The Sivewright Quaich was instigated by W A W
Sivewright, one of a distinguished band of people who have been President of
the Lothians Golf Association (1960-62) and of the Scottish Golf Union
(1966-68). He also served as Secretary of the Lothians (1951-1958).
The idea for the event was in response to an increase in the subscriptions, by
the SGU, for non-course owning clubs.
The format is a handicap version of the Dispatch
Trophy where four-man teams play foursomes aggregate match play in a knock-out
competition during the season.
The final has been traditionally played at
Prestonfield, which was Bill Sivewright's home club.
The initial tournament was a great success with 32 teams taking part and
Ethicon beating Standard Golf Club 4 and 3 in the final.
The Royal Bank of Scotland team of Alan Thomson, Douglas
Dalziel, David Kidd and Stewart Barton defeated Binivell Golf Club by 3 & 1
in a close encounter at Prestonfield on the 17 September. Both Bank pairings
were 3 up after 9 holes but after a mini fightback from Binivell there was
nothing much between them with 6 holes to play. The first RBS couple however
finished strongly to finish 3 up and with the second game all square after 17
the job was done.
Both teams have won the Quaich before, RBS in 1978
and Binivell in 1986.
Numbers were disappointing in 2017 with only 22 of
our 40 Affiliated Societies taking part. One issue has been the cost of green
fees but with teams only having to pay once in the season (when they lose, or
not at all if they reach the final) this can be contained especially if the
host society adheres to the suggestions made in Rule 9.
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.
2018 which will be the 50th playing of the
event and we are hoping to attract sponsorship which would cover the entry fee
so that all societies can take part. There might even be the possibility of
inviting some of the 18 previous winners who are no longer members of the
Lothians Golf Association.
The semi-finals and final will be played at Prestonfield on Sunday 16 September.