AS it is every year, Warwick Golf Club’s Jack Burns Trophy was played on The Open weekend in honour of the Open champion of 1888.
Jack Burns was the greenkeeper/golf Pro at Warwick when the club was established back in 1886 and in 1888 Burns travelled to St. Andrews to win The Open.
In those days, the prize money was meagre, and he returned to Warwick for several years before returning to Scotland to work the railroads.
The annual format is a pairs better ball competition, where members are encouraged to invite guests from other golf clubs, and this year’s competition was won by Tim Burden of Warwick GC and his guest from Leamington & County GC, N Tapp.
Burden and Tapp carded a very impressive nett 58 score to win by three strokes. The second placed score of nett 61 was carded by Warwick’s Rob Buckingham and his partner from North Warwickshire GC, Anthony Riordan.
American Golf contributed very substantial prizes to help captain Dave Ward raise more than £500 over the last several weeks for his elected charity of Graham Fulford Charitable Trust.
This charity was set up and run by Graham Fulford to reduce suffering from prostate cancer by raising awareness and promoting early diagnosis through PSA testing.
Jack Burns in 1888 after winning The Open Championship. (s)