LGA to stage Champions of Champions final at Archerfield

Lothians Trophy winner Alan Anderson (Bruntsfield Links) pictured with Lothians Golf President Alistair Bisset. Picture: Ian Rutherford. Keith Nicholson, below
Lothians Trophy winner Alan Anderson (Bruntsfield Links) pictured with Lothians Golf President Alistair Bisset. Picture: Ian Rutherford. Keith Nicholson, below
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THE Lothians Golf Association will break new ground next year by staging one of its events at Archerfield Links.

The Champion of Champions semi-finals and final, on August 5 and 7 respectively, will be the LGA’s first visit to the home of the Ladies’ Scottish Open.

It will be another chance for Keith Nicholson, winner of the event for a fifth time this year, to land the title on East Lothian soil. Longniddry stages the 2014 Lothians Championship, won this year by Alan Anderson from Bruntsfield Links.

Qualifying for that will be held at the Glen and Whitekirk while next year’s South East District Open takes place at Bruntsfield Links.

Liberton (Seniors), Bathgate/Greenburn (Team Tournament) and Winterfield (Junior Champion of Champions) are other 2014 venues.

Meanwhile, new Lothians Honorary President Bob Kilgour has admitted he’s got a got a big pair of boots to try and fill. The Craigmillar Park stalwart was appointed as Lindsay Stewart’s successor at last week’s annual meeting at Newbattle. Kilgour joined the Lothians Executive in 1979 and served as President from 1986-88.

He was twice captain of Craigmillar Park, including its centenary year in 1995. He said: “I’ve got a very hard act to follow in Lindsay Stewart, but this is a great honour and I will try my best. I’m due thanks to Craigmillar Park for getting me into golf administration a long number of years ago.”

Supporting the appointment, former SGU president Graham Ewart said: “I could think of nobody better.”