Penfold Tournament

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The Penfold Tournament was a golf tournament on the European circuit/European Tour. It was played from 1932 to 1974 at a variety of courses. The tournament was sponsored by Penfold Golf and was often played at coastal resorts, whose councils shared the costs.[1] In 1974, Penfold were taken over by Colgate-Palmolive and continued their sponsorship through the Penfold PGA Championship from 1975 to 1977.

It was generally played as an individual stroke play event. In 1949 there were two qualifying rounds, after which the leading 32 were drawn into 16 pairs, who then played four rounds of knock-out foursomes match play to determine the winning pair. In 1950, it was played at mixed-team match play. 32 professional men and 32 ladies qualified over 36 holes and were then drawn into pairs. These pairs played five rounds of knock-out foursomes match play to determine the winning pair, the final being over 36 holes. It returned to an individual stroke play format for 1951. From 1952 to 1954, it was played at 36 holes of stroke play followed by match play for the top 32 players.

In 1955 Penfold combined their sponsorship with Swallow Raincoats who had supported the Swallow-Harrogate Tournament in 1953 and 1954. The new tournament was known as the Swallow-Penfold Tournament and had a first prize of £1,000 and total prize money of £4,000. The new event had a 72-hole stroke play format. Swallow dropped their sponsorship after the 1966 event but the tournament continued with £4,000 prize money in 1967. Prize money increased to £8,000 in 1971 and finally £12,000 in 1974.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Ref
Penfold Tournament
1974 Tommy Horton  England Hill Barn Golf Club 272 1 stroke England Peter Tupling 2,000 [2]
Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament
1973 Eddie Polland  Northern Ireland Queens Park Golf Club 281 2 strokes England Doug Sewell 1,500 [3]
1972 Peter Oosterhuis  England Queens Park Golf Club 285 Playoff Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr 1,500 [4]
1971 Neil Coles  England Queens Park Golf Club 284 4 strokes England Stuart Brown
Scotland Gordon Cunningham
England Doug Sewell
Scotland Ronnie Shade
1,500 [5]
Penfold Tournament
1970 Bernard Hunt  England Hill Barn Golf Club 271 2 strokes England Neil Coles 750 [6]
1969 Alex Caygill  England Hill Barn Golf Club 278 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr 750 [7]
1968 Peter Butler  England Maesdu Golf Club 281 Playoff Wales Dave Thomas 750 [8]
1967 John Cockin  England Blackpool North Shore Golf Club 275 Playoff Australia Stan Peach 750 [9]
Swallow-Penfold Tournament
1966 Dave Thomas  Wales Little Aston Golf Club 281 1 stroke England Bernard Hunt 750 [10]
1965 Ángel Miguel  Spain Pannal Golf Club 287 Playoff England Lionel Platts 750 [11]
1964 Peter Alliss  England Maesdu Golf Club 293 1 stroke England Alex Caygill
England Hedley Muscroft
750 [12]
1963 Bernard Hunt  England Belleisle Golf Club 272 9 strokes England Peter Butler 1,000 [13]
1962 Harry Weetman  England Maesdu Golf Club
(and North Wales Golf Club)
280 3 strokes Scotland Eric Brown 950 [14]
1961 Ken Bousfield  England Stoneham Golf Club
(and Southampton Municipal Golf Club)
266 6 strokes England Bernard Hunt 950 [15]
1960 Harry Weetman  England Copt Heath Golf Club
(and Olton Golf Club)
271 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr
Australia Peter Thomson
1,000 [16]
1959 Peter Butler  England Barnton, Edinburgh 280 1 stroke England Harry Weetman 1,000 [17]
1958 Harry Weetman  England Prestwick Golf Club 289 Playoff
(18 holes)
Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw 1,000 [18]
1957 Harry Weetman  England Glasgow Golf Club 270 3 strokes England Peter Alliss
Italy Alfonso Angelini
South Africa Harold Henning
Belgium Flory Van Donck
1,000 [19]
1956 Eric Lester  England Barnton, Edinburgh 275 1 stroke England Max Faulkner 1,000 [20]
1955 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club 292 2 strokes Scotland Eric Brown
England Syd Scott
1,000 [21]
Penfold Tournament
1954 Henry Cotton  England Maesdu Golf Club 5 & 4 England John Jacobs 400 [22]
1953 Arthur Lees  England Maesdu Golf Club 2 up England Ken Bousfield 400 [23]
1952 Eric Brown  Scotland Maesdu Golf Club 6 & 5 Scotland Laurie Ayton, Jnr 500 [24]
Penfold-Bournemouth Festival of Britain Tournament
1951 Arthur Lees  England Queens Park Golf Club
(and Meyrick Park Golf Club)
278 2 strokes England Sam King 650 [25]
Penfold Tournament
1950 Norman Sutton &
Joan Gee
 England
 England
Sutton Coldfield Golf Club 1 up England Sam King
England Audrey Barrett
[26]
1949 John Burton &
Max Faulkner
 England
 England
South Herts Golf Club 1 up England Dick Burton
Belgium Flory Van Donck
200
(each)
[27]
1948 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland Gleneagles Hotel 273 3 strokes England Ken Bousfield
Wales Dai Rees
200 [28]
1947 Dai Rees
Norman Von Nida
Reg Whitcombe
 Wales
 Australia
 England
Stoke Poges Golf Club 270 Tie 120
(each)
[29]
1946 Norman Sutton  England Sutton Coldfield Golf Club 283 2 strokes Scotland Jimmy Adams 200 [30]
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1938–39: Penfold sponsored the Penfold Professional Golf League
1937: No tournament sponsored
1936: Penfold sponsored the Penfold Scottish Open and Morecambe-Penfold Northern Open Championship
1935: No tournament sponsored
Penfold-Fairhaven Tournament
1934 Reg Whitcombe  England Fairhaven Golf Club 284 Playoff
(36+9 holes)
England Mark Seymour 150 [31]
Penfold-Porthcawl Tournament
1933 John Burton  England Royal Porthcawl Golf Club 292 2 strokes England Reg Whitcombe 150 [32]
1932 Percy Alliss  England Royal Porthcawl Golf Club 278 1 stroke England Alf Padgham 150 [33]

In the 1934 tournament, both players tied on 142 after the 36-hole playoff. After a further 9 holes Whitcombe scored 34 to Seymour's 36. In 1958 there was an 18-hole playoff in which Weetman beat Bradshaw 76 to 77. In 1965 Miguel beat Platts at the third extra hole with a par 3. In 1967 Cockin beat Peach at the first extra hole with a birdie 4. In 1968 Butler beat Thomas at the first extra hole with a birdie 2. In 1972 Oosterhuis beat O'Connor at the first extra hole with a birdie 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penfold can look forward to 1975 with a smile". The Times. 17 December 1974. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Mediocre 72 ends Barnes's challenge". The Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1974. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Polland change approach and breaks through". The Glasgow Herald. 14 May 1973. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Sudden death triumph for Oosterhuis". The Glasgow Herald. 15 May 1972. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Coles takes Penfold first prize with 69 and 70 on last day". The Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1971. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Hunt triumphs in Penfold". The Glasgow Herald. 4 May 1970. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "Caygill wins after dispute with opponent". The Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1969. p. 15. 
  8. ^ "Butler wins Penfold at extra hole". The Glasgow Herald. 6 May 1968. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "Cockin wins Penfold play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1967. p. 5. 
  10. ^ "Thomas triumphs at Little Aston". The Glasgow Herald. 9 May 1966. p. 5. 
  11. ^ "A Miguel triumphs in play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1965. p. 7. 
  12. ^ "Penfold and Swallow win for Alliss". The Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1964. p. 5. 
  13. ^ "Swallow-Penfold win for Hunt". The Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1963. p. 10. 
  14. ^ "Penfold-Swallow win for Weetman". The Glasgow Herald. 28 May 1962. p. 4. 
  15. ^ "Bousfield's victory by six strokes". The Glasgow Herald. 29 May 1961. p. 9. 
  16. ^ "Weetman wins £1,000 prize". The Glasgow Herald. 6 June 1960. p. 4. 
  17. ^ "Narrow win by Butler". The Glasgow Herald. 25 May 1959. p. 4. 
  18. ^ "Weetman wins Penfold and Swallow event". The Glasgow Herald. 26 May 1958. p. 4. 
  19. ^ "Weetman wins by three strokes at Killermont". The Glasgow Herald. 20 May 1957. p. 11. 
  20. ^ "First major tournament win for E C Lester". The Glasgow Herald. 21 May 1956. p. 8. 
  21. ^ "O'Connor wins Britain's first £1,000 prize". The Glasgow Herald. 28 May 1955. p. 13. 
  22. ^ "Cotton's Penfold victory". The Glasgow Herald. 24 May 1954. p. 4. 
  23. ^ "Lees wins "Penfold"". The Glasgow Herald. 25 May 1953. p. 9. 
  24. ^ "Brown's great win at Maesdu". The Glasgow Herald. 19 May 1952. p. 9. 
  25. ^ "Scot finishes third in Penfold golf". The Glasgow Herald. 16 June 1951. p. 2. 
  26. ^ "Other golf events". The Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1950. p. 9. 
  27. ^ "Rivalry of Burton brothers". The Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1949. p. 2. 
  28. ^ "Open Champion's success". The Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1948. p. 6. 
  29. ^ "Season's lowest golf aggregate". The Glasgow Herald. 6 September 1947. p. 4. 
  30. ^ "Adams second in Penfold tournament". The Glasgow Herald. 9 September 1946. p. 4. 
  31. ^ "Three-stroke win for Thomson". The Glasgow Herald. 9 July 1934. p. 19. 
  32. ^ "Burton win Porthcawl tournament". The Glasgow Herald. 15 July 1933. p. 3. 
  33. ^ "Win for Percy Alliss at Porthcawl". The Glasgow Herald. 16 July 1932. p. 2. 

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