Lothians News
27/06/2016 Strong Performance From Boy's Team Against Fife

The U16, U14 and U12 team from the Lothians defeated their counterparts from Fife at Thorton Golf Club by 8.5 to 1.5.

Full results can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1shikaa 

21/06/2016 Men's Amateur Championship Draw

The draw has been made for the Lothians Men's Amateur Championship, sponsored by the Sharkey Group, to be played during the week commencing 9 July 2016 at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian.

The full draw can be seen here: http://bit.ly/23jQ0RE and players should also refer to the Competitor Instructions for details of the event and the arrangements for booking a practice round.

The Association is very grateful for the support of the Sharkey Group for the championship, which with the prestigious venue of The Renaissance Club and new format for the event has attracted a big entry with 129 applications for the 96 places available. The cut was made at 2.5, producing an impressive field of some of the Lothians best amateur golfers.

A waiting list will operate for those missing out should places become available due to withdrawals prior to the championship commencing.

The qualifying rounds will be held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July with the top 16 players going forward to the match play stages, to be played on the evenings of Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 July. The semi finals and final will be played on Saturday 16 July. 

Both the qualifying rounds and the match play stages will all be played at The Renaissance Club.

We look forward to an exciting championship.


06/06/2016 Lothians Boys Clinch Silver Medal at Area Team Championship
Silver Medal Winning Team - 2016 Boys Area Team Championship

The Lothians Boys team of Andrew Benson (West Lothian) David Rudd (Longniddry) Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) and Brodie Good (Gullane) narrowly missed out on securing a successive title in the SGL Boys Area Team Championship at Grangemouth Golf Club.

Tied with Lanarkshire after the morning foursomes, the Lothians team fired a combined score from the best three returns of 220 in the afternoon singles, however were pipped by Lanarkshire by just one shot.

Congratulations to the team for their great effort and for representing the Lothians so well.


02/06/2016 Jamie Too Good For Goodlad
Jamie Duguid - Lothians Boys Champion 2016

Jamie Duguid (Dunbar) was crowned the GolfFit Lothians Boys Champion for 2016 this evening at The Braids when he overcame Finlay Goodlad (The Glen) in the final 5 & 4.

In temperatures that were not as warm as for the quarters and semi finals, Finlay's putter was also not too hot and he struggled on the greens in the early stages. Jamie turned 2 up and thereafter won 3 of the next 5 holes to seal his victory.

In the U16 final Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) defeated his fellow club mate James Morgan 4 & 3. Again Cameron captured an early lead and held on through the turn to stretch ahead in the back nine to ease to the win.

In the U14 final Valdemar Hunderboll (Longniddry) charged to 3 up after three holes against Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) however Cameron steadied the ship at holes 4 and 5 before reeling off a sensational run winning the next 7 holes to be 5 up through 12, eventually winning 6 & 5.

Congratulations to the prize winners and to all the players who participated in this year's championships for the standard of their play and for their sportsmanship and excellent conduct throughout.

Our thanks to all the spectators who turned out to watch this evening, the referees for keeping order in each of the matches and to Edinburgh Leisure for preparing the Braids again to the highest of standards.

And special thanks to our major sponsor GolfFit for their support and to the Stephen Gallagher Foundation for trophies and prizes for the U16 and U14 championships.


02/06/2016 All Set For Finals Night At The Braids

Following another glorious night at The Braids which featured some high quality matchplay golf in the semi finals of the GolfFit Lothians Boys Championship, we are all set for finals night this evening.

In the U18 semi finals Jamie Duguid (Dunbar) overcame the challenge of David Rudd (Longniddry) to set up an intriguing final against Finlay Goodlad (The Glen) who followed up his defeat of leading qualifier Lewis Reid (Craigielaw) in the quarter finals with a solid 2 & 1 win over Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe).

In the U16 championship James Morgan (Longniddry) defeated Liam Currid (Gogarburn) 3&2, while in the other semi final, good friends and fellow team members from the Stephen Gallagher Foundation team which played in the recent Dispatch Trophy, Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) and Connor Wilson (Dunbar) fought out a close match with Cameron winning the match 2 Up.

In the U14 championship it was nip and tuck through the back nine between Valdemar Hundeboll (Longniddry) and Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park) when the lead exchanged hands several times between the players. Though Valdemar was 1 up through 13 he found himself 1 down after 16 but levelled the match at the 17th and claimed the 18th to win the match 1 up.

In the second of the U14 semi finals it was a less close affair, with Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) taking an early lead at the 2nd against Lyle Murdoch (Kings Acre) and was 2 up at the turn, easing ahead to claim the match 4 & 2.

The finals this evening:

U18 Final 5.05pm Jamie Duguid (Dunbar) v Finlay Goodlad (The Glen)

U16 Final 5.15pm James Morgan (Lomgniddry) v Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry)

U14 Final 5.25pm Valdemar Hundeboll (Longniddry) v Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess)

01/06/2016 Quarter Finals Produce Exciting Finishes

The opening matchplay quarter finals of the U18 GolfFit Lothians Boys Championships produced some close finishes at the Braids.

On a sunkissed evening, the Braids shone again as a great venue for matchplay golf and, although the breeze gathered strength through the evening, the players produced some high quality and exciting golf for the spectators in attendance.

In the top match, Jamie Duguid (Dunbar) got off to a fast start and was two up through 7 holes against Ross Callan (Bathgate). Ross never quite recovered and Jamie eased ahead through the back nine, winning the match at the 14th 5&4.

Up against Andrew Benson (West Lothian) in match two, David Rudd (Longniddry) though never behind could not shake off Andrew. 1 down at the turn and 2 down through 10 Andrew kept pegging David back and got the match back to all square after 13. David pressed on and stood on the 17th tee at 2 up, however the match went up the 18th where a half in fours saw David the winner by 1 hole.

Match three was equally close, with Finlay Goodlad (The Glen) eventually easing out leading qualifier Lewis Reid (Cragielaw) by 1 hole. Again the play was tight in the early stages until Finlay managed to draw ahead and be 2 up through 15. The boys then traded birdie 3s at the 16th before Lewis claimed the 17th. At the 18th Lewis drove the green pin high but Final chipped to four feet and calmly holed the putt for another half in birdies and to win the match.   

In match four Jonathan Pryde (Longniddry) and Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe) produced some high quality golf throughout their match, trading pars and birdies through the opening 9 holes. Nathan pulled ahead and led 3 up at the turn, but Jonathan just never gave up and was only 1 down on the 14th. Holes 14, 15 and 16 were halved but Nathan took the 17th when Jonathan conceded a short putt for Nathan to win the match 2&1.   

This evening the semi finals for all the age groups - U18, U16 and U14 - take place with the first match off at 5pm at The Braids. Spectators are welcome.


30/05/2016 Reid Is Leading Qualifier at Lothians Boys Championship
Lewis Reid (Craigielaw) won the Lindsay Trophy for the leading qualifier with a score of 70 at the Braids yesterday in the qualifying round for the Lothians Boys Championship.
On a glorious day and with conditions perfect for good scoring, Reid carded the same score as Jamie Duguid (Dunbar) but won with the lowest last six holes (13 to 18) of 20 against 22.
Full results can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/20Qi7G0
The CSS for the under 18's and under 16's was 70; the CSS for the under 14's was 65.
Following completion of all the rounds the draw was made for the matchplay stages of the Championships, which commence at 5pm on Tuesday 31 May with the quarter finals of the U18s event.
The semi finals of each of the U18s, U16s and U14s are then on Wednesday 1 June, again with a 5pm start.
The draw for the matchplay stages can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1IhHATR 

18/05/2016 Lothians Boys Championship Draw
The draw for the qualifying round of the Lothians Boys Championship, sponsored by GolfFit is now available at: http://bit.ly/1WBKeL6