Lothians News
27/04/2017 Lothians Team Tournament Draw now on website
Please note that the draw for the Lothians Team Tournament to be held on Saturday 6th May at Ratho Park GC can now be seen on the Competition section of this website. Press the Competitions tab at the head of the Home page and follow the link 
Men - Team Tournament - Draw.

17/04/2017 Home player Andy Utterson ties with Andrew Ni (Murrayfield) as top Lothians players in the Craigmillar Park Open.

As usual there was a good turnout of 29 Lothians players at the Craigmillar Park Open, the curtain raiser for this year’s Scottish Order of Merit for the majority of players. 15 were amongst the 40 that qualified for the second day but nobody in the field got near the winner, Scottish Internationalist and former winner Craig Howie (Peebles), who finished 8 strokes clear of the field with a 15 under par score of 265. Home player Andy Utterson finished in 10th position alongside Andrew Ni (Murrayfield) in what was the best finish by a Craigmillar Park player for some years. Seven other Lothians players were within the top 20. Full results can be seen on the SGL website and the updated Lothians National OOM can be seen here.


15/04/2017 Eric Mcintosh cream of the Lothians crop in Scottish Strokeplay Championships at Monifeith

The strength and depth of Lothians Junior Golf was plain to see in the Scottish Strokeplay Championships at Monfieth this week. Not only did 17 players make the field of 144, with a cut off of 4.2 from an entry of 208, but 9 got through to the 40 players involved on the last day of this 72 hole event. This was a significant achievement in testing conditions and against the traditionally strong international field.

Scottish Boys Champion, Eric Mcintosh (Bruntsfield Links) finished in 4th position just 4 shots behind the winner, John Paterson (New Club, St Andrews) and 3 others finished in the top 20. (Cameron Adam, Royal Burgess GS and Connor Wilson, Castle Park in 16th position and Liam Currid, Bathgate in 19th position.)

What is even better for the future is that 7 of the 9 ‘last day’ qualifiers are young enough to take part in this event at least one more time. The future looks good.  Well done all of you.


05/04/2017 Entries for Lothians Individual events now live on website.

Entries for the Lothians Championship, Boys Championship, Seniors Championship and the South East District can now be made through this website by pressing the relevant ‘Enter’  on the list on the right hand side of this Home page.

The entry requirements for each event can be seen on the ‘Entry Requirements’ tab on the Competition drop down menu and the Rules are on the drop down menus for the individual events.

 

Posters have also been sent to every club in the Lothians so you should be seeing these appearing on your notice boards very soon.

 

The numbers entering the Champion of Champions, Handicap Match Play and Sivewright Trophy were disappointing again this year and the Tournament Committee are hoping that this trend can be reversed for the remaining events. The closing date for the 3 man Team Tournaments at Ratho Park on the 6th May is the 24th April. So far 33 of our 70 Clubs have entered the Course Owning event and only 6 of our 40 Societies have entered the Non Course Owning event. We are hoping there will be a surge over the next few weeks. There are reasonable prize vouchers for the leading teams in each event and the overall winner represents the Lothians in the Scottish Men’s Club Championship  at Eastwood in September with the winner of that event going on to represent Scotland in the Home Nations final somewhere in a warm part of Europe in October. Carrickvale made that trip a few years ago.


04/04/2017 Good start for Lothians Players in national events

.Lothians players got off to a good start this weekend in the Scottish Men’s Champion of Champions at Leven and the first Junior Tour event at Forrester Park. 

Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse) playing as the SGL Order of Merit winner was in 9th place and Chris Low (Tantallon), in as a Top 30 SGL OOM player in 2016, was 10th. There were also Top 20 places for Lothians Champion, Lee Morgan (Dunbar), Lothians Champion of Champions, Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) and Scottish Boys Champion, Eric Mcintosh (Bruntsfield Links).

This event kick starts the Lothians Order of Merit tables. On a slight modification to last year’s format the main Order of Merit will only feature Lothians events with a separate table being established to record performance in national events. Full details will be confirmed at the next Lothians Executive meeting following which they will be published on the OOM section of the Lothians website. In the meantime the ‘national’ table has been set up and can be seen on the OOM Results tab.

 

In the first Boys Junior Tour event at Forrester Park, David Rudd (Longniddry) was 3rd with a level par score of 216 over the 54 hole event, just 4 behind the winner. There were also Top 20 finishes for Ross Callan (Bathgate) (12th =), Kieran McCormick (Longniddry) (12th =) and Angus Rigby (Royal Burgess) (18th).


31/03/2017 Lothians Men get off to a good start to the season with a win at Glenbervie.

The Lothians Men’s team recorded a good win against Stirlingshire at Glenbervie on Sunday.

Keith Reilly came up with some strong pairings in the morning singles very much based on recent Winter League combinations. Honours were halved in the first match where internationalists Graeme Robertson and Euan Mcintosh were involved but Lothians secured closely fought wins in the other 3 matches with one going to the 17th and the other two to the last green.

Robertson and Mcintosh (Turnhouse) locked horns again in the afternoon with the Glenbervie player using local knowledge to squeeze a win on the last green. Stirlingshire’s ploy of front-loading the singles matches with Glenbervie players was effective with Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links) and Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) going down to Hislop and Mundie respectively leaving the match level. However there was a strong response from the remaining 5 Lothians players with great wins on the 17th green from Micheal Bacigalupo (Longniddry), Michael Wilson (Kingsfield) and Rory Smith (Dalmahoy), a halved match from Barry Lewis (West Lothian) and a fighting 1 hole victory by Champion of Champions winner Simon Lockhart (Bathgate). Full results of what ended up as a 8 – 4 victory are on the match section of the website.


20/03/2017 Sivewright Quaich draw done and now on 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 or click here. 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.


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.