Lothians News
17/05/2018 Willie Park Open - Sunday 20th May
Entries for the Willie Park Open at Musselburgh Golf Club this Sunday, 20th May, can be found here.

05/05/2018 Turnhouse win Team Tournament at Royal Musselburgh

The Turnhouse team of Steven Armstrong, Ollie McCrone and Mark Napier won the Lothians Team Tournament at Royal Musselburgh today with a great score of 215, just edging ahead of Craigielaw (216) and Broomieknowe (217). Broomieknowe had held the lead early in the day after a fantastic 64 by Sean Marc, the 2015 Lothians champion, just one off the course record of 63. The leading Society was defending champions George Heriots FPs (230) represented by Rory Smith, David Rudd and Scott Dickson, closely followed by Port Seton (231) The players were full of praise for the course which was in great condition this early in the season and for the friendly welcome in the clubhouse. Turnhouse now go on to represent Lothians in the Scottish Club Championships at Kinross in September. The CSS was 72 (+2) and the full results can be seen here.

02/05/2018 Caravan Driver Needed
Have you got a tow bar on your car?

Are you experienced at pulling a caravan?

Would you like to help the Lothians Golf Association
move their caravan between event venues this year?

  • Approximately 6 moves required between April and September
  • We have one driver at present and require an additional person as cover for holidays and to share the driving
  • Caravan to be moved at driver’s convenience, sometime during the week before the event
  • Drivers will receive Green Flag, national recovery with home-call and onward travel
  • A small fee of £25 is paid per move to cover expenses
  • There is the possibility of complimentary round of golf at the competition venue. This will be at the discretion of the golf club

If you are interested please contact:

Janahan Balasubramaniam
Mobile 07591 599153
Lothians Golf Association
Email:- secretary@lothiansgolfassociation.org.uk

30/04/2018 Reality check for Lothians Men at City of Newcastle
Lothians Team v Northumberland 2018

The Lothians men’s team came up against a brick wall in their annual match against Northumberland at the City of Newcastle Golf Club this weekend. Northumberland had a fantastic season in 2017 and their squad were in fine form again as they warmed up for their first county match against Yorkshire in a couple of weeks with an emphatic 13½ to 4½ win over Lothians.

 In the morning foursomes 4 of the 6 matches went to the last green with the other two finishing on the 16th. Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) and Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry) played steady golf to win by 1 hole with Rory Smith (Dalmahoy) and Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) and Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) and young Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) securing halved matches. In his first match for the men’s team Aaron was left with a 120 yard shot to the first green after a good drive by Stuart. He holed it for an eagle 2!!!! There were some sparkling sub-par rounds from both teams but Northumberland came out on top 4 matches to 2. 

After 6 holes in the afternoon singles Lothians were still in touch but with 3 City of Newcastle players in the first 4 games, along with former English Boys Internationalist Matty Lamb, Northumberland had 4 points on the board early on and things started to slide in the wrong direction after that. There was a bit of a sting in the tail for the Lothians with Sean Marc winning his second game of the day on the last green and Stuart Blair winning well on the 15th green. Simon Lockhart eagled the 17th in a stirring finish against the evergreen ex Scottish Internationalist Sandy Twynholm which saw the match halved on the last green. The full results can be seen in the Lothians matches section of this website on the Championships/Men drop down menus.

Elsewhere Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) (5th=) and Connor Wilson (Castle Park) (10th=) had top ten finishes in the Barrie Douglas Scottish Junior Masters tournament at Blairgowrie.

23/04/2018 Lothians players competing well in SGL OOM events
Lothians players are continuing to feature in the SGL Order of Merit events with Kieran Cantley (Liberton) following up on his win at Craigmillar Park with a 5th place in the Battle Trophy at Crail. He was 5 shots behind the winner, James Wilson (Tyneside) whose amazing 9 under par round of 63 on Sunday morning proved decisive. It will be interesting to see if James is in the Northumberland team against Lothians at City of Newcastle GC next weekend.  Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse) and David Rudd (Longniddry) were also in the top 20. Of the 18 Lothians players in the field of 72 there were 9 who made the cut of 9 over par which gives an indication of the difficulty of the Craighead course at Crail.

The previous weekend Lothians boys were also 'in the frame' in the first of the Junior Tour events at Southerness. In the U18 category there were Top 10 places for Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) (4th), Aaron Hall (Kilspinde) (5th) and Rob Hawthorn (Murrayfield) (9th) and in the U16 category there were Top 10 places for Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park) (5th) and Calum Robinson (Turnhouse) (10th)

15/04/2018 Kieran Cantley (Liberton) wins Craigmillar Park Open
Craigmillar Park Open Champion Kieran Cantley (Liberton) with Club Captain John Hall
Kieran Cantley (Liberton) came from 3 shots behind over night to win the Simpson Marwick sponsored Craigmillar Park Open today by 2 shots from Stephen Roger (Peebles) with a 13 under par score of 267. On a good day for Lothians  players Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse) finished third on 270 with Rory Smith (Dalmahoy) tied for 4th place on 272. Of the 29 Lothians players taking part 10 made the 36 hole cut, a big improvement on 2017. 
Kieran has got off to a great start in 2018 having won the Champion of Champions at Leven last weekend where Euan Mcintosh also did well in taking second place. The 72 hole Scottish amateur circuit moves on to the Battle Trophy at Crail next weekend.

06/04/2018 Aaron Hall wins Bronze Medal at Scottish Boys Stroke Play
Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) won the bronze medal at the Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championships at Montrose today. His 54 hole total of 220 was just one shot behind the winner, Germany's Patrick Schmuecking. Aaron tied for second place with Greg Dalziel who won the silver medal on a count back.
Horrendous conditions on the first day and a frost delay on the second day forced the event to be curtailed to 54 holes and everyone who took part should be congratulated for completing their rounds. Of the 15 Lothians players in the international field (70 Scots in the 144 player starting list) only 3 made the cut of 40 players for the last day. At that stage Aaron was in 9th place, followed by Chi Hin Lou Tan (Loretto School)  in 16th place and Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) in 29th place after a great second round score of 70 (1 under par). While the other two faded a bit in the strengthening wind on the last day Aaron took advantage of his links experience and shot up the field with a closing round of 73. 

24/03/2018 Lothians stage great fightback to beat Stirlingshire at The Glen, North Berwick
Lothians came back from being 2 matches down after the 4 morning foursomes at The Glen today and clinched an impressive win by taking the singles by 6 matches to 2. Vice Captain Tom Caldwell, in charge for the day, obviously inspired his team with a few well chosen words over the lunch break. 
Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) and Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) were the only foursomes winners but Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links), Kenny Glen (Craigielaw), Jordyn Rhind (Kingsfield), Benn McLeod (Musselburgh), Jamie Morris (Glencorse) and Stuart Blair all won in the afternoon. Sean Marc narrowly lost on the last green to former Lothians Champion of Champions Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) and Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) found out why 16 year old Sebastian Sandin (Dunblane New) is such a good prospect for the future.