English Men's Amateur

The English Men’s Amateur Championship is a match play contest that was first organized by the English Golf Union a year after its formation in 1924. England Golf took over responsibility for the tournament when the Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association merged in 2012. The equivalent stroke play competition for men is the Brabazon Trophy, which has been staged annually since 1947.

The event is open to male amateur golfers who were born in England (or have a parent or grandparent born in the country) or who have resided in England for two years (if under 18) or five years prior to the start of the tournament. However, they are not eligible if they’ve played in the men’s Closed Championship of another country or played in the men’s International Team of another country.

English Men’s Amateur Championship trophy

Since 2009, the championship has taken place at a club with two 18-hole courses or at two clubs within a short distance from each other. All competitors play 18 holes stroke play on both of the first two days with one round on each of the two courses. The 64 players with the lowest scores then compete in the match play portion of the event, with the remaining golfers eliminated.

The match play stages are seeded, according to the stroke play finishing positions (1v64, 2v63 etc.) and each match consists of one 18-hole round, except the final which is played over 36 holes. Tied matches continue until a player wins a hole. If more than the maximum number of entries is received, a ballot based on exact playing handicaps takes place to exclude the higher handicapped players.

The winner is presented with the Trophy and a memento of the occasion. Prize vouchers are awarded to those finishing in the t...

English Men's Amateur 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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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 (Green)

4th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

The Green is the shortest of the three courses at Frilford Heath Golf Club but for what the course lacks in length it makes up for with sheer charm.

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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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Hankley Common

6th Surrey - Best in Area 25th England Ranking 58th Britain & Ireland Ranking

There is an overwhelming feeling of spaciousness at Hankley Common, so much so that it seems plausible that a second or third course could be intertwined between the existing 18 holes.

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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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English Men's Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 28
= Ed Battye Courses Played 28
3 Malcolm Baker Courses Played 27
= Andrew Barnes Courses Played 27
5 Paul Sherman Courses Played 26
= Keith Baxter Courses Played 26
= Ian Poysden Courses Played 26
= Tim Elliott Courses Played 26
= Michael Verity Courses Played 26
10 David Harries Courses Played 25