Major Championships

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A perusal of the list of tournaments held at Moortown indicates the range of events, which have been staged over the years. The Championships fall into two main categories, the Amateur Competitions both National and County and the Professional Tournaments, which include the original Yorkshire Evening News Tournament, the Ryder Cup and P.G.A. Tour Events.

Amongst the many notable Amateur winners was Michael Bonallack who won the English Amateur Championship in 1962 and again shared the honours in the 1968 Brabazon Trophy with Rodney Foster.

Amateur Championship Winners


Yorkshire Evening News

From 1925 to 1962 Moortown regularly hosted the Yorkshire Evening News Professional Tournament. One of Moortown’s members, who worked for the Yorkshire Evening News, Kolin Roberston was instrumental in both attracting and organising these tournaments. Kolin was a single-figure handicap golfer with a world-wide reputation as a golf writer. He was largely responsible for bringing the Ryder Cup Match to Moortown in 1929.

In 1932 the event was spread over five days (Tuesday to Saturday) and attracted 3,940 spectators with a total gate of £197. The Club made a gross profit from the event of £88 8s 6d. Winners of the tournament included:

Profesional Events

Following the successful Evening News tournaments, Moortown hosted the Silent Night Trophy in 1965, which produced a tied result with Dave Thomas and Jimmy Martin.

In 1976 Rank Xerox sponsored the P.G.A. Cup Match between Great Britain and Ireland versus United States of America, which was won by the U.S. team.

In 1980 Haig Whisky sponsored the Tournament Players Championship which was won by Bernard Gallagher from Severiano Ballesteros who hit an over zealous approach shot to the 18th Green when his ball cleared green, spectators, bushes and trees and finished on the Putting Green.

From 1994 to 1999 in conjunction with the R. & A., Moortown hosted the Open Championship Qualifying Round. Moortown will once again return as an Open Championship Qualifying venue in 2012.

In 2008 the club played host to the Glenmuir PGA Professionals Championship won by Paul Simpson of the West Berkshire Golf Club.

Car Care

From 1984 to 1986 the Car Care Group brought their sponsored PGA Tour Event to Moortown and Moortown had the opportunity of seeing all the leading European players in action. The Car Care Trophy was won in 1984 by Nick Faldo, in 1985 by David J Russell and in 1986 by Mark Mouland.

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