Lothians News
18/09/2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Win Sivewright Quaich
Congratulations to the Royal Bank of Scotland Golf Club following their 3 & 1 win over Binivell Golf Club in the Sivewright Quaich final held yesterday (Sunday 17 September) at Prestonfield.

10/09/2017 Lothians win silver medals at Scottish Area Team Championships
2017 Scottish Area Team Championship Squad

Lothians won the silver medals at the GolfKings Scottish Area Team Championships this weekend at Newmachar just coming up short in the final against host area, North East. Our team of Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh), Kieran Cantley (Liberton), Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse), Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links), Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) and Mark Napier (Turnhouse) led the qualifying stroke play stage by a staggering 17 shots with a score of 28 under par. The quarter final and semi-final stages involved 1 foursomes match and 4 singles matches and astute ‘order of play’ choices by captain Keith Reilly and vice-captain Tom Caldwell set the scene for two solid team performances on Saturday which guided us into the final against North East. The Hakeshill course at Newmachar is a tremendous layout, designed by Dave Thomas, and had been presented very well by the greenkeepers. It was however very wet following a considerable amount of rain over the last 3 months which made it even more challenging. The final should have been 3 foursomes followed by 6 singles but with more heavy rain forecast it was agreed to continue the previous day’s format over 18 holes. North East had their noses ahead after 9 holes, Lothians staged a strong recovery to turn the tide going into the last 3 holes but could not quite ‘seal the deal’. This was a good overall performance by Lothians, with every player making significant contributions and our relatively young squad gaining valuable experience for the future. Congratulations to North East for their fine victory.

03/09/2017 Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) wins SED Championship

Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) won the South East District Championship today, at his home course, with a tremendous 10 under par score of 274. The Gullane greenkeeper had edged ahead of Lothians team mates Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links GS) and Kieran Cantley (Liberton) with a round of 69 in the morning which was only beaten by Euan Mcintosh (Turnhouse), whose 67 had pulled him up into 4th place at lunchtime. Playing together in the afternoon McLeod and Cantley had a great tussle, including both eagling the 12th hole, but Cantley’s 67 was fended off by a 69 from McLeod and a two stroke victory. These four players have now won the last 4 Scottish 72 hole Order of Merit events which is great news ahead of the Area Team Championship at Newmachar next weekend where they will be joined by Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) and Mark Napier (Turnhouse).

For full results click Here

26/08/2017 Lothians Boys Champion of Champions
2017 - Boys Champion of Champions - Joint Winners - Sam Hall (The Glen) and Jack McDonald (Haddington)

It was an exciting conclusion to the Caermount Golf Club sponsored Boys Champion of Champions tournament at Uphall today. On a fine day and over a course in excellent condition Sam Hall (The Glen) and Jack MacDonald (Haddington) both finished on a great score of 70, just one over par. Amazingly, and for the first time in the history of this event, they could not be separated on a count-back so the committee decided that the Craigmillar Park Centenary Trophy should be shared. Not far behind on 72 was Ross Flanagan (Bathgate). The handicap vouchers went to Ciaran Dickson (Pumpherston) (75 – 11 = 64) and Jamie Simpson (Bruntsfield Links GS) (75 - 10 = 65)

We were delighted that Alan Thomson, representing the sponsor Caermount Golf Club, was able to join Lothians President Paul Gibson at the presentation ceremony.

The full results will be posted on the competition section of this website tomorrow along with notification of the CSS.

17/08/2017 Lothians Boys Championship Match Play Finals
2017- Boys Championship - The Champions

The finals of the Golf Fit Lothians Boys Championship were played tonight at the Braids golf course courtesy of Edinburgh Leisure.

 The Spiers Trophy was won by Ross Callan (Bathgate) after a high quality match against Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe)

 In the Stephen Gallacher Foundation sponsored age group match play events the Under 16 trophy was won by Liam Currid (Bathgate) against Josh Hunt (Duddingston). In the Under 14 event Lyle Murdoch (Kings Acre) held off a great fight back from Sam Hall (Craigmillar Park) with a win on the 18th green.

Full report to follow.

16/08/2017 Lothians Boys Championship Match Play Semi Finals

The semi-finals of the Golf Fit Lothians Boys Championship were played tonight at the Braids golf course in difficult conditions with an unusually strong south wind. There were some very closely contested matches. In the Championship the first match between Ross Callan (Bathgate) and Arran Hastings (Craigielaw) saw Ross 1up early on then Arran ahead by the same margin after 10 holes and the players all square after 13. Ross went ahead again at the 14th and held on for a 1 hole win. In the match between Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe) and Rory Thain (Kings Acre) it was Rory who went ahead early on but the game was all square by the 10th hole. Nathan, not for the only time this week, played the next 3 holes very well and was 2 up after 13. Rory birdied the 15 to reduce the deficit but lost the 17th and the match 2 and 1.

In the Stephen Gallacher Foundation (SGF) sponsored Under 16 section Josh Hunt (Duddingston) went off like an express train with 3 birdies in the first 5 holes and was 5 up after 6 holes. His opponent Archie Morris (Bruntsfield Links GS) battled on and held that position until the 10th green but ran out of steam on the 12th green. Some will know the score as a ‘dogs licence’. In the other match in this category Liam Currid (Bathgate) edged ahead over the first 6 holes and kept the pressure on to move to 5 up after 13 holes. Lothians team mate Conor O’Toole (Craigmillar Park) had played well but could not turn the tide and eventually lost 5 and 4

In the Under 14 section also sponsored by the SGF Sam Hall (Craigmillar Park) was 1 up after 6 holes but Archie Finnie (Royal Burgess GS) was holding his own by following in a 45’ putt on the 8th green with a fighting 10’ response for a half. Sam eased to 2 up after 10 and built on that at the 14th before end with a 3 and 2 win. Lyle Murdoch (Kings Acre) and Owen Abu-Baker (Uphall) halved the first 4 holes before exchanging the next two to be still square after 6. Lyle eased to 2 up after 10 and although a couple of holes changed hands he was still 2 up after 14. Owen sank a 21’ putt up the 15th green for a half and birdied the 16th to narrow the gap which he later closed to all square on the 18th green. It was great match play golf. Lyle eventually sealed the deal with a fine pitch and putt win at the 19th hole.

Fine golf all round from all the players in difficult conditions.

Of the younger players most have played in Lothians age group teams but the two Archie’s have appeared on our radar for the first time this year and have put down markers with their performance this week.

 The finals are at The Braids tomorrow night starting at 5pm

15/08/2017 Lothians Boys Championship Match Play

The match play stages of the Golf Fit Lothians Boys Championship got underway tonight at the Braids golf course on a glorious evening but with a freshening breeze that made the inward half challenging.

In the first match Ross Callan (Bathgate), the runner up in the 2015 Scottish Boys Championship, was in fine form and was 4 under par in beating the Lindsay Trophy winner Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) 4 and 2. The East Lothian clash between Arran Hastings (Craigielaw) and James Morgan (Longniddry) was all square after 9 holes but a chip-in eagle at the 10th put Arran ahead and he built on that and won by 3 and 2. Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe) only just made his tee time after a mad dash by taxi from the centre of town and not surprisingly was 2 down after 5 holes against Connor Wilson (Castle Park). He however turned the tide to be 1 up at the turn and drew away on the closing holes to also win 3 and 2. In the final match Rory Thain (Kings Acre) went off like an express train and was 3 up on Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) after 4 holes. Rory had 4 birdies in the first 9 holes and was still 3 up at that point despite some fighting stuff from young Gallacher. Jack closed the gap to one hole after 16 but his tee shot at the short 17th flew the green and he was left with a very difficult shot over the hump and back down the green. A delicate pitch, from a hairly lie, on the slope at the back of the green sealed a 2 and 1 win for Rory. It was great to see Stephen Gallacher out supporting son Jack especially as his Foundation are sponsoring the Under 16 and Under 14 match play stages of the event that get underway tomorrow night along with the semi-final stages of the championship.

13/08/2017 Lothians Boys Championship qualifying

The Golf Fit Lothians Boys Championship qualifying took place at the Braids Golf Course today supported by Edinburgh Leisure.

In fine conditions the scoring was very good with 3 players leading on 67. Arran Hall (Kilspindie) won the Lindsay Trophy for the best qualifying score on a count back over the last 6 holes from Rory Thain (Kings Acre) and Jack Gallacher (Bathgate). Eight players on 72 or better go forward to the knockout stages starting at 5pm on Tuesday evening.

In the Under 16 section 4 players on 75 or better go forward to the knockout stages with Archie Morris (Bruntsfield Links GS) joining Conor O’Toole (Craigmillar Park), Josh Hunt (Duddingston) and Liam Currid (Bathgate) after Archie got through on a count back with Fraser Wanstall (Royal Burgess GS).

In the Under 14 section 4 players on 79 or better go forward to the knockout stages with Owen Abu Baker (Uphall) joining Archie Finnie (Royal Burgess GS), Sam Hall (Craigmillar Park) and Lyle Murdoch (Kings Acre) after Owen got through on a count back with Adam Hawthorn (Murrayfield) and Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park)

The Under 16 and Under 14 knockout starts on Wednesday evening at 5pm.

The draw for the knockout stages was made by sponsor Alex Woods of Golf Fit and will appear on the competition tab of this website as soon as possible as will the full qualifying scores. The CSS was 68 (+1) In the meantime -

Championship (Tuesday 15th 5pm)

Ross Callan (Bathgate) v Aaron Hall (Kilspindie)

Arran Hastings (Craigielaw) V James Morgan (Longniddry)

Connor Wilson (Castle Park) V Nathan McCulloch (Kingsknowe)

Jack Gallacher (Bathgate) v Rory Thain (Kings Acre)

Under 16

Archie Morris (Bruntsfield Links) v Josh Hunt (Duddingston)

Liam Currid (Bathgate) v Conor O'Toole (Craigmillar Park)

Under 14

Archie Finnie (Royal Burgess) v Sam Hall (Craigmillar Park)

Owen Abu-Baker (Uphall) v Lyle Murdoch (Kings Acre)