1909 News of the World Match Play

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1909 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 5–7 October 1909
Location Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England
Course(s) Walton Heath Golf Club
Organised by The PGA
Format Match play – 18 holes
(Final 36 holes)
Field 32 players
Prize fund £240
Winner's share £100
England Tom Ball
def. Sandy Herd 7 & 5
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1910 →
Walton Heath Golf Club is located in England
Walton Heath Golf Club
Walton Heath Golf Club
Location in England

The 1909 News of the World Match Play was the seventh News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 October at Walton Heath Golf Club. 32 players competed in a straight knock-out competition, with each match contested over 18 holes, except for the final which was over 36 holes. The winner received £100 out of a total prize fund of £240. Tom Ball defeated Sandy Herd 7 & 5 in the final to win the tournament.


Entry was restricted to members of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA). Qualification was by a series of 36-hole stroke-play competitions; one for each of the seven PGA sections. The Southern section had 13 qualifiers, the Northern section 7, the Midland and the Scottish sections 4, the Irish section 2 and the Welsh and Western sections 1. Compared to 1908 one entry was allocated to the new Western section with the number of qualifiers from the Southern section reduced to 13. In the event of a tie for places there was a playoff.

The qualifiers were:


The format was unchanged. Matches were over 18 holes except for the final which was over 36 holes. Extra holes were played in the event of a tied match. Two rounds were played on the first day, two more on the second day with the final on the third day.



First round
5 October
  Second round
5 October
  Third round
6 October
6 October
7 October
Scotland Arthur Butchart 4&3  
England Ernest Foord       Scotland Arthur Butchart    
Scotland Willie Watt     Scotland Sandy Herd 5&4  
Scotland Sandy Herd 6&5       Scotland Sandy Herd 5&3  
England Herbert Riseborough 3&2       England Charles Mayo    
Scotland David Kinnell       England Herbert Riseborough  
England Charles Mayo 3&2   England Charles Mayo 21h  
England Tom Simpson         Scotland Sandy Herd 1up  
England George Carter         Jersey Harry Vardon    
Jersey Ted Ray 1up     Jersey Ted Ray    
Scotland Frank Coltart 2up   Scotland Frank Coltart 1up  
England Arthur Mitchell         Scotland Frank Coltart  
Scotland Robert Thomson         Jersey Harry Vardon 5&4  
Jersey Harry Vardon 4&3     Jersey Harry Vardon 2&1
Scotland Peter McEwan Jr. 1up   Scotland Peter McEwan Jr.    
Ireland Alex Robertson         Scotland Sandy Herd  
Scotland Jack Ross         England Tom Ball 7&5
England Fred Robson 19h     England Fred Robson    
Scotland George Coburn     England Tom Ball 2&1  
England Tom Ball 3&2       England Tom Ball 3&2  
Scotland James Braid         England Jack Rowe    
England Jack Rowe 4&3     England Jack Rowe 2&1
England Alfred Lewis     England James Sherlock    
England James Sherlock 1up       England Tom Ball 5&4
Ireland Michael Moran         Scotland James Hepburn    
England Charles Johns 2&1     England Charles Johns 19h  
Scotland Willie Binnie     England Wilfrid Reid    
England Wilfrid Reid 5&3       England Charles Johns  
England Tom Williamson 4&3       Scotland James Hepburn 2&1  
England James Batley       England Tom Williamson  
Scotland James Hepburn 20h   Scotland James Hepburn 1up  
England J.H. Taylor    

Prize money[edit]

The winner received £100 and a gold medal, the runner-up £30 and a silver medal, the losing semi-finalists £15 and a bronze medal, while the third round losers received £10 and the second round losers received £5.


Coordinates: 51°16′40″N 0°14′45″W / 51.27778°N 0.24583°W / 51.27778; -0.24583