Friday, September 05, 2014


  The Gullane team for the final match, proudly displaying the Ben Sayers Trophy, are: Left to right -  Joanne Free, James Chalmers, Captain Oliver Ladbrooke, Andrew Ni, Graeme Chalmers, William Ladbrooke. 

By David Warren, League Secretary
Gullane Juniors, who are already holders of the Team Scratch Stroke-play title, are the East Lothian Junior Golf League Champions for 2014.
In the final match at The Glen, they defeated a strong Tantallon team 6 - 1. 
The Glen was in excellent condition, the weather was wonderful, the generous hospitality of the club and the superb carvery they laid on for the players, altogether made for a wonderful ending to the League season. The League would thank The Glen, especially Junior Convener John Lunn, for making all the arrangements.
This win ensured that Gullane won their fourth League title in the last eight years - following on from the good work done by former junior conveners Gordon Swan and Iain McLean, present conveners Martin Black and Gail Chalmers (Mum of two of the team) and keen supporter Ian Ladbrooke (Dad of two of the team) have built a strong team and managed them well through a tough season, during which they lost only two matches, to both The Glen and to Dunbar. Gullane won seven matches out of nine and finished strongly by winning their last two against contenders Kilspindie and Tantallon.   
They held off a strong challenge by The Glen who won 7-0 against Haddington, to finish in 2nd place. Kilspindie and Dunbar finished third and fourth.
Gullane, The Glen and Kilspindie all now proceed to the Scottish semi-finals of the Junior Team Golf (JTG) Championships, which will be held over the next two  weekends at Alyth, Scotscraig and Downfield. 
The Teams have a chance to progress to the Scottish Final which will be held at Kingsbarns in October when the winners will progress to the JTG Finals in Spain next year.  The League wishes them well.

A new format - four-ball, better-ball matches off 3/4 handicap - was trialled this year, to give clubs having mainly younger players with higher handicaps, a chance to play and compete. 
The Gullane Team fielded both low and high handicap players at times, and their team, unusually, comprised two sets of brothers, the Ladbrookes and the Chalmers. Joanne Free, who represented Scotland in the Junior Home Internationals this year, and Andrew Ni, who has represented the Lothians at county uniors level, also played in the final match. 
Other players who played for the Gullane team this season (with handicaps at that time) are Daniel Darrie (14) , Keiran Wyness (9), Cameron Blair, Calum Black (20), James Clark (17), Archie Wilson (20), Gregor Griffiths (22), Jack Pearson (24), and David Neden (7), thus proving their strength in depth! Many of these younger players will be challenging for regular places next year!
The Gullane team (and handicaps) for the final match: Joanne Free (5), James Chalmers (14), Captain Oliver Ladbrooke (6), Andrew Ni (3), Graeme Chalmers (12), William Ladbrooke (11). 



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