Bonallack Trophy

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The Bonallack Trophy is an amateur golf competition on the model of the Ryder Cup which opposes every two years a European team and a team representing Asia/Pacific. The venue alternates between courses in Europe and Asia/Pacific. The 2010 competition in Bengaluru, India was cancelled as a result of the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, which shut down European air space and isolated European players.

The first competition took place in 1998 in Perth, Australia.[1] Since 2016 it has been held concurrently with the women's Patsy Hankins Trophy. Europe leads the series 7 wins to 3.


The Bonallack Trophy involves various match play competitions between players selected from two teams of twelve representing Europe and Asia/Pacific. It takes place over three days, with a total of 32 matches being played, all matches being over 18 holes. The first two days comprise five foursomes matches and five four-ball matches. On the final day, there are 12 singles matches, when all twelve players compete.

The winner of each match scores a point for his team, with a half point each for any match that is tied after the 18 holes. The winning team is determined by cumulative total points. In the event of a tie (16 points each) the Bonallack Trophy is retained by the previous holder.

A foursomes match is a competition between two teams of two golfers. On a particular hole the golfers on the same team take alternate shots playing the same ball. One team member tees off on all the odd-numbered holes, and the other on all the even-numbered holes. Each hole is won by the team that completes the hole in the fewest shots. A fourball match is also a competition between two teams of two golfers, but all four golfers play their own ball throughout the round rather than alternating shots. The better score of the two golfers in a team determines the team's score on a particular hole; the score of the other member of the team is not counted. Each hole is won by the team whose individual golfer has the lowest score. A singles match is a standard match play competition between two golfers.

Year Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon
1998–2016 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 12 singles 32
2018 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 12 singles 32

Team qualification and selection[edit]

European Team selection[edit]

The World Amateur Golf Rankings are used as the main reference for the selection process, in addition to a small number of players selected by the captain (known as "captain's picks"). According to the match conditions, no more than two players may be selected from the same country.


Year Winners Score Losers Host country Venue Europe captain Asia/Pacific captain
2018 Asia/Pacific 16½ 15½ Europe Qatar Doha Golf Club France Alexis Godillot Australia Matt Cutler
2016 Europe 21½ 10½ Asia/Pacific Portugal Vidago Palace Golf Course France Alexis Godillot Australia Matt Cutler
2014 Europe 17½ 14½ Asia/Pacific India Karnataka Golf Association, Bangalore Wales Andrew B. Morgan South Korea Hyung-Mo-Kang
2012 Europe 21½ 10½ Asia/Pacific Portugal Monte Rei Golf & Country Club Wales Andrew B. Morgan Pakistan Taimur Hassan Amin
2010 Tournament cancelled [a]
2008 Europe 20 12 Asia/Pacific Spain Club de Golf, Valderrama Spain Gonzaga Escauriaza New Zealand Roger Brennand
2006 Europe 18 14 Asia/Pacific New Zealand Auckland Golf Club Spain Gonzaga Escauriaza New Zealand Roger Brennand
2004 Asia/Pacific 16½ 15½ Europe Italy Circolo Golf Roma Scotland Colin Wood Japan Taizo Kawata
2002 Asia/Pacific 18 14 Europe Japan Hirono Golf Club Scotland Colin Wood Japan Taizo Kawata
2000 Europe 20 12 Asia/Pacific Spain Puerta de Hierro, Madrid Spain Gonzaga Escauriaza Australia Roger Hunt
1998 Europe 18 14 Asia/Pacific Australia Lake Karrinyup Golf Club, Perth Portugal Manuel Agrellos Australia Bruce Nairn

Source: [2][3]


The following are those who have played in at least one of the matches.[2][3]



Similar golf events[edit]

  • Walker Cup – Event for amateur men between a U.S. side and a team drawn from Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Curtis Cup – Women's amateur event analogous to the Walker Cup. Like the Walker Cup, the competition format is the U.S. versus Great Britain and Ireland.


a 2010 Tournament cancelled due to the Icelandic eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which restricted air travel of the participants. Venue was to be Karnataka Golf Association, Bangalore, India, who subsequently held the tournament in 2014.


  1. ^ "Bonallack Trophy comes to B'lore". Deccan Herald. 1 April 2010.
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