Supported in partnership with Caermount Golf Club
The Lothians Boys' Champion of Champions was started at Craigmillar Park in their Centenary year in 1995. Since then, wherever possible, the venue has been at a Lothians club celebrating its Centenary.
It is interesting to note that the first winner of the Speirs Trophy, the prize on offer in the Lothians' Boys' Championship, was J Aitchison (Caermount) and this long-standing non course-owning club now supports Lothians junior golf by sponsoring the handicap prizes in the Boys' Champion of Champions event. Two winners of the event, 1998 and 1999 champion David Inglis and 2002 victor Lloyd Saltman, went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup.
In the face of decreasing entries over the last few years it has been decided to change the entry requirements in 2024 and rebrand the event as The Junior Champions & Medal Winners Championship.
It will now be open to all Junior Champions from 2023 and any player who has won a Club Junior medal in 2023, if you hold such events, provided they still meet the age limit as stated in the Tournament rules, which is ‘ All players must have a Handicap Index and have been under the age of 18 on 31st December in the year prior to the competition in which they became champion.’
If a joint Junior Championship Competition is undertaken at your Club and the winner was a girl, she is entitled to be entered as your Junior Champion. Where separate competitions are held then only the Boys Champion is entitled to be entered. Similarly, if Joint Boys/Girls Medals are held then any Medal winner can be entered in this competition. If you hold separate Boys/Girls Medals then only Boys can be entered.
The winner on the day will recieve the Handicap Trophy and the top four scratch players will qualify to play for the Champions Trophy in a matchplay event with Semi Finals and Final to be played at The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers course (Muirfield) on Tuesday, 13 August and Thursday, 15 August 2024. These are fixed dates so if any of the leading scratch players are unavailable then it will be the top four available players that will play.
The history of the event Champion of Champions event and a list of the winners can be seen by clicking the 'History' heading at the bottom of the list on the left hand side of this page.
The Merchants provided the challenge for 13 boys intent on becoming our first champion of the year. The original field of 20 had been reduced to 13 after a number of call offs.
In cold calm conditions the boys played good golf with James Wood of Bathgate scoring 66 to win the main prize, the Junior Champion of Champions. Sean Gallagher finished second failing to hide his disappointment in his attempt to retain his trophy.
Cameron Brown managed a net score of 63 to become the inaugural winner of the handicap plate.