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. The winning team represents 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.
In conjunction with this event the Walker Trophy was presented in 1954 for the best Society Team score but a society can also win the main event.
The 2019 event will be held on Saturday, 4 May at The Glen Golf Club. It is hoped that more teams will take part this year. Only 51 of our 110 clubs and societies entered in 2018 and only 9 of those were societies, which was very disappointing.
The 2018 event was held at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club where the Turnhouse team team of Steven Armstrong, Mark Napier and Ollie McCrone on 215 won the trophy by one shot from Craigielaw with Broomieknowe just one shot behind. George Heriots FP's won the Walker Trophy for the third year in a row with a score of 230 which was just one ahead of Port Seton who were also runners up in 2017. Turnhouse were 4th in the national club championships won by Fife at Kinross in September.
|Past winners of the Team Tournament||Past Winners of the Walker Trophy|
|2018 George Heriots
2017 George Heriots FP’s
2016 George Heriots FP's
|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||D C Murray||Duddingston|
|1934||W G F Scott||Dalmahoy|
|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|
|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|