The South of England Youths’ Championship for

the Bernard Darwin Salver


A World Amateur Golf Ranking Event played over 72 holes strokeplay at Rye Golf Club

50 players will be accepted, based on a ballot of the exact higher handicaps. 

The silver salver presented to Bernard Darwin by the Times Newspaper is the trophy for this prestigious event, open to any player under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year of competition, with a category one handicap. Only 50 players are selected from those with the lowest handicaps, in recent years the entry has seen all 12 reserves had a handicap of scratch.

The figure of 50 has special relevance as it commemorates the fact that Bernard Darwin was twice Captain of Rye, in 1906 and 1956, a gap of 50 years!

Usually played in the third week in March, the four round medal play event, played at a good pace in two ball matches is possibly one of the earliest qualifiers of a high standard in the season, and is keenly fought on the rolling dry links and speedy greens of Rye.

The event which has the full support of the R & A is qualifying for World Amateur Golf Ranking points and often sees England selectors present to assess the form of prospective players.  Entries are now received from all over the country, and one or two from Europe.

The Silver medal which the winner receives will take pride of place in any collection.