Girls Amateur

The Girls Amateur championship dates back to 1919, when it was organized by The Gentlewoman, a weekly illustrated paper for ladies published in London. It’s always been a match play competition but as it has grown in popularity over the years, the event now begins with two 18-hole rounds of stroke play, after which the 64 players with the lowest scores compete in knock-out rounds of match play over 18 holes.

Pia Babnik won the centenary Girls Amateur at Panmure in 2019

The Challenge Cup, first donated by Princess Mary, and a gold medal are awarded to the winner, while the Level Trophy is presented to the runner-up. In addition to the two main trophies, the following prizes are given to golfers returning the lowest scores over the two qualifying rounds: the Lady Heathcoat–Amory Memorial Medal for over-16 players; the Todd Bowl for under-16 players; and the Fairhaven Pheasant for players under 14 years of age.

The inaugural Girls Amateur was played at Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire and it was won by Audrey Croft from Ashford Manor who defeated Christina Clarke from Reddish Vale 1 Up in the final. Both girls met in the last match at the same place the following year and this time Ms. Clarke turned the tables on her opponent, winning at the third extra hole in a sudden-death playoff. A further eighteen editions were held at Stoke Poges before World War II intervened.

The Ladies Golf Union took over running the tournament after the war and the first contest in this new era was held eight miles to the north of the old venue on another Harry-Colt designed course at Beaconsfield, with Pam Davies, a Coventry medical student beating Arlette Jacquet from Belgium 1 Up. The R&A now look after the annual staging of the championship, foll...

Girls Amateur host courses

Alnmouth

7th Northumberland - Best in Area

Located close to the North Sea, the historic Alnmouth Golf Club is the fourth oldest in England. The current course is routed in two nine-hole loops that were laid out by Harry Colt.

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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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Ardglass

2nd Down - Best in Area 8th Northern Ireland Ranking

With the opening five holes hugging the cliffs with resplendent views across the Irish Sea, it's clear that Ardglass Golf Club is special.

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Barnham Broom (Valley)

10th Norfolk - Best in Area

The Valley course was first to appear at Barnham Broom in 1977 and it’s a Frank Pennink design, with several of the holes routed around the flowing waters of the River Yare as it winds its way through the property.

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Beaconsfield

4th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 95th England Ranking

Harry Colt, perhaps the best golf architect of all time, designed the course at Beaconsfield Golf Club in 1913 and the clubhouse is architecturally special too.

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Brough

38th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Golf at Brough dates back to 1891 when the club played over a rudimentary 9-hole course, but the official formation of Brough Golf Club was not recognised until 1893. Further land was acquired on the opposite side of Mill Lane West and the club added nine further holes in 1905.

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Carlisle

3rd Cumbria - Best in Area

The mature parkland course at Carlisle Golf Club, which was founded in 1908, is attractively flanked by beech and pine and intersected by streams.

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Cleeve Hill

6th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Like Woodhall Spa, Cleeve Hill is a rarity among golf courses in that it is easier to play to one’s handicap by stepping back to the medal tees which measure 6,448 yards with a par of 72.

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Girls Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 48
2 Ed Battye Courses Played 33
3 Keith Baxter Courses Played 29
4 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 27
5 Jim McCann Courses Played 26
6 Stuart McLean Courses Played 24
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 24
8 Dan Hare Courses Played 22
= Greg Watson Courses Played 22
= DG Courses Played 22