Well what a pleasant surprise – the Tri Am was played at Newbattle yesterday, the sun shone for most of the day, and nobody got wet!! What a fantastic day we had – great golf and great fun. Everyone seemed to enjoy the new format and were mighty relieved to find out that there was only one ball counting on the last 6 holes. One group, who shall be nameless, decided to give themselves a challenge and counted all 3! How keen were they – especially as it included the challenging 17th hole!

The last few groups did finish in the dark, with captain ready to go out with the search lights. However the pleas of disadvantage from the last group of County team players fell on deaf ears, as they had scooped up two nearest the pin prizes and the Captain’s team had earlier been demoted to second place. We will never know if they had the longest drive on the 18th because they couldn’t see, but since Louise Fraser’s drive earlier in the day, was out of sight anyway, I doubt it!

The results were as follows:

1st Sandra Dickson, Mandy Charters, Jacquelyn Dick (Mortonhall) 81

2nd Mary Richardson, Sal Shepherd, Ruth Wilkojc (Craigmillar Park) 83

3rd Maureen Stewart, Jane Browitt (Glencorse) Karen Elliot (Newbattle)85 bih

4th Michele Lowe, Alison Davies (Deer Park), Irene Adams (Liberton) 85 bih

Sponsored prizes

Nearest the pin at 3 – Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse)

Longest drive (Bronze) at 6 – Stella Thomson (Swanston New)

Nearest the pin at 8 – Pat Staples (Liberton)

Nearest the pin at 11 – Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse)

Nearest the pin in 2 at 12 – Amanda Liddle (Ratho Park)

Nearest the pin in 2 at 14 – Zandra Mathieson (Broomieknowe)

Longest drive (Silver) at 18 – Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe)

The main raffle prize was one by Dorothy Wilson (Harburn) – enjoy your day out Dorothy. I’m sure you will have many friends being nice to you just now! Many thanks to Ian Young at the Braid Hills Golf centre for the kind donation and to the Ladies Golf Centre and our President for the runners up prizes. Thanks also to all who contributed to the raffle – we raised a fantastic £550 to support our volunteer caddie’s expenses for the forthcoming Scottish County Finals in Dumfries.

Thanks to Newbattle Golf club and to all who helped on the day, especially Barbara Hamilton of Newbattle who made lovely egg sandwiches for the officials (in yummy home made bread!), was out early in her buggy putting out the hole prize markers and making numerous trips the bank to get lots of £5 notes for the raffle, amongst other things.

Captain and Vice captain and their teams below – the only photos we have!

MCLGA Biennial Tri Am 2011