Lothians News
12/02/2019 Lothians Club Competition Entries Building Up

Invitations have been out to all club and society secretaries/managers for a few weeks now and the entries are beginning to build up quite nicely for the various club competitions. With 70 clubs and 38 Societies we could potentially have 108 players in both the Men’s Champion of Champions and the Handicap Match Play, about 40 in the Boys Champion of Champions and 38 in the Sivewright Quaich but that is perhaps a distant dream.

Those entered so far can be seen by following the drop down menus on the Competitions tab at the top of this Home page but for ease of reference those entered for the Men’s Champion of Champions can be seen here, those for the Handicap Match Play can be seen here, those for the Boys Champion of Champions can be seen here and those for the Sivewright Quaich can be seen here. The closing dates for entries can be seen on each of those pages with the first two being the 25th February.

When we did a review of our activities a few years ago we were asked to offer more competitions for the higher handicap ranges so we have been a bit disappointed that the Handicap Match Play event has not attracted more entries. Only 66 out of that potential 108 took part last year. The handicap range is 10 to 28 at the time of entering and each club can decide who they enter. Sometimes it has been the B Champion if his handicap is in the correct range, sometimes the person of the right handicap who has got the furthest in the summer knock out, sometimes the senior champion, sometimes just someone who has asked his secretary if he can play in it. We have even had people say they would be happy to pay the entry fee for the chance of a free game at the semi- final and final venues which are usually at one of our top courses. It is Archerfield Links this year. So if your club has not got someone entered yet and you fancy a chance have a word with your secretary.

Finally we have a list of the club champions on the Club drop down menu, see here, and if we have not got your Men’s champion or Boys champion yet please let us know by sending an e-mail to secretary@lothiansgolfassociation .org.uk

29/01/2019 AGM - Deadline for naming Club Delegates and submitting nominations for new Executive members.

Just a final reminder to clubs that the deadline for updating your Lothians Delegates on your club page of our website is Thursday 31st January. Also to remind all club members of the information that you should have seen on a poster in your clubhouse that there are 4 positions available on the Lothians Executive and that nominations for this are also due by the 31st January. As you will see from the earlier message below we are particularly keen to recruit those with skills in finance, marketing and communication. For further information and an application form please contact our secretary, Allan Shaw. (0131 334 72391)

10/01/2019 2019 AGM, Subscriptions and Club Competitions
The 2019 Lothians Golf Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 28 February 2019 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse of Newbattle Golf Club.

Our sincere thanks to Newbattle GC for once again agreeing to host our AGM.

The calling notice for the meeting has been issued to clubs, together with an accompanying notice with regard to our search for new members to sit on the Executive. The Association is keen to recruit those with skills and experience in Finance, Marketing and Communications. 

Clubs have also been advised that the annual subscriptions to the Association are now due, with fees held at the same level for 2019 as last year.

Entries are also now invited from Clubs for the 2019 Club Competitions (Champion of Champions, Handicap Matchplay and Sivewright Quaich). 

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.

22/10/2018 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.