Lothians News
20/03/2017 Sivewright Quaich draw now on the website.

The Sivewright Quaich draw was done at the end of last week and is now on the website under the Competition/Men/Sivewright tabs. All 40 Societies will get an e-mail confirming this although it will only be of particular interest to the 22 taking part. With 2 societies taking up the option to enter a second team this brings the total to 24 which only equals last year's number at a time when we were hoping for more.

Our recent governance review highlighted the fact that we should do more for players in the higher handicap ranges. This competition caters for people with handicaps between 6 and 18 so it certainly addresses that issue. Next year will be the 50th playing of the event so we will be doing all we can to get a full field for that special bi-centenary event. Please consider taking part if you do not already do so and let us know if there is anything that is holding you back from playing.

The arrangements for the individual championships (Men, Boys, Seniors and South East District) are almost complete and we plan to for these to go live on the website entry system by the end of this week. The dates have been advertised on the fixture list for the last two months.

19/03/2017 Torrential rain disrupts final Winter League matches
The final series of winter league matches due to be played at Bathgate today have had to be postponed because very heavy rain over the last two days has meant that the course has had to be closed.The matches will be rearranged as soon as possible.

12/03/2017 Midlothian still going strong in the Winter League
Midlothian claimed their second victory in the Lothians & Fife Winter League with a 3 to 1 win over East Lothian at Thornton this afternoon. Despite an early setback in the first match where Ben McLeod and Lewis Bain claimed the scalp of the previously unbeaten partnership of David Miller and Kieran Cantley all the other games went Midlothians way. With two games going to the last green and one to the 17th however it was a closer than the score suggested.
In the other match West bounced back from their defeat at Longniddry with a good win over Fife. The Turnhouse pairing of Euan Mcintosh and Mark Napier and the Bathgate pairing of Simon Lockhart and Ross Callan winning the first 2 matches with Jordyn Rhind and Rory Smith securing the vital half in the 3rd game. Sam Nicholson and Ryan Walsh secured the last match for Fife.
Full results will be posted on the Competition section of the website as soon as possible.
The final series of matches will be played at Bathgate on Sunday 19 March. 

10/03/2017 Lothians AGM - March 2017

Paul Gibson (Royal Musselburgh) was elected as the new president of the Lothians Golf Association at their AGM at Newbattle Golf Club last night. His vice president will be John Allan (Swanston New).


At the meeting, attended by 57 people from member clubs and societies, some minor changes to the constitution were approved without question and the Associations recommendations to their clubs regarding the resolutions being considered at the Scottish Golf AGM this Saturday were accepted.


Joining the Executive, after a vote involving 5 candidates, will be George Clark (Broomieknowe), Alan Grosset (Duddingston) and John Hall (Royal Musselburgh).


Outgoing president, Allan Shaw, said During my 2 years as President I have had the privilege of visiting many clubs in our area and have received a warm welcome at them all. I thank you for this and for extending the courtesy of your courses to us to enable our competitions, matches and meetings to take place, without which the Association would be unable to operate.

The Lothians & Fife Winter League got underway today at Longniddry in its new early season slot on the golfing calandar.  
Defending Champions Midlothian got off to a good start with a 3 to 1 win over West in a closely fought game with the first two matches finishing all square and Midlothian winning the last two matches on the 17th and 18th holes respectively.
Fife and East Lothian finished all square after Fife went ahead in the first game but with Longniddry players in Games 2 and 3 the match swung East's way only for Fife to grab the last match on the 18th green.
The full results and league table will be loaded on the website as soon as possible and will be found on the Competitions tab then following the Men, Winter league tabs.

The second series of matches will be played at Thornton on the 12th March and the final series at Bathgate on the 19th March.

09/02/2017 Appointment of New Secretary/Treasurer

On behalf of the Executive of the Lothians Golf Association, I am pleased to inform you of the appointment of Stewart Fraser as the new Secretary and Treasurer with effective from Monday 27 February 2017.


Stewart is an accountant with a background in a variety of retail businesses, but mainly in the licensing trade, where he spent a considerable time as Finance Director of two well-known local companies. Latterly he was the Finance Director/Company Secretary of Heart of Midlothian FC from 1998 to 2010 and now carries out a similar part time role at Dundee United FC.


He has played golf since the age of 12, initially at Bathgate and is currently a member of Dunfermline (Pitfirrane) GC where he has been a member of the Celeb-Am Charity Tournament committee for several years. He plays regularly at Ratho Park, The Glen, North Berwick, Archerfield and Bathgate.


I am sure you will join with me in affording Stewart a warm welcome to the Lothians Golf Association.


Allan G. Shaw


Lothians Golf Association



08/02/2017 Fixture Lists Available To View On Line

Final versions of the the men's http://bit.ly/1BgQsoY and boy's http://bit.ly/1L2nFo7 fixture lists for 2017 may now be viewed on line. 

These lists are confirmed following final agreement on our competition and match venues and Scottish Golf advising us of the venues and dates for the men's and boy's ATC events.  

As previously advised a significant change for 2017 is the Junior Championship moving from its date in May to August. Moving away from the May date during exams will we hope attract more entries and perhaps encourage junior golfers who have played over the summer to play in the Championships.

The venue is still the Braids and the format also remains the same as successfully trialled in 2015 and continued in 2016, with one qualifying round and the U16 and U14 events being included with the main U18 competition.

09/01/2017 2017 Subscriptions and Club Competitions

Subscriptions for Lothians affiliated clubs and societies are now due for payment by 31 January 2017.

The fees remain as for 2016, with the per capita fee for course owning clubs held at £1.35 and the fee for non course owning clubs and societies £30.

Entries are also now open for the Lothians club competitions, the Champion of Champions, Handicap Matchplay, the Sivewright Quaich for non course owning clubs and societies and the Team Tournament.

Clubs may pay their fees and enter the competitions by logging into their club's home page on the Lothians web site and following the instructions. Payment may be made by BACS or cheque and all payments received will be acknowledged.

Neil Park