Lothians News
28/07/2016 Lothians Boys Order of Merit

With 4 counting events still to go, this year’s Stephen Gallacher Foundation sponsored Lothians Boys Order of Merit is poised to be one of the closest contested events in recent years. With only 166 points covering the top 6 places it is all to play for over the next two weeks at Kilspindie, Kingsknowe, Royal Burgess and Greenburn.

Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) (388) is in pole position having won at Duddingston and scored points in six of the first 9 events. Angus Rigby (Royal Burgess GS) (293) had an equal first and two wins in the first 3 events and is only 95 points behind. Consistency has been the name of the game for Jake Edgcombe (Baberton) (281) and Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) (275) scoring points in 5 events to be within 6 point in 3rd and 4th place respectively. The next two places are taken by Stuart Thurlow (238) and Robb Hawthorn (222) from the very strong Murrayfield ‘stable’ that has another 3 players in the ‘Top 20’.

See the full results in the Junior Competition section of this website.

Over the first few weeks a total of 154 juniors have taken part in events from 43 clubs some as far away as Moor Park in London. There was also a group of Croatian youngsters who were based at Bathgate GC for a week and played in a few of the events.  55 boys have scored points in the scratch event and what is very encouraging for the future is that 6 of the ‘Top 10’ are Under 15 years of age.

The Stephen Gallacher Foundation also run a handicap U18 OOM, and U15 scratch and handicap OOMs and a Girls OOM based on the results from the same group of junior opens. (See their website for details – www.sgfoundation.co.uk ) It is great to see more girls playing with 12 regular attenders and a further 9 who have taken part in the East of Scotland Girls events.

16/07/2016 Lee Morgan Does The Double
2016 Amateur Champion Lee Morgan

Leading qualifier Lee Morgan (Dunbar) won the Sharkey Group sponsored Lothians Championship at a blustery Renaissance Club this afternoon defeating holder Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) in the 18 hole final.

In a rare occurrence, last achieved by Stuart Smith (Duddingston) in 1993, Lee won the Stuart Cup as leading qualifier and then fought through 4 rounds of match play to take the title and the magnificent Edinburgh Evening News Trophy.    

The new champion is in a rich vein of form having also won the Newbattle Open Whitburgh Cup in early June and then the Club Championship at Broomieknowe within 2 weeks of joining there recently. In a somewhat one sided final, watched by a good crowd of about 40 people, Lee went ahead with 2 birdies in the first 3 holes and built a commanding lead at the turn with some excellent ball striking in a challenging wind. Sean, who had defended his title valiantly, eventually waived the white flag on the 12th green.

In the morning semi-finals Sean had got the better of 2010 Champion Allyn Dick (Kingsfield) having edged ahead by 1 hole at the turn and then only dropping one shot to par in a steady back nine culminating in a 3 and 1 victory. Lee, not for the first time this week, found himself 3 down early on against Barrie Lewis (West Lothian). He then turned the tide by winning 7 holes in a row, including 3 successive birdied from the 9th, before running out a 3 & 1 winner.

The new format, that has seen the championship moved back from May to July and with the qualifying and match play over the one course, seems, from initial feedback from the players, to have been a big success. The entry was 34% over subscribed and produced our best field for many years with the highest handicapped player off 2.5.  A major factor has been the opportunity to play the event, for the first time, on the magnificent Tom Doak designed Renaissance Club course with its excellent all round facilities. A huge thanks is due to the owners, members and staff who have been most welcoming and efficient all week. The new sponsorship deal with the Sharkey Group has also allowed us to support our players in a positive way.

14/07/2016 All four semi finalists come from behind to win at the 18th and 19th greens.
On a night of drama at the Sharkey Group sponsored Lothians Championship, in benign, shirt sleeve condition, at The Renaissance,  all four winners fought back from behind to progress to the semi finals on Saturday morning. (8.30 am)
2010 Champion Allyn Dick (Kingsfield) was 2 down after 4 holes to Fraser Johnston (Longniddry) but struck back with birdies at the 7th  and 8th to draw level. Fraser, home on leave from university in the USA, used all his local caddying experience and that of his fellow caddy, who was 'on the bag', to edge ahead 3 times on the back nine. However Allyn, the leading Scottish player in the 2013 Home Internationals, drew on that experience to draw level at the last and produce a winning birdie at the 19th hole. 
In the second match defending champion Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) had a poor start and found himself 3 down after 4 holes to Chris Low (Tantallon). He was 4 down with 6 holes to go but the putter came alive and having holed an 8 foot putt at the 18th to draw level he sealed victory in style with a 45 foot putt from the back of the green at the 19th, much to the delight of the commendable Broomieknowe supporters. 
Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry), continuing his good form that has him sitting in the Top 10 of the Lothians Order of Merit, reached the turn in 2 under par to be 3 up on Barrie Lewis (West Lothian). But the West Lothian man was up to the challenge and clawed his was back to claim victory on the last green. 
Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links GS) went on the rampage from the 9th hole scoring birdie, par,birdie, par, eagle to be 3 up on leading qualifier Lee Morgan (Dunbar). Morgan, who also plays out of Broomieknowe, where he recently became champion, showed his fighting qualities and amazingly fought back to win the match on the last green.
Four great closely contested matches which augers well for the semi finals and final on Saturday. A great opportunity for local golf fans to experience the delights of this Tom Doak designed masterpiece and the friendly welcome in the clubhouse. Ask the Broomieknowe fan club!!!

12/07/2016 Defending Champion and Leading Qualifier have good wins in first round of the Championship Match Play.

Defending Champion Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) and Leading Qualifier Lee Morgan (Dunbar) both had good wins in the first round of the Sharkey Group sponsored Lothians Championship at The Renaissance this evening. With the course in excellent condition, and on a mild calm evening, scoring was good with Fraser Johnston (Longniddry) 4 under par when he won his match against Jamie McIntosh (Broomieknowe) on the 13th green.

Former Champion Allyn Dick goes through after a good tussle with Kingsfield team mate Michael Wilson, but other past winners Paul  Drake (Pumpherston) and Alan Anderson (Bruntsfield Links GS) lost out to Sean Marc and Barrie Lewis (West Lothian) respectively. It took a birdie at the first extra hole by Barry to shake off the 2011 and 2013 Champion.  Full marks to the Broomieknowe club for a good turnout of supporters. It was also a good night when the younger members of the Lothians team squad shone through with Chris Low (Tantallon), Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry) and Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links GS) joining the others mentioned, in the quarter finals on Thursday night.  Michael’s win over home player (Ben Alexander) saw the end of ‘home’ interest but he is a player we expect to see at this level again in the future.

Click here for full results on our website 

11/07/2016 Lee Morgan Claims Stuart Cup
Lee Morgan (Dunbar) claimed the Stuart Cup for the leading qualifier after carding a second round 70 to finish on 140 at the Sharkey Group sponsored Lothians Amateur Championship at The Renaissance Club.

He finished 4 shots clear of defending champion Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) Rob Paterson (Kilspindie) and Paul Drake (Pumpherston).

The players greatly enjoyed playing at the prestigious venue presented in great conditions.

Highlights of the second round included a hole in one at the 155 yards 11th hole by Craig Deerness (Harburn) and a back nine of 31, four under par, from Alan Anderson (Bruntsfield Links GS).

The draw for the matchplay was made with 16 players in the cut mark of 149, however with Ross Brydon (Bruntsfield Links GS) unavailable to play during the week the final spot went to Ben Alexander (The Renaissance Club) on account of his better back nine of 34 during the second round.

The CSS for round one was 75 and for round two it was 73. The matchplay draw may be viewed here

10/07/2016 Current Champion Leads Field After Round One

Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) holds a 2 shot lead over the field after the first round of the Sharkey Group sponsored Lothians Men's Championship at The Renaissance Club, posting a three under par 68.

Though conditions for good scoring were excellent, only three players in the field of 96 broke par, with Lee Morgan (Dunbar) and Rob Paterson (Kilspindie) sharing second place after scoring 70s.

Players return for their second round today with all players providing very positive feedback on the condition of the course and the excellent facilities at the prestigious venue, The Renaissance Club.

First round results can be viewed on the web site under the competitions - men - amateur championship tab on the Home Page.



05/07/2016 Fyfe Takes Lothians Seniors Title
Ian Fyfe Lothians Seniors Champion 2016

Congratulations to Ian Fyfe (Musselburgh) who came out on top at the Lothians Seniors Championship at Newbattle.

Carding a Gross 70 Ian captured the R M Lee Trophy for the best scratch score, while his net score of 67 also claimed the Ian McNiven Quaich on countback from runner up Peter Hardwick (Newbattle).

In the age group categories, the results were as follows:

Cat A: 55-59
1st Handicap Alex Burnett (Harburn) 68
2nd Handicap John Masterton (Mortonhall) 69
3rd Handicap Ian Ferrier (Baberton) 70
1st Scratch Ian Dickson (Gullane) 71 (back 9 )
2nd Scratch Duncan Hamilton (Mortonhall) 71

Cat B: 69-68
1st Handicap Ian Fyfe (Mussellburgh) 67
2nd Handicap Joe Gillan (Dunbar) 68
3rd Handicap Wilson Morton (Dunbar) 69
1st Scratch Peter Hardwick (Newbattle) 71
2nd Scratch Lindsay Gordon (Turnhouse) 72

Cat C: 69 and Above
1st Handicap David Meldrum (Uphall) 68
2nd Handicap George Eddington (Liberton) 71
3rd Handicap Norman Hendry (West Lothian) 74
1st Scratch Cameron Stewart (Dunbar) 77
2nd Scratch Stanley Scott ( Linlithgow) 81

The CSS was 70 for all players and full results can be viewed on the web site the "Competitions - Seniors" tab at the top of the Home page.  

27/06/2016 Strong Performance From Boy's Team Against Fife

The U16, U14 and U12 team from the Lothians defeated their counterparts from Fife at Thorton Golf Club by 8.5 to 1.5.

Full results can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1shikaa