Brabazon Trophy

The English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy, more commonly referred to as The Brabazon Trophy, is the national amateur stroke play competition for male golfers in England. It was first staged by the English Golf Union shortly after the end of World War II in 1947 before England Golf took over responsibility for the tournament when the Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association merged in 2012.

Unlike the English Amateur match play competition which is only open to male amateur golfers who were born in England (or have a parent or grandparent born in the country) or who qualify through residency, The Brabazon Trophy is a 72-hole event played over four days that’s open to players of all nationalities in possession of a handicap not exceeding a designated limit (1.4 in 2020).

Brabazon Trophy Championship Trophy

All competitors play 18 holes on both of the first two days before the leading 60 players and those tying for 60th place play a further 18 holes on the third day, followed by a re-draw and a final 18 holes on the fourth day. If there are two or more golfers tied after 72 holes then a sudden-death playoff takes place. If more than the maximum number of entries is received, a ballot based on exact playing handicaps takes place to include the lowest handicapped players.

More than half the field is granted exemption from the ballot, either through nomination by a golf federation, winning one of a variety of championships the previous year or position in the England Order of Merit or R&A World Order of Merit from the previous year. A reserve list is maintained and players may be called up from this if places become available through withdrawal.

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Brabazon Trophy host courses

Alwoodley

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 13th England Ranking 36th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Alwoodley Golf Club is home to one of the finest and most subtle inland courses in the British Isles, located in a secluded spot.

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Forest of Arden (Arden)

4th Warwickshire - Best in Area

Despite the fact that the Arden is a modern golf course, Steel has blended the layout nicely into the natural landscape here at the Forest of Arden

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Formby

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Formby is the prettiest of the eight top-notch links courses located between the seaside town of St Annes and the city of Liverpool. It is bordered on three sides by pine trees, giving the links a decidedly softer, heathland feel.

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Frilford Heath (Red)

2nd Oxfordshire - Best in Area

"Frilford Heath is essentially one of those places where it is good to be alive with a golf club in one’s hand," wrote Darwin.

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Ganton

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area 8th England Ranking 25th Britain & Ireland Ranking 77th World Ranking

This sandy, gently undulating site was once a North Sea inlet. Consequently, Ganton Golf Club has all the characteristics of a links and a heathland course.

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Hillside

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking

Hillside Golf Club is an underrated gem, separated only by a footpath, but hiding in the shadow of its noble next-door neighbour, Royal Birkdale.

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Hollinwell

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 47th Britain & Ireland Ranking

“After being too long away I lately went back to Hollinwell, which, as all the golfing world knows, or ought to know, is the course of the Notts Golf Club.”

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Little Aston

3rd Staffordshire - Best in Area 54th England Ranking

Little Aston Golf Club is hidden away on the edge of exclusive suburbia in acres of tranquil, mature parkland. The former grounds of Little Aston Hall.

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Brabazon Trophy Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Andrew Barnes Courses Played 29
= Ed Battye Courses Played 29
= Brian Ward Courses Played 29
4 Neil Gale Courses Played 28
= Michael Verity Courses Played 28
6 Estevan silva Courses Played 27
= Steve Williams Courses Played 27
8 Ian Poysden Courses Played 26
= Carl Tushingham Courses Played 26
= Keith Baxter Courses Played 26