The Handicap Stroke Play Championship was played for the first time in 2018. The tournament was introduced in response to feedback we got from our clubs that we do not do enough for the middle and higher range players. The event was run as an 18 hole stroke play tournament over Kingsknowe Golf Club in Edinburgh with an overall prize for the best nett score and also vouchers for the leading nett scores in 3 handicap ranges running from 5 to 28.
We are indebted to the McManus family for donating a trophy for the event. Joe McManus, a past captain and champion (12 times) of Uphall GC, is a Lothians stalwart having played for our team and competed in our Championships over many years. Now making a name for himself on the Scottish Seniors amateur circuit he still has time to help out on our Club Services committee where the idea for this event emanated.
In 2019 the event will be played at Uphall Golf Club on 25th August. It is fitting that it should be held there, the home club of trophy sponsor Joe McManus, and we look forward to attracting a big field on the back of what was a successful launch last year.
Alec Cockburn (Dalmahoy) with an excellent score of (73 – 8 = 65) was the first winner of the McManus Family Lothians Handicap Stroke Play Championship. Played over a Kingsknowe course in fine condition on a sunny calm day, Alec won by one shot from local man Graeme McCabe with Jim Stewart (Harburn) and Niall Caldwell (Kings Acre) a further shot behind. Local Captain Willie Steven, who also took part in the event, welcomed the players to Kingsknowe and on their behalf thanked the Association for coming up with this new initiative which adds a third handicap event to the growing list of Lothians fixtures. A good field of 77 players entered and the positive feedback is encouraging for the future.
2018 A Cockbun (Dalmahoy)