The Womens Amateur

“In 1893, Miss Issette Pearson, who would have been a pioneer and outstanding leader in any field to which she turned her hand,” wrote Enid Wilson in A History of Golf in Britain, “with the aid of Mr Laidlaw Purves and other members of the Wimbledon Club, was instrumental in calling a meeting in London on April 19 which was really the beginning of the Ladies’ Golf Union…

The meeting decided that an annual golf championship should be held, the winner to receive a gold medal and to be styled Lady Champion for the year. Lytham & St Annes had already thought of something on these lines and had advertised a challenge cup, valued at £50 for the competition annually over their links. This was amicably settled by the Ladies’ Golf Union agreeing to hold the first championship over the Lytham & St Annes course.

On June 13, 1893, thirty-eight ladies were vying for the cup, and after three days’ golf, the winner was Lady Margaret Scott. The play was over the Ladies’ Course of nine holes, and the winner was a model of steadiness because her scores were always between 40 and 42. There were entries from [England] Ireland and France, but none, unfortunately from Scotland.”

Lady Margaret Scott won the first of three back-to-back editions of the “Ladies’ Championship” as it was first known, beating Issette Pearson in the final of the first two events. Cecil Leitch (1914 to 1921, interrupted by WWI) and Enid Wilson (between 1931 and 1933), author of the above passage, were the only other golfers to win three consecutive titles.

Until the introduction of the professional era in the mid-1970s, the Womens Amateur Championship, previously known as the British Ladies...

The Womens Amateur host courses

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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Ashburnham

2nd West Wales - Best in Area 8th Wales Ranking

Bernhard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque at Ashburnham Golf Club when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship.

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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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Conwy

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking

Conwy Golf Club has played host to a number of major tournaments, including the Martini in 1970, when Peter Thomson and Doug Sewell tied on 268...

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Cruden Bay (Championship)

3rd North East Scotland - Best in Area 11th Scotland Ranking 25th Britain & Ireland Ranking 70th World Ranking

Cruden Bay is an inspirational golf course, regarded by some as quirky and considered by others as a masterpiece. Either way, this is a thrilling place to play golf because the designers used the original lie of the land to fantastic effect.

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Dunbar

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking

Dunbar Golf Club is laid out on a narrow strip of land with the best holes hugging the rocky coastline affording resplendent views across the North Sea to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic lump rising up out of the water.

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Dundonald

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 90th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club bought the course in 2003 and commissioned Kyle Phillips to finish the design.

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The Womens Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 52
2 Ed Battye Courses Played 50
3 Keith Baxter Courses Played 46
= David Oliver Courses Played 46
5 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 45
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 45
7 Stuart McLean Courses Played 44
8 Jim McCann Courses Played 42
9 KP Courses Played 41
10 Pam Allen Courses Played 40