgowrie Meeting will be 16th to 18th September.
The meeting this year has passed the use of Distance Measuring Devices for Blairgowrie 2012.

If you wish to go to Blairgowrie next year please make sure that your form is with Ruth by the Spring Meeting next year. Entry is subject to a set number of couples from each Division determined by the Divisional Membership. Should we have to many apply from the West we will need to ballot for places.

Mary McKenna Trophy -- Report by May Hughes

Craigielaw was the venue for the annual friendly tussle with Ireland for the Mary McKenna Trophy. The Scots team of Elaine Allison, Heather Anderson, Allison Bartlett, Lorna Bennett, May Hughes, Anne Ryan, Mary Smith and Moira Thomson, were eagerly awaiting the contest to get their revenge for the defeat last year at Portmarnock.

April in Scotland can on occasions be cold and wet but in this instance the sun shone from dawn to dusk leaving several vets short on sun cream.

In the fourballs on day one the Scots did not get off to the best of starts losing the first session 3.5 to 0.5, with Mary Smith and Alison Bartlett to only pair to put a half point on the board. This left Captain Pam Williamson and Vice Captain Helen Faulds searching for inspirational words to inspire a comeback. The Scots now needed 6 points from the 8 singles to regain the trophy.

However in true Scottish underdog style the team made a valiant effort to turn the match around. From the word go the Scots were out of starting blocks at full pelt and at the ninth the Irish captain Roma English must have had some niggling doubts of cashing in on their overnight lead. All but one game at the turn was in Scotland’s favour.

Moira Thomson put the first vital point on the board and a hole in one from Lorna Bennett helped add a second. Elaine Allison, Alison Bartlett and Anne Ryan posted 3 more wins and the Irish were beginning to feel heat. With 5 singles on the board only one more point was required, which after the disaster on day one was a welcome position.

May Hughes was all square at 15 but lost on 17 to Sheena McElroy. Mary Smith unfortunately lost on the last which left Heather Anderson needing a point for the victory. Sadly however a closing birdie from Ireland’s Helen Jones secured the vital point for the visitors and the Mary McKenna Trophy sailed west for another year.

The captain and her right hand woman were exhausted after one of the tightest games ever and although disappointed to lose, were very proud at just failing at the final hurdle. Next year at Temple Patrick in Belfast we look forward to fight another day.

Alex Glennie also gave ann excellent report on the The Annual Vets Jamboree at Wellingborough Golf Club. Click Here and then Scroll down for all the results

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

2011 West Division AGM

The West Vets AGM is on Thursday 3rd November 2011 at Cowglen Golf Club at 2 pm prompt.
To print out the 2010 Minutes to read again before the Meeting --- CLICK HERE

Saturday, October 08, 2011


The 2011 Scottish Seniors Team
with Captain Helen Faulds and SLGA's Fiona Cowan - Click to enlarge

Scottish Seniors Team at the Social Evening playing the part of Cinderella --- Click to enlarge each photograph

Fiona Cowan and Alex Glennie have sent some photographs taken at the recent Senior Home Internationals at Tramore in Ireland
Click on the Following links to see some photos from the event 
Fiona's Photographs and Alex's Photographs.
If you want to see the thumbnails click on the X on the bottom of the slideshow
The team performed the "Cinderella" act at the social evening -- Don't have a video of them but if you can't remember the story then click on the following link ---- The 2008 version in Utube starring some famous senior golfers !

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Senior Ladies Home Internationals at Tramore – by Helen Faulds

Thanks to Past Vets Captain Helen Faulds who as Captain led the team representing Scotland at the Senior Ladies Home Internationals at Tramore Golf Club recently and has sent this report of their time there.

Senior Ladies Home Internationals from Tramore G C in County Waterford, Southern Ireland.
The weather as you probably read was terrible—mist and fog causing numerous suspensions in play and torrential rain on the last day. I think we were the only part of the whole world not basking in sunshine last week. In fact it was glorious sunshine just 10 miles away.
The Scottish team lost narrowly to Ireland on the first day, were thumped by England on day 2 and beat Wales on day 3 to finish in 3rd place. I thought the girls showed a lot of grit and determination in poor weather conditions and team spirit was always good.
Tramore GC could not have done more for us. They had 60 volunteers who either caddied, ball spotted or acted as scorers with each game. The club welcomed us with open arms –even giving each player and captain a lovely Waterford crystal memento of the occasion. I think we all left Ireland with very special memories.

A truly memorable occasion for Helen and her Team! Next year the venue for the Senior Ladies is at Elie, we wish them luck and good weather – and hopefully some of us will make the journey through to Fife to support the team.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Scotland win against Wales and England are the Senior Home International Winners

From the LGU Website ----Click on the link to read more
England Champions again but fighting Irish ran them close.
England retained the title in the Senior Ladies’ Home Internationals on a very wet afternoon at Tramore Golf Club in Ireland. But what an exciting finish it was to the weather-hit three-day programme.
After England and Ireland had completed Day 2 wins this morning over Scotland and Wales respectively, it meant that the England v Ireland match between the only two teams with 100 per cent winning records would be the title decider.
It went right down to the wire before England prevailed 4-3 with the last putt on the last green in the last match to finish.
Wales started well in the match for third place against Scotland. Christine Harries won by 5 and 4 against Heather Anderson in the lead-off singles, having been one up at the turn before adding to that with unanswered successes at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 14th.
But Lorna Bennett chalked up an outstanding win for Scotland by beating Welsh ace Vicki Thomas by the comprehensive margin of 6 and 5. Lorna was five up after seven holes and never allowed her opponent a chance to get back into the match.
Scotland went 2-1 ahead when Karen Ballantyne beat Karen Weatherley by 5 and 4 after winning three of the first four holes and still leading by two at the turn. Ballantyne quickened to win the 11th, 13th and 14th.
Scotland advanced to 3-1 with a one-hole victory by Mary Smith over Denise Richards who was twice two up on the outward half. Smith played the inward nine impeccably. She won the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th
Wales got a second point on the board when Jane Rees beat Alex Glennie by 2 and 1 after winning four of the first six holes. Glennie had a good spell approaching the turn, winning the eighth, ninth and 10th but Rees pulled away again by winning the 11th and 13th.
Elaine Allison, Scotland’s most successful player of the week, got the clinching fourth point by beating Janet Doleman 3 and 2. Allison went two up at the 10th and added successes at the 13th and 16th for victory.
The last match to finish was halved between Wales’ Ann Lewis and Scotland’s May Hughes. Lewis had looked set for victory when she won the 11th and 12th to go three up but Hughes finished strongly to salvage half a point. She won the 13th, 14th and 16th to square the match and the last two holes were halved.

WALES 2 1/2, SCOTLAND 4 1/2
Singles only match
Harries beat Anderson 5 and 4
Thomas lost to Bennett 6 and 5.
Richards lost to Smith 1 hole
Rees beat Alex Glennie 2 and 1..
Karen Weatherley lost to Ballantyne 5 and 4.
Lewis halved with May Hughes.

Overall Standings

Elaine Allison is the only Scot Winner against the English


It’s an England versus Ireland title decider in this afternoon’s seven-singles finale to the 9th Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Tramore Golf Club, Ireland. Both teams have won twice this week.
Defending champions England, who beat Wales 8-0 on Day 1, completed a 7-1 victory over Scotland this morning after sea mist forced a suspension of play yesterday afternoon.
Ireland, who have never won the over-50s team championship, followed up their 5-3 win over Ireland by completing a 5-3 win over Wales this morning.
Senior Ladies British champion Felicity Christine, playing No 1 for England in the singles, beat Scotland’s Heather Anderson by 5 and 4. When the match resumed at the 13th, Christine was four up, having been six up at the turn.
Anderson, who had scored her first success of the match at the 12th, also won the 13th to cut her deficit to four but the English player won the 14th to finish the match.
England went into a 5-0 lead overall when Caroline Marron beat Mary Smith by one hole. Marron was two up when play resumed this morning at the 14th.
Smith won the 14th to be only one down but Marron regained a two-hole lead by taking the 16th. The Scot was not finished yet, however. She won the 17th to be one down with one to play. The last hole was halved.
Last year’s Senior Ladies British champion at West Kilbride, Bev New made it 6-0 for England when she beat Karen Ballantyne 3 and 2. This match resumed at the 13th with New three up. The 11th and 12th had been halved and the sequence was continued this morning with the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th beind halved, leaving New the winner by 3 and 2.
Janet Melville, former Ladies British open amateur champion, made it 7-0 for England with a hard-fought, one-hole win over Lorna Bennett. This match resumed all square at the 12th, the 10th and 11th holes being halved before the suspension of play.
The 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th were halved this morning before Melville ended the stalemate by winning the 17th to be one up with one to play. A half was all she needed at the 18th – and she got it.
Scotland’s Elaine Allison prevented England scoring an 8-0 win for the second day in a row. When her match against Rozalyn Adams resumed at the the 13th, the Scot was two up and she promptly went three up by winning the 13th.
Adams got it back to two down by winning the 16th but she had run out of holes and a half at the 17th ended the match in Allison’s favourite by 2 and 1.


Foursomes: 0-3
Singles (1-4)
Heather Anderson lost to Felicity Christine 5 and 4.
Mary Smith lost to Caroline Marron 1 hole.
Elaine Allison bt Rozalyn Adams 2 and 1.
Karen Ballantyne lost to Bev New 3 and 2.
Lorna Bennett lost to Janet Melville 1 hole.

Foursomes 2-1
Singles (3-2)
Sheena McElroy bt Christine Harries 5 and 3.
Pauline Walsh lost to Vicki Thomas 1 hole.
Carol Wickham lost to Jane Rees 1 hole.
Pat Doran bt Ann Lewis 2 and 1.
Helen Jones bt Denise Richards 2 holes.
- Posted using BlogPress from Carol's iPhone

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Mary Smith, Heather Anderson and May Hughes - Not too happy in the mist
Courtesy of Fiona Cowan 

Mary Smith and Elaine Allison lost to Sue Dye and Caroline Marron 5 and 3.
Heather Anderson and May Hughes lost to Janet Melville and Felicity Christine 4 and 3.
Lorna Bennett and Karen Ballantyne lost to Bev New and Chris Quinn 2 holes.
Anderson v Christine. England 5 up after 12.
Smith v Marron. England 1 up after 13.
Allison v Rozalyn Adams. Scotland 2 up after 12.
Ballantyne v New. England 3 up after 12.
Bennett v Melville. All square after 11.

Suzanne Corcoran and Mairead MacNamara bt Vicki Thomas and Jane Rees 3 and 2.
Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham lost to Ann Lewis and Denise Richards 1 hole.
Pat Doran and Helen Jones bt Christine Harries and Karen Weatherley 5 and 3.
McElroy v Harries. Ireland 3 up after 10.
Pauline Walsh v Thomas. All square after 10.
Wickham v Rees. Wales 1 up after 9.
Doran v Lewis. Ireland 2 up after 8.
Jones v Richards. Ireland 2 up after 8.




Sea mist forced the suspension of play just after 4pm on Day 2 of the Senior Women's Home Internationals at Tramore Golf Club in southeast Ireland.
Play will restart at 9.15am on Thursday from the positions the players are at in their singles matches.
The foursomes will be dropped from the Day 3 programme which will be truncated to seven singles ties between England v Ireland and Wales v Scotland.
When play was halted today, this was the position in all the singles ties:

England won foursomes 3-0.
England up in three games, down in one and all square in the other.

Ireland won the foursomes 2-1
Ireland up in three games, down in one and all square in the other.


Tournament Director Gillian Roy reports from Tramore Golf Club that it is another foggy, drizzly day in southeast Ireland.
They should have played them in Scotland where ANOTHER summer-like day is forecast! In fact they will be played in Scotland next year.
Make a note of the date: October 2 to 4 at Elie and Earlsferry Golf Club in Fife.
News from the Scotland camp - they played 8-0 winners England - is that Elaine Allison (Stirling), who had a good win in the singles against Ireland, has taken the place of Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) in this morning's first foursome off the tee.
Alex has pulled out due to illness.
Rain forecast for the last day of the SWHI at Tranmore.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scotland lose to Ireland in the Senior Home Internationals

On the First Tee - Photo courtesy of Fiona Cowan
Fog suspends play on Day 1 - Photo courtesy of Fiona Cowan
Tramore GC, Ireland.
Foursomes - Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham bt Lorna Bennett and Karen Ballantyne 5 and 3, Suzanne Corcoran and Mairead MacNamara lost to Heather Anderson and May Hughes 3 and 2, Pat Doran and Helen Jones bt Mary Smith andf Alex Glennie 3 and 2 (2-1).
Singles - McElroy bt Anderson 3 and 2, Wickham lost to Bennett 5 and 4, Pauline Walsh lost to Elaine Allison 3 and 2, Doran bt Glennie 9 and 7, Jones bt Smith 1 hole.
Foursomes - Vikki Thomas and Jane Rees lost to Sue Dye and Caroline Marron 3 and 1, Christine Harries and Janet Doleman lost to Christien Quinn and Bev New 7 and 6, Ann Lewis and Denise Richards lost to Felicity Christine and Janet Melville 2 and 1 (3-0).
Singles - Harries lost to Quinn 1 hole, Karen Weatherley lost to New 3 and 2, Lewis lost to Rozalyn Adams 2 and 1, Rees lost to Dye 4 and 2, Thomas lost to Christine 2 and 1.
Scotland v England, Ireland v Wales.

In the Ireland v Scotland singles, Sheena McElroy won the lead-off tie for Ireland, beating Heather Anderson 3 and 2.
McElroy won three of the first four holes and was two up at the turn. The first three holes of the inward half were halved before the Irish player went three up at the 13th. Three halves ended the match in her favour.
Lorna Bennett put Scotland’s first singles point on the board by beating Carol Wickham 5 and 4. Lorna established an edge on the outward half, standing two up after seven, having won the first, second, fourth and seventh against losses at the third and sixth. Three halved holes from the eighth to the 10th were followed by Bennett surging clear for victory.
The Scot went three up at the 11th and fourth up at the 12th before finishing off the tie by winning the 14th.
Scotland’s Elaine Allison made it 2-2 in the singles by beating Pauline Walsh 3 and 2. Alison dominated the outward half, not losing a hole and winning the third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth to be five up at the turn.
Walsh made a strong comeback to win the 10th and 12th, followed by the 14th and 15th after Allison had regained a four-hole lead at the 13th. Allison stopped the rot by winning the 16th for victory.
Ireland’s Pat Doran was a 9 and 7 winner over Alex Glennie who did not win a hole. Doran won seven and halved the other two on her way to a seven-hole lead at the turn. The Irish player finished the match by winning the 10th and 11th.
Mary Smith carried Scotland’s hopes of salvaging a draw if she could overturn a two-hole deficit at the turn against Helen Jones, one of Ireland’s top players - easier said than done. Jones doubled her lead by winning the 10th and 12th.but then Smith made a late charge. She won the 13th, 15th and 16th to slash her opponent’s lead to only one hole but halves at the 17th and 18th in pars saw Jones home by one hole.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Helen Faulds - Captain of the Scottish Home International and her team are prepared

Captains of the team in the Senior Women's Home Internationals which tee off at Tramore Golf Club, near Waterford in southeast Ireland tomorrow.
Left to right: Ireland's Roma English, Scotland's Helen Faulds, Wales' Jean O'Connor and England's Hilary Smyth. Picture by Gillian Roy, LGU Tournament Director at Tramore. 


Three foursomes each morning; five afternoon singles.
WEDNESDAY - Wales v England, Ireland v Scotland
THURSDAY - Scotland v England, Ireland v Wales.
FRIDAY - England v ireland, Wales v Scotland.


8.30 Vicki Thomas and Jane Rees versus Susan Dye and Caroline Marron.
8:40 Christine Harries and Janet Doleman v Christine Quinn and Bev New
8:50 Ann Lewis and Denise Richards v Felicity Christine and Janet Melville.

9:00 Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham v Lorna Bennett and Karen Ballantyne.
9:10 Suzanne Corcoran and Mairead MacNamara v Heather Anderson and May Hughes. -
9:20 Pat Doran and Helen Jones v Mary Smith and Alex Glennie.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

West Vets at Blairgowrie --- West Vets do well and Helen Faulds is the Scottish Vets Captain

Blairgowrie Golf Club was a very busy place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week as 120 Vets from all over Scotland arrived to play in their annual competitions. Weather was kind to us again this year and the courses were in very good condition.
The Championship played on the Lansdowne Course featured the divisional champions in a knockout competition and Pat Hutton, our West Vets Champion, lost in the to Linda Dyball (Midlands) in the quarter finals
Noreen Fenton from the East won  won the Scroggie Cup by winning the Championship.

Noreen Fenton - 2011 Scottish Vets Champion
In the Medal round on Rosemount on Monday the winner of the Rosebowl was Heather Anderson (Midlands) 76  (4) -72. She also won the Lyon Picture for the best scratch 78.

Heather Anderson from Midlands wins the Lyon Picture for best Scratch
and the Patrick Rosebowl  for the best handicap score -
Click to enlarge

West Vet June Irons was runner up with a 89 (15) -74 and was  awarded the Smith Medal and West Vet Sheilagh Osborne won 4th prize with a net 76 playing off a handicap of 15. The Buchannan Cup  (for the best Nett Score for ladies in a more senior age group) was also  presented to June Irons with Sheilagh Osborne being runner up in that group.

June Irons and Sheilagh Osborne - Click to enlarge

Isabel McIntosh  (Highland) was the winner of Scratch award (in the upper Age Group )  and was presented with the Allen Plate

Isabel Macintosh with the Allen Plate - Click to enlarge

The Greensomes Competition was played over the Lansdowne Course on Tuesday and West had 13 couples playing.
Carol Fell and Helen Faulds retained the Tony Moffat Memorial Trophy for the best Scratch  Score of 78 (3 over the SSS OF 75) and the Beddows Quaich for 1st handicap 78-7-71.
Carol Fell and Helen Faulds - Click to enlarge

So all in all a good result for West division Vets at Blairgowrie this year. To read the full list of results go to the Scottish Vets Website 

Sally Coster SVLGA Vice president  chaired the AGM due to President Jean Thomas being unwell and West Past Captain Helen Faulds took over from Pam Williamson as the new Scottish Vets Captain and she thanked Pam for all her hard work over the years. East Vet Noreen Fenton was appointed the Scottish Vets Vice Captain

Pam Williamson pins on the Captain's Badge of Office to Helen Faulds
Noreen Fenton (SLVGA Vice Captain) and Helen Faulds (SLVGA Captain) - Click to enlarge

Thank you to Jean Lambert -Vets Secretary -and her helpers for all her hard work and ensuring such smooth running of all the competions over the 3 days.

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The Patrick Rose Bowl Results

Held at the Rosemount Course on Monday, 19th September 2011

Heather Anderson
76 - 4 = 72
SecondSmith Medal
June Irons
89 - 15 = 74
Alice Archbold
85 -10 = 75
Evelyn Cruickshank
84 - 8 = 76 bih
FifthSheilagh OsborneWest91 - 25 = 76 bih
ScratchLyon PictureHeather AndersonMidland76
Bronze NettC.C. Salver
Elizabeth Barras
101 - 24 = 77

Winners of Prizes for Senior Ladies

Held at the Rosemount Course on Monday, 19th September 2011

Scratch***Allen PlateIsobel McIntoshHighland
Winner (H'Cap)Buchannan CupJune IronsWest
89 - 15= 74
Runner-UpSheilagh OsborneWest
89 -15 =74
5 Club CompetitionSmall CupJenny PearsonBorders
Runner UpNorma FlemingMidland
Third Prize Margaret Hamilton  Dumfries
Div.with the best 3 nett ScoresLyon TrophyMidland
Past President's Quaich Janice CummingHighland 86-10 =76
Runner-up Mary Williamson Dumfries 90-13 =77 bih

*** Please note the Scatch Prize covers Senior Ladies in the 65-69 and 70+ category

The Beddows Quaichs Greensomes Results

Held at the Lansdowne Course on Tuesday, 20th September 2011

Beddows Quaich
Helen Faulds
78 - 7
Beddows Quaich
Carol Fell
Kitty Kirkaldy
91 -19.2
71.8 bih
Sheila Watson
Rose Graham
82 - 10.2
Shelagh Qhinn
Tony Moffat MemorialTrophy
Helen Faulds
Carol Fell
Tony Moffat Memorial Trophy
Heather Anderson
(Scratch Vouchers)
Lorna Bennett

West Division was 2nd= with East Division  in the Lyon Trophy (Division with the Best Nett Scores in the Rosebowl) with 226 just 1 stroke behind Midland

Monday, September 19, 2011


Linda Urquhart and Noreen Fenton - Click to enlarge

Dunbar's Noreen Fenton, is the new Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association champion. Having qualified as winner of the East vets' title, Noreen beat the North champion, over-50s "rookie" Linda Urquhart (Banchory), by 2 and 1 in this afternoon's final over the Lansdowne course, Blairgowrie.
In this morning's semi-finals, Linda Urquhart beat Pitreavie's Linda Dyball (Midland) by 5 and 3 and Noreen Fenton beat Val McKean (Borders) by 4 and 2.
Noreen who won the double this year in now the Scottish Seniors Champion  and the Scottish Vets Champion for 2011. What a fantastic achievement.