Lothians News
12/03/2018 Lothians Golf Association AGM - 21 March

The weather delayed Annual General Meeting of the Lothians Golf Association will now take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Liberton Golf Club at 7.30pm.

With the rescheduling, secretaries and managers can still update delegates on your club page of the LGA website. You can login here to make any changes.

Thank you to Liberton GC for accommodating us and we look forward to seeing you there.

28/02/2018 Lothians Golf Association AGM - CANCELLED
Due to the Met Office issued 'Red Weather Warning', which it describes as "a risk to life" we feel the only responsible course of action is to cancel our AGM. 

I am sure you will have seen the news and the severe traffic disruption the weather has caused, and we do not want to put any of our members at risk in treacherous driving conditions.

Obviously the cancellation of our AGM is not ideal and we will look to arrange a date for this meeting as soon as reasonably possible.

Further information will be sent to club secretaries soon regarding the vote on the changes to the resolutions to be carried out at the SGL AGM on Sunday.

Emails have been sent to all our members with the information above but if you know of a delegate who had planned to attend our AGM, we would be grateful if you ensure they are aware of the change of circumstances.

Thank you for your help in passing on the message of the LGA AGM Cancellation.


The Sivewright Quaich was instigated by W A W Sivewright (below), one of a distinguished band of people who have been President of the Lothians Golf Association (1960-62) and of the Scottish Golf Union (1966-68). He also served as Secretary of the Lothians (1951-1958). The idea for the event was in response to an increase in the subscriptions, by the SGU, for non-course owning clubs, now known as affiliated societies.


The format is a handicap version of the Dispatch Trophy where a four-man team play foursomes aggregate match play in a knock-out competition during the season. The handicap range is 6 to 18 which addresses suggestions that the Lothians only cater for the low handicap players.The situation regarding green fees, if courtesy is not granted by the home club, is that you only pay when you lose so that is just one set of green fees. The green fee cost has been an issue in the past but the home team has been asked to bear this in mind and discuss the charge with the host club before each match. In many cases courtesy is given but hopefully the amount will be restricted to a member’s guest green fee and possibly only 50% of that given that it is a foursomes event. The final has been traditionally played at Prestonfield, which was Bill Sivewright's home club and they have been great at honouring his memory by granting courtesy for the players and making them very welcome in the clubhouse afterwards.

The initial tournament was a great success with 32 teams taking part, virtually every eligible club, and Ethicon beat Standard Golf Club 4 and 3 in the final. As can be seen from the list of winning clubs Ethicon have been the most successful over the years with 4 wins. Of the 34 winning clubs, 11 have won twice but 21 of our existing societies have still to taste victory. This would be a good year to make your mark.

In recent years numbers have dropped off from a high of 45 teams in 2001 (81% of those eligible) to just 24 teams last year. (63%)

To celebrate this special year the Lothians GA have decided not to charge an entry fee in the hope that every society will take part.

We are trying to contact the 18 past winners who are no longer members of the association and invite them to play. We know that at least half of these still exist.

Prestonfield have also kindly agreed to host the semi-finals as well as the final on Sunday 16th September to make this a very special year.

Will it be your society that are standing on the veranda at Prestonfield in 2018 with the trophy or will the Royal Bank of Scotland (seen in the photograph) successfully defend the Quaich, taking their total wins to 3 and narrowing the gap on Ethicon?

Entries close on Monday 5th March

11/02/2018 Club Competitions Deadlines

Closing date of 26th February for the Champion of Champions and Handicap Match Play is approaching fast. Please ensure that your Club has entered your representatives before the deadline.


Closing date of 5th March for the Sivewright is also nearing. Please note that there is no entry fee for this competition as we celebrates its 50th Anniversary.


The number of entries from our 108 clubs and societies for the Champion of Champions and Handicap Match Play, and from our 38 societies for the Sivewright Quaich are as follows -


Champion of Champions 73   To see those entered click here

Handicap Match Play 64   To see those entered click here

Sivewright Quaich   21   To see those entered click here

16/01/2018 Entries for Club Competitions now being taken

Information has now been sent to Club Secretaries/Managers inviting them to submit entries for the various Club Competitions. (Champion of Champions, Handicap Match Play, Sivewright Quaich, Team Tournament and the Boys Champion of Champions). The first 3 have closing dates at the end of February and early March with the other two later in the season. Players will be able to see who has been entered by checking the competition section of this website and following the tabs to the various events.

So for example for the Men’s Champion of Champions click the Competition tab then follow the links – Men – Champion of Champions – Entries. (At the time of writing there are already 6 entries registered after only one day.)

Current Champion of Champions, Graham Davidson of Winterfield (left)

Current Handicap Match Play Champion, Alan Laurie of Pumpherston (right)

In 2017, for the first time, we logged the Men’s and Boy’s Champions at each of our 108 Clubs (70) and Societies (38) and most of these are shown under the Club section of the website on a Club Champions tab. If your name is missing please let us know. Congratulations to you all and we hope you are able to take part in our Champion of Champions, the winner of which also qualifies for the Scottish Champion of Champions.

We will follow up soon with some additional comments on the Handicap Match Play event and on the Sivewright Quaich and we expect the entries for the Individual Championships (Men’s Championship, Boy’s Championship, Seniors Championship and South East District Championship) to go live in the next few days.

16/11/2017 2018 Lothians Amateur Championship sponsored by The Sharkey Group at Luffness New Golf Club

Sunday 5th August - 36 hole qualifying

Tuesday 7th August - Match Play stage 1

Thursday 9th August - Match Play stage 2

Saturday 11th August - Semi-finals and Final

The Lothians Amateur Championship in its present format was inaugurated in 1947. In 2018 it will be the third time that Luffness New has hosted the event and the first time since 1961 when H. C. Brownlee (Craigmillar Park) defeated A. F. D  MacGregor (Merchants of Edinburgh) in the 36 hole final.




Sat. 5th May

Team Tournament

(Including NCO)

Royal   Musselburgh

Sun. 27th May

Junior Championship Qualifying

Braid Hills No.1

29th,30th,31st May

Junior Championship Match Play

Braid Hills No.1

Mon. 2nd July

Seniors Championship



Championship 36 Hole Qualifying

Luffness New

7th,9th,11th Aug.

Championship Match Play

Luffness New

Mon.13th  Aug.

Champion of Champions Semi-finals

Handicap Match Play Semi-finals


Wed.15th  Aug.

Champion of Champions Final

Handicap Match Play Final


Sun. 19th Aug.

Junior Champion of Champions


Sat. 1st ,Sun. 2nd Sept.

South East District Championship


Sun.16th Sept.

Sivewright Trophy Final