Lothians News
20/06/2017 Lothians Championship - Entry Closing Date extended.

The entry closing date for the 2017 Sharkey Group Lothians Championship has been extended to Wednesday 28th June. All 75 entrants on the original closing date of 16th June will be guaranteed a place in the draw and only those entering afterwards will be subject to a handicap ballot, should the maximum number be exceeded.

The championship is being played this year at the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society course. The 36 hole qualifying rounds will be played on Saturday 15th July with the top 16 players going on to compete in the match play on Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd July. Entries from players with handicaps 4.4 can be booked through this website by clicking the Amateur Championship 'enter' tab on the top right hand side of this Home page. 

The entry fee will cover a practice round, the two qualifying rounds, a soup and hot roll lunch on the qualifying day, and a player's gift pack. 


02/06/2017 Calling all Seniors

It is just over 2 weeks until the extended closing date (19th June) for the Lothians Seniors Championship being held at Pumpherston this year on the 3rd July. This is a tournament for everyone over 55 years of age on the 3rd July and the Ian MacNiven Trophy goes to the best nett score in what is primarily a handicap event. There is also the R M Lees Trophy for the best scratch score and that person is invited to play in the Lothians 6 man Seniors team in the Scottish Seniors Team Tournament at Forfar in September. At a time when we are trying to demonstrate that we also organise events for all age and handicap levels this tournament' ticks all the boxes'. If we get a full entry the prize fund will be £1,000 and every player will take home at least a miniature of malt whisky from their day out in West Lothian.


29/05/2017 Lothians U18 Boys win against Stirlingshire U18 Boys

The Lothian's U18 Boys team beat a strong Stirlingshire team 6 v 2 at Turnhouse Golf Club today, Sunday 28th May 2017.

 Four of today's Lothian's team are members of Longniddry Golf Club and all four won their respective matches, they were David Rudd, Jonny Pryde, Kieran McCormick and James Morgan. The other winners were Connor Wilson (Castle Park) and the biggest winner of the day was Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe). Ross Callan (Bathgate) and Joshua Graham (Swanston) made up the eight boy team for the Lothian's and both narrowly lost down the 18th. From a spectators point of view it was a fantastic display of ball striking from all players concerned.

 All boys and officials were very appreciative of the course and the excellent condition it was presented in for today's match and combined with glorious warm weather a perfect day for golf.

 Next fixture for the Lothians Boys is the Area Team tournament held this year at Stranraer GC on the weekend of 17th/18th June. All spectators/supporters welcome!

 Today’s scores are on the website under Competition/Junior/Lothians matches.


26/05/2017 Lothians Secretary

NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

On the 1st May 2017, Stewart Fraser, our Secretary/Treasurer tendered his resignation due to personal reasons. He will be finishing with us on the 28th May. On behalf of the LGA, I’d like to thank Stewart for his short time with us, and wish him well for the future.

As you all know, the busy part of the season is almost upon us, and for this period, Allan Shaw, the immediate Past President, and indeed a Past Secretary, will take on the Secretarial duties, in tandem with an Administrator. We see this arrangement lasting until the 1st October 2017 at the latest. There will be no dip in performance or a reduction in the usual levels of efficiency.

Sincerely,

Paul Gibson.

President 


22/05/2017 Mid-month news Update

1.     Scottish Junior Tour U16 & U14 – Turnhouse GC

Great win for Conor O’Toole (Craigmillar Park) in the Under 16 event, closely followed by Liam Currid (Bathgate) 3rd, Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) 4th and Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) 5th.

In the Under 14 event Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) took 2nd place with Turnhouse players Andrew Hendry 8th and Connor Currie 10th.

2.    Irish and Welsh Open 72 Hole Strokeplay Championships.

Further afield Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse) was 16th in Ireland and Kieran Cantley (Liberton) was 14th in Wales. It was good to see 2 Lothians players competing in Ireland and 4 in Wales with Mark Napier (Turnhouse) also making the cut in Wales. 

3.    Longniddry and Musselburgh Opens.

The domestic OOM is now underway with Kieran Cantley (Liberton) winning the Durward Trophy at Longniddry and David Murray (Musselburgh) winning the Willie Park at his home course.

 


11/05/2017 Lothians Championship Update

Final arrangements are now in place for the 2017 Sharkey Group Lothians Championship which is being played this year at the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society course commencing on the 15th July. The 36 hole qualifying rounds will be played on Saturday 15th July with the top 16 players going on to compete in the match play on Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd July. Entries from players with handicaps 4.4 or lower are beginning to come in and can be booked through this website by clicking the Amateur Championship 'enter' tab on the top right hand side of this Home page. 

The entry fee will cover a practice round, the two qualifying rounds, a soup and hot roll lunch, on the qualifying day, and a player's gift pack. 



08/05/2017 Lothians U16 Boys make winning start to season v Perth & Kinross

The Lothians Boys team won their opening match of the season against Perth and Kinross 9 v 3 on Sunday 7 May 2017. Perth and Kinross were the hosts and the match was played at the splendid Strathmore Golf Centre near Alyth on a glorious day.

Vice President John Allan set the tone for the day striking an early blow for the Lothians by knocking over a decorative table vase in the clubhouse rendering it completely shattered and beyond recognition let alone repair, this may have unsettled the Perth and Kinross boys but seen as an unusual tactic!

The morning foursomes were played in great spirit with all our pairings up at the turn before closing out their respective matches and the boys went into lunch 4 v 0 in a commanding position before the singles in the afternoon.

The wind had picked up for the afternoon singles yet there was some great scoring from both sets of players especially Aaron Hall and his opponent, Aaron was 2 under par after 5 holes and 2 down but still managed to get to the turn all square before closing his game out 3 & 1. Josh Hunt also had remarkable start saying he was 5 under par after 5 and only 2 up and then all square at the turn.

The boys won the singles 5 v 3 and the overall match result was 9 v 3 for the Lothians with victories for Aaron, Jack, Jake and Josh with Rory and Calum securing halved matches . All scores/results are on the website under Competition, Juniors, Lothian Matches.

Footnote: The art of the “gimme” putt in the Junior game appears to be disappearing! 


06/05/2017 Duddingston retain Lothians Team Tournament on count back from Uphall.

Last year’s successful Duddingston team of David Miller, Gary Thomson and Derrick Williams won the Lothians Team Tournament today at Ratho Park with a score of 214 just edging out Uphall on a count back on the last 6 holes with Royal Burgess Golfing Society, Murrayfield and Harburn  sharing third place on 219. Duddingston go on to represent the Lothians in the Scottish Men’s Club Championship at Eastwood, in Glasgow on the 24th September.

Jordyn Rhind (Kingsfield) had the best individual score of 68 with Chris Wood (North Berwick) and Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) close behind on 69.

The winner of the Walker Trophy for the Non Course Owning Team Tournament was Heriots F.P. whose team of David Campbell, Scott Dickson and Rory Smith won with a score of 224 with Port Seton second on 228.

The CSS was 71 (+3)

The full results can be seen on the Competitions section of this website by following the link   Competitions – Men – Team Tournament – Results.