Canterbury Golf Club

Details of cups and trophies played for in the Men's section

Compiled by Chris Jackson and Richard Young


Adsett Salver

Format:

18-hole Stableford Competition.

Winners and runners-up from Wednesday Medals and Stablefords, from the beginning of September to the end of August, are eligible to play.


History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated in 1962 by Stan Adsett, Captain of the Club in 1964.  Stan Adsett, with Len Watts, founded Lenley’s, the furnishers, for many years located in Burgate and now in Roper Road.  He was largely responsible for setting up the twinning with Hardelot Golf Club in October 1969.  The twinning continues, with the Stirling-Calonne Cup and Seniors’ and Ladies’ matches. 




 

Bill Cryer Trophy

Format:

18-hole Greensomes Medal Competition.

Handicap limit of 20, with an allowance of half combined handicap.


History of the Trophy:

Bill Cryer was Captain in 1974 and was an Honorary Life Member and a Vice-President of the Club. He died on February 3, 2001 and the trophy was donated in his memory by his wife. It was first played for in April 2002.




Brook Rose Bowl

Format:

18-hole Medal Competition, played with the Henry Knight Salver competition.

Handicap limit of 20.


History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated in 1969 by P. T. S. Brook, Captain in 1934 and 1949, and President 1967-1977.  Pip Brook was a founding member of the Club and played in the opening match against the Buffs Golfing Society.  He was Chairman of the Green Committee for many years and the copse of sycamore trees on the right of the ninth fairway was one of his last gifts to the club.  His wife Ethel (née Mount) was a long-time member of the Ladies' Section and served as Ladies' Captain.  The Ethel Brook Cup is still played for by the ladies.




Browning Cup

Format:

18-hole Foursomes Bogey Competition open to both Men and Ladies

Handicap limits: Men 20, Ladies 30. Played off men’s card, with men off white tees and ladies off red. Handicap allowance of half the combined handicaps,
with one shot extra added to ladies’ handicaps before calculation is made.



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated in 1928 by George Browning, JP. 
The first clubhouse, burnt down in 1938, was built by his company, Geo. Browning, Builders.




Captain's Prize

Format:

The Club Captain may set up the competition as he or she sees fit, but it is normally an 18-hole medal.


History of the Prize:

Unknown.




Founders' Plate

Format:

18-hole Medal qualifying round.

Holder and top 31 qualify for matchplay knock-out competition.

Handicap limit of 20.


History of the Plate:

The trophy was donated in 1928 by:

Douglas Grant, Captain; Vaughan Page, Vice-President; Wright Hunt, Vice-President; H.E. Green; Carol Powers; Dr Edward Morris; Henry Westron; Frank Amos; Spencer W. Mount; Col. H. B. McCormick; R.N. Newman, first Club Treasurer; Percy R. Finn; F.W. Martin; E. Byron Kelsey; Dr H. Wacher; C.C. Williamson, Vice-President.

Douglas Grant was the first Captain of the Club in 1927-1928.  An American, he won the California State Championship before moving to London. He became a member of Royal St. George’s, winning the Grand Challenge in 1925 and 1928 and serving as Captain in 1951-1952 and President from 1961 to 1966.  He will be remembered in the golfing world as collaborator with Jack Nevill - neither of them a trained golf course architect - in the design of Pebble Beach




Fox Consistency Salver

Format:

Awarded for the best 6 out of 10 net scores in qualifying competitions.


History of the Salver:

This trophy was donated by Dr A. R. Fox in 1982.  Dr Arthur Fox was born in Walsall and was educated at Wrekin College, where he became Head Boy, and St. Catherine’s College Cambridge.  He completed his medical training at the London Hospital and worked there during the Second World War.  In 1945 he came to Canterbury and joined Dr Stewart Gillies, a member of Canterbury Golf Club, in general practice.  Arthur was an all-round sportsman and represented Kent at tennis.  When he gave up tennis he took up golf and got down to a single-figure handicap.  He died in 1994, aged 81.




George Cup

Format:

This is the Club Championship Competition.

36-hole medal scratch competition played with the Victory Bowl handicap event on a Saturday and Sunday over one weekend



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated by Lt. Commander Donald H. George in 1937.  Born in Canterbury, Donald George joined the Royal Navy in 1909 and was a prisoner of war from 1917 to 1919.  He worked on a rubber plantation in Malaya until 1931 and from then until 1951 ran the Farmers’ Transport Company.  From its foundation in 1934 until 1940 he was the Sea Cadets Commander and from 1947 until his death in 1960 he was the local Conservative Party Treasurer.  He was awarded the OBE for Political Services.




Hallet Cup

Format:

Originally a fourball better-ball matchplay competition in two stages, the first involving qualification from several qualifying divisions (the number of divisions being dictated by the quantity of entries) and the second being a knockout between the qualifiers. This was changed in the early part of the new century into a cumulative fourball better-ball Stableford competition played over six weeks, with the top 20 pairs moving into the final, a one-round contest played on the same basis. In 2015, the event underwent a further transformation that saw the introduction of a variety of formats, with points being awarded in each competition according to finishing positions and the aggregate total determining the overall positions at the end of the eight-event schedule.

Handicap limit of 20.



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated by R. M. Hallet, Captain in 1961 and 1971 and President from 1994 to 1996.  Ray Hallet was a member of the garage family who had a garage in St. Dunstan’s for many years, before a merger with Invicta Motors. Before he took up golf, he was a motorbike rider, taking part in the Isle of Man TT races on a number of occasions.




Hanbury Cup

Format:

Foursomes Matchplay Knock-out Competition

Handicap limit of 20. Half the difference of the combined handicaps is used to determine strokes received and given.



History of the Cup:

The first mention of this cup is in 1935.  It was probably donated by the brewers, Jude Hanbury and Co. Ltd., who were on the list of the Club’s debenture holders in 1926.  Their brewery was in Watling Street and was demolished in 1936.  However, when Fred Hinchliff and Bill Heath won the competition in the 1960s there was no cup and a new one was purchased, interestingly hallmarked 1934.




Henry Knight Salver

Format:

18-hole Medal Scratch Competition, played with the Brook Rose Bowl competition.



History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated in 1976 in memory of H. H. Knight, member of the Club 1964-1975, by his family.  After a very successful time as a competitive motor-cyclist, Henry Knight took up golf at Canterbury and, with a handicap of 7, was a keen participant in competitions and in the East Kent League Team.  Partnered by Richard Young, he won the Hanbury Cup for a record three times and helped Canterbury win the East Kent League Trophy on two occasions.




Hooker Cup

Format:

Matchplay Knock-out Competition for handicaps from 16 to 28.

Full difference in handicaps is used to determine strokes received and given.



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated by Frank Hooker, JP, in 1928.  A flour miller by trade Frank was Sheriff of Canterbury in 1927 and Mayor from 1931 to 1932. He was a great benefactor of the city and had the Frank Hooker School (since re-titled) named in his honour and was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Canterbury in 1951. 




Ickham Bowl

Format:

18-hole Medal Competition.

Handicap limit of 20.



History of the Trophy:

The Trophy was donated to the Club in 1928 by the old Ickham Court Golf Club, on the formation of Canterbury Golf Club and the dissolution of the former. At the same time the Ladies received their Ickham Bowl and also the Sillars (Ladies Club Champion) Cup.




Jack Snell Trophy

Format:

18 Hole Medal. Handicap limit of 20



History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated in 1981 by J.H. Snell, who was Captain of the Club in 1965 and President from 1979 to 1981.  A fanatical sportsman, Jack Snell was Company Secretary of Robert Brett and Sons for many years, a long-serving Chairman of Canterbury City Football Club and Sheriff of Canterbury in 1976.




John Hogben Memorial Trophy

Format:

36-hole Stableford Competition, played Saturday and Sunday over one weekend.

Handicap limit of 20.


History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated in John’s memory by his family.  He died tragically, aged only 52, on the course whilst playing in the Captain’s Prize in 1989.  On leaving school John Hogben served an apprenticeship with Haden’s, the heating engineers, where he worked with another Canterbury member, the late John Sullivan, who introduced him to golf.  He then became a technical officer for the GPO, later BT, and became a member of the Club in 1976.  John, a wonderfully lively character who could hit the ball huge distances, reduced his handicap to 13 and won the Jack Snell Trophy in 1988.




Kent County Playing Fields Association Cup

Format:

18-hole Medal Competition.

Handicap limit of 20.

History of the Trophy:

The cup was presented by the Kent County Playing Fields Association, probably in 1933, in exchange for a donation to the association’s funds.  The KCPFA was founded in 1926 and today makes grants and lends money to sports clubs and grants bursaries to young sportsmen and women.




Lefevre Cup

Format:

18-hole Medal Competition. Handicap limit of 20.



History of the Cup:

The cup, originally called the Mayor’s Cup, was donated by the then seven-time Mayor of Canterbury, Alderman Charles Lefevre, in 1937.  As guest of honour at the Club Annual Dinner in that year, Alderman Lefevre stated that he was a golfer, having belonged to a club for four years and having played five times.  However, he admitted to having never got further than the 10th hole.  The Lefevres were descendants of an old Huguenot family. The well-known family business was established in 1875, originally at 2 Sun Street and later in Guildhall Street and Mercery Lane, where the large department store remained known as Lefevres for many years after it was acquired by the Debenhams group in 1928. Charles died suddenly in October 1945, at the age of 66.




Marks Salver

Format:

Awarded for the best 6 out of 10 net scores throughout each year in qualifying competitions.



History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated by Ray Marks, Captain in 1985 and President 2000-2003




Past Captains' Cup

Format:

18-hole Stableford Competition. Handicap limit of 28.



History of the Trophy:

The cup was donated in 1979 by Maurice Steptoe, Captain of the Club in 1968.  Maurice had many business interests in the Canterbury area and was an important member of the local political scene, representing St. Stephen’s Ward for the Conservatives.  Throughout the 1970s he was Chairman of the Council’s Amenities and Recreation Committee and Chairman of the Canterbury Theatre Trust.  He was greatly valued member of the Club for many years.

  

Pilgrims Challenge Cup

Format:

36-hole Medal Open Competition. Handicap limit of 12.



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated by Walter H. Whigham in 1932.  Walter Whigham was mentioned three times in dispatches for his services in the Great War and was awarded an OBE.  Working his whole life in the City of London, he became a member of the Court of Directors of the Bank of England and Deputy Chairman of LNER.  He was High Sheriff of London in 1923 and of Kent in 1935 and 1947.  Brought up at Highland Court, Bridge, now Higham Court, he was the third President of the Club, serving from 1931 to 1935.




Powers Cup

Format:

18-hole Medal

Handicap limit of 28 (not 20). Winners of the following competitions are eligible to play:

Powers Cup (previous year); John Hogben Trophy; Sunday January, February, March April Medals; Founders' Plate; May Medal; Brook Rose Bowl; Henry Knight Salver; Style Cup; Redford Trophy; Lefevre Cup; KCPFA Cup; Rogerson Cup; Winch Bowl; Pilgrims Challenge Cup (top net/gross home players); George Cup; Victory Bowl; Jack Snell Trophy; Ickham Bowl; October Medal; November (Haig) Medal; Adsett Salver; President's Putter; Hooker Cup; Scotland Hills Cup; Ron Gawler Trophy.



History of the Trophy:

This cup was donated in 1928 by Carol Powers, a Founder Member of the Club and Captain in 1930.  Carol Powers was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge.  He taught at St Edmund’s School for 40 years, most of them as Headmaster of the Junior School.  A passionate lover of golf, and in his prime a scratch player, he laid out a nine-hole course in the school grounds and personally attended to the cutting, watering and levelling of the greens.  When he retired in 1946, he went to live in Deal and joined the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club.  He died in 1959.




President's Putter

Format:

Scratch Matchplay Competition.



History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated by E. Hebden Phillips, Captain 1939-1945 and President 1946-66 in 1963.  
(See Victory Bowl for details.)




Redford Trophy

Format:

36-hole Medal Competition, played with the Rogerson Cup competition.

Handicap limit 18-28.



History of the Trophy:

The trophy, originally given for play on Saturday afternoons by the higher handicap players, was donated in 1965 by Ken Redford, professional at Canterbury 1963-1975.  Ken took up golf at the age of 15 as an assistant at Roehampton.  His first professional appointment was at Stanmore, where he stayed for five years before emigrating to South Africa.  He was professional at King David Golf Club, Cape Town and beat the great Gary Player in the final of the South African PGA Championship in 1956. He beat him 2 & 1 in the days when this Championship was a Matchplay format. 




Rogerson Cup

Format:

36-hole Medal Competition, played with the Redford Trophy competition

Handicap limit 9-17



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated in 1936 in the memory of Dr. C. J. Rogerson, who died in that year. Dr. Rogerson served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War and was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in attending to wounded men under fire. On coming to Canterbury he became a member of the Honorary Medical Staff of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, being an anaesthetist.  He was a very keen sportsman and was a member of the Elms Tennis Club, St. Lawrence Cricket Club, as well as Canterbury Golf Club, at the time of his early death.  Public subscriptions in his memory provided for decorated glass panels in the Children’s Ward of the new Kent and Canterbury Hospital, opened in 1937.




Ron Gawler Trophy

Format:

Matchplay Knock-out Competition for 5-day members.

Full difference in handicaps is used to determine strokes received and given.



History of the Trophy:

The board was donated to the club by Frank Savage (captain 2012-2013) and was introduced during the tenure as club captain of Tony Wenham (2013-2014) to be contested by 5-day members only. The trophy was named in tribute to local personality Ron Gawler, who excelled in many sports, as a professional footballer and in cricket, squash, athletics and golf, in which he was a long-term member of Canterbury GC.



Scotland Hills Cup

Format:

Matchplay Knock-out Competition. Handicap limit of 20.

Full difference in handicaps is used to determine strokes received and given.



History of the Cup:

The cup was donated by Charles Cowell Williamson, President 1930, 1936-1937, 1940-1945, a member of one of Canterbury’s oldest families. Charles, a miller by trade (he was Chairman of Kingsford and Co. for many years), was an enthusiastic sportsman and was one of the founder members of the Club. He was also one of the country’s foremost rose growers and was President of the National Rose Society from 1925 to 1926.




Style Cup

Format:

18-hole Medal Competition. Handicap limit of 20.



History of the Trophy:

This is the Club’s oldest trophy, originally donated by Sir William Style to the Barham Downs Golf Club in 1898.  In 1927 it was donated to Canterbury.  The Barham Downs Golf Club was instituted in 1890, along with a ladies' club, and occupied ground which is now covered largely by the southern end of the Bridge by-pass.




Vice-Presidents Trophy

Format:

18-hole Foursomes Medal Competition.

Handicap limit of 20, with an allowance of half combined handicap.



History of the Trophy:

The Trophy was donated by the Vice-Presidents in 1984:

K. W. Jeffery; B. Rafferty; R. M .Hallet; M. E. Steptoe; S. A. Adsett; W. A. Cryer; T. Allen; R. Young; G. P. C. Howson; J. H. Snell; D. J. Stirling; I. F. Naylor; F. W. Newing; F. W. Hinchcliff; J. W. Gillin; D. A. Sutherland; J. T. Morgan; A. P. Ardouin; G. W. Pritchett; C. J. B. Murdoch.

The actual trophy was won by Dick Thrush’s father-in-law, J.B. Thompson, while a member at Canterbury and was given to Dick’s wife.  When a trophy was being sought by the Vice-Presidents, Mrs Thrush offered the trophy which was then mounted on a plinth.




Victory Bowl

Format:

36-hole Medal Handicap, played with the George Cup competition, Saturday and Sunday over one weekend. Handicap limit of 20



History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated in 1945 by E. Hebden Phillips, Captain 1939-45 and President 1946-66, who was a stalwart of the Club for many years.  He worked in the family firm of licensed property valuers and accountants and had the distinction of being the first person to row across the Channel in a skiff.  He was greeted by a brass band when he reached Calais, and a hefty and enthusiastic Frenchman put his foot through the bottom of the skiff!




Winch Bowl

Format:

18-hole Bogey Competition. Handicap limit of 20



History of the Trophy:

The trophy was donated to the Club in 1928, probably by the Style and Winch Brewery.  At their heyday in the 1920s Style and Wynch had over 600 pubs, but they were taken over by Courage and Barclay in the 1950s.






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