Dear Lady County Members
I am writing to you as Captain of East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association. Many of you will have heard of Babe Zaharias. As well as being a very talented athlete winning medals at the Olympics for USA, she was also a very talented golfer who came and played here in Scotland, both in the Amateur and Professional game. Sadly she died prematurely from bowel cancer but her husband donated a magnificent trophy to be played by lady golfers in Scotland, with the proceeds from the tournament to go to a cancer related charity.
This prestigious event was played initially at Torphin Hill and Lothianburn and then at many other Scottish Clubs. In later years it went to Whitekirk and became a team event. The Captain of Whitekirk approached Gullane Ladies Captain Nicky Black to see if Gullane would take over running the tournament as Whitekirk were unable to continue running the competition. Nicky Black approached ELLCGA to see if we would take on the tournament in conjunction with Gullane Ladies after she had secured dates at Gullane No 1 for 2016 and 2017. ELLCGA agreed to run the competition with East Lothian Clubs on a 2 year rotation and revert it back to its original stroke play competition format. Had we not done this it would have been returned to the Babe Zaharias mementoes in America. We also have the original handicap trophy, which was donated by Ultraplast.
This year the Babe Zaharias will be played at Gullane on 22/8/2016 and all proceeds will go to Macmillan. There will be handicap and scratch prizes as per the enclosed poster and we are hoping lady golfers will take advantage of playing Gullane No 1 and support the competition. We are very grateful to Gullane Golf Club for giving us courtesy of the course so the £20 entry fee will all go to MacMillan in her memory. I enclose entry forms and a poster. I hope lady members from all over Scotland will travel to Gullane and we look forward to welcoming you.
Kind Regards, Barbara Biggart Captain ELLCGA