Vagliano Trophy

The Vagliano Trophy began in 1931 as an annual competition between two teams of female amateur golfers selected to represent Great Britain & Ireland and France. Each contest consisted of three foursomes matches and six singles matches, played on a single day, with teams competing for a trophy presented by André Vagliano from the French Golf Federation.

Vagliano Trophy

Sixteen editions of the tournament took place up until 1957 and they were pretty one-sided affairs, with GB&I winning fifteen and drawing one of the matches. Great Britain & Ireland also played a series of matches against Belgium from 1949 to 1957 but the French and Belgian contests were amalgamated into a single 2-day biennial event versus the Continent of Europe in 1959.

There were five 36-hole foursomes played on the first day and ten 36-hole singles on the second – for a total of fifteen points – in 1959 and 1961. Ties were then reduced to 18-hole matches and between 1963 and 1973, the competition consisted of five foursomes and ten singles matches each day, giving a total of 30 points to play for.

Since 1975, the championship now comprises four foursomes and eight singles on each day, with 24 points up for grabs.

The GB&I v Europe chapter of the tournament started at the Wentworth Club in Surrey in 1959, with the home side winning 12-3 against their continental opponents. The GB&I ladies also won the next two contests and that set in train a streaky winning run phenomenon which has endured for almost sixty years.

Europe won three in a row from 1965 at Koln in Germany to Chantilly in France in 1969 but GB&I then responded with runs of four consecutive victories then six victories in a row between 1971 and 1993. Not to...

Vagliano Trophy host courses

Chantilly (Vineuil)

2nd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 7th Continental Europe Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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County Louth

1st Louth - Best in Area 11th Ireland Ranking 57th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The approach road to the links of County Louth Golf Club, or Baltray as it is better known, named after the local fishing village, is especially uplifting.

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Eindhoven

4th Netherlands Ranking 23rd Continental Europe Ranking

Eindhovensche Golf was inaugurated in 1930 and the great Harry S. Colt routed the course through a dense forest a few kilometres to the south of Eindhoven.

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Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance)

12th Fife - Best in Area 57th Scotland Ranking

Designed by Denis Griffiths with the late golfing legend Gene Sarazen and evergreen Scottish senior Sam Torrance as the headline grabbers, the Torrance course at Fairmont St Andrews sweeps dramatically down to the coastline.

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Ganton

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area 9th England Ranking 26th 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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Gullane (No.1)

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Gullane Golf Club is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the No.1 course fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter.

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Halmstad (Norra)

2nd South & West Sweden - Best in Area 4th Sweden Ranking 50th Continental Europe Ranking

Sweden has some fantastic golf courses and the Norra (North) course at Halmstad Golfklubb is one of them. It’s a surreal setting where you can smell the salty sea air and you can hear the sea, but you can’t see it.

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Vagliano Trophy Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bob McCoy Courses Played 26
2 Brian Ward Courses Played 24
3 Jim McCann Courses Played 23
4 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 22
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 22
6 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 20
7 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 19
= Georg Kittel Courses Played 19
= David Davis Courses Played 19
10 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 18