1911 News of the World Match Play

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1911 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 3–5 October 1911
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 £400
Winner's share £100
Scotland James Braid
def. Ted Ray 1 up
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Walton Heath Golf Club is located in England
Walton Heath Golf Club
Walton Heath Golf Club
Location in England

The 1911 News of the World Match Play was the ninth News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 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 £400. James Braid defeated Ted Ray by 1 hole 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 eight PGA sections. The Southern section had 12 qualifiers, the Northern section 7, the Midland section 5, the Scottish, Welsh and Western sections 2 and the Eastern and Irish sections 1. Because of the large number of entries in the Southern section, two events were run with 6 qualifiers at each venue. Compared to 1910, the number of qualifiers from the Southern section was reduced by one with the Midland section increasing by one. 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
3 October
  Second round
3 October
  Third round
4 October
4 October
5 October
England Walter Hambleton 1up  
England Charles Mayo       England Walter Hambleton    
England Sam Whiting     Scotland Tom Fernie 1up  
Scotland Tom Fernie 5&4       Scotland Tom Fernie    
England Jack Bloxham         Jersey Ted Ray 6&4  
Jersey Ted Ray 3&2     Jersey Ted Ray 6&5
England Arthur Catlin 1up   England Arthur Catlin    
England Fred Robson         Jersey Ted Ray 3&1  
England Josh Taylor         Jersey Harry Vardon    
England Cyril Hughes 5&4     England Cyril Hughes 1up  
Scotland Laurie Ayton, Snr     England James Adwick    
England James Adwick 2up       England Cyril Hughes  
England James Batley         Jersey Harry Vardon 3&2  
Jersey Harry Vardon 2&1     Jersey Harry Vardon 7&5
Scotland George Duncan     Jersey Jack Gaudin    
Jersey Jack Gaudin w/o       Jersey Ted Ray  
Scotland James Braid 5&3       Scotland James Braid 1up
Scotland Willie Watt       Scotland James Braid 4&3  
England Fred Leach     England Ernest Riseborough    
England Ernest Riseborough 1up       Scotland James Braid 6&5  
England George Tuck 4&3       England Syd Ball    
England Ernest Firstbrook       England George Tuck  
England Herbert Osborne     England Syd Ball 1up  
England Syd Ball 3&2       Scotland James Braid 22h
England Bill Leaver 3&2       England Tom Williamson    
Jersey Thomas Renouf       England Bill Leaver 2&1  
England Charlie Pope     England Peter Rainford    
England Peter Rainford 2&1       England Bill Leaver  
England Len Holland         England Tom Williamson 3&2  
England Tom Williamson 3&2     England Tom Williamson 3&2
England James Sherlock 20h   England James Sherlock    
Scotland Sandy Herd    

w/o = Walk over

Prize money[edit]

Prize money was increased to £400. The winner still received £100 and a gold medal, but the runner-up now received £40 and a silver medal, losing semi-finalists £20 and a bronze medal, losing quarter-finalists £15, second round losers £10 and first round losers £5. The new distribution meant that all 32 qualifiers for the final stages received at least £5.


  1. ^ "Golf – Professional tournament for £400". The Times. 3 October 1911. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Golf – The £400 tourney – Last year's winner beaten". The Glasgow Herald. 4 Oct 1911. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "Golf – The £400 tournament – Defeat of the Open Champion". The Glasgow Herald. 5 Oct 1911. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Golf – The £400 tournament – Braid beats Ray". The Glasgow Herald. 6 Oct 1911. p. 15. 

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