Little Aston Golf Club

Little Aston Golf Club is an 18 hole members golf club located within the Little Aston Park Private Estate in Sutton Coldfield, England which has hosted a variety of leading professional and amateur tournaments including the Schweppes PGA Close Championship and the Brabazon Trophy.

Little Aston Golf Club
Club information
Little Aston Golf Club is located in England
Little Aston Golf Club
Location in England
Coordinates52°35′44.0″N 1°52′0.7″W / 52.595556°N 1.866861°W / 52.595556; -1.866861Coordinates: 52°35′44.0″N 1°52′0.7″W / 52.595556°N 1.866861°W / 52.595556; -1.866861
LocationSutton Coldfield,
Birmingham, England
Established1908[1]
TypePrivate
Total holes18
Tournaments hostedEnglish Amateur
Brabazon Trophy
British Ladies Amateur
British Masters
Jacques Léglise Trophy
Schweppes PGA Close Championship
Swallow-Penfold Tournament
Daks Tournament
Boys Amateur Championship
Dunlop Tournament
Websitehttp://www.littleastongolf.co.uk
Designed byHarry Vardon[1]
Par72
Length6813[2]
Course rating74[3]

HistoryEdit

Little Aston Golf Club was founded in 1908 when Harry Vardon was commissioned to covert 136 acres of land into the golf course, the design commissioned by Harry Vardon remains largely unchanged to date.[1] The land had previously formed part of the estate of Little Aston Hall.[3]

Little Aston hosted its first significant tournament when it hosted the English Amateur in 1927[4] and hosted its first professional tournament at the 1951 Dunlop Tournament. Subsequently the club has gone on to host the Schweppes PGA Close Championship the forerunner to the European Tour's flagship event in 1962[5] and the Brabazon Trophy on 3 occasions from 1970 to 1994.[6]

In more recent years the course has been lengthened with addition of several new championship tees to continue to remain a competitive challenge in light of the changes in distances achieved by modern player and equipment.[3]

Course and scorecardEdit

There is a single 18 hole course at Little Aston Golf Course which takes the form of a parkland course, from the championship tees the course measures 6,813 yards.

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par Men's 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 35 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 37 72
Handicap Men's 13 5 7 1 15 9 4 11 18 3 10 6 17 16 2 8 14 12
Championship 74 392 446 514 317 161 423 362 410 193 3218 444 393 485 183 342 549 419 380 400 3595 6813
Medal 392 446 503 317 161 423 362 392 193 3189 432 393 485 161 326 549 398 380 391 3515 6704
Yellow 392 410 490 314 153 410 346 376 178 3055 426 363 485 156 300 517 375 370 374 3365 6420
Par Women's 4 5 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 36 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 38 74
Handicap Women's 13 5 7 9 15 1 4 11 18 3 10 6 17 16 2 8 14 12
Red 368 392 442 271 137 385 313 342 143 2793 391 296 437 130 262 473 313 339 328 2969 5762

All distances given in yards[2]

Tournaments hostedEdit

Boys Amateur ChampionshipEdit

Little Aston first hosted the Boys Amateur Championship in 1994 and subsequently hosted the matchplay tournament again in 2008 with the following results:[7]

No. Year Champion Runner-up Score
1 1994   Christopher Smith   Chris Rodgers 2 & 1
2 2008   Pedro Figueiredo   Fraser McKenna 39th Hole

Brabazon TrophyEdit

Little Aston hosted the Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy on 3 occasions between 1970 and 1994 with the following results:[6]

No. Year Champion Score
1 1970 Peter Moody 296
2 1979 D. Long 291
3 1994   Gary Harris 280

British Ladies Amateur Golf ChampionshipEdit

The club hosted the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 1998 with Kim Rostron of England beating Gwladys Nocera of France 4&3 in the final.[8]

British MastersEdit

The club has hosted the British Masters on 5 occasions between 1947 and 1969, for sponsorship reasons the tournament was known as the Dunlop Masters during this period and the results were:

No. Year Champion Score Runner-up Ref
1 1947   Arthur Lees 283   Norman Von Nida [9]
2 1955   Harry Bradshaw 277   Henry Cotton [10]
3 1958   Harry Weetman 276   Bobby Locke [11]
4 1963   Bernard Hunt 282   Ralph Moffitt [12]
5 1969   Cobie Legrange 281   Peter Butler [13]

Daks TournamentEdit

Little Aston hosted the Daks Tournament on the European circuit in 1954 with Peter Alliss winning the event.[14]

Dunlop TournamentEdit

In 1951 Little Aston co-hosted the Dunlop Tournament with Sutton Coldfield Golf Club with Charlie Ward of South Africa winning the event.[15]

English AmateurEdit

The club has hosted the English Amateur on 4 occasions between 1927 and 2010 (co-hosting with Sutton Coldfield Golf Club in 2010), with the following results:[4]

No. Year Winner Runner-up Score
1 1927 Philip Perkins J. B. Beddard 2 & 1
2 1948 Alan Helm H. J. Roberts 2 & 1
3 1985 Roger Winchester P. R. Robinson 1 hole
4 2010 Tommy Fleetwood Warren Harmston 1 hole

Jacques Léglise TrophyEdit

Little Aston hosted the 1994 Jacques Léglise Trophy amateur boys' team golf competition between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe, with Great Britain and Ireland winning 12½ – 2½.[16]

Schweppes PGA Close ChampionshipEdit

In 1962 the club hosted the Schweppes PGA Close Championship which is now the European Tour flagship BMW PGA Championship, the winner was Peter Alliss with a score of 287.[5]

Swallow-Penfold TournamentEdit

Little Aston hosted the Swallow-Penfold Tournament in 1966 with Welsh golfer Dave Thomas winning the event.

See alsoEdit

List of golf courses in the United Kingdom

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Heritage". Little Aston Golf Club. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Scorecard". Little Aston Golf Club. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Course Guide". Little Aston Golf Club. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Previous Winners – English Amateur". England Golf. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b "BMW PGA Championship European Tour Past Winners and History". Golf Blogger. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Previous Winners – Brabazon Trophy". England Golf. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Boys Amateur Championship". Golf Today. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Kim secures Curtis place with Open win". Lancashire Telegraph. 15 June 1998. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Lees and Von Nida tie for "Masters" title". Glasgow Herald. 10 October 1947. p. 2. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Bradshaw wins "Masters" golf tournament". Glasgow Herald. 22 September 1955. p. 4. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  11. ^ Horne, Cyril (22 September 1958). "Masters golfer's visit to Scotland". Glasgow Herald. p. 3. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Masters title for B. J. Hunt". Glasgow Herald. 1 July 1963. p. 4. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  13. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (15 September 1969). "Legrange wins from the front". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Daks Tournament". GolfCompendium.com. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Ward's 70". Aberdeen Evening Express. 4 April 1951.
  16. ^ "Past Winners – Jacques Léglise Trophy". R&A Championships Limited. Retrieved 30 August 2014.

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