2023 Haskell Trophy Winner

Woodbridge Golf Club

The Haskell Trophy has run smoothly since May, with only a few problems finding mutual play dates.
The semis were held on September 3rd.with Aldeburgh playing Ipswich at Southwold and Woodbridge taking on Southwold at Bungay.

Many thanks to Bungay and Southwold for hosting these fixtures.

Aldeburgh and Woodbridge then progressed to the final at Felixstowe Ferry on Sunday Oct 1st.
Sophie Warner and Sarah Saggers (Aldeburgh) played Melissa Coffey and Pippa Neall (Woodbridge).

The match was all square at lunchtime, and the afternoon play swung to and fro. It was a terrific tussle, with Woodbridge eventually winning on the 36th hole. The players were pretty exhausted in the fading light!

Many thanks to all at Felixstowe for making the day so enjoyable, and the sun shone too.

Haskell organiser.

General Information

A team shall consist of one pair from each Club.

This is a scratch foursomes match-play competition.  All Rounds are to be played over 36 holes to a conclusion – i.e. if a team is four up after 18 holes, they start at four up on the first hole of the second 18 and, if tied after 36 holes, continue on 37th hole to a sudden death conclusion.

The venues will be drawn on a Home or Away basis.  There are no set date for each Round to be played – each match is by agreement between the Clubs within a specified time frame – the only exceptions are the Semi-Finals and Final, which will be held at neutral courses on specified dates, chosen by the SLCGA.

Trophy History

The Haskell Trophy was presented to the SLCGA in 1969 by Granville Haskell, a well known Ipswich businessman who owned a jewellers shop in Tavern Street and who was a long-standing member of Purdis Heath Golf Club.  He was a wonderful supporter of women’s golf and presented his trophy after the Final every year for as long as he was able.  Habitually, he turned up with generous prizes for the winners.  He died in 1998 at the age of 82.


The trophy itself is a beautiful cup, tall and blessed with elegant simplicity and gracefully curving handles.  Its winners would most probably tell you that, outside the inter-county matches and arguably the regional open competitions, the Haskell Trophy matches constitute the most enjoyable golf they play.  Competition is always keen and it is hard to beat a foursomes match played between skilful golfers in good form.  The 36-hole format demands determination and prolonged concentration and usually offers up plenty of swings and roundabouts!  And then there is lunch and what went before it might well be turned on its head afterwards.

The Final match is refereed with the score being announced at the end of each hole so that spectators find it easy to become involved.  More spectators would be very welcome.  See Events for the date, which is usually in mid-August.

Julie Latimer-Jones

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