The Harold Hilton Medal was inaugurated in 1997 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Hoylake legend Harold Hilton's Open Championship home victory. It is fitting that the event is an Amateur tournament given that Harold Hilton is one of only three Amateur golfers ever to win The Open Championship. It is also telling that all three Amateur winners had strong links to Hoylake. John Ball Jr was a member of the Club and Bobby Jones won the 1930 Open Championship that was played at Hoylake. Bobby Jones also became an honorary member, so we can claim all as members at one point or another.
A qualifying medal round followed by a beatifully engineered matchplay tournament, which keeps the excitement going until the very end, is played in early June when the links is at its peak and the rough provides tremendous definition. This is a great opportunity for visitors to play competitive golf on the historic Hoylake links.
The tournament has quickly become established on the international stage with players travelling long distances to take part. It's also a tournament that attracts competitors year after year which in part is down to the sociable nature of the event. Perhaps another factor is that it is limited to players over the age of 30 and with a handicap of 5 or under, which means that few players go on to turn professional as is the norm in many other top Amateur events.
A truly international field of nearly 60 Mid Amateur players enjoyed a full weekend of golf and hospitality at our historic links and clubhouse.
The 2016 winner Geoff Harris (Formby Golf Club) receiving the Harold Hilton Medal from Captain, David Smith. Pictured with some of the other prizewinners and competitors
Previous Winning Medallists
|Year||Medal Winner||Home Club|
|2015||S Kelbrick|| Royal Liverpool
|2013||J Paulus||Bad Abbach|
|2012|| S Hunt
|2011|| R Stevens
|2009|| F Illouz
|2008|| C Llewellyn
|2007||GH Brown||Royal Liverpool|
|2006|| D Ball
|2004|| B Hilsdon
|| GH Brown
|| GH Brown
|2000||AP Jordan||Royal Liverpool|
|1999||AP Jordan||Royal Liverpool|
|1998||AP Jordan||Royal Liverpool|
|1997||GH Brown||Royal Liverpool|
(The tournament wasn't played in The Open year of 2014)
Born in West Kirby, Hilton's golfing record and contribution to the game were unparalleled. Hilton is considered one of the dominant amateur golfers of all time, winning two Open Championships, four Amateur Championships and in 1911 he became the first overseas winner of the US Amateur Championship. Also an accomplished golf writer, he became the first editor of Golf Monthly.