2018 Stearn Trophy Winner
A team shall consist of three pairs from each Club – each player having a handicap within the range of 12-20 inclusive.
This is a foursomes competition, played off 1/2 the difference of combined handicaps.
All rounds to be played over 36 holes to a conclusion, i.e. if a team is four up after eighteen holes, they start at four up on the first hole of the second eighteen.
The venues for the Preliminary, First and Second Rounds will be drawn on a home or away basis on set dates. The Semi-Finals and Final shall be played on neutral courses, on specified dates, chosen by the SLCGA.
The Stearn Trophy was presented to the County by Mrs Hilda Stearn, a senior member of Stowmarket Golf Club and President of the County in the mid-eighties. She was a good-natured, enthusiastic and very supportive President who loved the game of golf and was keen to leave the County a legacy of her Presidency. To satisfy her wish, the new Competition was introduced.
It was decided that the format would follow that of the Haskell Trophy, but with a larger team and for a different handicap range that would give the good ‘Club’ golfers somethingn to play for within the County. At the time, the Governing Body was aware that the Clubs might be reluctant to use another day in their calendar to host a further inter-club competition, so it was decided that the Stearn Trophy should play behind the Haskell Trophy on the first Monday of the month. There was some considerable use of ‘the little grey cells’ to work out a system whereby the Stearn team should follow their Haskell team for as long as both remained in their separate competitions and what would happen when that arrangement broke down. However, worked out it was and the arrangement panned out pretty well over the next 25 years or so, until the arrangements for the Haskell were altered which gave the Stearn autonomy.
Hilda Stearn’s Stowmarket club fittingly won the first playing of the Stearn Trophy and has gone on to the most prolific winner of this competition with seven subsequent victories to date. She would have been delighted.
In 2002 her daughter, Hilary Haydon, replaced the original trophy with a beautiful silver bowl.
Stearn Trophy Winners
2017 Fynn Valley
2009 Fynn Valley
2008 Fynn Valley
2002 Stoke by Nayland
1996 Stoke by Nayland
1992 Royal Worlington