CRANWORTH TROPHY

2018 Cranworth Trophy Winner

Ipswich

General Information

A team shall consist of a squad of 8 players from each Club – each player having a handicap within the range of 21-30 inclusive.
This is a morning foursomes competition (played off 1/2 the difference of combined handicaps) followed by an afternoon singles competition (played off full 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

Personnel, left to right:

Tricia West, Sue Bailey (non-playing Team Captain), Jan Mackinnon, Karen Ramsey, Jenny Podd, Jenny Johnson, Clare Burgess, Anna Fairs (Ladies Captain & player), Jackie Salmon, Liz Messent.  Also in the squad but not in the photo:  Lesley Barnes and Gloria Lee

Past Winners

Cranworth Trophy Winners

2018 Ipswich
2017 Woodbridge
2016 Halesworth
2015 Fynn Valley
2014 Felixstowe
2013 Newton Green
2012 Halesworth
2011 Bury St Edmunds
2010 Felixstowe
2009 Felixstowe
2008 Newton Green
2007 Stoke by Nayland
2006 Stowmarket
2005 Woodbridge
2004 Fynn Valley
2003 Ipswich
2002 Woodbridge
2001 Woodbridge
2000 Bury St Edmunds
1999 Waldringfield
1998 Stoke by Nayland
1997 Stoke by Nayland
1996 Stoke by Nayland
1995 Ipswich
1994 Bury St Edmunds
1993 Thorpeness
1992 Thorpeness
1991 Stowmarket
1990 Aldeburgh
1989 Bury St Edmunds
1988
1987 Stowmarket
1986 Gorleston
1985 Gorleston
1984 Gorleston
1983 Stowmarket
1982 Stowmarket
1981 Aldeburgh
1980 Ipswich
1979 Flempton
1978 Woodbridge
1977 Rookery Park
1976 Bury St Edmunds
1975
1974 Woodbridge
1973 Ipswich
1972 Flempton
1971 Aldeburgh
1970 Aldeburgh
1969 Aldeburgh
1968 Ipswich
1967 Royal Worlington
1966 Felixstowe
1965 Royal Worlington
1964 Ipswich
1963 Royal Worlington
1962 Gorleston
1961 Ipswich
1960 Ipswich
1959 Royal Worlington
1958 Royal Worlington
1957 Ipswich
1956 Aldeburgh
1955 Bury St Edmunds
1954 Woodbridge
1953 Royal Worlington
1952 Woodbridge
1951 Woodbridge
1950 Gorleston
1949 Royal Worlington
1948 Woodbridge
1939 Woodbridge
1938 Woodbridge
1937 Aldeburgh
1936 Woodbridge

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