Lothians News
23/04/2018 Lothians players competing well in SGL OOM events
Lothians players are continuing to feature in the SGL Order of Merit events with Kieran Cantley (Liberton) following up on his win at Craigmillar Park with a 5th place in the Battle Trophy at Crail. He was 5 shots behind the winner, James Wilson (Tyneside) whose amazing 9 under par round of 63 on Sunday morning proved decisive. It will be interesting to see if James is in the Northumberland team against Lothians at City of Newcastle GC next weekend.  Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse) and David Rudd (Longniddry) were also in the top 20. Of the 18 Lothians players in the field of 72 there were 9 who made the cut of 9 over par which gives an indication of the difficulty of the Craighead course at Crail.

The previous weekend Lothians boys were also 'in the frame' in the first of the Junior Tour events at Southerness. In the U18 category there were Top 10 places for Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) (4th), Aaron Hall (Kilspinde) (5th) and Rob Hawthorn (Murrayfield) (9th) and in the U16 category there were Top 10 places for Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park) (5th) and Calum Robinson (Turnhouse) (10th)

15/04/2018 Kieran Cantley (Liberton) wins Craigmillar Park Open
Craigmillar Park Open Champion Kieran Cantley (Liberton) with Club Captain John Hall
Kieran Cantley (Liberton) came from 3 shots behind over night to win the Simpson Marwick sponsored Craigmillar Park Open today by 2 shots from Stephen Roger (Peebles) with a 13 under par score of 267. On a good day for Lothians  players Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse) finished third on 270 with Rory Smith (Dalmahoy) tied for 4th place on 272. Of the 29 Lothians players taking part 10 made the 36 hole cut, a big improvement on 2017. 
Kieran has got off to a great start in 2018 having won the Champion of Champions at Leven last weekend where Euan Mcintosh also did well in taking second place. The 72 hole Scottish amateur circuit moves on to the Battle Trophy at Crail next weekend.

06/04/2018 Aaron Hall wins Bronze Medal at Scottish Boys Stroke Play
Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) won the bronze medal at the Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championships at Montrose today. His 54 hole total of 220 was just one shot behind the winner, Germany's Patrick Schmuecking. Aaron tied for second place with Greg Dalziel who won the silver medal on a count back.
Horrendous conditions on the first day and a frost delay on the second day forced the event to be curtailed to 54 holes and everyone who took part should be congratulated for completing their rounds. Of the 15 Lothians players in the international field (70 Scots in the 144 player starting list) only 3 made the cut of 40 players for the last day. At that stage Aaron was in 9th place, followed by Chi Hin Lou Tan (Loretto School)  in 16th place and Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) in 29th place after a great second round score of 70 (1 under par). While the other two faded a bit in the strengthening wind on the last day Aaron took advantage of his links experience and shot up the field with a closing round of 73. 

24/03/2018 Lothians stage great fightback to beat Stirlingshire at The Glen, North Berwick
Lothians came back from being 2 matches down after the 4 morning foursomes at The Glen today and clinched an impressive win by taking the singles by 6 matches to 2. Vice Captain Tom Caldwell, in charge for the day, obviously inspired his team with a few well chosen words over the lunch break. 
Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) and Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) were the only foursomes winners but Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links), Kenny Glen (Craigielaw), Jordyn Rhind (Kingsfield), Benn McLeod (Musselburgh), Jamie Morris (Glencorse) and Stuart Blair all won in the afternoon. Sean Marc narrowly lost on the last green to former Lothians Champion of Champions Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) and Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) found out why 16 year old Sebastian Sandin (Dunblane New) is such a good prospect for the future.

12/03/2018 Lothians Golf Association AGM - 21 March

The weather delayed Annual General Meeting of the Lothians Golf Association will now take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Liberton Golf Club at 7.30pm.

With the rescheduling, secretaries and managers can still update delegates on your club page of the LGA website. You can login here to make any changes.

Thank you to Liberton GC for accommodating us and we look forward to seeing you there.

28/02/2018 Lothians Golf Association AGM - CANCELLED
Due to the Met Office issued 'Red Weather Warning', which it describes as "a risk to life" we feel the only responsible course of action is to cancel our AGM. 

I am sure you will have seen the news and the severe traffic disruption the weather has caused, and we do not want to put any of our members at risk in treacherous driving conditions.

Obviously the cancellation of our AGM is not ideal and we will look to arrange a date for this meeting as soon as reasonably possible.

Further information will be sent to club secretaries soon regarding the vote on the changes to the resolutions to be carried out at the SGL AGM on Sunday.

Emails have been sent to all our members with the information above but if you know of a delegate who had planned to attend our AGM, we would be grateful if you ensure they are aware of the change of circumstances.

Thank you for your help in passing on the message of the LGA AGM Cancellation.


The Sivewright Quaich was instigated by W A W Sivewright (below), 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, now known as affiliated societies.


The format is a handicap version of the Dispatch Trophy where a four-man team play foursomes aggregate match play in a knock-out competition during the season. The handicap range is 6 to 18 which addresses suggestions that the Lothians only cater for the low handicap players.The situation regarding green fees, if courtesy is not granted by the home club, is that you only pay when you lose so that is just one set of green fees. The green fee cost has been an issue in the past but the home team has been asked to bear this in mind and discuss the charge with the host club before each match. In many cases courtesy is given but hopefully the amount will be restricted to a member’s guest green fee and possibly only 50% of that given that it is a foursomes event. The final has been traditionally played at Prestonfield, which was Bill Sivewright's home club and they have been great at honouring his memory by granting courtesy for the players and making them very welcome in the clubhouse afterwards.

The initial tournament was a great success with 32 teams taking part, virtually every eligible club, and Ethicon beat Standard Golf Club 4 and 3 in the final. As can be seen from the list of winning clubs Ethicon have been the most successful over the years with 4 wins. Of the 34 winning clubs, 11 have won twice but 21 of our existing societies have still to taste victory. This would be a good year to make your mark.

In recent years numbers have dropped off from a high of 45 teams in 2001 (81% of those eligible) to just 24 teams last year. (63%)

To celebrate this special year the Lothians GA have decided not to charge an entry fee in the hope that every society will take part.

We are trying to contact the 18 past winners who are no longer members of the association and invite them to play. We know that at least half of these still exist.

Prestonfield have also kindly agreed to host the semi-finals as well as the final on Sunday 16th September to make this a very special year.

Will it be your society that are standing on the veranda at Prestonfield in 2018 with the trophy or will the Royal Bank of Scotland (seen in the photograph) successfully defend the Quaich, taking their total wins to 3 and narrowing the gap on Ethicon?

Entries close on Monday 5th March

16/01/2018 Entries for Club Competitions now being taken

Information has now been sent to Club Secretaries/Managers inviting them to submit entries for the various Club Competitions. (Champion of Champions, Handicap Match Play, Sivewright Quaich, Team Tournament and the Boys Champion of Champions). The first 3 have closing dates at the end of February and early March with the other two later in the season. Players will be able to see who has been entered by checking the competition section of this website and following the tabs to the various events.

So for example for the Men’s Champion of Champions click the Competition tab then follow the links – Men – Champion of Champions – Entries. (At the time of writing there are already 6 entries registered after only one day.)

Current Champion of Champions, Graham Davidson of Winterfield (left)

Current Handicap Match Play Champion, Alan Laurie of Pumpherston (right)

In 2017, for the first time, we logged the Men’s and Boy’s Champions at each of our 108 Clubs (70) and Societies (38) and most of these are shown under the Club section of the website on a Club Champions tab. If your name is missing please let us know. Congratulations to you all and we hope you are able to take part in our Champion of Champions, the winner of which also qualifies for the Scottish Champion of Champions.

We will follow up soon with some additional comments on the Handicap Match Play event and on the Sivewright Quaich and we expect the entries for the Individual Championships (Men’s Championship, Boy’s Championship, Seniors Championship and South East District Championship) to go live in the next few days.