Lothians News
11/08/2016 Handicap Matchplay Winner 2016
Handicap Mathplay Winner 2016 Peter Ogilvie

Congratulations also to Peter Ogilvie (Niddry Castle) on his capture of the Handicap Matchplay trophy defeating Scott Leishman (Swanston New) by one hole.


11/08/2016 Champion of Champions Winner 2016
Champion of Champions Winner 2016 Simon Lockhart

Congratulations to Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) who won the Champion of Champions title at Luffness New defeating Graeme Davidson (Winterfield) 2 and 1. 

09/08/2016 Buckstone and Caermount Through To Siverwight Final

The finalists for this year's Sivewright Quaich for Non Course Owning Clubs have been confrmed with Buckstone Golf Club overcoming Ethicon 1 Up and Caermount defeating RICS 5 Up in their respective semi finals.

The final takes place on Sunday 4 September at Prestonfield Golf Club, with the first of the matches off at 1pm.


09/08/2016 Champion of Champion Finalists Confirmed
At a blustery Luffness New last night Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) and Graeme Davidson (Winterfield) progressed to the Champion of Champions final on Wednesday.

Meanwhile in the Handicap Matchplay semi finals Peter Ogilvie (Niddry Castle) and Scott Leishman (Swanston New) overcame their opponents to make the final also on Wednesday again at Luffness New.

06/08/2016 Champion of Champions and Handicap Match Play

This coming week sees the semi-final and final stages of these events at Luffness New on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Three former champions have reached the semi-finals in the Champions event in what is shaping up to be an exciting finale. They are Nial Gemmell (Tantallon) (2003), Graham Davidson (Winterfield) (2008 & 2014) and the record holder Keith Nicholson (Haddington) (1993, 2000, 2005, 20006 & 2013). Spectators are welcome and we look forward to seeing a lot of people out supporting the eight players.

Semi Finals – Monday 8th August 2016

Champion of Champions 

               5.00pm     Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) v Nial Gemmell (Tantallon) 

               5.08pm     Graham Davidson (Winterfield) v Keith Nicholson (Haddington) 

                                                      Handicap Match Play

               5.16pm     Donald Macsween (Gifford) v Peter Ogilvie (Niddry Castle)

               5.24pm     John Christie (Mortonhall) v Scott Leishman (Swanston New) 



03/08/2016 Matthew Clark returns to defend South East District Title
Matthew Clark, the defending champion, is returning to defend his title at the South East District Championship to be held at Royal Musselburgh on the weekend of 27th & 28th August. Competition is close at the top of the Scottish Order of Merit with only 73 points covering the top 6 places and of course this is also a World Raking event.

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.

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!!!