Lothians Golf Association

Duddingston Golf Club

Lothians Champion of Champions

Semi Final on Tuesday 9th August and Final on Thursday, 11th August 2022 to be played at Longniddry Golf Club

The Event

The Lothians Champion of Champions event has been in existence since 1963 and involves the champions from all the clubs and societies affiliated to the Lothians Golf Association. It has been won by some of the best players to come through the Lothians ranks, including George Macgregor and Ronnie Shade.

A draw is made in February of club champions from the previous year, with the first names out of the hat enjoying home advantage through until the semi-finals, which, along with the final, are played at a neutral venue.

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


The 2021 Semi Finals and Final were played at  Duddingston Golf Club on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th August 2021.

On an excellent evening for golf which has allowed for some great play, the Semi Finals of the Champion of Champions got underway with home player Ben Alexander getting the proceedings underway with his match against Dunbar Player, Lee Morgan. Despite a level of home advantage it was Lee Morgan that came out triumphant and seen the match out at the 16th with a 3&2 victory.

In the other Semi, it was Royal Musselburgh's Craig Johnstone who was feeling the pace early on with Steven Sinclair taking an early advantage and by the 8th was two holes to the good. However, some brilliant play from Craig seen him win 4 holes from the next 5 to gain and advantage and seeing the match out 2&1.

In the Champion of Champions final on the Thursday evening it was a ding dong affair with both players leading at various stages of the match. However it was a par at the 17th to go one up that tipped the match in favour of Craig Johnstone who saw the match out on the 18th when Lee Morgan missed his par putt.

Congratulations to Craig Johnstone of Royal Musselburgh for becoming the Champion in the Centenary year of the Association. Craig is pictured here after his triumph with the trophy.


Due to the World Wide Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), this tournament was unable to be played.


Graham Davidson (Winterfield) is the 2019 Champion of Champions following his 3 and 1 win over Ben Alexander (Duddingston) at Archerfield.

This is Graham's 4th victory in this event and his second success at Archerfield. He is fast closing in on Keith Nicholson’s record of five wins.                                                                                                 

It was a close game with never more than a hole between them over the first 12 holes with Graham pulling away with birdies at 14th and 15th to be 2 up.  Graham’s par 3 at the 17th brought the game to an end.

The losing semi-finalists were Michael Wilson (Royal Bank) and Stuart McLaren (Bruntsfield Links GS)

72 players took part in 2019 which was two less than the previous year and well short of the maximum of 108 eligible.

Lothian Champion of Champions

Year Champion Club
2021 C Johnstone Royal Musselburgh
2020 Not Played Not Played due to COVID-19 Restrictions
2019 G Davidson Winterfield
2018 R Smith Dalmahoy & Heriots
2017 G Davidson Winterfield
2016 S Lockhart Bathgate
2015 S Simants Dunbar
2014 G Davidson Winterfield
2013 K A Nicholson Haddington
2012 C Brown Third
2011 A Dick Kingsknowe
2010 B Tait Watsonians
2009 S Armstrong Turnhouse
2008 G Davidson Winterfield
2007 S Armstrong Turnhouse
2006 K A Nicholson Haddington
2005 K A Nicholson Haddington
2004 J Yuille Scottish Universities
2003 N. Gemmell Tantallon
2002 J.R. Johnston Watsonians
2001 J. Gallagher Swanston
2000 K A Nicholson Dunbar / Haddington
1999 K.Reilly Silverknowes
1998 B. Erskine Merchants of Edinburgh
1997 S. Walker West Linton
1996 F. Stewart Prestonfield
1995 W. Main Gullane
1994 R. Tait Carricknowe
1993 K A Nicholson Haddington
1992 S.T. Knowles B.M.C. Social Club
1991 K. Millar Duddingston
1990 P. Ramsay Scottish Life
1989 A.R. Gray R.I.C.S.
1988 C.K. Cox West Lothian
1987 C.P. Christy R.I.C.S.
1986 J. McManus Uphall
1985 J. Bryce Edinburgh Licensed Trade Assistants
1984 A.P. Hubble S.U.G.S. / Scottish Life
1983 R.W. Bradly Scottish Widows
1982 R.M.F. Jack Kingston
1981 J. Huggan Winterfield
1980 C.K. Cox West Lothian
1979 W.S. Morton Scottish Life
1978 M.J.S. McEwan Gifford
1977 W.S. Morton Scottish Life
1976 R.T.D. Gibson Livingston Dev.
1975 W.S. Morton Scottish Life
1974 J.L.McL. Martin Dalmahoy
1973 J.N. Rowberry Kilspindie
1972 J. Howieson Greenburn
1971 P.J. Smith Dalmahoy
1970 S. McDonald Dalmahoy
1969 W. Middleton Prestonfield
1968 R.D.B.M. Shade Duddingston
1967 F.C. Black Prestonfield
1966 R.D.B.M. Shade Edinburgh City F.C.
1965 J.G. McGregor Scottish Div.
1964 G. Macgregor Jnr. Glencorse
1963 R.B. Williamson Royal Burgess

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