The Coronation Trophy is Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club’s annual prestigious open event.
The first competition, a foursomes, was held on the first Saturday in June in 1953 with the Coronation Trophy donated by George Burr (Captain in 1952) to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The competition continued as a foursomes for many years and was immensely popular with Stanton Members and other club members throughout the County. It was always oversubscribed. However, the popularity of foursomes events started to wane from about 2013, and gaps were beginning to appear in the normally full tee time slots. In 2016 the format of the competition was changed to a Better-Ball Medal to arrest the decline, and once again the competition has become oversubscribed. In fact, this year the first tee time was 7.00am and the last at 3.30pm with 104 pairs entering from 32 different clubs, some many miles distant.
Thanks to all the hard preparation work by Stanton Head Green Keeper Dan Branson and his dedicated Green Staff, the course was in near-perfect condition despite the devastation that was caused by the long drought last year. The weather conditions were perfect for golf, but the slick greens proved to be a real challenge to all competitors. The stimpmeter reading in the morning was over 13.
These events don't just happen - they are the result of many weeks of pre-planning and organisation by Club Manager Paul Keeling and numerous volunteers. The new Halfway House was only completed late Friday afternoon and was built by a large team of volunteers over the last few weeks headed by Stanton Chair of the Board Mike Harby. We think you will agree it is a fine addition to Stanton’s facilities. Also we thank Tracy and the Catering Team, Mary and the Bar Staff Team – all their efforts put the finishing touches to a superb day.
Many congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 Coronation Trophy - Stanton's own evergreen ex County President and 1994 Captain Martin Hathway, and his young partner Josh Slade from Wollaton Park, who breezed around the course with a score of net 62. 5 handicap Josh's highlight of the round was a monumental drive followed by a 6 iron to 3 feet and drained putt on the 518 yards par 5 6th hole, resulting in an impressive eagle 3. Martin, in his victory speech, claimed that his most notable contribution was signing the score-card, but those of us who know Martin well will ensure his portion of the score is passed on to the handicapping administrators at Stanton together with those of the various Golf Societies to which he belongs!
Cheered on by a substantial number of the Competitors who stayed to support the Prize Presentation, Stanton Vice-Captain Ian Pacey presented the 8 net and 2 gross prizes on offer. The fact that the UEFA Europa League Final (Tottenham vs Liverpool) was about to be shown on the Club's big screen was purely coincidental!
The full and summary results can be viewed on the Club's website.
Finally we thank all of you, especially the Visitors for supporting this great Club by playing in this historic and prestigious competition .
We hope to welcome you all back here next year, and beyond.