The Lothians Team Tournament is open to all affiliated clubs and societies in the Lothians area of Scottish Golf Ltd. It was first played in 1921, the year the Lothians Golf Association was formally constituted.
Mortonhall won the inaugural event with an aggregate score of 463, finishing ahead of Burgess and Bruntsfield Links. WC White (Mortonhall), Dr A Clelland (Stewarts College FPs), Stuart Forsyth (Carlton) and WB Torrance (Burgess), as the four lowest scorers, were the qualifiers for a follow up individual match play tournament.
The Shield for the Team Tournament, was first played for in 1926, making it the oldest trophy in events run by the Lothians Golf Association. It cost seven guineas having been donated by members and past members of the committee at the time.
In 1936 the Stuart Cup was presented by a retiring secretary and this was used initially as the individual match play trophy. The individual match play event continued until 1947 the year the Amateur Championship was instigated. Between 1948 and 1964 the leading players in the Team Tournament went on to play a 36 hole stroke play event for the Stuart Cup. The Team Tournament then took on a foursomes format for a few years and the Stuart Cup found a new use as the trophy for the best qualifying score in the Amateur Championship.
In the first five years the individual event was dominated by WB Torrance (Burgess) and W Willis Mackenzie (Mortonhall), who each won it twice. They, incidentally, were the only Scottish players in the first Walker Cup team in 1922.
The current format involves teams of 3 players competing over 18 holes on one course. All three scores count and the winning club is the team who return the lowest aggregate score over the three rounds. For many years the winning team represented the Lothians in the Scottish Men’s Club Championship in September and the winner of that then represents Scotland in the European Men’s Club Championship in October. Scottish Golf dropped the Scottish event in 2019 and were not represented in the European Championships.
In conjunction with this event the Walker Trophy was presented in 1954 and is awareded to the best Society team.
The 2021 event will be held on Saturday, 1 May at Craigmillar Park Golf Club. We had hoped to play the competition there in 2020 as part of their celebrations in their 125th year, however, our Covid-19 restrictions had put paid to that. We are delighted that the host Club have agreed to allow us to carry forward the competition in 2021. It is hoped that more teams will take part, with only 49 of our 108 clubs and societies entered in 2019 and only 8 of those were societies, which was very disappointing.
Due to the World Wide Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), this tournament was unable to be played.
The 2019 event was held at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick where the Dunbar team of Jamie Duguid (71), Stephen Simants (70) and Michael Creasey (71) won the Lothians Team Tournament today in testing conditions. Their score of 212 was 5 ahead of defending champions, Turnhouse, who took second place on a countback with Craigielaw on 217. Scottish Golf dropped the Scottish Club Team Championship from their schedule this year so Dunbar did not have the opportunity to test themselves against the representatives from the other 15 Areas.
The Walker Trophy for the best Society went to the Royal Bank of Scotland team of Michael Wilson, Greg Thorburn and Steve Jamieson whose score of 225 was 7 ahead of second placed Dunbar Castle.
|Year||Past Winners of the Team Tournament||Past Winners of the Walker Cup|
|2020||Not played due to the COVID-19 restrictions||
|2019||Dunbar||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|2018||Turnhouse||George Heriots FP|
|2017||Duddingston||George Heriots FP|
|2016||Duddingston||George Heriots FP|
|2012||Harburn||George Heriots FP|
|2011||Duddingston||Bank of Scotland|
|2009||Bathgate||George Heriots FP|
|2004||Bruntsfield Links GS||Bank of Scotland|
|2000||Ratho Park||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1997||West Lothian||West Mains|
|1992||Ratho Park||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1991||Duddingston||Bank of Scotland|
|1990||West Linton||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1989||Bathgate||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1987||Turnhouse||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1985||Broomieknowe||George Heriots FP|
|1984||Murrayfield||Bank of Scotland|
|1983||Pumpherston||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1981||Murrayfield||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1980||Glencorse||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1979||Pumpherston||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1978||Bank of Scotland||Hailes|
|1976||Turnhouse||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1974||Dalmahoy||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1971||Dalmahoy||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1966||Royal Bank||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|1963||Duddingston||Scottish Dev. Offices|
|1962||Edinburgh University||Edinburgh University|
|1961||Duddingston||Department of Health|
|1959||Craigmillar park||Edinburgh University|
|1957||Prestonfield||Bank of Scotland|
|1956||Edinburgh University||Edinburgh University|
|1950||Bruntsfield Links GS||
|1949||Melville College FP||
|1948||Royal Burgess GS||
|1947||Royal Burgess GS||
|1940-45||Not played during Second World War||
|1947||H M Williamson||Edinburgh Western|
|1946||Ian A Williamson||Mortonhall|
|1940 to 1945||No Tournament||World War 2|
|1939||J Sibbald||Dirleton Castle|
|1938||H S Mackersy||Duddingston|
|1937||D S Wemyss||Turnhouse|
|1936||C N S Tweedale||Institution FP|
|1935||R B Denholm||Bass Rock|
|1934||W G F Scott||Dalmahoy|
|1933||D C Murray||Duddingston|
|1932||R B Denholm||Bass Rock|
|1930||H Watt||Dirleton Castle|
|1929||G C Killey||Duddingston|
|1928||R B Denholm||Bass Rock|
|1927||W B Torrance||Burgess|
|1926||W B Torrance||Burgess|
|1925||G C Killey||Duddingston|
|1924||C Mann||Stewart's Melville|
|1923||W W Mackenzie||Mortonhall|
|1922||W W Mackenzie||Mortonhall|
|1921||W B Torrance||Burgess|
|1964||J M Brown||Lothianburn|
|1963||C N Hastings||Watsonians|
|1962||P G Brown||Tantallon|
|1961||A R Murphy||Turnhouse|
|1960||W G Richmond||Dalmahoy|
|1959||D C Louden||Tantallon|
|1956||A M M Bucher||Bruntsfield Links GS|
|1955||G W Mackie||Gullane|
|1954||A F D Macgregor||Merchants|
|1952||R M Lees||Liberton|
|1951||G W Mackie||Gullane|
|1950||A M M Bucher||Bruntsfield Links GS|
|1949||S B Williamson||Longniddry|
|1948||Wm. Sibbald||Dirleton Castle|