Date announced for the UK's largest schools' golf tournament
2nd June 2015

The date for the 18th playing of the UK’s largest schools golf competition - the prestigious Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup has been announced. The open competition will take place on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at Craigielaw Golf Club in East Lothian. The competition regularly attracts in excess of 150 budding young from all over the UK,

This year sees the introduction of an under 9 category. The other age categories are Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15.

Competition organiser, Mr Jonathan Hewat of Loretto School said, “I quite expect that this year’s competition to be as popular as ever. Last year we welcomed entries from as far south as Sussex and as far north as Aberdeen – and everywhere in-between! This year’s competition will be sponsored by Artemis, the UK’s leading investment manager and we are most grateful to them for their support.”

Further details on the Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup can be found at or by emailing


The Loretto Golf Academy

Loretto School, just outside Edinburgh, is something of a pioneer when it comes to differentiation. Its Golf Academy, the first of its kind, has cut a clear niche. Golf is as integral a part of Scotland today as it was back in the 15th century when the game of ‘gowf’, as it was known in those days, was banned by Parliament under King James II as a distraction from military training. Fortunately the ban was lifted when the Treaty of Glasgow came into effect in 1502 and the game has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Scotland is the birthplace of modern golf and Loretto School has a strong tradition of top level golf, dating back to its founding in 1827. The school has a long and distinguished history in UK educational excellence and is Scotland’s oldest extant boarding school. It occupies 85 acres to the east of Scotland’s capital city and is a gateway to some of the world’s finest links courses in the area of East Lothian known as ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’. The fact that the school is situated next to the world’s oldest course, Musselburgh Links, where records show golf has been played since 1672, made the foundation of a Golf Academy an obvious step to take.

Over the years former pupils of Loretto have captained many of the best known clubs in the UK – seven captains of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, eleven of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the world’s oldest golf club, and ten at Prestwick. It is small wonder then that Loretto boasts its own highly successful Golf Academy which celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2014.

The Loretto Golf Academy attracts boy and girls aged 10-18 from all over the world and offers them an outstanding opportunity to develop their golfing talents in tandem with a first class education. The School boasts its own ‘on campus’ practice facilities with a ‘Huxley’ nine-hole artificial putting green, driving bays and bunker and chipping areas. There are also remarkable indoor facilities offering innovative practice programmes for both beginners and advanced.  A new state-of-the-art indoor golf centre will take the golf programme to new levels, (and perhaps answer critics who woefully mention the dark winter evenings and wet weather associated with Scotland!).

Working closely with the Scottish Golf Union and in partnership with Championship courses at Craigielaw and Archerfield, the Loretto Golf Academy has ensured that it remains at the cutting edge of schools’ golf. It has continued to develop an unrivalled programme of golf for aspiring golfers including one-to-one tutoring sessions, professional coaching in strength and conditioning using the Golf BioDynamics system, short game and sport psychology. The goal for many Loretto golfers is to attend an American University when they leave. Loretto has worked closely with ProdreamUSA since 2005 to ensure their players get the best possible advice during this important transition.

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