Women's Home Internationals

When the third edition of the British Ladies Amateur finished on a Friday afternoon at Portrush in 1895, the boat train to Liverpool didn’t leave until midnight the following day so an impromptu friendly match was arranged between golfers from Ireland and England on the Saturday morning.

Lady Margaret Scott, who had just won her third title in succession, was part of the seven-member England team that defeated the home side by a convincing margin of 34 holes up. A similar match took place at Royal County Down in 1899 but May Hazlet, who had just captured the first of her three Amateurs, didn’t play for the Irish team and they again lost heavily by 19 holes.

When the teams met again in 1901 on neutral ground at Aberdovey in Wales, it was third time lucky for Ireland as they finally managed to beat the Auld Enemy. Two years later, when the British Ladies Amateur was again played at Portrush, newly crowned champion Rhona Adair helped the Irish side trounce the English team 9-1.

Scotland joined in at Royal Troon in 1904 then Wales finally made it a quadrangular tournament at Royal County Down in 1907 so the first proper Women’s Home International series of matches didn’t take place until that year, when the Miller Shield was donated for competition among all four home nations.

Ireland took the first prize – but they would not win again until 73 years down the line at Cruden Bay in 1980.

In eight editions played before the intervention of the Great War, England won four and Scotland won three of the tournaments. Of the eighteen events that took place between the wars, England captured thirteen to Scotland’s five. On resumption of the series at Gullane after World War II...

Women's Home Internationals host courses

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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Carlow (Deerpark)

1st Carlow - Best in Area 32nd Ireland Ranking

Carlow Golf Club is located close to the bustling market town of Carlow in a delightful wooded deer park that once formed part of the estate of Henry Bruen. The site is wonderfully undulating and the ground feels pleasantly sandy and springy underfoot.

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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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Cork

2nd Cork - Best in Area 30th Ireland Ranking

Cork Golf Club is one of the most attractive courses in Ireland. It's an Alister MacKenzie gem that's delightfully situated on a tiny peninsula called Little Island...

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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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Women's Home Internationals Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 51
2 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 42
3 Keith Baxter Courses Played 41
4 Jim McCann Courses Played 40
= Ed Battye Courses Played 40
6 Stuart McLean Courses Played 39
7 David Oliver Courses Played 38
8 KP Courses Played 37
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 37
10 Stuart Eastwood Courses Played 35