News and Announcements

On Wednesday afternoon, 11th Nov, Scottish Golf changed their advice to golf clubs in Level 3 local authority areas – see https://scottishgolf.org/updated-covid-19-guidance-now-available/. They now state "In Level 3 you can travel anywhere within your local authority area to take part in sport, and the previous rule that you could only travel 5 miles has been removed. East Lothian is to be re-classified in Level 2 from 24th November.

With the freedom to move around East Lothian re-established, the league’s competitions committee now feels there is scope to restart matches. However, being mindful of the new law prohibiting travel into or out of any Level 3 area (e.g. Edinburgh), the committee have also stipulated that clubs cannot select players who live outside East Lothian. This stipulation will stand until further review by the committee.

Should any club decide to further restrict play on their course then that restriction will also apply to a Winter League match taking place on that golf course.

The League’s Covid Rules are amended to make this decision clear. Team managers have been asked once again to share these with their squad players, and they are attached here.

With the Scottish Government’s decision NOT to move East Lothian out of Level 3 COVID restrictions this week, the Competitions Committee has, like last week, taken the decision to suspend matches scheduled for this Sunday 15th November.

The matches affected this time are Haddington vs Gullane; Craigielaw vs Tantallon; Royal Musselburgh vs Longniddry (all Div 1) and Winterfield vs Kilspindie (Cup). All of these matches are to be rearranged for Sunday 29th November (subject to course availability).

The Div 2 match between Musselburgh Old and Musselburgh is also postponed, and is to be rescheduled for Sunday 24th January.

The Cup match between Haddington and Musselburgh (24th Jan) is therefore also postponed, and a new date is to be announced at a later date.

Scottish Govt is due to review the restrictions on each Local Authority area on a weekly basis, with the next review due Tuesday 17th Nov. A further decision will be made following the government’s announcement.

The updated advice from Scottish Golf can be read on this link: https://scottishgolf.org/updated-covid-19-guidance-now-available/

The League’s Competitions Committee has taken the decision to suspend matches scheduled for this Sunday 8th November. The matches affected are North Berwick vs Glen and Gifford vs Musselburgh.

The move follows the Scottish Government’s decision to place East Lothian in “Level 3” on Monday, the restrictions for which include a limit of 5 miles on the distance people are permitted to travel for exercise.

The Committee also considered the restriction on travel into / out of a Level 3 area to be an impediment, with many teams regularly fielding players who live in Edinburgh (also in Level 3).

With the Scottish Govt due to review the allocation of each LA area next week, the Committee will advise whether future matches need to be suspended, after that government decision is announced.

The advice from Scottish Golf can be read on this link: https://scottishgolf.org/2nd-november-covid-19-update/

The League’s Competitions Committee issued a penalty to Longniddry after the club failed to field a team for it’s home match against Tantallon on Sunday. The Rules do require teams to fulfill all of the fixtures they are drawn to play.
On the same day Musselburgh Old avoided a penalty after the committee accepted their team manager’s decision to call off their match at North Berwick was the right one – one of their team members having come into contact with several other team players, then receiving a positive test result for Coronavirus late on Saturday.
Team Managers are asked to familiarise themselves with the League Rules, which are attached here, but can also be found in the documents section of the site.

With Coronavirus cases on the increase up and down the country, the League has had to address the concern that a further lockdown at some point over the winter season could interrupt the match schedule.
Thankfully the threat of a “Circuit Breaker” lockdown in October seems not to have materialised, golf in groups of four remains permitted, and heavy travel restrictions have not at this point been re-introduced.
Nevertheless, the Competitions Committee is standing by to introduce a ‘restricted’ match schedule at any time that might become necessary – subject to the constraint that each team in a division will play against each other team, and that the balance of home and away matches will be fair.
If it does become necessary to shorten the season, the Comps Committee reserves the right to limit promotion and relegation to one team, with a play-off between the second placed team in Div 2 and the second bottom team in Div 1 remaining a possibility.
Any action that does become necessary would be quickly communicated to all match managers.