The BMW Championship has its origins in the Western Open, which ran from 1899 to 2006, before the great god of golfing commercialism dictated that a brand new tournament was the best way to keep pace with the modern world and all its pecuniary benefits.
The Boys Amateur championship began in 1921 and the first two editions were staged at Royal Ascot. The club dissolved in 1923 but two of its founders, D.M. Mathieson and Colonel Thomas South, continued to organize the competition.
The English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy, more commonly referred to as The Brabazon Trophy, is the national amateur stroke play competition for male golfers in England.
The British Masters started out as the Dunlop Masters back in 1946, with the sponsorship from this company lasting until 1982. It’s a 72-hole stroke play tournament that has been staged on the European Tour since the inception of this professional circuit in the early 1970s.
The British PGA Matchplay Championship was first held in 1903 and its association with the News of the World newspaper lasted from the very first edition until 1969, two years before it became a European Tour event.
One of only two events on the PGA Tour named after a professional golfer (the other is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida), the A&T Byron Nelson tournament has been a linchpin of the professional men’s circuit for more than half a century now.
Not one of the three greatest Argentinian professionals – José Jurado, Roberto De Vicenzo or Vicente Fernández – ever won the Campeonato Argentino de Aficionados (Argentine Amateur Championship) as it was a financial necessity to turn pro as quickly as possible to earn a living.
A match play event from the outset, the Canadian Amateur changed to stroke play for the 1969 championship and remained in that format until 1995, when it reverted to match play in honour of the national golf association’s centennial year.
The Canadian Open was first played in 1904, nine years after the Canadian Amateur Championship had been established. It’s one of the oldest running golf tournaments on the professional circuit in North America.
A year after it was formed, the Canadian PGA held its inaugural championship at Mississaugua. Charlie Murray, the Royal Montreal professional, became the first winner of this 36-hole event, finishing one stroke ahead of his younger brother Albert in a field of fourteen players.