On Sunday 14th and Monday 15th October 2018, the inaugural Watson Cup Matches were played between the East Lothian Junior Golf League and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
A huge £5.5million was injected into the East Lothian economy when Gullane Golf Club was the venue for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open & Ladies Scottish Open this summer, according to a new report.
In still and beautiful conditions, the players of the 14th World Hickory Open showed amazing patience, concentration and above all their sense of humour as they tee’d off at Luffness New Golf Club and Gullane Golf Club on Scotland’s Golf Coast this morning. Today has been the closest hickory shoot out for almost a century as 10 players within 3 shots, performed for a £6000 purse, for what has been a historical moment in golf. With players from 13 countries from around the world, from as far as the USA, Japan and Scandinavia, competition was fierce. However, it was a Swede who walked off as the World Hickory Open Champion. Johan Moberg from Sweden, is the 2018 World Hickory Open Champion. His scores of 73 and 71, for a total of 144, are impressive scores in any period, but even more surprising when achieved with clubs that date back 100 years.
The ‘Race to Dunbar’ finals of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation were held on a very windy Sunday making very testing conditions for the young players who took part in the competition.
Eight of East Lothian’s best young golfers are heading to the USA to compete against the cream of the South Carolina Golf Association’s talent in the inaugural Watson Cup. The boys representing ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ will play over the Ocean Course at Kiawah and the Cassique Course which was designed by the five times Open Champion Tom Watson.
A luxury hotel in East Lothian has achieved a prestigious Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland just one year after opening. Scotland's Golf Coast member, Garleton Lodge nestled in a countryside setting between Haddington and Gullane, has been awarded a four-star gold accolade from the national tourism organisation.
It worked for Brandon Stone when he won the ASI Scottish Open at nearby Gullane this summer and now Gary Orr has had the same experience when the hickory era “rubbed off” on him prior to his huge success at last week’s Staysure Scottish Seniors Open at Craigielaw. Gary Orr joined Englishman Paul Eales and Swede Jarmo Sandelin in a four-hole hickory challenge on Craigielaw’s academy course prior to the Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open, which he also won in style (wearing plus fours!).
In this extraordinary stroke of luck, with winners of both big competitions practising with hickory clubs before their triumph, it may be seen as a good omen for the World Hickory competitors to do a little practice with clubs from Boris Leitzow, owner of the ‘Jack White’ hickory shop in Gullane, prior to the World Hickory Festival this year.
Three leading senior golfers took a trip back in time to the early years of the professional game today as an entertaining prelude to the Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open at Craigielaw Golf Club in East Lothian.
It was not exactly the ‘Great Triumvirate’ of Harry Vardon, James Braid and J H Taylor, but Gary Orr, Paul Eales and Jarmo Sandelin certainly gave a passable imitation of the magnificent trio from the early decades of the 20th century.
Spaces still available in Gifford Golf Club's Open Texas Scramble (Mixed)
Just two weeks before Europe's Ryder Cup side takes on the United States in Paris, no fewer than 14 past stars of the biennial contest will assemble in East Lothian to challenge for the Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open title at Craigielaw Golf Club.
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