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Lothians Golf Association

Mortonhall Golf Club

Lothians Amateur Championship

Sunday, 11 July 2021 at Mortonhall Golf Club

Matchplay on Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th July 2021

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 first winner of the Championship was A S Flockhart, of Royal Musselburgh. He went on to represent Scotland in the Home Internationals in 1948/49, a feat that has since been achieved by 15 other Lothians champions.

Winners have included former Ryder Cup and Walker Cup captains in Bernard Gallacher (1967) and George Macgregor (1968) respectively.

Duddingston has produced the most winners in the event, including five-time Scottish champion Ronnie Shade and Stuart Smith, who shares the record for the most wins - four - with Haddington's Keith Nicholson.

Before 2018, Smith, Nicholson, Gullane’s W C D Hare and Ratho Park's Callum MacPhail were the only players to have successfully defended the title, the former having chalked up a hat-trick of wins from 1993-1995 however they are now joined by Jamie Morris of Glencorse.

Only J Burnside has successfully defended the Stuart Cup (1957/58) and only Stuart Middleton (Glencorse), Lee Morgan (Dunbar) and now Connor Wilson (Castle Park) have won both the stroke play and the match play trophies in the same year (1990, 2016 & 2020 respectively) but 10 others have won both trophies in different years.

The format for the event was reviewed for 2016 and having been successfully completed over the last four years, and the changes, supported by the players, will remain in the revised format for 2021.

More detailed information about the trophies and the winners, including the runners-up, venues and scores, was included in a hand-out enclosed in a Centenary brochure handed out at the 2021 event. This can be seen if you click here.

There will be a 36-hole stroke-play qualifying played over two rounds on   Sunday, 11 July 2021 at   Mortonhall Golf Club. Mortonhall have hosted the event on 6 previous occasions and we are looking forward to returning here in our Centenary year. The leading 16 qualifiers will go forward to the match play phase at the same venue with the match play rounds being held on    Tuesday, 13 July for the round of 16 players, Thursday 15 July for the Quarter Finals and the semi-finals and final on Saturday, 17 July 2021.

2021

Congratulations go to Allyn Dick from Kingsfield for his excellent performance in the final at Mortonhall. Allyn, followed last years winner Connor Wilson, in breaking the Lothians 'curse' by maintaining his form by becoming the leading qualifier and going on to win the Championship Trophy. Allyn is only the fourth person to ever achieve such a feat.

His victory today over Scott McCandless by 2 Holes was another first class performance with two good rounds at qualifying followed by three quality rounds in the match play stages. Allyn maintained his form throughout the week pipping last years winner in the Semi Finals.

Allyn is pictured here with the very impressive Evening News Trophy.

Allyn was aware of the Lothian curse and that he had put it to the back of his mind. He was glad to get over the finishing line.

The Association wish to thank Mortonhall for their continued support in hosting our top event of the year. The course and facilities were provided to us in fantastic condition and everyone at the Club have been welcoming.

The results from semi finals in the Lothians Championship were

Allyn Dick (Kingsfield) beat Connor Wilson (Castle Park) 4&2

Scott McCandless (Bathgate) beat Craig Davidson (Craigielaw) 3&2

As the leading quailifier Allyn Dick was also presented with the Stuart Cup his score of 139 was 4 less than the rest of the field. 

Allyn now hailes as the four time winner when he won the Stuart Cup as the leading qualifier with a 5 under par score of 139 (73 + 66). This betters the record he held with Keith Nicholson (Haddington) of three Stuart Cup victories. He finished four ahead of Benn McLeod (Musselburgh) with Thomas Simmonds (Gullane) in third with 144. The cut for the match play was 152 with four players being eliminated due to being unable to make the matchplay event.

Allyn is seen here receiving the Stuart Cup from President Jean Macnab

2020

Congratulations go to Connor Wilson from Castle Park for his excellent performance in the final at Prestonfield. Connor has broken the Lothians 'curse' by maintaining his form by becoming the leading qualifier and going on to win the Championship Trophy. Connor is only the third person to ever achieve such a feat.

His victory today over Andrew Benson (West Lothian) by 3&2 was another first class performance with two good rounds at qualifying followed by three quality rounds in the match play stages. Connor maintained his form throughout the week.

This a first win for the Castle Park Club in a Lothians Tournament. 

Connor is pictured here with the very impressive Evening News Trophy.

Connor indicated that he had heard of the Lothian curse and that he tried to put it to the back of his mind. He was glad to get over the finishing line and looks forward to improving his golf going forward.

The Association wish to thank Prestonfield for their continued support in hosting our top event of the year. The course and facilities were provided to us in fantastic condition and everyone at the Club have been welcoming.

The results from semi finals in the Lothians Championship were
Connor Wilson (Castle Park) beat Scott McCandless (Bathgate) by 2 Holes
Andrew Benson (West Lothian) beat Stuart Thurlow (Murrayfield) 4/3

Connor was approx 5 under par for his round. He was 3 up through 10, lost 11, 12, and 13. They halved 14 in pars and Connor won the next 2 holes to go 2 up with 2 to play. Scott had a par 4 at 17, to win that hole and Connor holed from 6 feet for a birdie at 18 to win by 2 holes.

In the second match Andrew was 4 up through 9 and approx 2 under par. He lost 10 to a birdie 3 from Stuart, however Andrew won the short 13 with a par and sealed victory on the 15th with a par 4.

As the leading quailifier Connor Wilson was also presented with the Stuart Cup his score of ??? was ?? less than the rest of the field. 



Lothian Amateur Championship - Champion

Year Champion Image Club Venue
2020 C Wilson
Castle Park

2019 M Napier
Turnhouse

2018 J Morris
Glencorse

2017 J Morris
Glencorse

2016 L Morgan
Dunbar

2015 S Marc
Broomieknowe

2014 D Miller
Duddingston

2013 A Anderson
Bruntsfield Links G.S.

2012 P Drake
Pumpherston

2011 A Anderson
Bruntsfield Links

2010 A. Dick
Kingsknowe

2009 K A Nicholson
Haddington

2008 C Orr
Craigielaw

2007 M Hillson
Craigielaw

2006 A Culverwell
Dunbar

2005 D Warner
Haddington

2004 S Armstrong
Turnhouse

2003 J Gallagher
Swanston

2002 B J Smith
Duddingston

2001 K A Nicholson
Haddington

2000 M D Timmins
Prestonfield

1999 C Swanston
Uphall

1998 K A Nicholson
Haddington

1997 K A Nicholson
Haddington

1996 D Robertson
Dunbar

1995 S. Smith
Duddingston

1994 S. Smith
Duddingston

1993 S. Smith
Duddingston

1992 C. Macphail
Ratho Park

1991 C. Macphail
Ratho Park

1990 S. Middleton
Glencorse

1989 K. Hastings
Broomieknowe

1988 B. Shields
Bathgate

1987 D. Kirkpatrick
Tantallon

1986 S. Smith
Duddingston

1985 S. Easingwood
Dunbar

1984 P.J. Smith  (Pumpherston)
S Stephen (Broomieknowe0 Mortonhall 1 Hole
1983

A. Roy                    (Royal Musselburgh)


C K Cox                  (West Lothian) Bruntsfild Links 20th Hole
1982 R.W. Bradley      (Baberton) W E Middleton (Prestonfield) Prestonfield 20th Hole
1981 J.B. Dunlop (Broomieknowe)   J J Little      (Kingsknowe) Monktonhall 2&1
1980 S.T. Knowles (KIngsknowe) C K Cox                  (West Lothian) Royal Burgess 2 Holes
1979 C.P. Christy (Duddingston) J B Dunlop (Broomieknowe) Longniddry 1 Hole
1978 S. Stephen (Broomieknowe) A G G Miller    (Glencorse) Duddingston 2&1
1977 I.D. Stavert (Duddingston) L A Gordon     (Turnhouse) Bruntsfield Links 3&1
1976 N.J. Fisher (Lothianburn) R M F Jack (Liberton) Prestonfield 1 Hole
1975 R.C.E. Muir (Broomieknowe) H H Brown    (Lothianburn) Monktonhall 4&3
1974 L.G.A. Morton   (Baberton) M Kirk               (Harburn) Royal Burgess 6&5
1973 W.C. Davidson (Duddingston) J N Rowberry         (Royal Musselburgh) Dalmahoy 4&3
1972 P.M.B. Bucher (Bruntsfield Links) R W Jordan    (Turnhouse) Longniddry 4&3
1971 A.G.G. Miller (Prestonfield) R W Jordan    (Turnhouse) Duddingston 7&6
1970 C. McCulloch (Baberton) R Gray (Prestonfield) Prestonfield 4&3
1969 D.F. Campbell         (Royal Bank) J A Mather (Gullane) Longniddry 6&5
1968 G. Macgregor  (Glencorse) G E Robertson (Bruntsfield Links) Dalmahoy 2&1
1967 B. Gallacher (Bathgate) G Macgregor (Glencorse) Monktonhall 1 Hole
1966 G.E. Robertson    (Scottish Widows) D F Campbell         (Royal Bank) Mortonhall 37th Hole
1965 A.J. Low (Duddingston) R W Jordan (Turnhouse) Duddingston 1 Hole
1964 R.D.B.M. Shade (Duddingston) D W Alexander (Dalmahoy) Dalmahoy 1 Hole
1963 A.M. Lourie (Duddingston) E B Lynch    (Prestonfield) Royal Burgess 2&1
1962 H.M. Campbell (Carrickvale)
D W Alexander (Dalmahoy) Prestonfield 2&1
1961

H.C. Brownlee  (Craigmillar Park)

A F D MacGregor (Merchants) Luffness New 8&7
1960 D.W. Alexander (Dalmahoy) E Thomson (Duddingston) Murrayfield 2&1
1959 A.H.H. Campbell (Turnhouse) A F D Macgregor (Merchants) Bruntsfield Links 38th hole
1958 J.R. Kyle (Turnhouse) A B Taylor (Dalmahoy) Duddingston 5&4
1957 D.W. Alexander (Dalmahoy) L J Du Long (Dalmahoy) Prestonfield 4&3
1956 P.R. Bryce (Gullane) A B Taylor (Dalmahoy) Gullane 3&2
1955 A.M.M. Bucher (Bruntdfield Links)     S B Williamson (Longniddry) Bruntsfield Links 3&1
1954 S. Smith          (Edinburgh Thistle)     A M M Bucher (Bruntsfield Links) Royal Burgess 3&2
1953 W.C.D. Hare        (Gullane) S B Williamson (Longniddry) Luffness New 4&3
1952 W.C.D. Hare        (Gullane) S B Williamson (Longniddry) Turnhouse 2 Holes
1951 A.B. Taylor (Dalmahoy)
I MacNiven (Mortonhall) Murayfield 7&5
1950 I. Macniven (Mortonhall) E Dale-Smith (Dalmahoy) Dalmahoy 3&2
1949 C.M. Meek (Baberton) A B Taylor (Dept of Agric) Baberton 37th
1948 R.M. Lees (Liberton) I Roberts (Murrayfield) Bruntsfield 9&8
1947

A.S. Flockhart              (Royal Musselburgh)

E Dale-Smith (Dalmahoy)  Murrayfield 3&2

Lothians Amateur Championship
Leading Qualifier Winner presented with Stuart Cup since 1965

Year Champion Club
2021 A. Dick Kingsfield
2020 C Wilson Castle Park
2019 A Dick KIngsfield
2018 N Saldarov Craigielaw
2017 S McLaren Bruntsfield Links
2016 L Morgan Dunbar
2015 A Dick Kingsfield
2014 C Burgess Musselburgh
2013 J McIntosh Broomieknowe
2012 A Dick Kingsknowe
2011 S Simants Dunbar
2010 G A Robertson Silverknowes
2009 P Drake Pumpherston
2008 S Armstrong Turnhouse
2007 K. A. Nicholson Haddington
2006 S Armstrong Turnhouse
2005 C Neilson Dunbar
2004 R Moffat Dundas Parks
2003 K. A. Nicholson Haddington
2002 G. L. Corrigan Greenburn
2001 D. Thomson Deer Park
2000 K A. Nicholson Haddington
1999 J. Noon Musselburgh
1998 C. Swanston Uphall
1997 F. Stewart Prestonfield
1996 N.R. Shillinglaw Glencorse
1995 S. Cowper Linlithgow
1994 J. McLean Bathgate
1993 S.C. Smith Duddingston
1992 S.J. Gallacher Bathgate
1991 M. Robson Kingsknowe
1990 S. Middleton Glencorse
1989 B. Shields Bathgate
1988 D.E.D. Neave Murrayfield
1987 S. Mackenzie West Linton
1986 M. Kirk Harburn
1985 M. Stevenson Harrison
1984 J. Noon Musselburgh
1983 A.G.G. Miller Bruntsfield Links
1982 P.B. Lamb Glencorse
1981 S.T. Knowles Kingsknowe
1980 W.E. Middleton Prestonfield
1979 W.L. Gray Dunbar
1978 L.A. Gordon Turnhouse
1977 W.S. Morton Glencorse
1976 D.F. Campbell Royal Bank
1975 L.A. Gordon Turnhouse
1974 J. McLean Bathgate
1973 D.M. Robertson Dunbar
1972 F.A. Hall Longniddry
1971 J.E. Murray Baberton
1970 P.J. Smith Dalmahoy
1969 G. Macgregor Jnr. Glencorse
1968 A.B. Hendry Baberton
1967 J.N. Rowberry Royal Musselburgh
1966 F.C. Black Prestonfield
1965 Hugh Campbell & J McLean Carrickvale & Bathgate




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