1912 News of the World Match Play

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1912 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 2–4 October 1912
Location Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Course(s) Sunningdale Golf Club
Organised by The PGA
Format Match play – 18 holes
(Final 36 holes)
Field 32 players
Prize fund £400
Winner's share £100
Jersey Harry Vardon
def. Ted Ray 1 up
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Sunningdale Golf Club is located in England
Sunningdale Golf Club
Sunningdale Golf Club
Location in England

The 1912 News of the World Match Play was the tenth News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 October at Sunningdale 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. Harry Vardon 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. In the event of a tie for places there was a playoff.

Qualifying events:

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
2 October
  Second round
2 October
  Third round
3 October
3 October
4 October
England George Gadd 4&3  
Scotland Jack White       England George Gadd    
Scotland George Duncan     Jersey Harry Vardon 6&4  
Jersey Harry Vardon 4&3       Jersey Harry Vardon 1up  
Ireland James Edmundson         Scotland Sandy Herd    
Scotland Sandy Herd 20h     Scotland Sandy Herd 5&4
England Arthur Day 3&2   England Arthur Day    
England Peter Rainford         Jersey Harry Vardon 7&5  
England James Bradbeer         England Reg Wilson    
England Ernest Jones 2&1     England Ernest Jones 1up  
England Sam Whiting 3&1   England Sam Whiting    
England Edward Cheal         England Ernest Jones  
England J.H. Taylor         England Reg Wilson 4&3  
England Jack Rowe 1up     England Jack Rowe  
England Reg Wilson 1up   England Reg Wilson 4&3  
England Tom Williamson         Jersey Harry Vardon 1up
Scotland Willie Watt 7&5       Jersey Ted Ray  
Scotland Willie Ritchie       Scotland Willie Watt    
England George Tuck     Jersey Ted Ray 19h  
Jersey Ted Ray 4&2       Jersey Ted Ray 5&4  
England Claude Gray         England Walter Hambleton    
England Walter Hambleton 23h     England Walter Hambleton 3&1
England Edward Veness     England Ernest Whitcombe    
England Ernest Whitcombe 7&6       Jersey Ted Ray 7&6
England George Buckle 3&2       England Harry Cawsey    
England Charles Roberts       England George Buckle    
Ireland Michael Moran     England Harry Cawsey 3&2  
England Harry Cawsey 3&2       England Harry Cawsey 2&1
England Edward Smith         England Ernest Foord    
Scotland Robert Thomson 2&1     Scotland Robert Thomson  
England Ernest Foord 4&3   England Ernest Foord 20h  
Scotland Allan Gow    

Prize money[edit]

The winner 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.


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  2. ^ "The £400 tournament – Western qualifying competition". The Times. 12 July 1912. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Golf Eastern professional competition". The Times. 25 July 1912. p. 13. 
  4. ^ "Professional tournament for £400 – Northern section". The Times. 5 September 1912. p. 9. 
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  7. ^ "The Welsh competition". The Times. 12 September 1912. p. 11. 
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  9. ^ "The professional tournament for £400". The Times. 21 September 1912. p. 10. 
  10. ^ "Professional tournament for £400 – Midland section". The Times. 26 September 1912. p. 9. 
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  12. ^ "Golf – Professional tournament for £400 – The draw". The Times. 27 September 1912. p. 9. 
  13. ^ "Golf – The £400 tournament – Duncan and Taylor beaten". The Glasgow Herald. 3 Oct 1912. p. 13. 
  14. ^ "Golf – The £400 tournament – Ray and Vardon in the final". The Glasgow Herald. 4 Oct 1912. p. 15. 
  15. ^ "Golf – The £400 tournament – Keen contest in the final – Vardon beats Ray". The Glasgow Herald. 5 Oct 1912. p. 15. 

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