Brabazon Trophy

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Brabazon Trophy
Tournament information
Location  England
Established 1947
Course(s) Woodhall Spa Golf Club (2017)
Organised by English Golf Union
Format Stroke play
Month played May/June
Tournament record score
Aggregate 271 David Park (1997)
Current champion
Kyle McClatchie

The English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy is the national amateur stroke play golf championship in England (although entry is open to overseas golfers). It has been played annually since 1947 and is organized by the English Golf Union.

The format is 72 hole stroke play contested over four days. After 36 holes the leading 60 competitors and ties play a further 36 holes over the final two days.

The equivalent match play championship is the English Amateur.

History[edit]

The tournament was first hosted in 1947 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club as the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. The inaugural winner was Duncan Sutherland following an 18-hole playoff.

In 1948 the current trophy was donated by Derek Moore-Brabazon, 2nd Baron Brabazon of Tara. Subsequently the official name of the tournament was changed to the Brabazon Trophy but reverted to its original official title in 1957. However to date, the competition is still better known as and more commonly referred to as The Brabazon Trophy.[1]

The championship has never been played on the same course in consecutive years, however many of the host courses have hosted the tournament on multiple occasions with Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Moortown Golf Club and Hunstanton Golf Club having been used to host the competition on five occasions each.[1]

During the 1960s, playoffs were abandoned and subsequently the trophy has been shared where the lead is tied after 72 holes.

The first player to successfully defend the trophy was Ronnie White in 1950 and 1951, a feat which has been matched a further five times, Philip Scrutton (1954–55), Michael Bonallack (outright in 1968 and tied in 1969), Rodney Foster (tied 1969 and outright 1970), Gary Evans (tied 1990–91) and Neil Raymond (2011–12).

The tournament has received an increasingly international field over time, the first winner from outside of the British Isles was Neville Sundelson of South Africa in 1974. The tournament has subsequently been won (or tied) by international competitors on eight occasions.

The record for the most wins by a single individual is four (including one tie) held by Sir Michael Bonallack and won between 1964 and 1971.[1] The tournament has twice been won by players who would go on to win a men's major championship, Sandy Lyle who won in 1977 would go on to win The Open Championship and the Masters Tournament and Charl Schwartzel who won in 2002 would go on to win the Masters.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner(s) Score
2017 Woodhall Spa Golf Club South Africa Kyle McClatchie 282
2016 London Golf Club England Jamie Bower 276
2015 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) Republic of Ireland Cormac Sharvin 281
2014 Seaton Carew Golf Club England Ben Stow 278
2013 Formby Golf Club England Jordan Smith 286
2012 Walton Heath Golf Club England Neil Raymond 287
2011 Burnham & Berrow Golf Club England Neil Raymond 287
2010 Royal Liverpool Golf Club England Darren Wright 285
2009 Moortown Golf Club Republic of Ireland Niall Kearney 208*
2008 Trevose Golf & Country Club England Steven Uzzell 197*
2007 Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club France Romain Bechu
England Jamie Moul
281 (tie)
2006 Ganton Golf Club England Robert Dinwiddie 282
2005 The Oxfordshire Golf Club Scotland Lloyd Saltman 278
2004 West Lancashire Golf Club England Matthew Richardson 279
2003 Hunstanton Golf Club England Jon Lupton 287
2002 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club South Africa Charl Schwartzel 282
2001 Royal Birkdale Golf Club England Richard Walker 280
2000 Woodhall Spa Golf Club Germany Jochen Lupprian 284
1999 Moortown Golf Club England Mark Side 279
1998 Formby Golf Club Sweden Peter Hanson 287
1997 Saunton Golf Club Wales David Park 271
1996 Royal St George's Golf Club England Peter Fenton 297
1995 Hillside Golf Club England Colin Edwards
England Mark Foster
283 (tie)
1994 Little Aston Golf Club England Gary Harris 280
1993 Stoneham Golf Club England David Fisher 277
1992 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) Spain Ignacio Garrido 280
1991 Hunstanton Golf Club England Gary Evans
England Mark Pullan
284 (tie)
1990 Burnham & Berrow Golf Club England Gary Evans
France Olivier Edmond
287 (tie)
1989 Royal Liverpool Golf Club South Africa Craig Rivett
Wales Neil Roderick
293 (tie)
1988 Saunton Golf Club England Bobby Eggo 289
1987 Ganton Golf Club England Jeremy Robinson 287
1986 Sunningdale Golf Club South Africa Richard Kaplan 286
1985 Seaton Carew Golf Club England Peter Baker
England Roger Roper
296 (tie)
1984 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club England Mark Davis 286
1983 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) England Charlie Banks 294
1982 Woburn Golf and Country Club England Paul Downes 299
1981 Hillside Golf Club England Paul Way 292
1980 Hunstanton Golf Club England Peter McEvoy
Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty
293 (tie)
1979 Little Aston Golf Club Republic of Ireland David Long 291
1978 Woodhall Spa Golf Club Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr 289
1977 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Scotland Sandy Lyle 293
1976 Saunton Golf Club England Peter Hedges 294
1975 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) Scotland Sandy Lyle 298
1974 Moortown Golf Club South Africa Neville Sundelson 291
1973 Hunstanton Golf Club England Roger Revell 294
1972 Royal Liverpool Golf Club England Peter Moody 296
1971 Hillside Golf Club England Michael Bonallack 294
1970 Little Aston Golf Club England Rodney Foster 287
1969 Moortown Golf Club England Michael Bonallack
England Rodney Foster
290 (tie)
1968 Walton Heath Golf Club England Michael Bonallack 210*
1967 Saunton Golf Club Scotland Ronnie Shade 299
1966 Hunstanton Golf Club England Peter Townsend 282
1965 Formby Golf Club England Michael Burgess
England Clive Clark
England Dudley Millensted
289 (tie)
1964 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club England Michael Bonallack 290
1963 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Scotland Ronnie Shade 306
1962 Woodhall Spa Golf Club England Alan Slater 290
1961 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Scotland Ronnie Shade 284
1960 Ganton Golf Club England Guy Wolstenholme 286
1959 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) England Doug Sewell 300
1958 Royal Birkdale Golf Club England Arthur Perowne 289
1957 Moortown Golf Club England Doug Sewell 287
1956 Burnham & Berrow Golf Club England Stan Fox 292
1955 Northumberland Golf Club England Philip Scrutton 283
1954 Woodhall Spa Golf Club England Philip Scrutton 302
1953 Sunningdale Golf Club England Charlie Stowe 283
1952 Ganton Golf Club England Philip Scrutton 290
1951 Formby Golf Club England Ronnie White 293
1950 Royal Birkdale Golf Club England Ronnie White 294
1949 Stoneham Golf Club England Patrick Hine 287
1948 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club England Charlie Stowe 299
1947 Royal Birkdale Golf Club England Duncan Sutherland 306

* – Event reduced to 54 holes because of adverse weather.

Multiple winners[edit]

The following golfers have won (or tied) the Brabazon Trophy on more than one occasion

Golfer Total Years
England Michael Bonallack 4 1964, 1968, 1969 (tied), 1971
England Philip Scrutton 3 1952, 1954, 1955
Scotland Ronnie Shade 3 1961, 1963, 1967
England Ronnie White 2 1950, 1951
England Charlie Stowe 2 1948, 1953
England Doug Sewell 2 1957, 1959
England Rodney Foster 2 1969 (tied), 1970
Scotland Sandy Lyle 2 1975, 1977
England Gary Evans 2 1990 (tied), 1991 (tied)
England Neil Raymond 2 2011, 2012

Venues by course[edit]

The championship has been hosted at several golf courses on multiple occasions

Venue Times hosted Years hosted
Royal Birkdale Golf Club 5 1947, 1950, 1958, 1963, 2001
Moortown Golf Club 5 1957, 1969, 1974, 1999, 2009
Royal Liverpool Golf Club 5 1961, 1972, 1977, 1989, 2010
Hunstanton Golf Club 5 1966, 1973, 1980, 1991, 2003
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) 5 1959, 1975, 1983, 1992, 2015
Woodhall Spa Golf Club 5 1954, 1962, 1978, 2000, 2017
Formby Golf Club 4 1951, 1965, 1998, 2013
Ganton Golf Club 4 1952, 1960, 1987, 2006
Saunton Golf Club 4 1967, 1976, 1988, 1997
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club 3 1956, 1990, 2011
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club 3 1964, 1984, 2002
Little Aston Golf Club 3 1970, 1979, 1994
Hillside Golf Club 3 1971, 1981, 1995
Seaton Carew Golf Club 2 1985, 2014
Stoneham Golf Club 2 1949, 1993
Sunningdale Golf Club 2 1953, 1986
Walton Heath Golf Club 2 1968, 2012
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 1 1948
Northumberland Golf Club 1 1955
Woburn Golf and Country Club 1 1982
Royal St George's Golf Club 1 1996
West Lancashire Golf Club 1 2004
The Oxfordshire Golf Club 1 2005
Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club 1 2007
Trevose Golf & Country Club 1 2008
London Golf Club 1 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brabazon History". English Golf Union. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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