Sun-Herald Tournament

The Sun-Herald Tournament was a golf tournament held in Australia from 1924 to 1926. It was the first Australian tournament with significant prize money and was run along the lines of the British News of the World Match Play. The first event in 1924 was sponsored by The Sun newspaper in Sydney and was called the Sun Tournament. In 1925 and 1926 the events were co-sponsored by The Herald newspaper in Melbourne. The 1925 event was held in Melbourne and was called the Herald-Sun tournament while 1926 the event returned to Sydney and was called the Sun-Herald Tournament. The 1926 event was combined with the Australian Professional Championship.[1]

Sun-Herald Tournament
Tournament information
LocationAustralia
Established1924
Final year1926
Final champion
Frank Eyre

FormatEdit

Qualification was by a series of 36-hole stroke-play competitions; one for each state. There were a pre-determined number of qualifiers from each event. A total of 16 players qualified for the final stage with the winner determined by a knock-out competition. The final stage lasted four days, with all matches over 36 holes. There were consolation events for players losing in the early rounds.

Prize moneyEdit

Total prize money for each event was £500. The winner received £195 and a £5 gold medal. The losing-finalist received £100 with the losing semi-finalist each getting £40. All 16 players reaching the final stage received a minimum of £5.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Venue Margin
of victory
Runner-up Ref
Sun Tournament
1924 Carnegie Clark   Australia Royal Sydney 37 holes   Walter Clark [2]
Herald-Sun Tournament
1925 Tom Howard   Australia Royal Melbourne 3 & 2   Walter Spicer [3]
Sun-Herald Tournament
1926 Frank Eyre   Australia The Australian Golf Club 6 & 5   Arthur Le Fevre [4]

1924 Sun TournamentEdit

Qualifying

Four qualifying events were held. 1 place was allocated to South Australia, 7 to Victoria, 7 to New South Wales and 1 to Queensland. One Tasmanian golfer travelled to Victoria to try to qualify.

Final stage

The final stage was played from 7 to 10 July at Royal Sydney Golf Club. The complete draw was announced on 3 July.[9]

Source:[10][11][12][13][14]

First round
7 July
  Second round
8 July
  Semi-finals
9 July
  Final
10 July
                           
Arthur Le Fevre    
Tom Howard 3&2     Tom Howard    
Jock Young     Dan Soutar 2&1  
Dan Soutar 6&4       Dan Soutar    
Walter Spicer 2 up       Carnegie Clark 3&2  
Arthur Spence       Walter Spicer  
Reg Jupp     Carnegie Clark 10&8  
Carnegie Clark 6&5       Carnegie Clark 37h
Ted Cates         Walter Clark  
Fred Popplewell 11&10     Fred Popplewell 4&3  
Rowley Banks 1 up   Rowley Banks    
Charlie Campbell         Fred Popplewell  
Rufus Stewart         Walter Clark 8&7  
Walter Clark 3&2     Walter Clark 11&10
Barney Keating 2&1   Barney Keating    
Les McManus    

The final was tied after 36 holes and went to extra holes. At the first extra hole both players were about 10 feet from the hole in two. Walter putted first and finished 9 inches from the hole. Carnegie putted next, just having room to pass Walter's ball. The putt ended on the lip of the hole, directly between Walter's ball and the hole; a "dead stymie". Walter tried to chip over Carnegie's ball but he knocked Carnegie's ball into the hole, giving Carnegie a three and winning the match.[15][16]

1925 Herald-Sun TournamentEdit

Qualifying

Two qualifying events were held. 8 places were allocated to a qualifying event in Melbourne and 8 to another in Sydney. Professionals from Queensland were included in the Sydney event, while those from South Australia and Tasmania played in Melbourne.[17]

Final stage

The final stage was played from 6 to 9 July at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The complete draw was made on 29 June.[20]

Source:[21][22][23][24]

First round
6 July
  Second round
7 July
  Semi-finals
8 July
  Final
9 July
                           
Walter Baldwin 3&2  
Barney Keating       Walter Baldwin    
Walter Clark 1 up   Walter Clark 4&3  
Ernie Wood         Walter Clark    
Fred Popplewell w/o       Walter Spicer 9&8  
Ted Smith       Fred Popplewell  
Walter Spicer 4&3   Walter Spicer 3&2  
Billy Iles         Walter Spicer  
Don Spence         Tom Howard 3&2
Rowley Banks 37h     Rowley Banks 6&5  
Dan Soutar 6&5   Dan Soutar    
Steve Holder         Rowley Banks  
Will Corry         Tom Howard 7&6  
Tom Howard 1 up     Tom Howard 37h
Arthur Le Fevre     Frank Eyre    
Frank Eyre 5&4  

1926 Sun-Herald TournamentEdit

Qualifying

Four qualifying events were held. 2 place was allocated to South Australia, 6 to Victoria, 6 to New South Wales and 2 to Queensland. Tasmanians could play in the Victorian event.

Final stage

The final stage was played from 18 to 21 October at the Australian Golf Club. The complete draw was announced on 6 October.[28]

Source:[29][30][31][32]

First round
18 October
  Second round
19 October
  Semi-finals
20 October
  Final
21 October
                           
Billy Iles    
Ted Smith 7&6     Ted Smith    
Arthur Spence     Arthur Le Fevre 1 up  
Arthur Le Fevre 6&5       Arthur Le Fevre 2 up  
Dick Carr         Dan Soutar    
Don Thomson 11&9     Don Thomson  
Dan Soutar 4&3   Dan Soutar 3&2  
Vic James         Arthur Le Fevre  
Don Spence 7&5       Frank Eyre 6&5
Rowley Banks       Don Spence    
Carnegie Clark 6&5   Carnegie Clark 2&1  
Fred McDowall         Carnegie Clark  
Frank Eyre 6&5       Frank Eyre 3&2  
Willie Harvey       Frank Eyre 5&4
Horace Boorer 3&2   Horace Boorer    
Will Corry    

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