CORONAVIRUS AND THE RESUMPTION OF GOLF
THE BILL RENISON TROPHIES TOURNAMENT (“the BR”)

On 29th March, the Government eased some of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic including the resumption of certain outside sports activities including golf.

We’re pleased to advise that Wallasey has confirmed the BR WILL take place on Sunday 16th May subject to any further national restrictions between now and then.

Clubs which entered for the 2020 Tournament, which was cancelled, have automatically been rolled over into 2021.

Certain pandemic issues however will still prevail on 16th May and these will, inter alia, include (1) restricted access to the Clubhouse – you may only eat outside with the “Rule of 6” pertaining and (2) we are liaising with Wallasey on score card input.

It’s envisaged the tournament will be a qualifier (an organised golf event) for handicap purposes.

We look forward to seeing your Club Team there. The Draw and Rules are set out within this Website under Competitions – those who were eligible to play last year through “age qualification” may also play in 2021 – a once-off pandemic exemption.

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The origins of the two Liverpool & District Colts golf tournaments are more properly set out in the History Section of this Website but, suffice to say, it all started in November 1933 when the then Captain of Royal Liverpool (RLGC) called a meeting of representatives of Formby, RLGC, Wallasey and West Lancs to discuss the formulation of an “American-style” scratch Matchplay Tournament involving young men or “Colts” of a limited age.

This was approved and the event began in the Spring of 1934 with Clubs then within a 21 mile radius of Liverpool Town Hall being invited to participate.

As the years went by and to reflect the increasing trend towards medal play, it was felt a Club team strokeplay tournament should also be introduced and this started in 1979 under the auspices of RLGC member, Bill Renison, who had been involved in the running of the original matchplay competition since its inception in 1934 ! Unsurprisingly, the new tournament was called the Bill Renison Trophies.

Times and format, of course, change and both competitions are now mixed gender.

The Clubs invited to participate each year are essentially those within the footprint of the Society of Liverpool Golf Captains which provides a generous element of sponsorship.  These number 27.

The venues for both the matchplay Finals Day and the Bill Renison Trophies revolve over the years through all the participating Clubs. Competition entry forms are sent out annually in early January.

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2021 Tournaments

Bill Renison Stableford Team Event

The Bill Renison Trophies event is now a scratch Stableford competition involving, as in the past, Club teams of 3 players. All scores will count towards an aggregate team score with the highest team points total being the winners of the Bill Renison Trophy.

There will also be the Bill Renison Handicap Trophy (including handicaps) and individual prizes.

Following the 2019 competition at West Lancashire, the current holders of the Bill Renison Trophy are Royal Liverpool. The 2020 event was not played because of the pandemic.

The venue for this event in 2021 is Wallasey on Sunday 16th May.

Detailed rules can be found here.

View 2021 Draw
Wallasey Golf Club
Wallasey Golf Club

Matchplay Knock-out

The matchplay competition involves each Club having a team of 5 players who play scratch singles matchplay golf against a similar team from another Club. A Club team gaining 3 points wins its match.

Historically, those Clubs entering the matchplay tournament were involved in a set-up of 4 leagues with the eventual winning Club in each league then going forward to participate in a Finals Day when both the semis and the final would be played.

From 2019, this format was altered and the Club team matchplay competition is now on a knock-out basis. A Draw is made in early March and you then know your opponents. You duly play your match and, if you win, you go through to the next round. This will still lead to 4 Clubs reaching Finals Day as in the past.

Current holders (2019) of the Liverpool & District Matchplay Trophy are also Royal Liverpool.

The venue for Finals Day in 2021 is Dean Wood on Sunday 19th September.

Detailed Rules can be found here.

View 2020 Draw
Dean Wood Golf Club
Dean Wood Golf Club

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