1913 News of the World Match Play

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1913 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 7–9 October 1913
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 George Duncan
def. James Braid 3 & 2
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Walton Heath Golf Club is located in England
Walton Heath Golf Club
Walton Heath Golf Club
Location in England

The 1913 News of the World Match Play was the eleventh News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 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. George Duncan defeated James Braid 3 & 2 in the final to win the tournament. This was Braid's fifth final but the first time he had been beaten.


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.

Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, the 1912 finalists, were in the US and did not enter.

Qualifying events:

The qualifiers were:

Sandy Herd, J.H. Taylor and James Sherlock failed to qualify from the Southern section. So the only previous winners competing were Tom Ball and James Braid.


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
7 October
  Second round
7 October
  Third round
8 October
8 October
9 October
England Sam Whiting    
Scotland Peter Robertson 6&5     Scotland Peter Robertson    
England Bill Davies     England Fred Leach 19h  
England Fred Leach 2&1       England Fred Leach    
England Dick Wheildon         England Reg Wilson 3&2  
England Reg Wilson 3&2     England Reg Wilson 2&1
England Harry Cawsey 4&2   England Harry Cawsey    
Jersey Thomas Renouf         England Reg Wilson    
England Charles Whitcombe 19h       Scotland George Duncan 4&3  
England Arthur Day       England Charles Whitcombe    
Scotland Willie Ritchie     Scotland George Duncan 2up  
Scotland George Duncan 2&1       Scotland George Duncan 3&1
Scotland Jack B. Ross         England Ernest Whitcombe    
England George Gadd 1up     England George Gadd  
England Tom Ball     England Ernest Whitcombe 2up  
England Ernest Whitcombe 1up       Scotland George Duncan 3&2
England Charles Mayo 5&4       Scotland James Braid  
England Peter Rainford       England Charles Mayo 1up  
England James Bradbeer 20h   England James Bradbeer    
Ireland Michael Moran         England Charles Mayo    
England Harry Simpson         Scotland James Braid 3&2  
Scotland James Braid 4&3     Scotland James Braid 3&1
England Harry Ball     England James Batley    
England James Batley 5&4       Scotland James Braid 3&2
England Ernest Riseborough 2&1       Scotland Willie Watt    
England George Buckle       England Ernest Riseborough    
Scotland Willie Watt 1up   Scotland Willie Watt 4&2  
England J. Douglas Edgar         Scotland Willie Watt 2&1
England George Tuck         Scotland Laurie Ayton, Snr    
England Edward Veness 1up     England Edward Veness  
France Jean Gassiat     Scotland Laurie Ayton, Snr 3&2  
Scotland Laurie Ayton, Snr 2&1  

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