Friday, December 18, 2015

Lothians Golf Association's new competition schedule

 and  championships format for 2016

 The Council of the Lothians Golf Association has approved a new competition schedule and championships format for 2016.The Association completed a governance review in 2015 which placed a renewed focus on core activities, including at their heart delivering excellent championships, competitions and value for money for participants.Following the very poor performance by the Lothians' team in the men's Scottish Area Team Championship (ATC) at Blairgowrie in 2015 and with a reduction in numbers taking part in our events, LGA vice-president Paul Gibson chaired a group to conduct a comprehensive review of the Association’s tournaments, matches and competitions.The review not only focused on proposals for 2016 but also looked to establish a rota for our main competitions at some of the Lothians outstanding courses into 2017 and 2018.The key aims of the review are to agree venues and dates with host clubs into the future to assist with fixture planning, and to implement a progressive competitive programme through the year, to help raise the profile of Lothians events and to create a desire amongst players to participate in thetournaments and aspire to represent the Lothians in matches, the Men’s ATC and national events.The key outcomes from the review are:The Lothians men's championship will be moved from May to July, with the qualifying and the match-play over the one course. This interestingly was the format back in the early 1920s when the championship beganThe 2016 Men's championship will be held at The Renaissance Club in East LothianThe qualifying rounds will be played on Saturday and Sunday July 9 and 10, 2016Entry qualification will be a handicap of 4 with entries limited to 96 and a ballot will operate should the entry limit be exceededThe draw for the match-play stages will be reduced to 16 with the matches taking place on Tuesday and Thursday, July 12 and 14, with the semi-finals and final on Saturday July 16, 2016Venues for the LGA Men’s Championship in 2017 and 2018 will be Bruntsfield Links and Archerfield respectivelyThe LGA Team Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Kingsknowe Golf Club. The format will be for teams of three from clubs, playing one round overKingsknoweThe Champion of Champions semi-finals and final be held at Luffness New Golf Club on August 10 and 12, 2016
The LGA Men's Order of Merit has been revamped and will include the re-introduction of the Duncan Bowl at Duddingston and the Willie Park 36-hole tournament at Musselburgh GCPoints from the Order of Merit and from Scottish Golf national events will be taken into account when selecting teams for Lothians matches and for the men's ATC team in SeptemberThe leading four players in the LGA Men’s Order of Merit will automatically qualify for selection for theMen’s ATC teamPrize vouchers will be presented to the winner and runner- up in the Order of MeritThe South-east District Championship (SED) will be held at Royal Musselburgh on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, 2016In 2017 the SED will be staged at Dunbar and the Champion of Champions at LongniddryTo create a team spirit ahead of the season, a squad of 22 players has been selected to come together in the early New Year and all players will be provided with Lothians branded apparelLGA vice-president Paul Gibson said: "After our extremely disappointing performance in this year's Area Team Championship, it was obvious that changes were necessary and I was delighted to chair a small committee to review our competition offer”He added: “Following consultation with players and meetings with over 20 member clubs to discuss our aims and objectives, as can be seen from our re-vamped tournaments; fixture list, OoM and selection strategy, we have, I hope, delivered what the players want and what the review demanded."
Lothians Golf Association represents 70 clubs and 40 societies across the area, home to over 26,500 individual golfers.
A complete list of fixtures for men and boys in the Lothians can be viewed at :

+ Entries for the LGA men's, boys and seniors championships will be live on the Lothians website from January 1.



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