Lothians Golf Association

Lothians Boys Championship

The Event

The GolfFit Lothians Junior Championship normally takes place in June each year at the Braid Hills No 1 course however to avoid clashing with exams and to fit in with the busy summer junior golfing calendar we are trying August in 2019.

This is an event for boys who are under the age of 18 on 31st December in the year prior to the year of competition, it is open to players whose home club is affiliated to the Lothians Golf Association. Its roll of honour makes for impressive reading, the winners including Andrew Oldcorn (1977), Ian Young (1978) and David Inglis (1998).

The tournament commences with an 18 hole qualifying stroke-play event, with 8 qualifiers of any age going forward to compete in a match-play stage. The leading qualifier gets the Lindsay Trophy, with the champion holding the Spiers Trophy for a year. The Spiers Trophy is the second oldest of the trophies held by the Lothians Golf Association, having been first contested in 1925. 

The championship was, in fact, originally organised by Edinburgh Town Council. It ran the event until the mid-1960s, when it asked the Lothians Golf Association to take over that role. The event allows the Lothians Golf Association to work together with Edinburgh Leisure and the City of Edinburgh Council in their joint aim of promoting junior golf in the area. 

For those Under 16 and Under 14 the event includes championships for the leading 4 qualifiers in each age group.


The 2018 event will be at Braids No 1 with the 18 hole qualifying on Sunday 4 August and the match play stages on the Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August.  


Ciaran Paterson (Ratho Park) won the foreshortened, weather delayed, Golf Fit sponsored Lothians Boys Championship with an excellent score of 70, with Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) close behind on 71. In an event postponed twice in May and August the eventually took place in October but only after early morning frost cleared!!! Under the circumstances it was not feasible to have a match play element to the championship this year. The course was in amazing condition for the time of year and we are indebted to Edinburgh Leisure for hosting the event and having the course in such good condition. Sadly the original field of 77 was depleted to 32 players, for a variety of reasons, but we saw some tremendous golf especially from some of the younger players. Ciaran won the championship trophy, the gold medal and the Lindsay Trophy for his leading score, with Aaron taking the silver medal. That left the door open for Adam Hawthorn (Murrayfield) to be awarded the Under 16 Stephen Gallacher U16 Trophy with his score of 75. Third overall and the winner of the Stephen Gallacher U14 Trophy was Fergus Brown (Gullane) with a score of 73 which was all the more remarkable by the fact that he had never played the course before. 

Lothian Boys Championship - Champion

Year Champion Club
2018 C Paterson Ratho Park
2017 R Callan Bathgate
2016 J Duguid Dunbar
2015 M Napier Turnhouse
2014 L Bain Musselburgh
2013 C Hill Tantallon
2012 C Cochrane Mariott Dalmahoy
2011 L Bain Turnhouse
2010 S Fairburn Craigielaw
2009 S Fairburn Craigielaw
2008 T Blennerhassett Marriott Dalmahoy
2007 M Cunningham Longniddry
2006 D Warner Haddington
2005 S George Dalmahoy
2004 S Neilson Dunbar
2003 M Burnett Harburn
2002 P Mitchell Turnhouse
2001 R. Gill Craigmillar Park
2000 J. Taylor Ratho Park
1999 S. Grieve Kilspindie
1998 D. Inglis Glencorse
1997 L. Rhind Uphall
1996 A. Meikle Duddingston
1995 O.J.C.Lindsay Murrayfield
1994 A. Macphail Ratho Park
1993 I.D. Wilson Liberton
1992 S.J.A. Smith West Linton
1991 S. Armstrong Ratho Park
1990 M. Stein Craigmillar Park
1989 N. Archibald Kingsknowe
1988 K. Smillie West Lothian
1987 B.J. Smith Duddingston
1986 K. Mungall Bathgate
1985 K.G. Tait Craigmillar Park
1984 D. Simson Bruntsfield Links
1983 B. Shields Bathgate
1982 J. Yuille Royal Burgess
1981 A.Hogg Baberton
1980 S.G. Farrell West Lothian
1979 D. Beveridge Baberton
1978 I.D. Young Baberton
1977 A.S. Oldcorn Dalmahoy
1976 D Hamilton Royal Burgess
1975 C.V. Murphy Merchant of Edinburgh
1974 G.R.S. Millar Swanston
1973 D.G. Cummings Prestonfield
1972 M. Shipton Turnhouse
1971 D.B. Smith Watsonians
1970 R.S. Hall Musselburgh
1969 M. Henry Duddingston
1968 P.B. Lamb Glencorse
1967 L.A. Gordon Turnhouse
1966 B.J. Reilly Carrickvale
1965 B. Gallacher Bathgate St Marys
1964 T.A. Rooney Scotus Academy
1963 G.D. Carter George Heriots
1962 A.C. Leitch Royal High School
1961 D. Chambers Boroughmuir
1960 P.G. Brown Melville College
1959 R.C.H. Robertson George Heriots
1958 H.C. Brownlee Craigmillar Park G.C.
1957 M. Reid Daniel Stewarts Col.
1956 R.D.B.M. Shade Portobello Secondary
1955 R.D.B.M. Shade Portobello Secondary
1954 R.D.B.M. Shade Portobello Secondary
1953 A.P. Ritchie Royal High School
1952 D. Semple Royal High School
1951 S. Smith Electric G.C.
1950 J.G. Ewart George Heriots
1949 A.D. Spalding Liberton
1948 W.G. Gardner George Watsons
1947 W.G. Gardner George Watsons
1939 R.R. Farmer George Heriots
1938 D. F. Beatson Kingsknowe
1937 H. Snow George Watsons
1936 V. Wightman Dalmahoy
1935 S.J.A. Macdonald Edinburgh Academy
1934 H.R. Robertson Merchants of Edinburgh
1933 W.D. Sinclair Edinburgh Institution
1932 E.C. Hunter George Watsons
1931 D. S. Wemyss Daniel Stewarts Col.
1930 E.L. Thomson Royal High School
1929 E.L. Thomson Royal High School
1928 W. Hogg
1927 I.M. Buchanan Caermount
1926 R.M. Ralston Edinburgh Thistle
1925 J.Aitchison Caermount

Lothian Boys Championship - Leading Qualifier

Year Champion Club
2018 C Paterson Ratho Park
2017 A Hall Kilspindie
2016 L Reid Craigielaw
2015 K Cantley Liberton
2014 K Cantley Liberton
2013 M Naysmith Marriott Dalmahoy
2012 L Bain Turnhouse
2011 E Bowden The Glen
2010 L Gaughan Bathgate
2009 G Forrest Craigielaw
2008 O Huish North Berwick
2007 S McGarvey Glencorse
2006 S McAllister Craigielaw
2005 D Warner Haddington
2004 S Neilson Dunbar
2003 S Beattie Ratho Park
2002 M Lamb Haddington
2001 R J Gill Craigmillar Park
2000 J Mc Ghee Duddingston
1999 G Wright West Linton
1998 D Inglis Glencorse
1997 L Rhind Uphall
1996 C.Craig Dunbar

U14 Championship

Year Champion Club
2018 F Brown Gullane
2017 L Murdoch Kings Acre
2016 C Adam Royal Burgess G S
2015 L Currid Gogarburn
2014 L Currid Gogarburn
2013 J Stewart Harburn
2012 Ben Stirling Kilspindie

U16 Championship

Year Champion Club
2018 A Hawthorn Murrayfield
2017 L Currid Bathgate
2016 L Reid Longniddry
2015 D Rudd Longniddry
2014 L Govenlock Tantallon
2013 M Naysmith Dalmahoy
2012 Murray Naysmith Marriott Dalmahoy

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