1919 News of the World Match Play
|Dates||29 September – 2 October 1919|
|Location||Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England|
|Course(s)||Walton Heath Golf Club|
|Organised by||The PGA|
Match play – 18 holes|
(Final 36 holes)
|def. George Duncan 1 up|
The 1919 News of the World Match Play was the twelfth News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Monday 29 September to Thursday 2 October at Walton Heath Golf Club. 64 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 £590. Abe Mitchell defeated George Duncan by 1 hole in the final to win the tournament. It was Mitchell's first appearance in the event.
The event coincided with a rail strike which started on 27 September. The P.G.A. initially decided to postpone the event but, with most of the competitors having already arrived in the area, later decided to carry on with the original arrangements. In the end, 6 of the 64 qualifiers did not compete.
Qualification was by a series of 36-hole stroke-play competitions; one for each of the eight PGA sections. The Southern section had 26 qualifiers, the Northern section 12, the Midland section 10, the Scottish section 5, the Welsh and West of England sections 4, the Eastern section 2 and the Irish section 1. The Southern section was played over two days. In the event of a tie for places there was a playoff.
- 2 July West of England section at Weston-super-Mare: Ernest Whitcombe won by 1 stroke on 148. When the event was held only two places were allocated but this was later increased to four.
- 20 August Irish section at Bangor: Pat O'Hara won by 4 strokes on 142.
- 3 September Midland section at Sandwell Park: Len Holland and Bert Weastell tied on 149. The event was also the 1919 Midland Professional Championship. Weastell beat Holland in a playoff to win the Championship.
- 3 September Northern section at Stockport: Arthur Day and Andrew Kay tied on 148.
- 17 and 18 September Southern section at Sonning-on-Thames: Sandy Herd, Abe Mitchell, Ted Ray tied on 146. Four players tied on 155 for the final two places and played an 18-hole playoff the following day. Eric Bannister and Bert Seymour qualified with scores of 77.
- 23 September Scottish section at Bruntsfield Links: Tom Fernie won by a stroke on 141. Arthur Butchart and Alex Marling tied for fifth place on 149. Butchart won the 9-hole playoff 37 to 40.
- 24 September Eastern section at Brancaster: Arthur Havers won by 3 strokes on 154. Clifford Holland and Ernest Riseborough tied for second place on 157 but Riseborough won the playoff.
- 24 September Welsh section at Radyr: Cyril Hughes won by 1 stroke on 152. There was a four-way playoff for the fourth place. This was won by Tom Grant.
The qualifiers were:
- West of England section: Fred Boobyer, Sr., Charles Whitcombe, Ernest Whitcombe, Reg Whitcombe
- Irish section: Pat O'Hara
- Midland section: James Adwick, George Buckle, Archie Compston, William Hamlet, Len Holland, Mark Lewis, Hugh Roberts, W. G. Saunders, Bert Weastell, Tom Williamson
- Northern section: Walter Bourne, Tom Brace, Arthur Day, Harry Fernie, Jack Gaudin, Andrew Kay, Dick May, Peter Rainford, James Scarth, Jack Steer, Sam Whiting, Syd Wingate
- Southern section: Alf Baker, Eric Bannister, James Batley, Aubrey Boomer, George Duncan, George Gadd, Sandy Herd, William Horne, Charles Johns, Rowland Jones, Henry Kinch, Fred Leach, Charles Mayo, Arthur Mitchell, Abe Mitchell, Harry Monk, James Ockenden, Charlie Parsons, Ted Ray, Fred Robson, Bert Seymour, Ralph Smith, Josh Taylor, Charles Wallis, Reg Wilson, Arthur Young
- Scottish section: Laurie Ayton, Snr, Arthur Butchart, Tom Fernie, James Souter, Wilfred Thomson
- Eastern section: Arthur Havers, Ernest Riseborough
- Welsh section: Harry Ball, Gus Faulkner, Tom Grant, Cyril Hughes
None of the Great Triumvirate qualified.
It was decided in July that the number of qualifiers would be increased from 32 to 64 and the "News of the World" agreed to increase the prize money. 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. The event was extended from three to four days with one round played on the first day, two rounds on the second and third days and the final on the fourth day.
|George Gadd||19h||George Gadd|
|Harry Fernie||Hugh Roberts||19h|
|Hugh Roberts||6&5||Hugh Roberts|
|Jack Gaudin||3&1||Peter Rainford||19h|
|William Horne||Jack Gaudin|
|Arthur Mitchell||Peter Rainford||3&2|
|Peter Rainford||3&2||Peter Rainford|
|Ralph Smith||George Duncan||5&4|
|George Duncan||6&5||George Duncan||19h|
|Laurie Ayton, Snr||4&3||Laurie Ayton, Snr|
|Bert Weastell||George Duncan||19h|
|Sam Whiting||3&1||Sam Whiting|
|James Adwick||Sam Whiting||6&5|
|Dick May||3&2||Dick May|
|Harry Ball||George Duncan|
|Ernest Riseborough||4&2||Abe Mitchell||1up|
|Reg Wilson||Ernest Riseborough|
|Tom Williamson||2up||Tom Williamson||5&3|
|Charles Mayo||Tom Williamson|
|Josh Taylor||2&1||Fred Robson||3&2|
|Tom Grant||Josh Taylor|
|Fred Robson||3&2||Fred Robson||6&5|
|Fred Leach||Fred Robson|
|Eric Bannister||Abe Mitchell||6&4|
|Syd Wingate||1up||Syd Wingate|
|Arthur Havers||Rowland Jones||4&3|
|Rowland Jones||2up||Rowland Jones|
|Abe Mitchell||1up||Abe Mitchell||20h|
|Bert Seymour||Abe Mitchell||2&1|
|Charles Johns||5&4||Charles Johns|
The winner received £100 and a gold medal, the runner-up received £40 and a silver medal, losing semi-finalists £20 and a bronze medal, losing quarter-finalists £12 10s, third round losers £10, second round losers £7 10s and first round losers £5.
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- "P.G.A. tournament". The Times. 4 September 1919. p. 5.
- "The £590 tournament – "The Triumvirate" fail to qualify". The Times. 19 September 1919. p. 5.
- "The £590 tournament". The Times. 20 September 1919. p. 4.
- "The £590 tournament – Scottish section's qualifying competition". The Times. 24 September 1919. p. 5.
- "The £590 tournament". The Times. 25 September 1919. p. 5.
- "The P.G.A.". The Times. 14 July 1919. p. 4.
- "£590 tournament". The Times. 26 September 1919. p. 4.
- "Golf – The £590 tournament – Herd, Ray and Batley beaten". The Glasgow Herald. 30 September 1919. p. 3.
- "Golf – The £590 tournament – Narrow wins by Duncan and Mitchell". The Glasgow Herald. October 1919. p. 3.
- "Golf – The £590 tournament – Duncan and Mitchell the finalists". The Glasgow Herald. 2 October 1919. p. 5.
- "Golf – The £590 tournament – Victory of Abe Mitchell". The Glasgow Herald. 3 October 1919. p. 13.