Lothians News
07/12/2018 Post of Secretary/Treasurer - Lothians Golf Association

Following the conclusion of a robust recruitment and interview process, the Council of the Lothians Golf Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. David Doig to the position of Secretary / Treasurer of the Association.

David is currently the Secretary at Liberton Golf Club, however due to family commitments is standing down from that role but wishes to remain in golf administration.

He has been the Secretary at Liberton since April 2016. Prior to this he worked for over 40 years with the City of Edinburgh Council laterally as Neighbourhood Services Manager.

David will bring an understanding of the issues facing golf clubs to the role while also being a very good communicator who possesses financial, IT and committee reporting abilities together with a wide range of legislative knowledge. While at Liberton he also helped put into practice and maintain their new online booking system and a refresh of the club’s web site. 

David will formally take up his post with the Lothians on 1 April 2019, allowing time for a replacement at the club to be recruited. During this period the Association will retain the services of Allan Shaw as Interim Secretary supported by an administrator until 31 March 2019.

Paul Gibson                                                                            


26/11/2018 West Lothian and Fife keep their noses ahead after the second round of Winter League matches.

West Lothian and Fife both had resounding wins over Midlothian and East Lothian respectively in the second round of the Winter League at Uphall on Sunday.  Midlothian found themselves at the starting line with two players short leaving Sean Marc to battle it out by himself and forcing team selector Ally Dun to step into the breach and partner Mark Riddell, only to be hit with a 6 under par master class from Simon Lockhart, ably assisted by Liam Currid. This sets up a league decider between Fife and West Lothian at Crail on the 24th February with the other two teams fighting it out to avoid the wooden spoon. All the Lothians players of course also have the opportunity of impressing the selectors in advance of the early season matches against Stirlingshire and Northumberland. The match results can be seen by clicking here and the league table by clicking here.

22/11/2018 Broomieknowe to host the 2019 Lothians Championship
Broomieknowe - Hosting Lothians Championship 2019

The Lothians Championship will be returning to Broomieknowe in 2019. This is only the third time that the magnificent Evening News Trophy will have been contested for at Broomieknowe. The finalists on the first occasion in 1995 were Stuart Smith (Duddingston) and Scott Walker (West Linton). Stuart, a record equalling four times champion, triumphed on the last green in a repeat of the 1994 final. In 2011 it was the turn of Alan Anderson (Bruntsfield Links) who celebrated his home club's 250 anniversary in style with a 4 & 2 win over Steven Smith (Dalmahoy). Five Broomieknowe players have won the championship  over the years lead by Bobby Muir (1975), Sandy Stephen (1978), Bruce Dunlop (1981), Kevin Hastings (1989) and Sean Marc (2015)

Full fixture lists will appear on the website soon but in the meantime the championship list can be seen by clicking here and the Junior Open list can be seen by clicking here.

28/10/2018 Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park) wins Lothians Boys Golf Championship
Adam Hawthorn (U16 Champions), Fergus Brown (U14 Champion) and Ciaran Paterson (Lothians Boys Champion)

Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park) won the foreshortened, weather delayed, Golf Fit sponsored Lothians Boys Championship today at The Braids with an excellent score of 70, with Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) close behind on 71. In an event postponed twice in May and August because of fog this morning saw frost on the course but it cleared quickly and play started at 8.40am as planned. Under the circumstances there will be no match play element to the championship this year. The course was in amazing condition for this time of year and we are indebted to Edinburgh Leisure for hosting the event and having the course in such good condition. Sadly the original field of 77 was depleted to 32 players, for a variety of reasons, but we saw some tremendous golf especially from some of the younger players. Ciaran won the championship trophy, the gold medal and the Lindsay Trophy for his leading score, with Aaron taking the silver medal. That left the door open for Adam Hawthorn (Murrayfield) to be awarded the Under 16 Stephen Gallacher U16 Trophy with his score of 75. Third overall and the winner of the Stephen Gallacher U14 Trophy was Fergus Brown (Gullane) with a score of 73 which was all the more remarkable by the fact that he had never played the course before. The CSS was 68 and the scores can be seen here with the vouchers awarded as shown. There was an extra voucher for the U16 section because of the larger number of players in that age range.

22/10/2018 West Lothian and Fife get their noses ahead after the first round of Winter League matches.

West Lothian had a resounding win over East Lothian in the first round of the Winter league at Burntisland on Sunday. The other match between Fife and Midlothian was much closer with Fife just getting the better of their opponents in the end. The match results can be seen by clicking here and the league table by clicking here.

23/09/2018 Alec Cockburn (Dalmahoy) is the first winner of the McManus Family Lothians Handicap Stroke Play Championship

Alec Cockburn (Dalmahoy) with an excellent score of (73 – 8 = 65) is the first winner of the McManus Family Lothians Handicap Stroke Play Championship. Played over a Kingsknowe course in fine condition on a sunny calm day, Alec won by one shot from local man Graeme McCabe with Jim Stewart (Harburn) and Niall Caldwell (Kings Acre) a further shot behind. All the scores can be seen by clicking here as can the prize winners in the three handicap categories. The photograph (to follow) shows Joe McManus, a Lothians stalwart, with the new trophy and most of the prize winners, Kingsknowe Captain Willie Steven and Lothians Vice President John Allan. Unfortunately Alec Cockburn had to be at Glasgow airport at the time of the prize giving but will receive the trophy from Joe in the near future. Local Captain Willie Steven, who also took part in the event, welcomed the players to Kingsknowe and on their behalf thanked the Association for coming up with this new initiative which adds a third handicap event to the growing list of Lothians fixtures. A good field of 77 players entered and the positive feedback is encouraging for the future.

16/09/2018 SMARTS win Sivewright Quaich in first year as members of the Lothians GA
SMARTS winning Sivewright team with Lothians Past President Alistair Bisset

SMARTS, the Prestonfield based team who joined the Lothians Golf Association for the first time this year, won the Sivewright Trophy at Prestonfield today in a good final against Burckstone G C, the 2013 and 2016 champions. The SMARTS team of Alan Dickson, Craig Clarke, Scott Britee and James MacDonald had seen off Colinton Mains with a resounding 8 & 6 win in the morning semi-final before clinching the final 5 & 4. Buckstone had beaten Kingston by 3 & 2 in the other semi-final. This was the 50th anniversary of the playing of the event started by Bill Sivewright in 1969 when he was President of the Scottish Golf Union.

03/09/2018 South East District Open Championship 2018
Rory Smith (Dalmahoy) receiving SED Trophy from Lothians President Paul Gibson
Rory Smith (Dalmahoy) won the South East District Open Championship at Duddingston Golf Club yesterday by four shots with a 8 under par total of 280 from Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links G.S.), Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse) and Stephen Roger (Peebles) who were joint runners up on 284.
The CSS was 72 (level) for all  four rounds.

The final scores are available to view on the Lothians website under the SED results tab or by clicking here.