Lothians golf round-up: Gabrielle big in Japan

Gabrielle MacDonald is the Scottish Women's Amateur Champion
Gabrielle MacDonald is the Scottish Women's Amateur Champion
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SCOTTISH champion Gabrielle MacDonald is heading for Japan later this year.

The Craigielaw player has been picked along with Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) to represent Scotland in the Espirito Santo Trophy in September.

Two other East Lothian players – Joanne Free (Gullane Ladies) and Clara Young (North Berwick) – are on national duty before then.

They’ve been selected for the Girls’ Home Internationals at Donabate in Ireland in a fortnight’s time.

Deer Masters

DEER PARK will again host one of the most established events on the Scottish calender.

The Deer Masters, a 36-hole Tartan Tour event, takes place at the Livingston venue on

August 5-6, when the main sponsor will again be building services form Emtec.

Brian Mair, secterary of the PGA in Scotland, said: “Without the support of the Muir Group, we would not be able to offer such wonderful playing opportunities for both our top pros and those just beginning their professional career.”

Ballantyne win again

IT really is proving a year to savour for Karen Ballantyne.

The Craigmillar Park captain won her fifth women’s championship at the Capital club last month. Now she’s also been crowned as the East Vets Championship at Haddington.

Ballantyne beat Harburn’s Jennifer Bryans by one in the final after their pair had defeated Anne Brownie (Mortonhall) and Anne Hanson (Glencorse) respectively in the semi-finals.

Happy hosts

MUSSELBURGH made home advantage count to win this year’s Morison Millar Trophy.

With a total of 308, a team comprising of Janet Fairweather, Jan Laing, Anne Blundell and Irene Stewart finished three shots clear of the field.

Second place went to the Kingsknowe quartet of Elaine Lumsden, Patricia Gilmore, Sheila Lyon and Mary Davidson.

Murrayfield pair Margaret Ferguson and Lynn Wilson, with 152, had the best net over 36 holes, while the 171 posted by Dalmahoy’s Kim Horne and Fiona Carlyle was the top scratch score.