Thursday, July 14, 2011

East Vets retain Elise Duncan Trophy

Photos Courtesy of Noreen Fenton - Click to enlarge

What a magnificent day the West Vets had for our annual match against the East Vets at Gullane yesterday. The sun shone from beginning to end and the views from the course were spectacular. Thank you to Noreen Fenton (East Captain) and her committee for organising such a lovely day for us. We met around 2pm for coffee and shortbread and 9 singles matches teed off from 3pm .

The starter at Gullane was concerned when his sheet for the day said: 3pm Vets Match - 9 matches. I think he thought we were 'Vetinary Surgeons' or perhaps he had also thought we might be 'veterans'! Having watched the first 3 games tee off he quickly realised the standard of golf was high and he would not have to be concerned about the people following on the tee after us!

The matches were exciting and close, four of them going all the way to the 18th green! I had the nice job of following the games around, enjoying the sunshine and not having to do all the hard work! The match couldn't have been closer ending in a 4.5 draw and so the East, having won last year's encounter, retain the trophy until our next meeting, next year, in the West.

After the match, we had a very enjoyable meal together in the visitors clubhouse and it was fully 8.45pm before we all set off on journeys home. Our thanks go to both the staff in the main clubhouse and the staff in the visitors clubhouse for looking after us so well.

We look forward to next meeting in the West in 2012. Again many thanks to Noreen and also many thanks to my team who played their hearts out - we almost came back West with the trophy!


Alex Glennie halved with Noreen Fenton
May Hughes lost to Pamela Williamson
Helen Faulds beat Karen Ballantyne
Suzanne Cadden lost to Sue Penman
Jane Finnie beat Ruth Brown
Pat Hutton beat Anne Brownie
Jennifer Mack lost to Caroline Johnston
Anna Telfer lost to Jane Herd
Janice Paterson beat Eleanor Blair


Want to read the report given by Noreen Fenton -- Go to the East Vets Website

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Well done to all the West Vets at Portpatrick and the West Vets Team is named for the match against the East

The Scottish Seniors Championship at Portpatrick is now a distant memory! I hope you have all read with interest the reports written by Carol Fell and looked at all the wonderful photographs taken by Carol, Claire Hargan (SLGA) and Jean MacIntyre. Not only did the photographs cover all the 5 days of golf competition and participants, but also wildlife, flowers and Portpatrick by day and by evening! We were so lucky with the weather. We had windy conditions, warm weather, cool weather but can you believe no rain! How lucky we were! Serious golf was played but we had a lot of fun and laughter 'apres golf'!

I would like, firstly, to congratulate Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) on winning the Scottish Stroke Play Championship with a two round total of 150 (76, 74) A wonderful achievement. Well done Alex!

Four West Vets, Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie), Pat Hutton (Lanark), Janice Paterson (Drumpellier) and May Hughes (Lanark) all qualified for the match play stages, with Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) unfortunately missing out in a play off for the last match play place.

A new Net Match Play competion was introduced this year and our Webmaster Carol qualified for the match play stages

I would like to say how nice it was to see so many of the West Vets performing so well and to congratulate them all on their achievements.

On behalf of the West Vets I would like to congratulate Alex Glennie and May Hughes on being selected for the Scottish Vets Team to play in the Vets Jamboree at Wellingborough GC, in August and also Janice Paterson who has been named as 2nd reserve. Can I wish Captain Pam Williamson and here team our very best wishes and good luck for a successful few days.

Next Wednesday, July 13th, I look forward to going to Gullane where the low handicap West Vets team will play the East Vets for the Elise Duncan Trophy.

West Vets Team:
Suzanne Cadden (Cardross)
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park)
Jane Finnie (Ladies Golf Club Troon)
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
May Hughes (Lanark)
Pat Hutton (Lanark)
Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle)
Janice Paterson (Drumpellier)
Anna Telfer (Milngavie)

Reserve: Janette McCartney (Erskine)


Monday, July 04, 2011


The Scottish Vets team for the Jamboree at Wellingborough Golf Club from Wednesday to Friday, August 10 to 12 is:

Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park).
Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie)
Elaine Allison (Stirling).
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank).
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
May Hughes (Lanark)
Mary Smith (Tain)
Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose)

1 Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch)
2 Janice Paterson (Drumpellier)
3 Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay)

Fiona de Vries (St Rule) and Anne Ryan (Tain) were unavailable for selection
Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) and Moira Thomson (Gullane Ladies) have both retired from representative golf for Scotland.
On behalf of the vets I would like to thank Noreen and Moira for their contributions to Vets' team successes in winning the Miller Stirling trophy on a number of occasions and also the Mary Mckenna Trophy. In your own individual ways you will both be hard acts to follow.

Friday, July 01, 2011

East Vet Webmaster Noreen Fenton wins the Scottish Seniors Matchplay Championship at Portpatrick

Noreen Fenton - 2011Scottish Matchplay Champion - Click to enlarge
East Vet Noreen Fenton has won the Scottish Senior Ladies' Match Play Championship at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club after a superb final against Heather Anderson.

There was never more than one hole in the match with the lead exchanging hands throughout the course of the final. Heather birdied the 1st with a birdie four before Noreen won the 2nd with a par and Heather went back to one up with a par at the 4th. Noreen squared the match once again with a birdie 3 on the 365 yard 5th hole and then took the lead for the first time at the 8th hole with a par four. Heather once again squared the match with a birdie 2 at the tricky par three 11th hole.

The next four holes were halved before Noreen once again took the upper hand. She put her approach shot at the par four 16th hole to 6 feet and sunk the putt to go one up. That proved decisive as the final two holes were halved in pars to give Noreen a 1 hole victory.

After the event the prizegiving took place and Noreen said a few word after she received her prize.

Alex and Janice lose in the Semi Finals of the Scottish Seniors Championship

Last year's runner up, Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie) will play the second seed, Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) in the final of the Scottish Senior Ladies' (Close) Match Play Championship at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club this afternoon (Friday 1 July).

Heather was approximately level par in beating top qualifier West Vet Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)in her semi-final by 5 & 4. Eat Vet Noreen Fenton was 4 up after 6 holes against West Vet Janice Paterson (Drumpellier) but Janice chipped away at her lead to be only 1 down standing on the 18th tee. The last hole was halved in par 5's and that was enough for Noreen to book her place in the final. Noreen was approximately three over par for the round.

In the final of the inaugural Handicap Championship, Caroline King (Clober) was well under her handicap in beating Margot Barr (Gairloch) by 6&5.

Live scoring will once again be in operation for this afternoon's final which tees off at 1:30pm (Friday 1 July).