When I first joined the Lothians Executive some fifteen years ago, I never expected to be your President, so it is a great honour to be in this position. It is my intention to maintain the standard that the Lothian's Golf Association expect and keep up with the tradition that Past Presidents have held and set.
Past President, Paul Gibson mentioned the website in his remarks last year and I'm happy to announce, that in the early summer, the new website shall be launched and will be in place. Building on the previous version, that has served us well for the last 13 years, and based on feedback from you, the users, we hope you will appreciate the new layout and find it simpler and easier to use.
We hope you are becoming more aware of our relatively new Club Services activities which should increasingly be providing better contact with the clubs and you, the members. As an association it is our duty through the Club Services Committee to provide help should it be called for. In many cases this will be to point you in the right direction which will often be making you more aware of services provided by Scottish Golf. Year on year there are changes at Scottish Golf, and they are now very committed to providing improved services to Clubs and we are working with them to publicise this.
As the new season gets underway the Mens, Senior and Boys matches are eagerly awaited by the players. Boys coaching still proves to be a great success and preparations are already underway for the next session which will start late summer. This year I hope that we have some positive results in the Area Team Championships which for the first time are being held on the same weekend at the same venue in Fife in September. The future of these championships and the Ladies equivalent are under discussion with Scottish Golf at present and the Association remain involved and committed to shaping these going forward.
An early insight of players form is gained from performances of those entering the Lothian's Tournaments and the various club Open events. Positions on the Men’s Order of Merit is very much part of the Association’s selection process.
The new Handicap Stroke Play competition got off to a good start when it was played for the first time last year and we are hoping for a full entry at Uphall this year. Thanks are given to my Executive team for the way they run the tournaments in such a professional manner year on year. The numbers we have helping at our tournaments is the envy of other Area Associations.
It is a great honour to myself and my home Club, Swanston, being your President for the coming year. I hope all clubs have a great golfing year and that an influx of members comes your way.
John Allan President