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Club History

Since its beginning in 1906, the Club has been held in high regard for the challenge it posed for both elite amateur and professional golfer. As early as 1914, it hosted the Lancashire Amateur championship, going on to host it 9 times, most recently 2009.

It began hosting professional events in 1917, when J. H Taylor, Ted Ray and James Braid played an exhibition match to raise funds for the war effort to help wounded soldiers. This was the beginning of a long association with the professional game. The Club hosted many professional tournaments, in the formative years of what later became the European Tour. In the 1950’s it hosted the Dunlop 2000 Guineas tournament, one of the richest prizes in British golf.

Over the years the links has been played by some of the world’s greatest players. Jack Nicklaus, played his first overseas professional tournament, the Piccadilly tournament in 1962 at S&A. Peter Thompson, winner of 5 Open Championships, won the Piccadilly Tournament in 1962. Arnold Palmer played the Nine Nations, in 1965 representing USA.

The links hosted the British Ladies Amateur championship in 1936, this was won by Pamela Barton, The “Pam Barton Memorial Salver” is now awarded to the winner of the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship.

The Club will always be associated with the Ryder Cup, however its rich history and involvement in many championships runs very deep. The links continues to host events for amateur and professional, most recently hosting professional Ladies in qualification for the Ladies British Open Championship, an event the Club hosted itself in 1979 when Alison Sheard was the winner. The world’s elite Juniors graced the links in 2015, when the Club co-hosted the British Boys Amateur championship.

The Club continues to support and develop the game of golf, amateur and professional with a number of its members representing County and National teams, and a few moving on to the professional ranks following successful amateur careers.

The Ryder Cup
1933, 1937

The R&A Boys Amateur Championship
2015

Lancashire Ladies County Championship
2015

Ladies British Open Championship – Final Qualifying
2014

Senior British Open – Final Qualifying (Professional)
2013

The Open Championship, Final Qualifying
2012, 2008, 2001, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1988, 1983, 1976, 1965

Lancashire Amateur Championship
2009, 1993, 1979, 1968, 1956, 1938, 1928, 1914

McGregor Trophy (English Boys U16 Championship)
2007

The R&A Amateur Championship
2005, 1984

Glenmuir Club Profesional Championships
2004

The Senior British Amateur
1994, 1985

The English Mid Amateur (Logan Trophy)
1993

EGU Team Championship
1989

The Ladies British Open Championship
1979

The British Youth Amateur Championships
1973

The Piccadilly No.1 Tournament
1962

Dunlop Tournament
1962

Ryder Cup Team v Walker Cup Team
1959

Dunlop 2000 Guineas
1957, 1954

PGA Senior Championship
1957, 1954

The Swallow Penfold Tournament
1955

Exhibition match – Percy Allis vs. Gene Sarazen
1954

The Dunlop Southport Tournament
1948, 1946, 1938, 1937, 1936, 1934, 1933, 1931

British Empire Challenge Match
1946

The British Amateur Ladies Championships
1936

Ladies Home Internationals
1936

Exhibition match – J.H. Taylor, Ted Ray, James Braid and T.G Renouf
1917