CRANWORTH TROPHY

2021 Cranworth Trophy Winner

Bramford

 General Information

A team shall consist of a squad of 8 players from each Club – each player having a handicap index within the range of 21-29.9 inclusive.
This is a morning foursomes competition (played off 1/2 the difference of combined handicap index) followed by an afternoon singles competition (played off full playing handicap).
All 9 games (3 in the morning foursomes and 6 in the afternoon singles) are decided over 18 holes – the team gaining more than half the available 9 points will be the winner.

The venues for all the Rounds will be played on neutral courses.

Trophy History

Lady Cranworth presented her trophy to the County Association in 1936.  Initially, it is believed, it was played for by Silver Division players but at some point after the Second World War, there developed a keenly contested inter-club knockout competition amongst Bronze Division golfers that became the Cranworth Trophy as we still know in in 2013.

Who thought up the unusual scoring method in force for many years, it is hard to say, or perhaps no one will own up to it!  With five points at stake for every match, whether singles or foursomes (one point for winning each nine holes and three for the overall match), it was certainly innovative and might perhaps have been more understandable had it been applied to the more accomplished golfers of the county.  However, though the Cranworth matches were marathon occasions, with the scoring system necessarily taking most matches round the full thirty-six holes, most of the protagonists loved it and indeed, in some cases, were positively passionate about it.

There was a short period in the mid-eighties when the competition reverted to ‘normal’ match play, but the two year trial ended with the clubs opting to return to the old system.  After a further twenty-five years or so, during which the organisers struggled to contain the matches within a comfortable timeframe, reason has once more prevailed and the Cranworth Trophy is now played for in recognisable foursomes and singles, to the great relief of many.  Each round of the Trophy still constitutes a long day on the golf course, offering the players plenty of scope for fulfillment.

The desire to play the competition all the way through on neutral courses has also come and gone once or twice through the decades and is currently in force again.

There is generally more discussion about the Cranworth Trophy than all the other inter-club competitions, probably put together and regardless of the standard of golf at which they are played.  Plainly, it continues to keep grass roots interest in the County golfing activities alive and well.  That can only be good.

Julie Latimer-Jones

The Bramford Team

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