Lothians News
11/06/2018 Connor Wilson wins Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy at Cardrona
Lothians Boys Scottish ATC Team 2018

On a weekend when this 54 hole event was shortened to 36 holes because of risks from lightening, Connor Wilson (Castle Park), won the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy at Cardrona on Sunday afternoon. Lying a couple of shots behind after the first round, with an excellent 3 under par score of 69, he followed that up with a 72 on Sunday to win the title by one shot from Joshua Greer, (Joondalup GC, Perth, Australia). There were 13 Lothians players in the field of 57 with 6 of them reaching the final round. Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) was the ‘best of the rest’ finishing in 10th position. He also finished as the top Lothians player in the Paul Lawrie Foundation Jug event at Gleneagles in 6th place.

Connor was also a member of the Lothians 4 man team that finished 7th in the Scottish Boys Area Team Championships at Eastwood last week. Lying 4th after the morning foursomes with two scores of 74 the boys were going well until the 11th hole but things began to drift after that and they finished on 368. The top 7 teams were closely spaced with only 6 shots between 2nd and 7th place. Perth & Kinross however took the trophy with a tremendous score of 358. The Lothians team was Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) Aaron Hall (Kilspindie), Connor O’Toole (Craigmillar Park) and Connor Wilson (Castle Park)

27/05/2018 Boys Championship Postponed because of Fog
Thick fog at the Braids meant that the Boys Championship had to be postponed last Sunday. The new date for the qualifying will be on Sunday 12th August with the match play stages in the evenings of the 21st, 22nd and 23rd August. All those that have already entered for the championship will automatically be included but you will receive an e-mail from the secretary to make sure you are still available. Additional places are available and new entries can be made by clicking on the word Enter  in the box on the top right hand side of this Home page.

26/05/2018 Lothians fight back to get draw at Pebbles

The early morning rain cleared just before the morning foursomes got underway at Peebles in what was a close encounter with 3 of the 5 matches going to the 18th green. Dougie Waugh (Baberton) and Kenny Glen (Craigielaw) picked up a 1 hole win and Ross Brydon (Bruntsfield Links) and Ross Mallon (Greenburn) also won on the last green by 2 holes.

The head to head singles started with two Peebles playing each other. Jamie Morris, the Lothians Champion, is a member at Glencorse as well as Peebles but represents the Lothians. This time Jamie got the edge over Daren by 1 hole. However Borders ‘top loaded’ the team sheet with 4 Peebles players which paid off with Stephen Roger beat Kenny Glen 2/1 then Colin Fraser and Alan Turnbull showed they still have the magic with big wins over Murray Patterson (Bruntsfield Links)  and Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) . Dougie Waugh continued his good day with a win over Borders Captain David Gillie by 1 hole. Jack McDonald, the youngster in the Borders team, got his team within one win from winning overall with a good 2/1 win over graham Robertson (Silverknowes) still a bit rusty after 2 years away in America on business.

Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) playing last romped to a 9/8 and with the tension mounting, 3 matches out on the course, Rob Paterson (Kilspindie) got the better of Paul McVie by 1 hole. In the words of Dennis Little, the Borders Secretary ‘We watched as Paul Johnson came down the 18th, match all square. Ross Brydon is further away and just misses leaving Paul with 15 feet for the match. The ball hangs on the edge but does not fall, all square, the total match depends on Angus Massie and Ross Mallon who is one up. Ross was 2 up playing the 16th par 3, 12 feet from the hole, Angus in the bunker above the hole. As anyone who has played this hole, he is dead. Not Angus, he calmly walks into the bunker, eyes up the hole, if he can see it, yes he can, he is a tall boy. The ball fly’s out, lands on the green about a yard from the hole and rolls in for a two. Of course, Ross misses the putt, that is match play. There was no amazing recovery on the 18th. Angus put his drive into the rough and Ross finished with a 2 hole win. The match was drawn 7½ to 7½ with Vice Captain, Tam Caldwell, still undefeated after 2 games in charge. You can imagine his words after that last putt dropped!!! For full results see here.

05/05/2018 Turnhouse win Team Tournament at Royal Musselburgh

The Turnhouse team of Steven Armstrong, Ollie McCrone and Mark Napier won the Lothians Team Tournament at Royal Musselburgh today with a great score of 215, just edging ahead of Craigielaw (216) and Broomieknowe (217). Broomieknowe had held the lead early in the day after a fantastic 64 by Sean Marc, the 2015 Lothians champion, just one off the course record of 63. The leading Society was defending champions George Heriots FPs (230) represented by Rory Smith, David Rudd and Scott Dickson, closely followed by Port Seton (231) The players were full of praise for the course which was in great condition this early in the season and for the friendly welcome in the clubhouse. Turnhouse now go on to represent Lothians in the Scottish Club Championships at Kinross in September. The CSS was 72 (+2) and the full results can be seen here.

02/05/2018 Caravan Driver Needed
Have you got a tow bar on your car?

Are you experienced at pulling a caravan?

Would you like to help the Lothians Golf Association
move their caravan between event venues this year?

  • Approximately 6 moves required between April and September
  • We have one driver at present and require an additional person as cover for holidays and to share the driving
  • Caravan to be moved at driver’s convenience, sometime during the week before the event
  • Drivers will receive Green Flag, national recovery with home-call and onward travel
  • A small fee of £25 is paid per move to cover expenses
  • There is the possibility of complimentary round of golf at the competition venue. This will be at the discretion of the golf club

If you are interested please contact:

Janahan Balasubramaniam
Mobile 07591 599153
Lothians Golf Association
Email:- secretary@lothiansgolfassociation.org.uk

30/04/2018 Reality check for Lothians Men at City of Newcastle
Lothians Team v Northumberland 2018

The Lothians men’s team came up against a brick wall in their annual match against Northumberland at the City of Newcastle Golf Club this weekend. Northumberland had a fantastic season in 2017 and their squad were in fine form again as they warmed up for their first county match against Yorkshire in a couple of weeks with an emphatic 13½ to 4½ win over Lothians.

 In the morning foursomes 4 of the 6 matches went to the last green with the other two finishing on the 16th. Sean Marc (Broomieknowe) and Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry) played steady golf to win by 1 hole with Rory Smith (Dalmahoy) and Simon Lockhart (Bathgate) and Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) and young Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) securing halved matches. In his first match for the men’s team Aaron was left with a 120 yard shot to the first green after a good drive by Stuart. He holed it for an eagle 2!!!! There were some sparkling sub-par rounds from both teams but Northumberland came out on top 4 matches to 2. 

After 6 holes in the afternoon singles Lothians were still in touch but with 3 City of Newcastle players in the first 4 games, along with former English Boys Internationalist Matty Lamb, Northumberland had 4 points on the board early on and things started to slide in the wrong direction after that. There was a bit of a sting in the tail for the Lothians with Sean Marc winning his second game of the day on the last green and Stuart Blair winning well on the 15th green. Simon Lockhart eagled the 17th in a stirring finish against the evergreen ex Scottish Internationalist Sandy Twynholm which saw the match halved on the last green. The full results can be seen in the Lothians matches section of this website on the Championships/Men drop down menus.

Elsewhere Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) (5th=) and Connor Wilson (Castle Park) (10th=) had top ten finishes in the Barrie Douglas Scottish Junior Masters tournament at Blairgowrie.

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.