Much loved annual event The Mothers and Daughters Open Golf Competition takes place at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
The Mothers and Daughters Open Golf Competition was first played in 1932. At the time it was only open to members of the Veterans’ Ladies Golf Association. It was not until 1962 that the organisers decided to open up the event and since then it has been hosted annually on a Saturday in April at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club.
After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, The Mothers and Daughters Open Golf Competition returned in 2022. Last year, Jo and Lottie Woodham (pictured above) from West Hill Golf Club won the main 27-hole scratch competition for the Judy Trophy with a score of 117. At only 13-years-old Lottie was the youngest winner of the trophy to date.
Entries are now open for the 2023 playing of the event, which will take place on April 22nd. The organisers are looking to attract new pairs, as well as see familiar faces at this year’s event.
The Mothers and Daughters is a unique event in the amateur women’s golfing calendar. Mothers and daughters come to Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club from all over Britain to compete in the prestigious 27-hole foursomes scratch event.
From the very early days, The Mothers and Daughters attracted the crème of the amateur game. Pam Barton won it with her mother in 1935, the year before she became British and United States Champion. Other distinguished winners have included Angela Bonallack with daughter Glenna, Jill Thornhill with daughter Caroline and four-time winners, Liz Boatman with her daughter Alex.
The event was dominated from the 1960s to the early 90s by the virtually unbeatable partnership of Angela Uzielli and her mother Peggy Carrick. They won an incredible 22 times together before Angela decided to pair up with her daughter Caroline, a higher handicap, only to win again in 1996. Angela Uzielli, who sadly died suddenly in 1999, had enormous enthusiasm for The Mothers and Daughters and has left an extraordinary legacy; her feat will surely never be matched.
Mothers and daughters can choose their playing partners if they want to play with friends or the competition organiser Sheila Stirling can pair competitors up with suitable playing partners.
The handicap index limit is 30.0 but places are given to the 50 lowest combined handicaps on the last day of entry. There are handicap prizes as well as scratch and there is always a broad range of golfing ability.
About Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club occupies an historic area of Royal Parkland in Richmond-Upon-Thames. Founded over 100 years ago, it shares a bend in the river with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.
The club is only nine miles from the centre of London and is conveniently located for both car and public transport. It is easily accessible from the M25 and is within walking distance of Richmond rail and underground stations.
The Mothers and Daughters Open Golf Competition format
The format is 27-Holes Foursomes Scratch Medal. In the event of a tie after 27 holes, the winner will be the pair with the better score over the last 9, 6, 3 or 1 hole(s) of the 18 hole card, as necessary.
An entrance fee of £90 per pair, includes morning coffee, two-course lunch and tea*
Entries close on Friday 24th March 2023.
*In the event of cancellation once the starting sheet has been sent out, a £10 administration fee will be retained. In the event of cancellation within 2 weeks of the competition, no refunds will be given.
For any golfing mums and daughters out there, who have never played in this historic open event we’re told it’s a must: great golf and great fun... although some pairs claim they just come for the "delicious lunch"!
Find out more and sign up to The Mothers and Daughters Open Golf Competition by visiting their website here.