2023 Cranworth Trophy Winner



The Final of the Cranworth took place on 28th September 2023.  The match was played at Diss and the two teams, Bramford and Newton Green were looking forward to battle for the Plate.  Unfortunately there can only be one winner, and my congratulations go to Bramford.  Commiserations to Newton Green who battled extremely well.

I would like to thank Diss for allowing us to use their venue and followed up with some excellent food.  Lady Captain of Diss, Liz Cole provided some goodies for all to eat and helped me throughout the day.  Our Referee Alison was on the scene too.

Our County Captain Tanya attended the day and enjoyed walking and watching the matches before presenting the Plate to the winners.

The Photograph – Only one was taken.  Both teams were adamant that every single one of the teams, caddies, Captains and myself included too should be in the photograph.  For me, the photo represents a glorious day full of fun and competition and that’s how golf should be played.

Geraldine Rose
Cranworth Organiser

 General Information

A team shall consist of 8 players from each Club – each player having a handicap index within the range of 19.1 to 28.0 inclusive.
Format: 18-hole Match Play. (To continue until 2025 and the review)
Two match-play foursomes, (playing off ½ difference of combined handicaps), followed by four match-play singles, (in handicap index order), playing off full handicap allowance.
The venues for all the Rounds will be played on neutral courses.

Trophy History

Lady Cranworth presented her trophy to the County Association in 1936.  Initially, it is believed, it was played for by Silver Division players but at some point after the Second World War, there developed a keenly contested inter-club knockout competition amongst Bronze Division golfers that became the Cranworth Trophy as we still know in in 2013.

Who thought up the unusual scoring method in force for many years, it is hard to say, or perhaps no one will own up to it!  With five points at stake for every match, whether singles or foursomes (one point for winning each nine holes and three for the overall match), it was certainly innovative and might perhaps have been more understandable had it been applied to the more accomplished golfers of the county.  However, though the Cranworth matches were marathon occasions, with the scoring system necessarily taking most matches round the full thirty-six holes, most of the protagonists loved it and indeed, in some cases, were positively passionate about it.

There was a short period in the mid-eighties when the competition reverted to ‘normal’ match play, but the two year trial ended with the clubs opting to return to the old system.  After a further twenty-five years or so, during which the organisers struggled to contain the matches within a comfortable timeframe, reason has once more prevailed and the Cranworth Trophy is now played for in recognisable foursomes and singles, to the great relief of many.  Each round of the Trophy still constitutes a long day on the golf course, offering the players plenty of scope for fulfillment.

The desire to play the competition all the way through on neutral courses has also come and gone once or twice through the decades and is currently in force again.

There is generally more discussion about the Cranworth Trophy than all the other inter-club competitions, probably put together and regardless of the standard of golf at which they are played.  Plainly, it continues to keep grass roots interest in the County golfing activities alive and well.  That can only be good.

Julie Latimer-Jones

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