First title sponsor for Dispatch Trophy tournament

Last year's winners Hailes.  Steve McCulloch, Alan MacKay, Gary Malone and Marc Cairnie
Last year's winners Hailes. Steve McCulloch, Alan MacKay, Gary Malone and Marc Cairnie
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The 117th Dispatch Trophy will be the first to be played with a title sponsor for the popular team event.

In an exciting ground-breaking development, golfclubs4cash, a Midlothian-based company, has put its name to this year’s tournament at the Braids.

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“We are absolutely delighted to be part of the historic Dispatch Trophy,” said Martin Lambert, who founded the company three-and-a-years ago along with Murray Winton. “Hopefully our support can help secure the future of this fantastic team tournament.”

The closing date for entries is tomorrow, with most of the teams who are loyal supporters of the event set to go into the hat again when the draw is made next Wednesday.

“We are delighted with the response from teams so far and there is still time for others to submit their entries,” said Ian Stewart, editorial director of The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News.

“The Dispatch Trophy is one of the iconic events on the Capital’s sporting scene and excitement is starting to build ahead of this year’s event.”

The event takes place on May 21, 22, 24, 26 and 28 at the Braids, where a team of referees brought together by the Lothians Golf Association will be in charge out on the course.

The officials will include Allan Shaw and Paul Gibson, the Lothians president and vice president respectively, as well as Janet Wake, although she won’t be the first woman to referee at the event as Margaret Anderson has officiated in recent years.

“We have been happy to be able to help and ensure the event goes ahead this year and into the future,” said Lothians secretary Neil Park.

The first entry to be submitted with Edinburgh Leisure was from Duddingston team Temple Golfing Society, closely followed by two line-ups representing Edinburgh Western.

Hailes, the defending champions, have entered three teams while other recent winners such as Silverknowes, Caermount and Carrickvale will also be going into the much-anticipated draw next week.

Kingsknowe club Hailes bridged a 40-year gap as they beat Silverknowes in a dramatic last-green conclusion to last year’s tournament.

To be among the teams bidding to claim the coveted prize this year, log-on to http://www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/news/2016-braid-hills-dispatch-trophy to enter.