English Women's Amateur

The English Women’s Amateur Championship is a match play contest that was first organized by the National Golf Alliance in 1912. Women’s competitive golf had been played at a national level in the British Isles since 1893, when the Ladies’ Golf Union was established, and The Women’s Amateur championship was first played at Lytham & St Annes in June of that year.

English Women's Amateur Championship Trophy

The Irish Ladies Golf Union was founded in Belfast within a few months of the LGU’s formation and their inaugural ladies’ national competition was played the following year at Carnalea in Bangor. The Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and Welsh Ladies’ Golf Unions were created in 1904 and both women’s organizations had national championships up and running immediately.

Quite why it took the women in England until 1912 to inaugurate their own competition is anybody’s guess. Still, better late than never and the first English tournament took place at Prince’s, with Miss M. Gardner beating Mrs Cantley at the 20th hole in the match play final. The English Women’s Golf Association ran the event from 1952 until 2011, when it merged with the EGU to form England Golf.

Only three editions of the tournament were played before World War I intervened to suspend the competition for four years and Cecil Leitch won either side of the break, at Walton Heath in 1914 then at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1919. One of three sisters who all played the game to a high standard, Cecil also won the Women’s Amateur immediately before and after the Great War, and would claim four of those titles in total by 1926.

Joyce Wethered was the next woman to make her mark on the English Championship, winning five straight title...

English Women's Amateur host courses

Aldeburgh (Championship)

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th England Ranking

Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland.

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Alwoodley

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 15th England Ranking 41st 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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Brancepeth Castle

3rd Durham - Best in Area

There is a great deal of variation to the holes at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club and the famous deep ravine, cutting through the course, makes for exciting golf.

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Broadstone

1st Dorset - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 74th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Broadstone Golf Club is laid out on glorious rolling terrain. The elevated homeward nine provides panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour.

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Cooden Beach

13th Sussex - Best in Area

Fickle sea breezes and a clever Herbert Fowler design combine to make Cooden Beach Golf Club a thoroughly engaging experience. Prepare for a fun golfing challenge and a perhaps a birdie or two.

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Cotswold Hills

10th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

It’s remarkable how mature the golf course looks now when one considers that Cotswold Hills Golf Club only moved to its present site at Ullenwood in 1976.

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Ferndown (Old)

4th Dorset - Best in Area 51st England Ranking

Ferndown Golf Club plays across a sandy outcrop of land where there is a proliferation of heather and pines... it’s an inherently pretty golf course.

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Formby

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 46th 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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English Women's Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 42
2 Ed Battye Courses Played 40
3 James Pinkstone Courses Played 37
4 Steve Williams Courses Played 36
= Keith Baxter Courses Played 36
= Andrew Barnes Courses Played 36
7 T P Dean Courses Played 35
= Andrew Cooke Courses Played 35
9 Steven Hulse Courses Played 34
= Tim Elliott Courses Played 34