In 1933 the Antlers competition was introduced by Cyril Gray who was Chairman of the Greens Committee at the time. As an enthusiast of playing foursomes medal, it is no surprise this became the format for the competition. It was reported that this format can be ‘an excruciatingly tough form of the game because of the unlimited damage that can be caused by a weak partner or one whose nerve gives way'. But the format was undoubtedly what helped the competition become one of the most prestigious in the golfing calendar.
After the war the Antlers had grown in stature attracting prospective Walker Cup players who were encouraged to attend by the team captain and selectors due to the foursomes format, in preparation for their international challenge match.
When the Antlers began, it received support from the Club President Prince Arthur of Connaught who presented Royal Mid-Surrey with a set of Antlers as the trophy. The competition started with a strong field, as it was played on the same weekend as the Golf Illustrated Gold Vase which also took place in London. Players from Scotland and the North therefore made the trip down to play in both of these prestigious tournaments.
In 1969, and for the first time, one of the home club pairs, Davies & Humphreys were one of the winning pairs on 146; later to become Walker Cup representatives. 33 Walker Cup names appear in the past winners list.
After several years in which the competition was not competed for (due to construction work on the JH taylor course), the Club is delighted to announce that 2017 will see the re-launch of The Antlers - date for your diary is SUNDAY, 27TH AUGUST 2017
Entry Form for 2017 Antlers will follow.....