Lothians News
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) 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.

15/08/2018 Rory Smith and Alan Thomson are the new Champions
Rory Smith (Dalmahoy/Heriots) and Alan Thomson(Harburn) 2018 Champions

At the finals of the Lothians Champion of Champions and Handicap Match Play tournaments tonight at Broomieknowe, Rory Smith (Dalmahoy & Heriots) won the Champions of Champions final and Alan Thomson (Harburn) did likewise in the Handicap Match Play event. Both finalists praised the condition of the course, with a special mention about the greens, and a crowd of about 30 people certainly witnessed some great putting in both matches.

In the Champion of Champions match Craig Davidson (Craigielaw) repeated his semi -final start by being two up after 3 holes rolling in a 30’ birdie putt at the second and then followed Rory’s 15’ birdie putt at the third by matching it from 12’. Rory clawed one back at the 6th and a birdie by him at the 8th saw them all square, which was still the case at the turn. Visits to the trees by Craig at the next two holes saw Rory two up but he then got trapped behind a wall at the 12th and close to a tree at the 13th and the match was back to all square. Rory went ahead again after a massive 35’ birdie putt at the 14th but lost that advantage immediately after going through the back of the short 15th. Both players had experienced golfers on their bags with John Archibald assisting Rory and Ross Colquhoun with Craig and they certainly needed that level of support over the closing holes. Rory’s 2 iron tee shot to the edge of the 291 yard 16th however gave him a vital one hole advantage. Craig’s excellent birdie at the 17th was matched following an exquisite pitch to about two foot by Rory who sealed a high quality low scoring match on the 18th with yet another birdie for a two hole win.

In the Handicap Match Play Ian Lambie (Linlithgow) found himself 4 down at the turn which was not as bad as it sounds given that his opponent, Alan Thomson (Harburn) had 7 pars in those 9 holes, playing off a handicap of 10. Stirred on by his club captain caddy, Ian fought back with wins at 11 and 12 but with his putter not quite ‘on song’ his challenge faded out when Alan got up and down out of the bunker at the short 15th to win the hole and the match by 4 and 3. It is surprising that not every club puts forward a player for this handicap event. Everyone I have spoken to at the finals over the last 16 years has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and especially the drama of the final stages played over some of our best courses.

13/08/2018 Good turnout to support players in Lothians Champion of Champions and Handicap Match Play semi finals.

At the semi-finals of the Lothians Champion of Champions and Handicap Match Play tournaments there was a fair turnout of supporters at Broomieknowe tonight which will hopefully be repeated for the finals at the same venue on Wednesday. It certainly makes it a fitting occasion for the players who have battled through at least 4 rounds to reach this stage. Despite persistent rain and some fog early in the day it did clear and the course was in excellent condition.

In the first Champion of Champions match Alan Mackay (Kingsknowe) was hit by an ‘express train’ when Rory Smith (Dalmahoy and Heriots) birdied the first 4 holes to go 4 up. Another birdie followed at the 7th but Alan clung on and had reduced the deficit to 3 holes by the turn. Another birdie from Rory however, after a chip in at the 11th, was hard to bear and Rory eventually sealed the match by 5 and 4 on the 15th green. This was great golf from Rory on a night when Alan did not really do very much wrong. That’s golf!!

The other Champion of Champions semi-final between Ross Thomson (Gullane) and Craig Davidson (Craigielaw) was a much closer affair although Craig did get off to a good start by winning 2 of the first 3 holes. Ross squared the match at the 6th hole but Craig edged ahead again at the 7th and kept either one or two up from there on. A fighting half from out of the hedge to the right of the 16th fairway kept Ross in the game but Craig eventually prevailed by 2 and 1 on the 17th green.

In the Handicap Match Play Colin McRoberts (Dundas Parks) edged ahead after 4 holes but the tide turned with a good display of pitching and putting from Alan Thomson (Harburn) that took him to 2 up after nine holes, which he continued to consolidate on, to be 4 up with 4 to play. A fine tee shot to the short 15th kept Colin in the game but only for one more hole with Alan winning 3 and 2.

Alan’s opponent in the final will be Ian Lambie (Linlithgow) with his club captain ‘on the bag’. These foursomes partners effectively plotted their way round the course against Drew Messenger (Baberton).  There was not much in it over the first 9 holes but Ian was 2 up at that stage and slowly drew away as the light faded and the match finished 5 and 4, in Ian’s favour, on the 14th green.

The finals start at 4.45pm at Broomieknowe on Wednesday.

12/08/2018 Lothians Boys Championship - Postponed for a second time because of fog.
The qualifying for the Golf Fit Lothians Boys Championship that was due to be played today at the Braids has had to be postponed for a second time because of fog. All competitors will be informed about alternative arrangements as soon as those have been agreed. Obviously that also means that the match play, programmed for the week commencing 20th August, will not now go ahead at that time.

11/08/2018 Jamie Morris becomes only the 5th player to retain the Lothians Championship
Jamie Morris (Glencorse) Lothians Amateur Champion 2018

Jamie Morris (Glencorse) retained the Lothians Championship this afternoon at Luffness New, at the 18th hole, after a high quality final against Nurtai Saldarov (Craigielaw). History repeated itself in that when the Championship was played here in 1953 W C D Hare (Gullane) also retained the trophy. Only 3 other players have done likewise those being Keith Nicholson (Haddington) in 1998, Calum Macphail (Ratho Park) in 1992 and Stuart Smith (Duddingston) in 1994. Stuart went one better by winning again in 1995.

After halving the first 3 holes Jamie ran in a long putt from off the green at the 4th for an eagle 3, starting a run of four 3’s, including two birdies, to take a commanding 4 hole lead. However Nurtai, not for the first time in the last 2 weeks, kept his cool and birdied the 8th to get one back, only to lose that at the 11th but regain it again with another birdie at the 12th. Wayward shots by Jamie at the 13th and 14th narrowed the gap to 1 hole but Jamie played steady golf over the last 4 holes to hold that lead to the last. A great game of golf and display of sportsmanship by both players.

Luffness New was in great condition thanks to the greenkeeping team and we were well looked after by the clubhouse staff. Particular thanks to Captain Keith Henderson, and Secretary Stuart Graham who made time to watch the final and especially to Scottish Golf President June McEwan who also followed the final and presented the trophies.

11/08/2018 Defending Champion Jamie Morris takes on Nurtai Saldarov in the Lothians Championship final at Luffness New
In the semi finals of the Lothians Championship both matches went to the 17th green with Michael Rolland (Bruntsfield Links GS) going out to Nurtai Saldarov (Craigielaw) by 2/1 and Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) losing by the same margin to Jamie Morris (Glencorse). The final starts at 1pm at Luffness New this afternoon.