The Lothians Golf Association Seniors Inter-District Cup is the first team competition for senior club members in Scotland that is played for on a district basis.
Since 2018 the South Edinburgh District Seniors Golf League (SEDSGL) winners/ representatives will play against the winners/ representatives of the Linlithgowshire Golf Association Seniors Golf League [LGASGL] for The Lothians Golf Association Senior Inter-District Cup.
The 2019 Final
Mortonhall [SEDSGL] won by 5 -0 against Binny [LGASGL]
The Inaugural 2018 Final
Harburn [LGASGL] won by 3½ – 1½ against Ravelston [SEDSGL]
>Click here< for The Lothians Golf Association Seniors Inter-District Cup Information Leaflet (Issued 2019)
Ian McDonald a Past Captain of Kingsknowe Golf Club and the LGA Representative for the Edinburgh and Midlothian area was tasked with the idea of organizing a new competition for Club Golfers on both a District and Regional level.
On the 14th September 2018, he approached Joe McManus [LGA Edinburgh and West Lothian area representative], Stewart Kerr [Past SEDSGL Secretary], Willie Steven [SEDSGL Secretary] and Willie Bell [LGASGL Secretary]. Telephone calls, E-mails and meetings ensued between the representatives from the Lothians Golf Association and the respective League Secretaries. The Rules of the Competition were finally agreed at a meeting on Thursday 27th September @ Kingsknowe Golf Club.
The Inaugural Cup Final for the 2018 playing season was played at Bathgate Golf Club on Thursday the 25th April 2019 at 13.00 hours and history will no doubt tell you the result however from that Thursday evening in September 2018, the now annual LGA SENIORS INTER DISTRICT CUP was born.
Those present at the Rules meeting were:
- Ian McDonald [LGA Edinburgh and Midlothian area representative]
- Stewart Kerr [Past SEDSGL Secretary]
- Willie Steven [SEDSGL Secretary]
- Willie Bell [LGASGL Secretary]
It was agreed at the meeting that the Lothians Golf Association Seniors Inter-District Cup would be a match play event played on an annual basis between the winners/representatives of the South Edinburgh District Seniors Golf League (SEDSGL) and the winners/representatives of the Linlithgowshire Golf Association Senior Golf League (LGASGL).
It was also agreed that the Final is to be played at a neutral venue on the last Tuesday or Thursday in September. An SEDSGL Club will host the Final in years ending in ODD numbers and an LGASGL Club will host the Final in years ending in EVEN numbers and in the event of the Final not being played on the last Tuesday or Thursday in September, the match will be rescheduled to the first Tuesday or Thursday in October and if this date is still unsuitable then the match will be rescheduled for the second last or last Tuesday or Thursday in April of the following year. This decision meant that the team members that had played on a regular basis throughout the year were now hopefully available to represent their Clubs in the Final in the same playing season.
The Committee members also agreed that the Host Club will be selected by the Committee and each League will nominate two potential host venues at the start of the year. This is necessary as the Host Club cannot also be the winners of their League.
As both Leagues had different playing formats it was agreed that each team would now consist of ten Club members aged 55 years or over on matchday playing in five fourballs in ASCENDING handicap order when the final is played in the SEDSGL in the ODD years and in ANY handicap order when the final is played in the LGASGL in the EVEN years. The lowest handicap players in each of the fourballs concedes strokes to the other
players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps. [Strokes to be taken according to the course Stroke Index] The names of each team member are to be lodged with the Tournament Administrator in playing order twenty-four hours in advance of the final. Changes to the team members can be made if they have been registered with the Tournament Administrator one hour before play is scheduled to begin. No changes will be permitted after that time.