A. Medals, Stablefords etc
These are held regularly throughout the season. Most men’s competitions follow the same basic format: Sign-up sheets are on the notice boards in the foyer. You can put your name down with a partner(s) or on your own. It’s very unlikely that you’ll be left on your own as the Professional will sort things out near the time of the competition.
In winter we take a rest from handicap qualifying competitions with a variety of more ‘social’ golf: 4BBB Hi-Lo, Hardy Annuals Greensome Foursomes, Turkey / Whisky / Spirits Trots, Vets winter leagues, etc.
The main Club knock-out competitions are booked through the Pro Shop - John Peters, our Club Professional, will lead you through the process.
The ladies’ competitions are run through the ladies’ section. Details and sign up sheets are displayed on the notice board in the ladies’ foyer. Mixed events are publicised on both notice boards.
As befits any golf club of note, cups and trophies to be played for by the members were donated at an early stage. A minute for 5th December 1906 records the original gift of the Dunraven Cup in the following brief but succinct words:
“Lord Dunraven would give a Cup to be played for on Boxing Day and the Committee thought that if this was done it would be unnecessary to arrange money prizes."
On 2nd January 1907 the Minute book was recording that:
“Lord Dunraven’s Cup had been played for by the Artisans on Boxing Day and had been won by Ollisson Harry of Southerndown."
Dunraven Challenge Cup
Early in 1909 Lord Dunraven offered the club a Challenge Cup, an ornate silver trophy bearing the coat of arms of the Duchy of Lancaster and with elaborate handles in the form of winged gryphons. The hallmark shows it to have been made in Sheffield in 1908. This cup is now presented annually to the winner of the 36-hole scratch competition.
A further donation by Lord Dunraven came in the shape of the Dunraven Bowl, a Minute for 5th May 1909 remarking that:
“The Dunraven Bowl has been played for and won by Mr H O Irvine and the Bowl has been received."
The Commoners Cup was inaugurated in 1907, being played for over Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th August. The silver cup was presented by the Commoners of the Manor of Ogmore, a token of their gratitude perhaps for the improvement in grazing which resulted from the construction of the course. Members competed in a 36 hole competition for the trophy, the Minutes for 3rd July that year remarking:
“The competitor holding the best aggregate nett score to hold the cup until the following winter meeting."
Competitions in those early days of the Club were a lot scarcer than they are today. It was not until 1907 that a Minute of 2nd October recorded:
“It was resolved to hold a Monthly Medal competition on the Second Wednesday in each month, commencing on Wednesday 13th November 1907. 18 holes medal play, handicap entry fee 1/-. Prize value 10/6d."
A month later the Minutes recorded:
“The institution of a monthly bogey competition was approved … One dozen Dessert Spoons, £5..11..0, including engraving."
The Devil’s Own Bowl was first presented in 1908 by the Solicitor Members of the Club, when a cheque to the value of £9.19.0 was drawn and paid to L Berke & Company.
Devil’s Own Bowl
A programme advertising the competition shows that it was first held on Whit-Monday & Tuesday, June 8th & 9th 1908. “The winner of the Bowl will be entitled to hold same until Boxing Day 1908, on which date and the following day it will be played for again, and on returning the Bowl the winner will be presented with a Memento, value £1 1s. 0d." At a time when the annual subscription was 2 guineas this was a substantial prize!
The Dunraven Bowl, the Commoners Cup and the Devil’s Own Bowl were the only three competitions in existence by 1912 - apart from the regular monthly medal. A minimum of 10 entrants was required for a competition, six for a monthly medal. In these early days fields tended to consist of around 25 to 30 players.
Other competitions arrived in due course. The first reference to the Captain’s Cup came during the dark days of World War One, when the following comments were made in the Club Minute Book:-
“The entries for the Captain’s Cup being so few in number, Mr Irvine was asked to ascertain whether those remaining in the competition were willing that a fresh start be made." (Minute, 31st March 1915)
“Mr Irvine reported that the comp. for the Captain’s Cup was cancelled - not to be played until war was over." (Minute, 22nd May 1915)
To mark the end of hostilities the Peace Cup was presented to the Club by Mr W Percival Miles. The event took the form of a 36 hole qualifying competition, followed by a semifinal knockout and a 36 hole final. It began on Saturday 6th September 1919 and finished on Tuesday, 9th. As if that was not enough golf, 18-year-old N Jacob turned around a 7 hole deficit after the morning round to take R.Gwyn Rees up the 37th. Unfortunately, the youngster pulled his drive into the rough and Captain Rees became the first winner of the Peace Cup. This was a purple patch for Gwyn Rees who a few weeks earlier had won the Commoners Cup and had then beaten John Duncan in the final of the Club Championship.
By 1922 a few more competitions had been added to the annual calendar. The Competitions Book for that year records the Club Championship being won by Mr J Duncan, the Captain’s Challenge Cup by H T Lewis (playing off a handicap of 10), the Devil’s Own Bowl by G H McNeil and the Commoners Cup by T E Morel. The Dunraven Bowl that year resulted in a tie between E A Travis and N Jacob.
The Southerndown Ladies Open Meetings had begun back in 1908 when a Minute of the May General Meeting declared
“A Prize having been kindly presented by Lady Ardee, it was decided to play for it on Saturday 27th June and also to have an Open Medal Competition in the morning and an Open Mixed Foursomes Competition in the afternoon. Lady Ardee’s Prize to be for members only."
To begin with all Ladies Medal Competitions had been over 9 holes - in 1908 this was changed to the full 18 holes. In 1909 a cup for bogey competition for ladies was introduced and in June of that same year the Hon. Secretary of the Ladies was instructed to remind people of competitions by sending “postcards to members before club events are played."
Lady Ardee Cup
The Welsh Ladies Golf Union Championship was held at Southerndown in 1909, Miss Blanche Duncan of Glamorganshire and Southerndown winning the individual title. It was Miss Duncan’s fourth win since the inception of the championship in 1905.
Alexander Cup: Mr Duncan Alexander on behalf of the nephews and nieces of the late Mr John Alexander presented the Club with a Georgian Silver Cup designed in
In June 1949 Frank Perry had written to the Club, offering to donate a new
trophy:- “I am prepared to offer the Southerndown Golf Club a trophy and some prize money, if the Captain, Officers and Committee think the conditions meet with their approval."
Those conditions included the format - foursomes, stableford bogey, off maximum 18 handicap, with an equal number of low handicap players being drawn out of one hat, higher handicappers from another. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Frank Perry’s stipulation that “On the Saturday night immediately before the competition I wish to see all men members of the Club, competitors or not, take supper together, presided over by the Captain and supported by the match committee, and immediately after the coffee is served an auction sweep be held."
John Alexander and Frank Perry
The first Ladies Trophy was presented by Lady Aileen Wyndham Quin in 1906. Its name was changed to the Ardee Cup in 1910, but around 1919 the trophy was lost. It was found in 1948 when it was brought back into play under its original name.
The Aileen Wyndham Quin Challenge Cup
The minutes also recorded that
“The Gentlemen of the Club having kindly given six silver spoons, it was decided that they would be played for once a month.”
The Nicholl Cup
The Duchy Challenge Bowl, now The Morel Cup
The Jacob Cup
The Ladies Golfer of the Year Bowl
Southerndown Golf Club
Ogmore by Sea