Two significant changes have been made to the rules for the Dispatch Trophy in a bid to try and increase the entry for this year’s event.
Edinburgh Leisure, with support from the Lothians Golf Association, took over the running of the historic team event at relatively short notice last year.
Despite that, the tournament attracted 42 teams, with Edinburgh Leisure receiving “very positive feedback” about how the tournament at the Braids had been run.
Now, as the closing date of Saturday April 29 looms, it is hoped that this year’s event will involve a bigger field – and perhaps a younger one, too.
Encouraged by the Stephen Gallacher Foundation entering a team for the first time last year, Edinburgh Leisure has reduced the minimum entry age. The event is also being opened up to course-owning clubs, paving the way for the Capital’s bigger clubs to try and get their hands on the coveted prize.
“Edinburgh Leisure Golf is committed to growing and supporting the tournament moving forward,” said head of operations Ken Harvey. “Hence, we have reduced the minimum age restriction to 12 years and we have also removed the restrictions relating to course-owning clubs within the Lothians.
“As always, our aim is to raise the profile of golf and promote the benefits of physical activity to the local community and beyond.”
This year’s event will be held on 20, 21, 23, 25 and 27 May. For the second year running, it will be sponsored by Golfclubs4cash, the Midlothian-based company that sells second-hand equipment.
“We were honoured to be the main sponsor of such a historic golfing team event and we hope to move the trophy forward by attracting as many golfers as possible to compete in the tournament,” said Murray Winton, one of the company’s joint-founders.
Carrickvale will be the defending champions in the 118th staging, having claimed a fifth trophy triumph in 10 years with a 7&6 win over Turnhouse team BBT in last year’s final.
For further information on the 2017 Dispatch Trophy or to enter a team, email DispatchTrophy@edinburghleisure.co.uk