Amateur Tournaments

'Hoylake plays host to a good variety of prestigious Amateur events' 
the 17th Harold Hilton Medal - 8-9th June 2013

The Harold Hilton Medal was inaugurated in 1997 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Hoylake legend Harold Hilton's Open Championship home victory. It is fitting that the event is an Amateur tournament given that Harold Hilton is one of only three Amateur golfers ever to win The Open Championship. It is also telling that all three Amateur winners had strong links to Hoylake. John Ball Jr was a member of the Club and Bobby Jones won the 1930 Open Championship that was played at Hoylake. Bobby Jones also became an honorary member, so we can claim all as members at one point or another!

In its 17 years of play so far, the tournament has quickly become established on the international stage with players travelling long distances to take part. In fact the 2013 winner Jorg Paulus hails from Bad Abbach – Deutenhof in Germany. It’s also a tournament that attracts competitors year after year which in part is down to the sociable nature of the event. Perhaps another factor is that it is limited to players over the age of 30 and with a handicap of 5 or under, which means that few players go on to turn professional as is the norm in many other top Amateur events.

The Harold Hilton Medal is played over 36 holes in early June when the links is at its peak with the rough usually in full growth giving the course tremendous definition, so it’s a great opportunity for visitors to the links to play competitive golf on the historic Hoylake links.

Results 2013
2013 results of Harold Hilton Medal

The 2013 winner Jorg Paulus from Bad Abbach – Deutenhof in Germany

Harold Hilton 2013 Group Photos
Harold Hilton 2013 prize-giving


Entry is open to gentlemen amateur golfers of 30 years of age and over. The handicap is limited to 5, plus invited guests. The field will be limited to 60 players


Friday 7th June - Practise Round pm
Saturday 8th June - 18 hole strokeplay with the leading 40 players qualifying for the matchplay phases organised in 5 flights from Saturday pm to the finals on Sunday pm.
The leading 8 qualifiers will contest the Harold Hilton Medal.
Sunday 9th June - Players failing to qualify and defeated on the Saurday afternoon will contest the Scratch Stableford on Sunday am.


Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner up in each flight, the leading qualifier and the winner of the Scratch Stableford. The overall winner will receive the Harold Hilton Medal which will remain the property of and in the possession of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.


Entrants are required to submit an office Entry Form together with the entry fee to the Secretary at the address shown below by Friday 10th May 2013. Royal Liverpool Golf Club reserves the right to refuse entry without reason. In the event of over subscription a ballot on handicap will be carried out.
'The Secretary, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 4AL (UK)'


The entry fee is £150 (£50 for RLGC members) and is inclusive of Practise Round, Captain's Welcoming Reception, Lunches and the Championship Dinner.


Competitors should make their own accommodation arrangements.


A welcoming reception for all competitors will be held in the Clubhouse at 19.00 on Friday 7th June 2013. A two-course supper will also be available afterwards at a cost of £15.00.


A formal black tie dinner will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 8th June, 20.15 for 20.30, which all competitors are expected to attend.


The 4th Wirral Golf Classic - 23rd-27th September 2013

Wirral Golf Classic LogoThe Wirral Golf Classic presents a fantastic opportunity to play an Open Championship  course and three other fine links at a very attractive price.  For just £229 (Early Bird Special rate until May 1st 2013) all competitors play Royal Liverpool, Caldy, Heswall, and Open Qualifying course  Wallasey, with a rest day during the week of 23 – 27 September 2013.

Players come from all over the UK and some from Continental Europe to experience this unique event. In addition to the pull of playing at Hoylake, there are three other fine courses to enjoy. Wallasey, is the home of the Stableford, created by one of their past Captains and offers fine links golf.  It is an Open Qualifying venue enjoying beautiful views across the Mersey to Liverpool.   The R&A’s chose Heswall a few miles further along the coast from Hoylake, as their venue for the Junior Open Championship in 2006.   Caldy, has fine views from its cliffs across the River Dee to Wales is a former venue of the Seniors’ Championship and is the Qualifying venue for the Ricoh.  All great courses all with wonderful views and challenging holes,

The entrance fee for the Classic is £229 (£239 after 1st May 2013) also includes 2 social events, the Welcome Reception at Official Host Hotel, the 4* Thornton Hall, as well as the Prize-giving at Royal Liverpool.  With green fees alone almost double this fee the event offers excellent value. Entries close on 7 Sept.

Further information can be found on the web site including promotional offers from accommodation providers in Wirral. The event is supported by Wirral Council, with Titleist supplying the prizes.

Hoylake Open Scratch Mixed Foursomes
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The Hoylake Open Scratch Mixed Foursomes (HOSMF) as the name suggests, is a chance for top amateur male and female golfers to play together in a prestigious pairs event over the historic links at Hoylake. Played over the late summer bank holiday at the end of August, the links provides a challenging but fair test for low handicap golfers. HOSMF is commonly regarded as the foremost event of its type in the United Kingdom and indeed Europe. It regularly attracts players from all over the UK and also from abroad, with many players returning year after year. Conceived nearly 50 years ago by Hoylake members Gus Lowe and Joy Christian-Jones, the three day knock-out event with a full social programme requires stamina both on and off the links. A wide variety of pairings take to the course, and for those without a partner, the friendly organising committee are always happy to try to find suitable playing partners for individuals. For those married couples who enter, its ideal to begin with both a strong golf game and just as importantly a strong relationship as the format can be a test of teamwork & patience!

The 49th playing of the Hoylake Open Scratch Mixed Foursomes saw competitors coming from all over the UK for this match play event commonly regarded as the top event of its type in the UK. One hundred and twenty eight golfers started out on Saturday morning in the knock-out with just 4 couples remaining on Monday morning. In the first semi-final top seeds Becky Dowell and Carl Corbin from Wakefield beat Martin Pyke and Anne Wheble from Dartmouth, before facing local golfer Claire Fry partnered by Mark Duncalf from Formby. It proved 3rd time lucky for the Merseyside pair having played together for the last 2 years. The other semi-finalists were Sheila Quisley and Gareth Sheridan from Surrey.

The consolation event saw another local player triumph with Lauren Drake from Wallasey partnered by Rajiv Patel of Wentworth GC beating Gareth Aspey & Lucy Eaton from Skipton.

The Club looks forward to celebrating 50 years of this wonderful event in 2013. 

Winners list

1964 A. G. Lowe and Miss J. Christian-Jones
1965 A. R. Wigdall and Miss Mary Everard
1966 H. C. Branch and Mrs. C. Comboy
1967 R. T. Robinson and Miss Mary Everard 
1968 Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Uzielli 
1969 N. B. Moir and Miss J. Lee-Smith 
1970 Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Davies 
1971 M. Roberts and Miss Mary Everard
1972 I. Bradshaw and Miss J. Stant 
1973 Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Davies
1974 D. Kennedy and Mrs. V. Stone
1975 A. J. Hill and Miss S. Needham
1976 W. D. Wright and Miss D. M. Everard
1977 P. G. Shillington and Mrs. A. Briggs
1978 A. Smith and Mrs. A. Stant
1979 T. J. Melia and Miss P. R. Whitley  
1980 P. G. Shillington and Mrs. A. Briggs
1981 K. R. Broadhurst and Miss S. Ludlow
1982 D. Hedges and Mrs. S. Hedges
1983 M. E. Lewis and Miss C. Waite 
1984 M. E. Lewis and Miss C. Waite
1985 P. T. Bailey and Miss H. Latham 
1986 P. T. Bailey and Miss H. Latham
1987 M. Kershaw and Miss J. Pool

1988 B. T. Bell and Mrs. J. Bell 
1989 P. T. Bailey and Miss J. Morley
1990 A. Rogers and Miss S. Keough 
1991 I. A. Farrall and Miss F. Brown 
1992 N. McBurney and Miss J. Gartry 
1993 I. A. Farrall and Miss F. Brown
1994 G. Ward and Miss G. Williams 
1995 S. Hughes and Mrs. R. Hughes 
1996 G. H. Brown and Mrs. V. Thomas 
1997 G.Wolstenholme and Miss E. Ratcliffe 
1998 A. P. Jordan and Miss S. Brodie 
1999 A. P. Jordan and Miss S. Brodie 
2000 C. Trott and Miss K. Parsley
2001 M. Galway and Mrs. J. Galway 
2002 J. Lomas and Miss R. Lomas 
2003 M. Stam and Miss S. Lovell
2004 D. Heggarty and Mrs C. Marron
2005 M. Stam and Miss S. Lovell
2006 M. Stam and Miss S. Lovell 
2007 M. Stam and Miss S. Lovell 
2008 M. Stam and Miss S. Lovell 
2009 C. Sweetnam and Ms S. Farrar 
2010 K. Sargent and Ms H. Bromilow 
2011 C. Sweetnam and Ms S. Farrar 

Harold Hilton Medal
Harold Hilton
Harold Hilton

Born in West Kirby, Hilton was a keen and successful junior golfer who was no doubt inspired by the success of John Ball. Widely regarded as more effective in strokeplay than matchplay until later in his career, his golfing record and contribution to the game were unparalleled.

Open Championship victories in 1892 at Muirfield and the 1897 at Hoylake confirmed his status as one of the all time greats. Four Amateur Championships would follow after the turn of the century between 1900 and 1913. In 1911 as reigning Amateur Champion he became the first competitor from overseas to win the US Amateur Championship.

Hilton had a thrusting flamboyant swing and his cap often fell off on his follow through. An accomplished golf writer, he published three influential volumes and later became the first editor of Golf Monthly.

Action from the final of the 2012 HOSMF

Action from the final of the 2012 HOSMF


HOSMF 2012 winners Clare Fry (RLGC) & Mark Duncalf (Formby) with the runners-up flanked by the RLGC Captains
HOSMF 2012 winners Clare Fry (RLGC) & Mark Duncalf (Formby) with the runners-up flanked by the RLGC Captains