Qualifying will take place on Sunday, 21 July 2024 and Matchplay on Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th and Semi Final and Final on Sunday 28th July 2024
The Lothians Championship is the Lothians Golf Association's flagship event and was first held in 1947 when the local evening newspaper presented the magnificent Evening News Championship Trophy, one of the most impressive trophies in golf. The Evening News sponsored the event for almost 50 years.
The Stuart Cup, which was first used for individual winners in the Team Tournament, has, since 1965, been used as the trophy for the leading qualifying score in the Amateur Championship.
The final was now a repeat of last year's final with Connor Wilsonfrom Castle Park against Stuart Blair from Royal Musselburgh. The match started with each player paring the first three holes, before Stuart took an early lead with a 5 at the 4th hole. Connor quickly made the match all square with a 4 at the 6th hole. It was the 9th hole before Stuart took the lead. 1up at the turn could Stuart possibly erase the memory of last year's final.
However after halving holes Connor won the 12th hole, but once again Stuart's 4 at the 15th levelled the match. All square going into the final three holes. The 16th was halved in three's and then the golfing gods truly blessed Stuart. With Connor safely on in two, Stuart struggled to make the green in three and was left with a long putt from the fringe. Stuart made that putt which left Connor with two putts for the halve. 18 was halved in pars, and so extra holes would decide the winner. the first extra hole was halved in 4s before Stuart sank a birdie putt at the 20th holed which Connor failed to match.
Stuart was elated with his victory and said it would be a long time before his putter is replaced, while Connor can console himself knowing he played in a memorable final.