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A large George V solid silver pedestal trophy cup, engraved 'Dunlop Challenge Cup Midland Professional Foursomes. Presented by Dunlop Rubber Company Limited. March 1920'. The reverse engraved with the winners from 1920 to 1931 including Henry Cotton and Archie Compston. The full list of winners is:
L Holland G V Tuck, Little Aston March 1920 and again Northampton March 1921;
T Williamsom H Cawsey, Rushcliffe March 1922;
M Bingham W Saunders, Walmley March 1923;
J Bloxham T H Richards Willesley Park March 1926;
G R Buckle G V Tuck Blackwell March 1927;
A Compston AR Wheildon Northants County 1928;
T Barber M Bingham Hollinwell 1929;
T H Cotton L T Cotton Gerrards Cross 1930
W Button J Stait Copt Heath 1931.
Sir Thomas Henry Cotton won the Open Championship in 1934, 1937 and 1948, becoming the leading British player of his generation. His record round of 65, made during the 1934 Open Championship, led to the Dunlop golf company issuing the famous 'Dunlop 65' ball. Cotton placed 17 times in the top-10 at the Open. Cotton also succeeded in winning many titles on the European circuit during the 1930s.Cotton was a playing member of three British Ryder Cup teams, in 1929, 1937 and 1947, serving as captain of the team in 1947, and was a non-playing captain in 1953.
Archibald Edward Wones Compston through the 1920s he built a reputation as a formidable match play golfer, in an era when many professionals made more money from "challenge" matches against fellow pros, or wealthy amateurs, than from tournament golf. Famously, in 1928, Compston - who had won the British PGA Matchplay Championship in 1925 and 1927 - faced Walter Hagen, who had won the American PGA Championship at match play in the previous four years, in a 72-hole challenge match, and defeated the American 18 & 17. Compston played in the Ryder Cup in 1927, 1929 and 1931, defeating Gene Sarazen on one occasion. Compston also became notable as perhaps Britain's first "celebrity" professional golfer, becoming a coach to the future Edward VIII. He was the professional at the Wentworth Club from 1945 to 1948, and later at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.
Geo V Tuck was Chairman of the Midland Professioals from 1919 to 1949. Professional Penn 1908-1911, South Staffs 1911-1932
Len Holland professional Northamptonshire 1910-1924 Gerrards Cross 1924-1938.
Tom Williamson professional Bulwell Forest 1898-1934 English International 1904 to 1913.
Acanthus-capped flying scroll handles, knopped stem, spreading circular foot, 21.5cm high - image including golf ball is to show the size of the trophy. Fully hallmarked for Elkington & Co, Birmingham 1919.
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