STEARN TROPHY

2018 Stearn Trophy Winner

Diss

General Information

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.

Trophy History

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.

Julie Latimer-Jones

Past Winners

Stearn Trophy Winners

2018     Diss
2017     Fynn Valley
2016     Haverhill
2015     Woodbridge
2014     Aldeburgh
2013     Felixstowe
2012     Felixstowe
2011     Gorleston
2010     Felixstowe
2009     Fynn Valley
2008     Fynn Valley
2007     Bungay
2006     Stowmarket
2005     Stowmarket
2004     Stowmarket
2003     Ipswich
2002     Stoke by Nayland
2001     Bungay
2000     Stowmarket
1999     Aldeburgh
1998     Diss
1997     Felixstowe
1996     Stoke by Nayland
1995     Aldeburgh
1994     Waldringfield
1993     Aldeburgh
1992     Royal Worlington
1991     Flempton
1990     Bungay
1989     Stowmarket
1988     Stowmarket
1987     Gorleston
1986     Bungay
1985     Stowmarket

2019 Draw & Information

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Result Sheet 2019

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Rules 2019

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