Midlothian County
Ladies' Golf Association
Midlothian County Ladies Golf Association is committed to supporting and developing county golf by providing training for junior girls and ladies – particularly those aspiring to play for the County Team and for National or International Honours

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Midlothian v Borders

On a lovely day, the Midlothian County Team's practice matches started on a high. Meeting the Borders at Newbattle Golf Club today, the main team came away with a 4-o win while the juniors recorded a 1-1 draw. Despite the snow, Newbattle Golf Course was in great order and it was a pleasure to be given courtesy to play our match. Both the main and Junior Squads played greensomes, with the juniors playing off handicaps and Midlothian giving 9 shots in each match.

Louise Fraser & Claire MacDonald beat Liz Campbell & Isla Craigie 5&4
Wendy Nicholson & Gabrielle Macdonald beat Judith Anderson & Tara Mactaggart 5&3
Karen Marshall & Gillian Simpson beat Sheila Cuthbertson & Wendy Wells 4&3
Kate McIntosh & Noreen Fenton beat Lynne Douglas & Denise Richards 5&3

Hannah Scott & Heather Laing beat Laura Mathewson & Katherine Fisher 1 hole
Kirsty Simpson & Heather Tumblety lost to Danielle Ker & Leanne Wilson 4&3

Well done to all the girls and thank you all for playing and to Katherine Fisher for standing in and playing for the Borders.

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Friday, 26 February 2010

West Kilbride GC Under-21 Girls' Open

West Kilbride Golf Club is to hold an Under-21s Girls' Open on Thursday 29th July. This is open to girls both with and without handicaps, with trophies for pre-handicap, handicap and scratch categories up for grabs. Those without handicaps will play 9 holes in an adaptation of the Wee Wonders format, before staffing a marquee and handing out cakes and drinks to the handicap contenders. Presumably you will be able to keep the biggest, creamiest, best looking cakes for yourselves!

If you are interested in taking part in this, entry forms can be obtained either from West Kilbride Golf Club or by e-mailing khnextlevel@aol.com.


Junior Spring Meeting 2010

The Junior Spring meeting will be held at Swanston New Golf Club on Tuesday 6 April 2010. The 18-hole competition for junior members with a handicap will start at 10 am and a 12-hole competition on the Templar Course for those without handicaps will start at 10.30 am. There will also be a putting competition for those without handicaps.

Entires are now being taken and can be sent to Joan Simpson, whose details are on the entry form. Please note that entries must be received by Tuesday 23rd March.

To download an entry form click HERE

This and other entry forms can be downloaded from the website by clicking on the left hand side of this page under Junior Girls - Junior Entry Forms.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Cuthbertson Cup and Inter-County Draws

The draw for the Junior Inter-County Matches, the Cuthbertson Cup, was made at the recent East of Scotland Captains' Meeting. To be held on Sunday 18th April at Ratho Park Golf Club, the morning singles sees Midlothian take on Stirling & Clackmannan in one tie and East Lothian play Fife in the other. The first match tees off at 9.30 am, with the winners playing each other in the afternoon, with a tee-off time of 2 pm. The losing teams in the morning will follow this match and play foursomes to determine the third and fourth places.

Also at the meeting, the draw for the Inter-Counties Matches to be held from Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th June at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club was made and is as follows:

Day 1: East Lothian v Stirling & Clackmannan; Midlothian v Fife
Day 2: Midlothian v Stirling & Clackmannan; East Lothian v Fife
Day 3: Stirling & Clackmannan v Fife; East Lothian v Midlothian

Please put these dates in your diaries and come along to support your teams. The girls will be defending the Cuthbertson Cup for the 5th year in a row and the main team will be out to make it to the finals for the second year in a row.

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Monday, 22 February 2010

Hermitage Monthly 12-holes

Sunday saw this year's first visit to the Hermitage Golf Club for the Juniors' monthly golf. Although a bit frosty under foot, the sun was out with a little bit of warmth. Six girls braved the conditions and played round for the first time. Many thanks to May Hardy for setting the girls off and to Gillian Simpson who came along to help and inspire the girls.

This was the start of the Hermitage Course league, which runs until August. Points are awarded for turning up as well as for 1st and 2nd handicap and 1st, 2nd and 3rd non-handicap; the winners at the end of the season receiving the Maggie MacPherson and Sue Caton Trophies respectively.

Yesterday's results were as follows:

1st Carla Maran - net 39
2nd Emma Morrison - net 41

1st Caitlin Turner - 64
2nd Kim Naysmith - 70
3rd Lisa MacPherson - 85

The Hermitage Golf Course has teamed up with Queen Cake to provide catering in their clubhouse. Having sold their home baking and cakes at Farmers' Markets and online, Queen Cake will be offering teas, coffees, soups and snacks, as well as their home baking, at the Hermitage. To kick start this new venture, an Open Day is to be held on Saturday 27 March from 10 am - 3 pm. There will be free golf lessons, a BBQ, a family golf competition, a bouncy castle, face painting and free pilates and yoga workshops, not to mention the free cake tastings! Why not grab your parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents and head along for a visit? Try out what to eat after your next MCLGA 12 hole competition! For more information see www.queencake.co.uk.


Squad news

After 2 great days on which the sun shone and the squad played warm up games amongst themselves at Gullane Golf Club, the focus moves to short game coaching next weekend. Jane Connachan will be putting everyone through their paces at Kingsfield Golf Centre in Linlithgow, the focus being on short game, bunker play and putting. Fingers crossed for a few more decent weekends!

Meanwhile, the Junior Training Squad were out in force yesterday at their second session at the Braids Driving Range with Mark Berrie. They are all swinging the club and hitting the ball exceptionally well. It is wonderful to see the advances being made and they are all keen for the season to begin.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Calling all Juniors!

The Junior monthly 12 holes will go ahead this Sunday (24th January) as originally planned. A correspondent from the Hermitage Golf Club confirmed that the course is open and, providing there is no snow between now and Sunday, will remain open and playable. It is playing to its full greens although, apparently, conditions are a wee bit on the damp side!

So MCLGA's 2010 season is finally getting under way. So, all juniors, come along to the first monthly 12 holes of the year and give it a try! The 4th hole comes back to the clubhouse, so even if you don't feel up to 12 holes, why not try 4?

The first tee time is 10.30 am, so turn up around 10.15-10.20 am and have a game!


Saturday, 16 January 2010

Junior Training Squad

We are delighted to announce that the Junior Training Squad for 2010 is:

Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe), Kirsty Simpson (Murrayfield), Heather Tumblety (Liberton), Katherine Fisher (Baberton), Heather Laing (Glencorse), Jane Finlay (New Swanston) and Rebecca Trimble (Murrayfield).

We have a very different Squad this year with Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) having moved into the main squad, Natasha Shivji (Ratho Park) having moved out of the Junior section, Samantha Lamb (Glencorse) having been forced to give up golf due to an injury and both Isobel Hinds (Liberton) and Sally Naysmith (Dalmahoy) having decided to concentrate on their school studies. However, we are delighted to welcome four newcomers into the Squad, namely Katherine, Heather Laing, Jane and Rebecca. We hope that they enjoy all that is on offer and look forward to their participation.

This year the Squad has been offered coaching with Mark Berrie at the Braids Driving Range in January, February and March, as well as 9 holes with Mark giving some on course advice. Practice matches have been arranged with juniors from the Borders and Lanarkshire Counties and the squad will also take part in a Rules evening with the main squad organised by our rules' gurus, Vice-Captain Mary Richardson and Selector Linda Caine.

Karen Marshall has again agreed to oversee the Junior Training Squad and we hope that the girls will benefit from her vast experience in the golfing world.

Good luck to you all in 2010 and we hope that you enjoy your year in the Junior Training Squad.


Monday, 11 January 2010

Gabrielle Macdonald helps Craigielaw win in Spain

Many congratulations to Gabrielle Macdonald and her Craigielaw Team mates who won the Junior Team Golf Home Nations Inter-Club Championship last week on a better match point score. Having won through to the Grand Final to represent Scotland at Westerwood Golf Club in Cumbernauld in the Autumn, the team faced Maylands Golf Club from England, Rosslare from Ireland and Morriston from Wales at the Polaris La Torre Resort near Murcia in Spain. A great start to 2010 for Gabrielle!


Thursday, 7 January 2010

Junior Coaching - Sunday 10th January - CANCELLED

Please note that the Junior Coaching at the Braids Driving Range scheduled for Sunday 10th January 2010 has been cancelled due to the weather.

We are sorry to have to cancel this and look forward to seeing you all on 7th February.


Sunday, 6 December 2009

Braid coaching

Today brought the last coaching at the Braids Driving Range for 2009. 22 girls turned up and all were in great, jovial mood. The Christmas treat of a chocolate had to be earned as Suzie put the girls' putting skills to the test. They had to sink 3 putts in a row to earn a sweetie and boy did the girls bring out their competitive spirit and succeed! It is great to see them all enjoying themselves, laughing and chatting away with one another.

Their swings and ball striking have greatly improved over the year thanks to the dedication of Ian Young, Mark Berrie, Paul Malone and Sandy Stephen. There is going to be some great golfers amongst them. Our thanks to the professionals and also, this month, to Sandra Hennessy to turned up to give a helping hand.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year and we will see you back at Braids on 10th January for the first coaching session of 2010.


Main and Junior Squads

Great fun was had yesterday when a season ending, main and junior squad get together was held at the Hermitage Golf Club. Luckily, a 1 pm tee-time was set and, as the clouds parted, we took to the course on the best part of the day. The junior squad members drew for partners and to, make things a wee bit more interesting, their senior partners were only allowed 4 clubs and a putter. Some of the scores were better than others but everyone enjoyed their game and there was good mixing and banter. Thanks to Karen Marshall, everyone was a winner and received a selection box - even the President, Selector and Captain spectators!

1st Louise Fraser & Hannah Scott
2nd Claire Hargan & Sally Naysmith
3rd Karen Marshall & Heather Tumblety
4th Kirsten Blackwood & Katherine Fisher
5th Hilary Laughland & Kirsty Simpson
6th Gillian Simpson &, junior of the day, Mary Richardson

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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Junior / Adult Golf Competition

Juniors who took part in the junior/adult competition.
(apologies to Emily Rigg who was omitted, somehow, from the photo - not quite sure how!)

What a great morning we had this morning. The sun shone, it was warm and not too windy as the juniors took to the Princes Course for the annual junior/adult foursomes. 14 girls had managed to persuade an adult not to be shy and to join them in the fun event. The groups were sent on their way by Margaret Rodgers with the juniors driving at the first. There was a nearest the pin in 2 at the 6th hole and a nearest the pin in 1 shot at the 9th. Great fun was had and as ever, everyone had a story to tell by the end. Emma and Ricky Morrison scored a birdie 2 at the 6th and put an end to anyone else getting any closer! At the 8th hole, one adult drove into the trees. The junior progressed the ball very well down the hole, for the adult to then have an unmentionable back into the trees immediately on his right. The President and Captain were blamed for this as they were watching! Another pair were through the back of the 212 yard 2nd hole in 2 but found themselves in a hole. Thinking, it wasn't actually lying that badly and could easily be chopped out of the hole, the adult had a swipe and ...... missed! The junior had a swipe and ...... missed. Eventually they progressed on to the 3rd hole, a quintuple bogey on their card. I must add, the rest of their card was very good with 3 pars, 4 bogeys and a double bogey. Some adults have been warned that they will need to practice if they want to make another appearance next year! Our thanks to Wendy Nicholson who kindly stepped in to partner one of the girls. This was apparently a popular move, her golf was very much admired by the girls, the opponent threatening to drop her mother next year in favour of a squad member!

(Sorry girls, I seem to have had a complete disaster with my camera today!)
The results were:

Nearest the pin in 2 at 6th - Emma & Ricky Morrison
Nearest the pin at 9th - Alexandra Massey

1st Scratch - Heather & Jim Laing 39

1st Handicap - Alexandra & Louise Massey 49 - 18; net 31 (bl6)
2nd Handicap - Emily & Julie Rigg 45 - 14; net 31
3rd Handicap - Julia Smith & Wendy Nicholson 42 - 10; net 32 (bl6)


Monday, 9 November 2009

Junior / Adult Golf competition

The annual junior/adult golf competition will take place on Sunday 15th November 2009 at the Princes Course. Places are still available so if anyone else would like to join in this fun 9-hole game, please contact Tracy and let her know to add you and your partner to the starting sheet.

The starting times are as follows:

10.30 am Lisa Macpherson & Sharon Macpherson
10.30 am Alexandra Massey & Louise Massey
10:37 am Joanna Lamb & Scott Macpherson
10:37 am Anna Massey & Ed Massey
10:44 am Carla Maran & Charlie Maran
10:44 am Heather Laing & Jim Laing
10:51 am Jane Finlay & Alan Finlay
10:51 am Emma Morrison & Ricky Morrison
10:58 am Sophie Aitchison & Elaine Aitchison
10:58 am Julia Smith & Wendy Nicholson
11:05 am Emily Rigg & Julie Rigg
11:05 am Caitlin Turner & Adrienne Turner
11:12 am Holly Gordon & Craig Gordon
11:12 am Heather Kynoch & Douglas Kynoch
11:12 am Ella Whitaker & Lynne Whitaker

Please check in at the starter's box at the Princes Course 15 min before your tee time.
Juniors will drive at the first hole.
Prizes will be given for best scratch and handicap scores as well as nearest the pin in 2 shots (on/off the green) at the 6th hole and nearest the pin in 1 shot (on/off the green) at the 9th hole.

The prize giving will be in the room at the top of the Braids Driving Range as soon as possible after the finish of play.

Good luck to all those playing and let's hope this dry weather continues to the weekend.


Sunday, 18 October 2009

October Princes Course

Even although it is half-term, five girls turned out for the monthly 9 holes at the Princes Course. It was ideal conditions, although a little chilly and the wind did blow a little towards the end. Congratulations to Emma Morrison who won the handicap with a 2 over par net 33, playing off her newly acquired CONGU handicap of 36. Second was Heather Laing with a net 39, playing off her recently cut handicap of 24. Rumour has it that Heather it on the hunt for a new foursomes partner after her dad did not come up trumps at the recent SLGA Adult/Junior Foursomes competition at Arbroath!

In the non-handicap section, Caitlin Turner, fresh from a fabulous victory over her mum at Baberton yesterday, won with 67. Second was new member Heather Kynoch with a 73 while third was Lisa Macpherson with a 75, furious at just missing out on her best ever score.

Tomorrow sees some of the juniors heading to North Berwick's Children's Course for the Girls' in Golf Fun Team competition. There was much excitement at the Princes Course today with thoughts of meeting Catriona Matthews tomorrow who is turning out to not only watch the girls but also to present the prizes. I hope you all enjoy the day and have fun meeting Catriona.

A quick reminder that November sees a 9-hole adult/junior competition at the Princes Course. This will be on Sunday 15th November with the first tee time being 10.30 am. If anyone has not yet entered but would like to, there is stil time! Please e-mail Tracy with details of name, partner's name and handicaps. Please note that you do not need a handicap to enter and you do not even need a partner. Let me know and I will find someone for you.


Thursday, 15 October 2009

Donald Ross Junior International

The Donald Ross Junior International has been played at Royal Dornoch Golf Club over the last coupe of days. Being held over both of the courses, Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe) finished 3rd in the handicap girls section with a score of 150.


Janice Moodie Trophy

This competition, originally planned for the 3rd July, was rearranged and finally played at Windyhill Golf Club ysterday. Many congratulations to Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) who finished second overall with a net 71, two shots behind the 13-year-old winner. Rachael picked up the 15-21 age group prize by 3 shots. Gabrielle Macdonald finished in a tie for 4th place with a net 75.

P.S. Thanks to the avid reader for picking up on my spelling mistakes and omissions!


Monday, 12 October 2009

Girls in Golf Fun Team Competition

Laura Rushby from Club Golf Scotland has asked me to let you know about a Girls in Golf Fun Team Competition which is being held on Monday 19th October at North Berwick’s Children Course, in East Lothian (next to the MacDonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick) between 10am-12.30pm.

They have organised for a very special guest to come along to see you all in action and to present the prizes. It is none other than 2009 Women's British Open Champion, Catriona Matthew who is a strong supporter of clubgolf and has very kindly agreed to support this event during her busy schedule.

This is a fun competition and is just for girls and all abilities are welcome (beginners, non-handicappers, handicappers etc etc). They would love to see as many of the girls at this event as possible, to meet Catriona, and show her that the East of Scotland has lots of girls in golf!

The details are:

Girls in Golf Team Competition
Venue: North Berwick’s Children’s Course (next to the Marine Hotel)
Date: Monday 19th October
Drop off: 1000
Pick up: 1230
Format: Teams of 3 or 4 will participate in a team scramble
Teams will be organised based on age and ability
Depending on how many handicap/non handicap players enter will dictate the final format
Entry fee: £2 (to be paid at registration on the day)

To book a place please complete the entry form by clicking on the link below and email it to:
Kate Green – Golf Development Officer (East Lothian)
Tel: 01875 619071
Email: kgreen@eastlothian.gov.uk

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions please contact either Laura or Kate



Sunday, 11 October 2009

Gabrielle wins Dunfermline Building Society Junior Masters

Many congratulations to Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) who today won the girls Dunfermline Building Society Junior Masters. Having made it through the Regional Finals at Lothianburn at the beginning of August, Gabrielle teed up in the Grand Final at the Queen's Course in Gleneagles. She scored a magnificent level par in windy conditions which gave her 39 stableford points and the championship title by 2 points. It was third time lucky for Gabrielle as this was the third year in a row where she had qualified for the final and her four birides at the 3rd, 4th, 13th and 16th certainly helped her on her way.

Many congratulations Gabrielle.


Sunday, 4 October 2009

ESGGA Order of Merit

The East of Scotland Girls' Golfing Association (ESGGA) today announced their 2009 Order of Merit title winner. The girls gain points for their scratch scores at the ESGGA Spring and Autumn Meetings as well as their Championship and the relevant Junior County Championships. This year's title went to Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) with 65 points, winning by 17 points from Rachel Hanlon from Fife. In third place was Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), with Alison Goodwin (Stirling and Clackmannan) fourth.
Many congratulations to Kate, who is pictured below with Rachel and Alison.


Monday, 28 September 2009

SLGA Adult/Girls Foursomes

Congratulations to Margaret Alexander (Baberton) and her partner Jillian Farrell from Cardross who won their category in yesterday's SLGA Adult/Girls Foursomes which was being played at Arbroath. The pair won the 21-36 handicap category by 1 stableford point. Broomieknowe mother and daughter pair, Alison and Hannah Scott were second in the 13-20 handicap category.


Monday, 21 September 2009

Juniors at the Prince Course

On top of all the excitement going on at Baberton yesterday, the Juniors were playing in their monthly 9 holes at the Princes Course. Emma Morrison again showed great form in winning the handicap section with a net 3 under par and Erin Hardy took the honours in the non-handicap section.

The scores were:

1st Handicap: Emma Morrison 49 less 21, net 28
2nd Handicap: Carla Maran 61 less 18, net 43
3rd Handicap: Jane Finlay 61 less 15, net 46

1st Non-handicap: Erin Hardy 69
2nd Non-handicap: Carys Hardy 70
3rd Non-handicap: Heather Kynoch 80

Well done girls and many thanks to Mums, Dads, Sharon Macpherson and May Hardy for helping out yesterday.


Sunday, 13 September 2009

Junior Championship 2009

Congratulations to Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) who, today, won the MCLGA Junior Championship at the Merchants Golf Club. With a fantastic score of 72, Kate was 4 over the day's CSS and reduces her handicap to 6. The handicap prize went to fellow Broomieknowe member, Hannah Scott with a net 73.

Only 6 junior member were available to play in today's competition and enjoyed not only wonderful weather but also a golf course in great condition. Our thanks, not only to the Merchants for allowing us the courtesy of their course and the hospitality within the clubhouse but also to the Lady's Captain, Pat Smith, and Isobel Halliday who very kindly gave up their afternoon to walk around with the groups and ball spot.

All of the girls enjoyed their day and they were joined for the prizegiving by the winners of the non-handicap running competition at the Princes Course, Julia Smith (Murrayfield), and the 8-hole non-handicap prize at the Spring Meeting, Emma Morrison (Craigmillar Park). Heather Laing (Glencorse) won the handicap running competition at the Princes Course and Katherine Fisher (Baberton) won the Livingstone Trophy for the most improved golfer this season, having reduced her handicap from 36 to 27.

The results were as follows:

2009 Junior Champion and Winner of the Brown Trophy: Kate McIntosh 72
Championship Runner-up: Gillian Simpson 83

1st Handicap and winner of the Marshall Trophy: Hannah Scott 83 less 10, net 73
2nd Handicap: Heather Laing 104 less 24, net 80


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Junior Championship 2009

The MCLGA Junior Championship is being held this Sunday, 13th September 2009, at the Merchants Golf Club.

There are not a lot of entrants but we wish you all an enjoyable game, good golf and slightly nicer and less windy weather than we have today!

The draw is:

Gillian Simpson
Kate McIntosh
Hannah Scott

Heather Laing
Katherine Fisher
Sally Naysmith

Please bring an up-to-date handicap certificate.
Please be at the tee 10 minutes before your designated tee time.
Please note that normal dress rules apply both on the course and in the clubhouse and no mobile phones should be used either on the course or in the clubhouse.

If anyone needs to call off, please either e-mail Joan Simpson or phone her on 0131 337 6577.


Sunday, 6 September 2009

Dunfermline Building Society Junior Masters

A huge apology to MCLGA Junior Member Heather Laing (Glencorse) who qualified, through her home club, and played in the Regional Final for the DBS Junior Masters at Lothianburn on Wednesday 5th August. Having lead the field for a large part of the day, Heather finally finished in fourth place and joins Gabrielle Macdonald in the Grand Final which is being held on Sunday 11th October 2009 at the Queen's Course at Gleneagles.


Saturday, 5 September 2009

Scottish Schools

The Scottish Schools Golf Association take on their English counterparts in the annual schools golf international match on Monday 14th September. Being held at Westerwood Hotel and Golf Course in Cumbernauld, Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) are two of the six girls in the team of 18. Good luck to you both.


Monday, 31 August 2009

ESGGA Autumn Meeting

The East of Scotland Girls' Golfing Association held their Autumn Meeting at Craigielaw yesterday on a calm day - unheard of for Craigielaw! Many congratulations to Broomieknowe pair, Kate McIntosh and Hannah Scott who walked away with the leading scratch and best overall net scores respectively. Both scored gross 77s to a CSS of 72 but with Hannah playing off 11, her net 66 won her the best overall net score by 4 shots. Gabrielle MacDonald, playing on her home patch, won the Under 18 net prize with a 79, net 75. This result pushed Kate into an overall lead in the ESGGA Order of Merit Table and with only the individual County Junior Championships to come, it looks as though her lead is unassailable. Gabrielle is currently in second place with Hannah in fifth. Well done girls! A great result this weekend and best of luck for the Junior Championship.


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

MCLGA Junior Championship

Just a reminder to all of our juniors with handicaps about the Junior Championship. This is being held on Sunday 13th September at Merchants Golf Club with tee-times starting from 12.30 pm. The closing date for entry, if you have not yet done so, is this coming Saturday i.e. 29th August. If you would like to enter, forms can be downloaded from the website by clicking on "Junior Entry Forms" on the left hand side of this page and then on "Competition Entry Forms". Please can you either e-mail your entries to Joan Simpson or post them to her at 4 Craigleith View, Edinburgh EH4 3JZ.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the Championship. The Junior Prizegiving will be held after the golf.


Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Swanston's Par 3 Open Competition

The longest running Open competition finally came to a conclusion on Monday 17th August, having started on Saturday 18th July. If you can remember back, Swanston (New) Golf Club was holding an Open Competition for members and non-members over their par 3 Templar Course, to launch their short course. This was open to all categories of golfer including Novices, i.e. those without handicaps, but due to the Scottish summer weather conditions, the day had to be abandoned half way through and the various individuals were left to organise their matches whenever they could.

When we last reported on this, MCLGA Junior Member, Julia Smith from Murrayfield, was still in the running. Julia successfully made it through to the final, which was eventually played on Monday night. The Novice section being open not only to any age group was also open to either sex and so, Julia, who was seeded no. 7, met Adam Pollock who was around 14 years older than her and was seeded no. 1. A great final ensued with Julia playing excellent golf but unfortunately going down by a 3&1 margin. Julia, who won the MCLGA Junior non-handicap running competition at the Princes Course on Sunday (the Caton Trophy), can be seen, above, pictured with the runners up trophy. Many congratulations, Julia!


Sunday, 16 August 2009

9-holes at the Princes Course

Even in the dreadful conditions this morning that would have kept many a golfer at home, safely snuggled up in their bed, 7 juniors turned up to take part in the monthly 9-hole competition at the Princes Course. The rain was throwing it down at the start and the wind added to the challenge of the long first hole. But the girls were not to be put off as they, once again, recorded some great scores. Starting with an 8, Heather Laing pulled things together to record her best round of the year and score, net, one below par, showing that her recent reduction in handicap (from 30 to 26) is giving her no cause for concern. She was closely followed into second place by Emma Morrison with a net 3 over par. In the non-handicap section, Julia Smith again had a terrific score of 57 which included a 10 at the 6th hole - what could have been! The Hardy's were not to be out done, with older sister, Erin, finishing in 2nd place and Carys in third. Certainly the weather did not seem to upset the scoring, with Lisa Macpherson recording her third best round and Joanna Lamb her second best.

Well done girls and thanks again to everyone who helped out this morning and to Karen Marshall for kindly offering her time.

The results are:

1st Handicap: Heather Laing (43-13) net 30
2nd Handicap: Emma Morrison (55-21) net 34

1st Non-handicap: Julia Smith 57
2nd Non-handicap: Erin Hardy 66
3rd Non-handicap: Carys Hardy 70

August is the sixth and final month of the running competition and the final points table is as follows:

Heather Laing - 12 points
Emma Morrison - 11 points
Carla Maran - 6 points

Julia Smith - 21 points
Erin Hardy - 11 points
Sophie Aitchison - 9 points
Carys Hardy - 8 points
Kirsten McCorquodale - 7 points
Emma Morrison - 7 points
Lisa MacPherson - 6 points
Joanna Lamb - 4 points
Gemma Laughland - 4 points
Caitlin Turner - 3 points
Eilidh MacKinnon - 2 points
Anna Maran - 2 points
Cara McCorquodale - 2 points
Emma Watson - 2 points
Holly Gordon - 1 point

In the handicap section, Emma has put up a tremendous fight. She only got her handicap and, therefore, moved into the handicap section half way through the counting season. Congratulations to eventual winner, Heather who narrowly beats Emma to win the MacPherson Trophy for the handicap winner and to Julia who has played superbly in the non-handicap section and wins the Caton Trophy.


Friday, 7 August 2009

Scotland Finish Runners Up in Home Internationals

Scotland Girls finished runners up at the Home Internationals with a 4 ½-4 ½ draw with Wales, winning the Swansea Spoon for finishing second. Scotland’s top points winners were Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) and Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), both with 4 points out of six. Well done once again Rachael and good luck in leading the Scottish team in the International Team Event at the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship being held at West Lancashire Golf Club from 10th-14th August.


Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Dunfermline Building Society Junior Masters - Regional Final Lothianburn

Congratulations to Gabrielle Macdonald who, representing MCLGA, finished 7th in the Junior Masters Regional Final at Lothianburn today. Gabrielle has qualified for the Grand Final to be played over the Queen's Course at Gleneagles on Sunday 11 October 2009. Well done Gabrielle and good luck at Gleneagles.


Girls Home Internationals

Sadly Sotland suffered an 8-1 defeat at the hands of England today. However, well done to Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), who partnered by Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), won Scotland's only point of the day. Good luck to the team tomorrow against Wales.


Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Girls Home Internationals

Well done to Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) who helped Scotland girls beat the European champions Ireland on the opening day of the Under-18 girls’ home international matches at Fairhaven Golf Club, today. Rachael contributed to the 5-4 victory with a win in the morning foursomes with a tremendous 2 and 1 win over Leona Maguire in the singles! Good luck to Rachael and the team tomorrow against England – go get em girl!.


Monday, 27 July 2009

Fun Girls in Golf Open

Congratulations to junior MCLGA member, Julia Smith, who is having a fantastic summer with her golf. On Sunday, Julia took part in the "Fun Girls in Golf" Competition being held at the Children's Golf Course in Gullane. Open to girls both with and without handicaps, she played round the 12 holes in 46 shots (with halves of 25 and 21) to win the event by 1 shot. Not only that but she also played in the the Swanston Par 3 Championship but rain stopped play as she made her way into the quarter finals. Having now played that round she is waiting to hear the date of her semi-final tie. Well done, Julia and we look forward to hearing more about the Par 3 Championship. Good luck in the semi-final.


Sunday, 19 July 2009

Juniors at the Princes Course

This month 8 enthusiastic juniors took part in the mothly 9-hole competition at the Princes Course. On a lovely day, although slightly windy, Emma Morrison continued her good form playing to her handicap, while Heather Laing was 1 over her handicap. In the non-handicap section, Julia Smith had another good score as did Erin Hardy who hit a tremendous drive at the 9th hole straight through the green. Carys Hardy, struggling with a new grip, came in third and when she got her new grip right, struck the ball exceptionally well. Joanna Lamb had a fabulous 4 at the 4th hole and great shots were hit by both Lisa MacPherson and Cara McCorquodale.

Well done girls and thanks again to all the helpers.

Before we get to today's results, a quick congratulations to Julia Smith who yesterday took part in the Par-3 Open Championships which were being held at Swanston Golf Club. Julia won through in her section and had made it successfully to the quarter-finals when rain stopped play! She is waiting to hear when the remaining rounds are to be played but we wish her all the best for the remainder of the competition.

Today's reults:

1st Handicap: Emma Morrison (52-21) net 31
2nd Handicap: Heather Laing (47-15) 32

1st Non-Handicap: Julia Smith 55
2nd Non-Handicap: Erin Hardy 62
3rd non-Handicap: Carys Hardy 85

Points after month 5 of the running competition:

Heather Laing 9 points
Emma Morrison 9 points
Carla Maran 6 points

Julia Smith 17 points
Sophie Aitchison 9 points
Erin Hardy 8 points
Kirsten McCorquodale 7 points


Friday, 17 July 2009

Midlothian Girls do well in Lanark

It was the turn of the juniors this week to keep the MCLGA flag flying in the Scottish Girls' (Close) Amateur Championship being held at Lanark Golf Club, and what a great effort they made! Rachael Watton, returning from a good display in the European Girls' Championships at Kokkola Golf Club in Finland, led the way, winning the Stroke Play Championship. Lying 3rd equal after the morning round, 2 behind the leader and having shot a respectable 3 over par 77, Rachael continued to play well in the afternoon, adding a 2 over par 76 to her score and claiming the title of Scottish Girls' Stroke Play Champion for 2009 by 3 shots. Qualifying for the match play stage in pole position, she was joined by Gabrielle Macdonald and Gillian Simpson, while another MCLGA member, Kate McIntosh qualified for the Ansley Reid Consolation Salver.

A great contest for the title of Scottish Girls' Match Play Champion enused. Gillian lost out on the first round by 3&2 while Gabrielle was norrowly beaten on the final green in the second round. Rachael kept going to the semi-finals where her 3 birdies were not quite enough to see off the eventual overall winner. Having won a couple of very tight tussles on the way, one against European Girls' Championship team mate, Lesley Atkins (Minto), she finally succumbed on the 18th hole.

In the Consolation Salver, Kate McIntosh, having qualified in last place, turned up the heat and played some superb golf, despatching the leading plate qualifier in the first round and recording a 2-over par score in the second round. She progressed through to the final where she met and took the better of the second seed to win the Ansley Reid Consolation Salver by 1 hole.

Many congratulations to all of the girls who took part and especially to Rachael Watton in winning the Stroke Play and Kate McIntosh in winning the Consolation Salver.

The girls take off to Nairn Dunbar next week to play in the Scottish Ladies' Junior Open Stroke Play Championship. Good luck to the eight MCLGA members who are taking part: Rachael Archibald (Merchants), Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Kate McIntosh, Hannah Scott (both Broomieknowe), Gillian Simpson, Kirsty Simpson (both Murrayfield), Jane Turner (Craigielaw) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall).


Monday, 13 July 2009

Scottish Girls' (Close) Amateur Championship

The Scottish Girls' (Close) Amateur Championship takes place this week at Lanark Golf Club, with the Stroke-Play Championship being held tomorrow (Tuesday 14th July) and the Match-Play Championship for those qualifying from tomorrow's rounds, being held from Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th July. Amongst the 74 entrants, 7 are MCLGA members and we wish Cara Easton (Dalmahoy), Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Kate McIntosh, Hannah Scott (both Broomieknowe), Gillian Simpson, Kirsty Simpson (both Murrayfield) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) good golfing over the next few days.


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Another great Midlothian show.......

........ this time by the juniors!

The East of Scotland Girls' Golfing Association Summer Meeting and Championship were held this week at Kingsknowe Golf Club and a number of the Midlothian Junior Members took part. The Summer Meeting was won by Kirsty Simpson (Murrayfield) with a fantastic net 67 which was 5 shots below par, 3 under the competition SS and two clear of 2nd place. Heather Tumblety (Duddingston) won the under 18 net prize with a net 72.

Kirsty was joined in the match play stages of the Championship by Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Kate McIntosh (still on a high having seen off Wendy Nicholson in the semi-finals of the Broomieknowe Championship and gone on to beat Sandra Hennessy to claim the title) and Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe). Kirsty met the Summer Meeting scratch winner Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus) in the first round and could not quite match the birdies that were being thrown at her. Kate and Gabrielle progressed through to meet each other in the semi-final, Gabrielle having overcome Hannah. That semi-final match went to Kate who found herself dormie 4 up but had to endure a fightback by Gabrielle before finally claiming victory on the 17th hole. The final saw some more great golf as Kate battled against the top qualifier Rachel. Unfortunately it was not to be, and Kate succombed on the 18th green by 2 holes.

Well done girls. It's great to see so many of you playing and playing so well.


Thursday, 2 July 2009

Wee Wonders Championships

The Regional Finals of the Wee Wonders Championships were held on Tuesday on the Craigend Course at the Ladies' Golf Club in Troon. I would like to thank Junior Member Julia Smith's father, Iain, for the following report:

"The 3 Midlothian Juniors who had qualified in different area events played valiantly on a tight Craigend Course (the Ladies' Golf Course) at Troon on Tuesday. It was a very hot day with some fantastic golf being played. Lisa Macpherson came in a brilliant second in her age category (5-8 year olds). In the 9-10 year old age category, Julia Smith popped her flag, after her allotted 36 shots, into the cup on the 8th hole to tie for 3rd place but fell back to 4th place on the better inward half countback. The third junior star, Emma Morrison, kept it going and popped her flag down onto the 7th green."

Well done to all of you - a fantastic effort which shows that Midlothian golf has some very promising up and coming juniors who are already making their names known. I hope you all enjoyed your experience and look forward to hearing all about it next time we meet.


Monday, 22 June 2009

Junior Open Golf Competitions

Did you know, the Janice Moodie Trophy is being held on Friday 3rd July 2009 at Windyhill Golf Club, Glasgow and is open to all girls, under the age of 21, with a CONGU handicap. Prizes are awarded in age categories, with the age categories being 10-14, 15-17 and 18-21. Entries close on Thursday 25th June and entry forms can be found at http://www.gilliankirkwood.com/ercn86/2009/JaniceMoodieEntryform1.doc.

Also, the Tom Lehman Golf Tournaments for junior golfers both with and without CONGU handicaps are being held at the beginning of August in Troon. The Junior Golf Pre-handicap Open is being held at Fullarton Golf Club on Monday 3rd August and the Junior Handicap open for the Tom Lehman Trophies is being held on Tuesday 4th August at Lochgreen, Darley and Fullarton Golf Courses. Entries for these close on Monday 20th July and can be found at https://www.secure-server-hosting.com/secutran/secureforms/sh205973/junior-prehandicap.htm (pre-handicap tournament) and https://www.secure-server-hosting.com/secutran/secureforms/sh205973/junior-tomlehman.htm (handicap tournament).


Sunday, 21 June 2009

Juniors at the Princes Course

Another great turn out by the juniors for their monthly 9 hole competition at the Princes Course. Today 14 girls took part and all played extremely well with several personal best scores. It is great to see the advances the girls are all making and the improvements in their swings and course management. All of the girls appeared to enjoy themselves and our thanks go, as ever, to all of the mums and dads who came out to help and walk round with the girls and to Claire Hargan who kindly gave up her morning to help out.

It was great news to hear that Emma Morrison has gained her first ever handicap of 42 at Craigmillar Park and joining the handicap ranks for the first time certainly gave her a huge boost today. She had a tremendous score of 42 (net 21) to a par of 31 which included a birdie at the tricky 2nd hole. Her score could have been much better had she not ended with a triple bogey. Congratulations Emma and good luck to you, Julia Smith and Lisa Macpherson when you play in the regional finals of the Wee Wonders Tournament at Troon on the 30th June.

The results were as follows:

1st Handicap: Emma Morrison (42-21) net 21
2nd Handicap: Carla Maran (54-18) net 36

1st Non-handicap: Julia Smith 52
2nd Non-handicap: Sophie Aitchison 53
3rd Non-handicap: Erin Hardy 58

Points after month 4 of the running competition:

Heather Laing 7 points
Carla Maran 6 points
Emma Morrison 3 points

Julia Smith 13 points
Sophie Aitchison 9 points
Kirsten McCorquodale 7 points
Emma Morrison 7 points

A reminder that there will be no junior coaching at the Braids Driving Range in July and August but this will start up again on 6th September. The 9 holes at the Princes course will continue throughout the summer, the next date being 19th July.


Monday, 15 June 2009

SLGA Girls' Inter-Divisional Trophy

Congratulations to Maggie MacPherson and the East of Scotland Girls' Team who successfully defended the SLGA Girls' Inter-Divisional Trophy at Ballumbie Castle this weekend, beating teams from the West (2-1), North (3-0) and South (2-1). The East Team included MCLGA junior member Gabrielle Macdonald who contributed 3 out of 3 points to the victorious side - well done Gabrielle.


Thursday, 11 June 2009

Wee Wonders Championships

Several of the Midlothian Juniors have been taking part in the Wee Wonders Championships and have been playing all over the Edinburgh area in the qualifying events. Many congratulations to Emma Morrison and Julia Smith who qualified in the 9-10 year old age category at the Hermitage Golf Club and Port Royal Golf Range respectively and to Lisa Macpherson who qualified in the 5-8 year old category at the Melville Golf Centre. Commiserations to Joanna Lamb who came second behind Lisa at the Melville Golf Centre. The girls now go forward to play in the Regional Finals which are being held at The Ladies' Golf Club, Troon on Tuesday 30th June. Good luck to all of you. We hope you enjoy your day and your golf.


Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Gabrielle second and Rachael third!

Many congratulations to Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) who finished second and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) who was tied third in the Paul Lawrie Scottish Schools Championship held over the Buddon and Burnside Courses at Carnoustie yesterday. Rachael was the tied leader with eventual winner Aisla Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) after the morning round on the Buddon Course with a score of 71 (CSS 68), while Gabrielle lay 7 shots behind. I'm not sure what Gabrielle had for lunch but that lead was soon whittled down in the afternoon on the Burnside Course as she shot a 3 under CSS, 68 to jump up to second place and finish one shot behind Aisla. Rachael had a second round 77 which left her, tied, in third place. Great golf and great scoring - well done girls!


Sunday, 17 May 2009

Juniors at the Princes Course

What a glorious day we had today for the May visit of the Juniors to the Princes Course. In gorgeous sunshine (with a little wind!), 10 girls turned out for the 9 holes. A big welcome was made to Joanna Lamb who joined in the fun for the first time and said she had enjoyed some of her golf. All of the girls played some great shots and have all taken something home to remember. There were various personal bests for the 9 holes and a remarkable chip in at the second made it a day to remember for Lisa Macpherson. The first group of Emma Morrison, Julia Smith and Sophie Aitchison showed some stunning stuff to their helpers and came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, Julia losing out by 1 shot on the last 6-hole count back. According to one of the adults walking round with the group, there is some real talent amongst the girls - and it was not just amongst those 3! It was great to see the girls afterwards, chatting together and recounting their various trials and tribulations over their sandwiches in the Braids Driving Range.

Our thanks go to all of the Mums and Dads who turned out to help and to Fiona Hunter for kindly agreeing to give up time this month to come along.

The results were as follows:

1st Non-handicap: Emma Morrison 55 (better last 6)
2nd Non-handicap: Julia Smith 55
3rd Non-handicap: Sophie Aitchison 58

(No golfers with handicaps took part today.)

Points after month 3 of the running competition:

Heather Laing: 6 points
Carla Maran: 4 points

Julia Smith: 9 points
Emma Morrison: 7 points
Sophie Aitchison: 6 points
Kirsten McCorquodale: 6 points

Thank you all for coming along and taking part today. It is great to see you all enjoying yourselves and doing so well and also great to see you all making friends with one another. I hope you enjoyed it as much as the adults enjoyed being out with you.


Sunday, 19 April 2009

The Cuthbertson Cup Team do it again!

Congratulations to the Cuthbertson Cup Team who were triumphant for the 4th successive year in winning the Inter-Counties' Trophy. The team of Gabrielle Macdonald, Kate McIntosh, Gillian Simpson and Rachael Watton (captain), together with reserve Hannah Scott is picture above.

On the most glorious day of 2009, the girls got off to a flying start beating Stirling and Clackmannanshire 4-0 in the morning. The golf was something special and all played superbly well. Birdies were flying about all over the place as the pin was being attacked from each and every angle. It was a real treat to watch some wonderful golf.

The morning results were as follows:
Rachael Watton beat Helen Goodwin 7/5
Gillian Simpson beat Alsion Goodwin 2/1
Gabrielle Macdonald beat Alexis Hutton 5/4
Kate McIntosh beat Jordynn Laird 8/6

In the other match, Fife beat East Lothian by 2.5-1.5 to set up a final between Midlothian and Fife. The afternoon saw the shorts come out and more of the same from the morning. The number of spectators grew and all enjoyed the excitement that the girls gave to us. The match ended in a win for Midlothian by 3 games to 1.

The afternoon results were as follows:
Rachael beat Rachael Hanlon 6/5
Gillian beat Sam Munro 4/3
Gabrielle beat Nicola Taylor 6/4
Kate lost to Lauren Whyte 3/2

The jubilation by the team on the way back to the clubhouse was wonderful. It was great to see not only the support they offered to each other, but the camaraderie that was present between all of the players.

Well done to all of the girls. They produced a great spectacle that was immensely enjoyed by all who were present and a great result!

Congratulations to you all!


Juniors at the Princes Course

While some of us were over sunning ourselves in Fife at the Cuthbertson Cup, there was a great turn out at the Princes Course for the monthly 9-hole competition. 14 girls took part and there were some great scores. Thanks go to Ron Hardy and Sharon MacPherson for organising and running this month's competition.

The results were as follows:

1st handicap: Heather Laing (46-15.5) net 30.5
2nd handicap: Carla Maran (56-18) net 38

1st non-handicap: Sophie Aitchison 49
2nd non-handicap: Kirsten McCorquodale 54 (better last 6)
3rd non-handicap: Julia Smith 54

Points total after month 2 of the runing competition:

Heather Laing - 6 points
Carla Maran - 4 points

Kirsten McCorquodale - 6 points
Julia Smith - 6 points
Sophie Aitchison - 4 points
Emma Morrison - 3 points

Well done to everyone who played. Thank you for turning out to play and I hope you enjoyed your rounds.


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Junior Spring Meeting

The Junior Spring Meeting was held today at Liberton Golf Club. As well as the 18 hole competition for those girls with handicaps, 8-hole and putting competitions were again held for those without handicaps. The weather was dry and sunny, although a bit chilly and certainly windy. The course was in good condition and the girls seemed to enjoy their games and had several stories to tell. One was how Rachael Watton and Gillian Simpson stood in awe and watched 10-year-old Emma Morrison birdie the first hole.

Our thanks go to all of the parents, grandparents and helpers for being present and helping with the non-handicap competitions, and to Liberton Golf Club for the use of their course and their hospitality. Thank you also to Joan Simpson for organising the day and for giving out the prizes.

The prizewinners, pictured above, were as follows:

1st Scratch: Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 79

2nd Scratch: Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield) 87

1st Handicap: Katherine Fisher (Baberton) net 75 (better inward half)

2nd Handicap: Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) net 75

1st 8-Hole Competition: Emma Morrison (Craigmillar Park) 58

2nd 8-Hole Competition: Julia Smith (Murrayfield) 61

1st 9-Hole Putting Competition: Eilidh MacKinnon 22 putts (at 2nd play-off hole)

2nd 9-Hole Putting Competition: Caitlin Turner 22 putts


ESGGA Spring Meeting 2009

The East of Scotland Girls' Golfing Association Spring Meeting was held on Monday at Grangemouth Golf Course. Midlothian had 7 entrants, with Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) winning overall scratch with a 79 and Rachael Watton winning the Under 18s net prize, with a net 78.


Sunday, 29 March 2009

Junior Spring Meeting

Midlothian's season starts on Tuesday 7th April with the Junior Spring Meeting which is being held at Liberton Golf Club. We wish all the participants a good game and good golf, and hope the weather is kind to you all.

The draw has now been done and is as follows:

18-hole Stroke Play Competition:

10.00 am
Rachael Watton (Mortonhall)
Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield)

10.07 am
Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw)
Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe)
Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe)

10.14 am
Kirsty Simpson (Murrayfield)
Heather Tumblety (Duddingston)

10.21 am
Heather Laing (Glencorse)
Sally Naysmith (Dalmahoy)
Katherine Fisher (Baberton)

8-hole Stroke Play Competition for Non-handicap Players:

10.30 am Eilidh MacKinnon & Erin Hardy

10.37 am Carys Hardy & Emma Watson

10.44 am Emma Morrison & Julia Smith

10.51 am Lisa Wilson & Caitlin Turner

A putting competition for the 8-hole players will take part subsequent to the 8 holes.

If anyone needs to withdraw, please e-mail Joan Simpson up until Monday 6th April or, if on Tuesday 7th April, please phone either Joan (07982 188634) or Tracy (07714 980524).


Thursday, 26 March 2009

What a Night!

Unfortunately, the Captain remembered the difficult part and actually took her camera with her but got so caught up in the excitement of the evening that she forgot to take the camera out of her bag and use it! So, you will need to use your imagination to picture the scene for the Junior Social Night.

Being held at the Fountain Park Ten-Pin Bowling Alley last night, 26 County Juniors were let loose on the skittles. The noise and camaraderie that went on was great to see, hear and be part of. The girls were divided into 6 teams, calling themselves The Groovy Girls, The Big Balls, The Amazing Bowlers, The Fashionistas, The Supreme Team and The Bowling Babes. Stopping for a quick bite to eat, the bowling was fast and furious, with screams of joy, anguish and encouragement and celebratory dance routines that would have amazed even Simon Cowell! Soon the games were all over and it was on to the prizegiving.

First, with an average score over the 2 games of 158.8, were The Groovy Girls, ably Captained by Kate McIntosh and helped along the way by Carys Hardy, Kirsten McCorquodale, Eve Scobie and Caitlin Turner.

In second place were The Big Balls, Captained by Hannah Scott and more than helped onto the prize list by Sophie Aitchison, Heather Laing, Lisa MacPherson and Lucy Scobie.

In the other 4 groups, the highest score overall was Rachel Steedman from The Bowling Babes, with a combined score over the 2 games of 192.

The greatest improvement amongst the other 4 groups, between the 2 games, was Carla Maran from The Supreme Team who recorded 16 more skittles in the second game.

However, everyone turned out to be a winner!

My thanks go to all the helpers, Margaret Rodgers, Karen Marshall, Claire Hargan, Sharon MacPherson and Scott MacPherson, and to all of the girls who turned up and contributed towards making it a great night. My apologies go to the parents for sending the girls home in a somewhat hyper state!


Sunday, 15 March 2009

Juniors at the Princes Course

There was a great turn out for the Juniors' monthly 9-hole competition at the Princes Course with 13 girls turning up. Thanks to May Hardy and Sharon MacPherson for orgainising and running this month's games. I believe it was a nice day, if a wee bitty cold. This was the start of the 6-month running competition.

The results were as follows:

1st handicap: Heather Laing (47-15.5) net 31.5
2nd handicap: Carla Maran (68-18) net 50

1st non-handicap: Julia Smith 53
2nd non-handicap: Kirsten McCorquodale 60 (bi6)
3rd non-handicap: Emma Morrison 60

Well done to everyone who played and I hope you enjoyed your games.


Cuthbertson Cup

The 2009 Midlothian Cuthbertson Cup team is Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall; Captain), with Hananh Scott (Broomieknowe) as reserve. The Cuthbertson Cup is due to be played at Burntisland Golf Course in Fife on Sunday 19th April and we wish the team all the very best as they defend the Trophy for the 3rd year in succession.


Midlothian v Borders

Away from the snow, rain, wind and freezing cold which seems to have become the norm of late, the Main and Junior Training Squads enjoyed a match in calm, dry and warmish conditions against the Borders' Ladies at The Hirsel Golf Course in Coldstream, today. The course was in remarkable condition considering the beating it has taken from the weather recently and the golf was also very pleasing to watch. The Midlothian Main Squad recorded a win in their first practice match of 2009, by 4 matches to 0. Unfortunately, the Borders' Juniors were playing in another competition and only 2 of their girls were able to join the four Midlothian Juniors (Sally Naysmith, Natasha Shivji, Kirsty Simpson and Heather Tumblety) to play a stableford competition. In this, Natasha was beaten into second place by Amy Stevenson of the Borders on a count back.

The Main Squad results were:

Claire Hargan & Wendy Nicholson beat Judith Anderson & Denise Richards - 6/5
Rachael Livingstone & Claire MacDonald beat Philippa Costello & Liz Campbell - 2/1
Louise Fraser & Gillian Simpson beat Isla Craigie & Alison Melvin - 1 up
Karen Marshall & Gabrielle Macdonald beat Ann Dods & Sharon Lees -2 up

Our thanks go to Sarah Bolton (the Borders Captain), The Hirsel Golf Club and the Borders Ladies and Juniors for a very enjoyable day.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Junior Coaching and Social Night

After the February 9-holes at the Princes Course was cancelled due to the snow, the girls enjoyed glorious weather at the Braids Driving Range on Sunday, so much so that two girls were seen to be hitting balls with their sunglasses on, some were in T-shirts and two took to the outside bays. Only 3 of the 37 girls who have signed up to attend the current coaching session were unable to attend on Sunday. It was great to see so many of the girls hitting the ball really well - maybe the good weather was having an effect or maybe the pros were teaching the right things!

Can I remind any Junior who would like to go to the social night to let us know by Saturday 14th March, at the latest. We have organised to go Tenpin Bowling at the Megabowl at Foutainpark on Wednesday 25th March. The evening will start at 6pm, although we would be grateful if you could be there 10 minutes beforehand. As well as having 2 games of bowling, there will also be a meal. The cost will be £7.00/head. If you would like to go, please get in touch either with Tracy or Kate asap. It promises to be a good night and we look forward to seeing you all there - Juniors that is, I'm afraid!


Monday, 9 February 2009

Cuthbertson Cup and Inter-County Matches

At the East Division Captains' Meeting held on Sunday 8th February 2009 at Kirkcaldy Golf Club, the draws were made for the Cuthbertson Cup and Inter-County Matches. These are as follows:

Cuthbertson Cup:

To be held on Sunday 19th April 2009 at Burntisland Golf Club

Stirling & Clackmannanshire v Midlothian
Fife v East Lothian

The winners from the morning ties will play each other, in singles, in the afternoon, while the losing teams will play foursomes against each other in the afternoon.

Inter-County Matches:

To be held from Monday 29th June - Wednesday 1st July 2009 at Falkirk (Carmuirs) Golf Club

Day 1:
Fife v Stirling & Clackmannanshire
Midlothian v East Lothian

Day 2:
Midlothian v Fife
East Lothian v Stirling & Clackmannanshire

Day 3:
East Lothian v Fife
Midlothian v Stirling & Clackmannanshire

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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Junior Coaching - February

The next block of Junior Coaching at the Braids Driving Range began on Sunday. 38 girls have already signed up for this and Sunday's session was well supported with 29 of them coming along. The winter bug had put pay to some of the other girls turning out. Our thanks to Ian Young and Paul Malone for their time.

Please note that the 10 am session is now full. However, we do still have spaces available in the 11 am and noon sessions. If you are interested in joining in, please let Kate Rorke know when you return your subscription notices or e-mail the Captain, specifying your preferred time.

The 9 holes at the Princes Course also begins a week on Sunday (15th February, 10.30 am). We currently have a total of 15 girls signed up for this, with 11 of them able to come in February. Again, if you would like to attend, please let Kate know when you return your sbscriptions or contact the Captain. February will see the start of the 9-hole competition which will run until August.


Sunday, 18 January 2009

Junior Girls Brave the Cold

In freezing cold, blustery conditions, the Junior Training Squad turned out for their first coaching session of 2009 with Mark Berrie at the Braid Hills Driving Range. This year, the squad has been divided into two groups which each have a 45-min coaching session. The girls seemed to enjoy the session and the smaller group format. Our thanks to Mark for his time this morning.

As well as the coaching, 6 girls braved the weather for the monthly 9-holes round the Princes Course. We were thankful that it stayed sunny and the sleet did not come until after they had all finished but a lot of jumping and running around was needed to keep warm. Despite all of this, the girls all played really well and hit some fantastic shots. The general feeling was that more putting practice was required! My thanks to May Hardy for organinsing today and to Claire MacDonald for her help. The results were:

Heather Laing net 46.5

1st Carys Hardy 62
2nd Caitlin Turner 63
3rd Emma Morrison 67

Congratulations to Heather and Carys!

Remember the Princes Course league starts next month and runs until August. Points are awarded for turning up, for the handicap winner and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd non-handicap place. So come along and join in!


Friday, 9 January 2009

Junior Social Night

We are arranging a Junior Social Night for the MCLGA girls. This will be held at the Megabowl at FountainPark on Wednesday 25th March and will consist of 2 games of bowling and a meal. Watch out for details of this exciting evening with your renewal application forms and come along and enjoy yourselves!


Thursday, 8 January 2009

Junior Coaching

Coaching for the MCLGA junior girls has again been arranged for this coming year. This will be held at the Braid Hills Driving Range under the tutelage of Iain Young and his fellow Professionals. Coaching will be in 1-hour sessions from 10am - 1 pm, and will take place on the first Sunday of each month (except January 2010, when it will be held on the 10th). Due to the decrease in numbers experienced during the holiday season, we have decided to omit the summer months of July and August this year and to run two 5-block sessions instead. The first of these will run from February to June, inclusive, with the second running from September to January, inclusive. We are very grateful to Sharon MacPherson and Suzie Laughland who have agreed to oversee these coaching days on our behalf.

The girls are also welcome to try out their golf skills on a golf course. 9-Holes of golf are arranged for the juniors on the third Sunday of each month (January to November inclusive) at the Princes Golf Course, the next date being the 18th January at 10.30 am. This is aimed to allow the girls to learn the rules and etiquette of the game of golf, as well as to introduce them to new friends. A competition is held from February to August, with prizes available for both the overall handicap and non-handicap winners. The November 9-hole competition is an adult/junior competition, where the girls have an opportunity to impress their adult partners! Once again, we are very grateful to May Hardy, who has kindly agreed to oversee these 9-hole competitions.

Further details on the above will be available with the subscription notices, which have recently been sent out.


Junior Training Squad

The Junior Training Squad for 2009 is:

Isobel Hinds (Liberton), Samantha Lamb (Glencorse), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Sally Naysmith (Dalmhoy), Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe), Natasha Shivji (Ratho Park), Kirsty Simpson (Murrayfield) and Heather Tumblety (Duddingston).

We are delighted to welcome Sally and, new member, Heather to the squad and wish all of them well in the coming year. Karen Marshall has agreed to continue to oversee the Junior Training Squad and, with her experience and enthusiasm, we hope that the girls will enjoy their year and will benefit from everything that has been arranged. We are also delighted that Kate and Hannah have been invited to join the SLGA Junior Performance Squad, which we hope they will enjoy.

This year, the County has arranged further coaching for the squad at the Braid Hills Driving Range, under the watchful eye of Mark Berrie. Sessions will take place on Sunday 18th January and Sunday 15th February, with a further session on the 22nd March involving on course coaching round the 9-hole Princes Golf Course. As well as this, a rules/social evening has been arranged, together with the main squad, on Thursday 5th February, where our Vice-Captain, Mary, and selector, Linda, will put the squads to the test! A "Train your Golf Brain" coaching session will be held at Dalmahoy Golf Club under the auspices of Scott Dixon on Monday 30th March, again with the main squad, and practice matches have been arranged between the MCLGA Junior Training Squad and both the Borders (Sunday 15th March at The Hirsel Golf Club) and Lanarkshire (Sunday 24th May at Strathaven Golf Club) Junior Squads.

Good luck, girls. We hope 2009 is a good year for you all and you all enjoy your golf.


Monday, 8 December 2008

Junior Coaching

The finally coaching sessions for the juniors for 2008 were held yesterday, Sunday 7th December. On a cold, breezy day 28 girls benefitted from the help and guidance given to them by the Professionals. Our thanks go to Ian Young, Mark Berrie, Paul Malone and Sandy Stephens for their continued support of the Midlothian Junior Girls.

The next coaching session will be on Sunday 4th January 2009. We look forward to seeing all the girls then and wish you all a good Christmas.


Sunday, 16 November 2008

Girl/Adult Foursomes

This was played on the Princes course on 16th November. 13 couples took part. They all enjoyed the golf and the sunny weather.

1st Scratch Sally and Graham Naysmith 36
1st Handicap Holly and Craig Gordon net 29.5
2nd Handicap Julia and Iain Smith net 30
3rd Handicap Erin and May Hardy net 31
Nearest the pin at 6th Sally Naysmith
Nearest the pin at 9th Charlie Maran
Two at 6th Sally and Graham Naysmith


Sunday, 5 October 2008

East of Scotland Order of Merit

Gabrielle MacDonald won the order of merit and Gillian Simpson was second. Well done girls. More info on the eastgirls web site.


Cuthbertson Cup at Longniddry

This was played at Longniddry Golf Club on a very windy day, 4th October. The girls coped well with the very testing conditions. In the morning Midlothian beat Fife and East Lothian beat Stirling and Clackmanan. In the final, Midlothian beat East Lothian to retain the Cuthbertson Cup. The Midlothian team was Cara Easton, Gabrielle MacDonald, Gillian Simpson and Rachael Watton with Kate McIntosh as reserve.

Thanks to Longniddry for allowing us to play the competition on the course and to East Lothian for organising the event for the third time this year.Thanks also to all the County representatives, parents and supporters who came to Longniddry.


Friday, 3 October 2008

Cuthbertson Cup on 4th October

This is being played at Longniddry Golf Club on Saturday 4th October at 9am and 2 pm.
The Midlothian team is Cara Easton, Gabrielle MacDonald, Gillian Simpson and Rachael Watton. Kate McIntosh is the reserve.
Please come along and support the four junior teams from the East of Scotland.
Good luck, enjoy and play well


Monday, 22 September 2008

Junior girls squad

The girls re-started their monthly coaching at the Braids driving range today. It was a lovely sunny morning. They were working hard on learning more about the short game.
Sally Naysmith ( Dalmahoy) has joined the squad.
Congratulations to the girls who have been asked to join the Scottish squads for 2008/2009. More details later.


Sunday, 14 September 2008

SLGA adult/girl foursomes

This is being played at Kilspindie Golf Club on 28th September.
Entry through the SLGA web site.


Princes course competition

This was played from February to August. The girls get points for playing and for the first 3 positions each month.

1st Sally Naysmith( Dalmahoy).

No handicap
1st Emma Morrison( Craigmillar park)
2nd Eva Jack ( Uphall)
3rd Carys Hardy


Midlothian girls' championship 2008

Prize winners(Hannah, Cara, Kate, Sally, Gillian and Emma). Champion, Gillian Simpson
All competitors and Emma. Ratho Park Club House.
This was played today at Ratho Park Golf Club. The weather was dry with some sunshine. The girls enjoyed their golf and there were some good scores.
Please note that SSS 71 and CSS 71.

Midlothian Champion and 1st Scratch Gillian Simpson( Murrayfield) 78
2nd Scratch Cara Easton( Dalmahoy ) 83
1st Handicap Hannah Scott( Broomieknowe) 82(13) net 69
2nd Handicap Isobel Hinds 95(20) net 75( BIH)

Thanks to Ratho Park golf Club for the use of the course. Their warm welcome and use of the clubhouse was much appreciated.

Hannah Scott won the trophy for the biggest handicap reduction this year. ( 22 to 13)
Kate McIntosh won the hole and hole competition.
Sally Naysmith won the handicap competition and Emma Morrison won the no-handicap competition at the Princes course. ( Played monthly from February till August)


Friday, 12 September 2008

East of Scotland Girls Autumn meeting

This was played at Balbirnie Park Golf Club on Sunday 7th September.
Gillian Simpson ( Murrayfield) won the scratch with 79.
Sally Naysmith ( Dalmahoy) won the handicap with 103(32) net 71.
There are more details of the competition on the East Girls website.


Monday, 8 September 2008

Junior Championship and prizegiving

These are at Ratho park golf club on Sunday 14th September.
The Championship starts at 12 noon.
The prizegiving will follow at approximately 4.15pm.
The prize giving is for the girls who have played on the Princes course and in the knock out competitions. Hope you can all come along.


Thursday, 4 September 2008

Junior Coaching at Braids Driving Range

The new block of coaching starts on 7th September.

There are still some places( most at 12 noon).
Please contact Ellice before Sunday if you have not already booked your place.

All those who have returned their forms have got the time they requested.


East of Scotland girls Championship

Congratulations to Rachael Watton ( Mortonhall) on winning the championship. She beat Gabrielle MacDonald ( Craigielaw) in the final. The losing semifinalists were Nicki Taylor and Gillian Simpson. The matches were played at Craigmillar Park Golf Club.


Monday, 18 August 2008

Junior news

Girls singles
Kate McIntosh won the final against Gabrielle MacDonald at Broomieknowe Golf Club today.

August 9 hole competition at the Princes course
1st Sally Naysmith 47 (16) net 31
non handicap
1st Sophie Aitchison 60
2nd Emma Morrison 68
3rd Ella Whitaker 81


Monday, 11 August 2008

Junior news from St Andrews

St Andrews Junior Ladies Open
Jane Turner reached the final and lost to Katy McNicoll at the 20th.
Gillian Simpson also qualified for the matchplay and lost in the first round.
Kirsty Simpson qualified for the handicap matchplay and lost in the first round.


Sunday, 3 August 2008

Junior news

Scottish under 18 Championship at Alyth Golf Club
Five Midlothian girls qualified for the top 32 matchplay.
Rachael Watton(6), Gabrielle MacDonald(14), Kate McIntosh(19), Gillian Simpson(26) and Cara Easton(24).
Rachael and Gillian won their first round matches.
Kirsty Simpson won the under 14 handicap prize.
Carly Booth beat Kelsey McDonald in the final.

Under 21 Scottish Stroke play at Powfoot.
Kelsey McDonald won with a score of 211.
5th Rachael Livingstone (219)
8th Jane Turner(224)
9th Rachael Watton (225)
Cara, Kate, Gabrielle and Gillian also played.

East of Scotland girls championship at Craigmillar Park
Due to the mist, this event is unfinished.
Rachael Watton won the scratch with 74 and Gabrielle was second with 79.
Rachael, Gabrielle, Cara, Gillian and Kate all qualified for the matchplay.
The semi-final and the final will now be played on 31st August.
Please come along and support the girls. You will see some great golf.

Coaching at Braids Driving Range
The letters have been sent out by email. Please reply promptly. The new block starts on 7th September and is on the first Sunday of the month for 5 months till January.

Midlothian Championship at Ratho park on 14th September
All girl members of MCLGA who have handicaps can play in this competition. Please send in your entries.

Adult and girl Foursomes at Kilspindie Golf Club
There is an SLGA competition on 28th September. Entries through the SLGA website. The girls do not need to have handicaps. Please support this competition.


Monday, 21 July 2008

July Competition on the Princes Course

Five girls played over the Princes Course on Sunday in windy but sunny weather conditions. All played some very good golf and hit some lovely shots.

1st Emma Morrison 54
2nd Eva Jack 62
3rd Emma Birch 64


Friday, 27 June 2008

June Competition on Princes course

Well done to the ten girls who played. The scores of Sally, Eva and Emma were the best they have done on the course.
1st Sally Naysmith 43 net 27
1st Eva Jack 52
2nd Emma Morrison 54
3rd Holly Gordon 59


Sunday, 8 June 2008

Girls golf at Ballumbie Castle

Congratulations to the East Girls team who won the Interdivision foursomes golf today.

They halved their matches with South and North on the Saturday and won against West on the Sunday.
Four midlothian girls were in the team - Cara Easton, Gabrielle MacDonald, Gillian Simpson and Rachael Watton.


Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Princes course competition on 18th May

Well done to all the girls who played
1st Sally Naysmith( Dalmahoy) 47(17.5) net 29.5

non handicap
1st Carys Hardy 70
2nd Emma Morrison 72
3rd Lisa Wilson 77

The next date is Sunday 15th June at 10.30.


Monday, 21 April 2008

Junior girls coaching at Braids Driving range

The next group of lessons starts on 4th May( and first Sunday of June, July and August).
Please remember to send your form and payment to Eileen MacKinnon by 25th April.
New girls are welcome to join the Midlothian Juniors and come along to the lessons.
There is a charge of £25 for 4 monthly lessons.


Sunday, 20 April 2008

April 9 hole at Princes Course

Seven girls took part in today's competition. The weather was dry and windy.

1st Sally Naysmith (Dalmahoy) 48 (18) net 30

No Handicap
1st Emma Morrison 63(best last 6 holes)
2nd Anna Massey 63
3rd Erin Hardy 66


Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Cuthbertson Cup team at Haddington

The Midlothian girls' team of Kate( reserve), Gillian, Cara, Rachael and Gabrielle waiting in the snow to see if play would be possible at Haddington.


Monday, 7 April 2008

Cuthbertson Cup

The Cuthbertson Cup which was due to be played at Haddington Golf Club yesterday was postponed. The greens and course were covered with snow mid-morning when the girls were due to tee-off. An altnerative date will be found for the competition later in the year.


Friday, 4 April 2008

East Division Girls, Cuthbertson Cup 2008

East Division Girls, Cuthbertson Cup Competition
Haddington Golf Club, Sunday April 6th 2008

Please come along to Haddington Golf Club on Sunday to support the Midlothian Girls' Team, who will be playing in the Cuthbertson Cup. The girls will play four singles matches in the morning and either singles or foursomes in the afternoon.
Tee off times are 10:00 and 15:00.

Midlothian Team
Cara Easton (Dalmahoy)
Gabrielle MacDonald (Prestonfield)
Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield)
Rachael Watton (Mortonhall)
Reserves: Alison McBride-Rourke (Harburn), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe)


Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Winter coaching

The county squad and the junior squad have been attending short game and instinctive golf coaching over the winter months.
They have been helped by Jane Connachan at Musselburgh Old, Mark Berrie at the Braids Driving range and Scott Dixon at Dalmahoy. Thanks to all for your help.
At the last session, on Monday 31st March, we had a visit from Kevin Craggs. He has suggested some new ideas for us to work with for next winter.

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Junior Girls' Spring Meeting

This was played at Liberton Golf Club on a very,very windy day, Tuesday 1st April.
There was some great golf played. 8 girls with handicaps played the 18 holes. 6 younger girls played 7 holes and had a putting competition. Well done to all who took part.
Thanks to all the parents and helpers and to Liberton Golf Club for the use of the course and the clubhouse.
Course par 69 SSS 68 CSS 71( reduction only)

1st Scratch Rachael Watton ( Mortonhall) 81
2nd Scratch Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 85

1st handicap Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 85 ( 11) net 74
2nd handicap Kate McIntosh( Broomieknowe) 88 ( 13) net 75 (BIH)

1st for 7 holes Sophie Aitchison 63
2nd for 7 holes Eva Jack 68

1st for putting Eilidh Mackinnon 25
2nd for putting Catriona Mackinnon 26( after play off with 3 others)


Monday, 24 March 2008

Mclga girls' coaching at Braids Driving Range and 9 hole competitions

The dates for the next block of coaching are
4th May, 1st June, 6th July and 3rd August.
The cost for the 4 lessons is £25.
The information will be sent by email to Mclga junior members.

9 hole competitions at the Princes Course
The dates are 18th May,15th June, 20th July and 17th August. All at 10.30am.
The cost is £3.50 per round( payable on the day)

Please remember that you can join the Princes Course through Edinburgh Leisure for £50 and play as often as you like and play in their fortnightly Friday Competitions( starting on 13th April).


Friday, 21 March 2008

results of 16th March 9 hole competition

1st Sally Naysmith 49(18) net 41
No handicap
1st Anna Massey 56
2nd Emma Morrison 58
3rd Alexandra Massey 62


Spring Meeting and 8 hole competition at Liberton Golf Club 1st April 2008

The draw for the competitions

10.30am Gillian Simpson and Rachael Watton
10.37am Cara Easton and Gabrielle MacDonald
10.42am Alison McBride Rourke and Kate McIntosh
10.49am Isabel Hinds and Kirsty Simpson
10.56am Catriona Williams and Sophie McKilligan
11.03am Katherine Fisher and Sally Naysmith and Carla Maran

Please remember to bring proof of current handicap with you

MCLGA Girls' Eight Hole Competitions for non-handicap players
11.10am Eilidh MacKinnon and Erin Hardy
11.17am Emily Kidd and Sophie Aitchison
11.24am Carys Hardy and Rosie Kidd
11.31am Eva Jack and Joanna Harris
11.38am Anna Massey and Emma Morrison
11.45am Ella Whitaker and Alexandra Massey and Hannah Corrigan


Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Junior Social night

On Monday 16th March, some of our girls enjoyed an evening at Dalmahoy Driving Range with Scott Dixon(the professsional). They had great fun learning how to play lots of different shots. Thanks to Karen Marshall and Claire Hargan who came along to help and to all the parents for bringing the girls to Dalmahoy.


Friday, 14 March 2008

Entries for junior competitions

Please remember to enter the Spring Meeting and 8 hole competition at Liberton Golf Club on 1st April.
Entries are also needed for the singles and foursomes. Please enter if you have a handicap.


Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Social night for Midlothian Girls

17th March at Dalmahoy Driving Range at 6.45.
Scott Dixon is going to help you.
Please remember to send your forms to Eileen.
Cost £4 per girl

We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday.
Please remember to wear warm clothes. The driving range can be rather cold.


Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Junior Squad for 2008

Isobel Hinds (Liberton), Sam Lamb (Glencorse), Gabrielle Macdonald (Prestonfield), Alison McBride-Rourke (Harburn), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe), Natasha Shijvi (Ratho Park), Kirsty Simpson (Murrayfield)