Hennessy Cognac Cup

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The Hennessy Cognac Cup was a biennial team golf tournament contested from 1976 to 1984. The contests in 1976, 1978 and 1980 were between teams of professional male golfers; one team representing Great Britain and Ireland, the other team representing Continental Europe. There was also an earlier event, in 1974, played at Sotogrande in Spain, not sponsored by Hennessy. In 1982 a third team, the Rest of the World, was added and the event became a stroke-play contest. The 1984 event was run on a different basis, with 10 national teams competing. The tournament was played in years when there was no Ryder Cup.

The first matches between a team representing Great Britain and Ireland and a team representing Continental Europe were played for the Joy Cup from 1954 to 1958. The concept was restarted with the Seve Trophy in 2000.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winners Points Runner-up Points
Hennessy Cognac Cup
1984 Ferndown Golf Club  England  Spain
1982 Ferndown Golf Club Great Britain and Ireland 2166 Rest of the World 2186
1980 Sunningdale Golf Club Great Britain and Ireland 16½ Continent of Europe 13½
1978 The Belfry Great Britain and Ireland 17½ Continent of Europe 14½
1976 Bondues Golf Club Great Britain and Ireland 20 Continent of Europe 10
Sotogrande Match
1974 Royal Sotogrande Golf Club Great Britain and Ireland 31 Continent of Europe 25

The score given above in 1984 was the result of the final. The 1982 contest was determined by a cumulative stroke-play score. In 1974 2 points were awarded for a win and 1 for a halved match.

1974[edit]

Source: [1]

Teams[edit]

The teams were:

1976[edit]

Source: [2][3][4]

Teams[edit]

The teams were:

1978[edit]

Source: [5][6][7]

Teams[edit]

The teams were:

1980[edit]

Source: [8][9]

Teams[edit]

The teams were:

1982[edit]

Source: [10][11][12][13]

Teams[edit]

The teams were:

1984[edit]

The tournament was played from 13 to 16 September between 10 teams, the four home nations, five from continental Europe and a Rest of the World team. The event was again played at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset. There were 4 players in each team who each played a round of stroke-play on each of the first two days. The best three rounds on each day were used to determine the team score. The leading four teams then played semi-finals and a final on the next two days.The semi-finals and final were match-play contests with two fourball matches in the morning and four singles in the afternoon.

There was a £4,000 prize for the leading player after the first two days. This was won by Sandy Lyle with a score of 129, a stroke ahead of Howard Clark.

Source: [14][15][16][17]

Teams[edit]

The teams were:

Qualifying table[edit]

Team Day 1 Day 2 Total
Scotland Scotland 193 201 394
England England 196 199 395
Republic of Ireland Ireland 204 198 402
Spain Spain 199 207 406
France France 208 203 411
Wales Wales 203 208 411
Rest of the World 201 215 416
Italy Italy 213 206 419
Sweden Sweden 214 205 419
Germany West Germany 215 205 420

Knock-out[edit]

  Semifinals     Final
             
  Scotland Scotland 1  
  Spain Spain 5    
      Spain Spain
      England England
  Republic of Ireland Ireland ½    
  England England   Third place
 
Scotland Scotland 5
  Republic of Ireland Ireland 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gallacher undefeated in British victory". The Glasgow Herald. 4 November 1974. p. 4.
  2. ^ "British held to a draw". The Glasgow Herald. 18 September 1976. p. 15.
  3. ^ "Horton and Jacklin clinch cup". The Glasgow Herald. 20 September 1976. p. 15.
  4. ^ "Golf – Continent's spirited fight in vain". The Times. 20 September 1976. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Scots ease the gloom". The Glasgow Herald. 22 September 1978. p. 28.
  6. ^ "Golf – Britain and Ireland take lead on Europe". The Times. 23 September 1978. p. 9.
  7. ^ "Short game is golf answer". The Glasgow Herald. 25 September 1978. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Ballesteros bounces back with vengeance". The Glasgow Herald. 13 September 1980. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Hennessy cheer for Britain". The Glasgow Herald. 15 September 1980. p. 20.
  10. ^ "Golf – Another interment". The Times. 8 September 1982. p. 16.
  11. ^ "Record 64 by James". The Glasgow Herald. 10 September 1982. p. 24.
  12. ^ "Faldo fights back with a 65". The Glasgow Herald. 11 September 1982. p. 16.
  13. ^ "James proves too hot for Faldo". The Glasgow Herald. 13 September 1982. p. 16.
  14. ^ "Golf – Strength in depth lifts Scotland to the top". The Times. 14 September 1984. p. 28.
  15. ^ "Scots lead by 3 strokes". The Glasgow Herald. 14 September 1984. p. 30.
  16. ^ "£4000 bonus for Lyle as Scots qualify". The Glasgow Herald. 15 September 1984. p. 18.
  17. ^ "James gains vital half". The Glasgow Herald. 17 September 1984. p. 18.