CORONAVIRUS AND OUR 2021 GOLF TOURNAMENTS

At the time of writing in January, the country is in lockdown but the Committee remains hopeful our two principal tournaments will be played on schedule with the first one – the Bill Renison Trophies – taking place on Sunday May 16th at Wallasey.

This is obviously subject to any continuing pandemic restrictions then in force by the Government and / or Host Clubs.

As previously advised, all Clubs which entered for both the Bill Renison Trophies and the summer Matchplay Competition in 2020 are automatically enrolled to play in 2021 with entry fees having been carried forward from last year.

Any players who would have played in 2020 but who will now be “too old” to play this year because of the tournaments’ upper age restriction will be allowed to play in 2021 as a “one-off” temporary alteration to the Rules.

Please follow this website for future guidance and news as it’s updated over the next few months.

About Us

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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