19th May 2019
The 73rd English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy will be played at Alwoodley Golf Club between 30th May and 2nd June.
Alwoodley Golf Club in October 2018 (Photo: Golf Bible)
The competition consists of 72 holes of stroke play golf with 18 holes being played each day.
A 36 hole cut will take place with only the leading 60 competitors and ties progressing to the two weekend rounds.
In the event of a tie for the Championship on Sunday, there will be a sudden death play off.
164 competitors will start the 2019 Championship, an increase of 8 on last year at Frilford Heath.
England has 94 entries with 10 other countries represented.
The start sheet for Rounds 1 and 2 can be viewed here – 2019 Brabazon Trophy Draw
98 players were exempted into the field based on their previous accomplishments with a further 66 progressing from two qualifiers held on 14th May 2019.
Charlie DAUGHTREY (Rotherham G.C.) and Blair Morton (Royal Troon G.C.) shot 68’s (-2) at Lindrick to lead the way in the North Qualifier. Ben HALLAM (Wychwood Park G.C.) was one of 10 players to shoot 73 (+3) but the only one to progress as he picked up the 33rd spot on count back.
James NEWTON (ENG) finished T56 at Lindrick after a 74 (+4) to miss out. I mention this as just a few days later he easily won the Irish Amateur Open Championship at County Sligo G.C.
Click here to view the full North Qualifier Results
Liam Phipps (Olton G.C.) and George LEVERSUCH (Wanstead G.C.)led the qualifiers at Hindhead G.C. in the South Qualifier after both posted 66 (-4). 73 (+3) was again the cut mark with Josh DAVIS (Sedlescombe G.C.), James EARL (Tandridge G.C.) and Matt KIPPEN (Enmore Park G.C.) taking the final qualifying spots. A further 8 players missed out after the count back was applied.
Click here to view the full South Qualifier Results
9th Hole, Alwoodley Golf Club in October 2018 (Photo: Golf Bible)
20 of the 26 players included in the Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) Walker Cup Squad will be competing at Alwoodley. These are Jake BURNAGE (ENG), Kieran CANTLEY (SCO), Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL), Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG), Bailey GILL (ENG), David HAGUE (ENG), Harry HALL (ENG), Jake HAPGOOD (WAL), Ben JONES (ENG), Euan MCINTOSH (SCO), John MURPHY (IRE), Tom PLUMB (ENG), Conor PURCELL (IRE), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Tom SLOMAN (ENG), Jamie STEWART (SCO), James SUGRUE (IRE), Tom THURLOWAY (ENG), Euan WALKER (SCO) and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG).
Other players who have shown good form in 2019 and are therefore worth keeping an eye on include Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG), Jake BOLTON (ENG), Joe BRYCE (SCO), Harvey BYERS (ENG), Stuart EASTON (SCO), Callum FARR (ENG), Oliver FARRELL (ENG), Harry GODDARD (ENG), Marc HAMMER (GER), Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Matty LAMB (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG), Joe LONG (ENG), Josh MCMAHON (ENG), Wilco NIENABER (RSA), Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG), Laurie OWEN (ENG), Jayden SCHAPER (RSA), Ben SCHMIDT (ENG), Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) and Charlie THORNTON (ENG).
Last year’s Brabazon Trophy was ranked 41st by the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) based on the strength of its field. This represented a significant fall from 17thin 2017. Hopefully it will recover some of its prestige this year when the field analysis is completed.
Once play commences click here to view the Leaderboard – 2019 Brabazon Trophy Live Scores
The Winner receives the magnificent gold Brabazon Trophy shown in the photo below.
The Champion’s Prize and Brabazon Trophy (Photo: Golf Bible)
Prize vouchers will be awarded to those players finishing in the top three.
Two other prizes are connected to the Brabazon Trophy competition.
The George Henriques Salver is awarded to the leading GB&I player in the Championship under the age of 20.
The Philip Scruton Jug is awarded later in the year to the player returning the best aggregate scores in The Brabazon Trophy and The Berkshire Trophy (which will be played on 22nd and 23rd June).
Alwoodley Golf Club
Alwoodley G.C. is located on heathland a few miles north of Leeds city centre in Yorkshire.
The first design by renowned architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, one of the founders of the Club, it was opened in 1907. Alwoodley is nowadays rightly considered one of the finest courses in Great Britain.
The recent addition of new championship tees has stretched the course to over 6,900 yards so whilst the players are in for a treat they are hopefully going to be challenged too given the par of 71.
Alwoodley G.C. Scorecard (Photo: Alwoodley G.C.)
Whilst the back nine is a little shorter it delivers a good finish with six strong finishing holes. The inward nine has the lower par of 35 and generally plays into the prevailing westerly wind.
The weather forecast (as at Sunday 19th May) is broadly positive for all four competition days. It will be cool but little rain or wind is currently expected.
Thu 30th May – Cloudy, Light Rain / Wind 10 mph NW / Temp. Min. 9°C, Max. 15°C.
Fri 31st May – Cloudy / Wind 11 mph NW / Temp. Min. 10°C, Max. 16°C.
Sat 1st June – Cloudy / Wind 11 mph W / Temp. Min. 10°C / Min 17°C.
Sun 2th May – Cloudy / Wind 10 mph W / Temp. Min. 11°C / Max. 18°C.
It is worth remembering that Rounds 1 and 2 will see players tee off the 1st from 7.00am right through until 3.40pm.
2018 Brabazon Trophy
Nick POPPLETON (ENG) won the 2018 Brabazon Trophy at Frilford Heath G.C.
Poppleton and Wilco NIENABER (RSA) both finished the 72 holes on the Red Course with 272 -16 totals.
The par 3 9thhole was used for the sudden death play-off. On the second playing of it Poppleton chipped in to take the famous title.
Click here to view the – 2018 Brabazon Trophy Results
Nick Poppleton (Photo: Golf Bible)
Click these links to view the other recent results: –
Woodhall Spa – 2017 Brabazon Trophy Results
London G.C. – 2016 Brabazon Trophy Results
History, Past Winners and Records
The English Amateur International Trophy competition was first played in 1947.
In 1957 the official title was changed to the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
The current trophy was donated by Lord Brabazon of Tara in 1948 and the event has come to be widely known as the Brabazon Trophy.
Click here to view the full list of – Brabazon Trophy Past Winners
The first player to successfully defend the title was Ronnie WHITE who won at Birkdale in 1950 and nearby Formby in 1951.
Shortly afterwards Philip SCRUTTON won the Brabazon three times in four years (1952, ‘54 & ‘55).
Sir Michael BONALLACK has four wins to his name. The first came at Royal Cinque Ports in 1964 and the last at Hillside in 1971. At Moortown in 1969, with play-offs having been discarded at this time, he shared the title with Rodney FOSTER.
Other notable European winners include well known pros Ignacio GARRIDO (1992) and Peter HANSON (1998).
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