History



The beginnings of Cambridge University Golf can be attributed to two graduates – Andrew Murray and George Gossett. Armed with golf clubs and a hole-cutter, they ventured to the common at Royston in 1869 and set about laying out an 18-hole golf course, cutting holes as they played. The course was quickly established and a further 17 undergraduates were enlisted as members, each paying 2s/6d in subscription fees. But Royston proved too far from Cambridge and in 1871, by which time the initial enthusiasts had all gone down, the Club folded up. Thus, 1875 marks the official foundation of the CUGC and W.T. Linskill its acknowledged founder.

A Cambridge Undergraduate Student in 1896

A Cambridge Undergraduate Student in 1896

The first University Golf Match was played on 6th March 1878 on Wimbledon Common, courtesy of the London Scottish Club, and was decided by four singles over eighteen holes, using the holes up method of scoring. Oxford, led by Horace Hutchinson, won by the crushing margin of twenty-four holes to nil.

With 124 playings in its 135 year history, the Varsity Match is the oldest team event in golf, and also the oldest amateur competition in the sport – the Amateur Championship did not being until 1885. And although the Cricket Match (1827) and Boat Race (1829) predate it by some fifty years, the Golf Match is only six years the junior of the Varsity Rugby Match (1872).

 

The Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society on 23rd March 1898. Players earning a spot in the Blues team for the Varsity Match are invited to join The Society providing the opportunity for relationships that continues beyond the end of the match.

 

PAST CAPTAINS

1889-2015

1889 H. S. COLT 1954 G. HUDDY
1890 C. A. CANCELLOR 1955 D. M. MARSH
1891 L. J. LOW 1956 W. M. GRINDROD
1892 L. J. LOW 1957 E. R. DEXTER
1893 A. M. CHANCE 1958 W. P. COOPER
1894 F. R. UPCHER 1959 R. D. CHRISTIAN
1895 F. R. UPCHER 1960 W. J. REECE
1896 B. DARWIN 1961 L. G. B. WILLIAMSON
1897 P. W. LEATHART 1962 P. R. JOHNSTON
1898 A. C. LAWRENCE 1963 C. H. R. MEYER
1899 E. E. APTHORP 1964 R. H. MARSHALL
1900 A. F. DUDGEON 1965 W. G. MORRISON
1901 E. W. WILL THOMSON 1966 A. W. J. HOLMES
1902 H. F. H. CALDWELL 1967 D. L. MORKILL
1903 H. C. MCDONELL 1968 P. DAWSON
1904 G. HOFFMAN 1969 P. H. MOODY
1905 R. C. SIMPSON 1970 C. P. HARRISON
1906 M. T. ALLEN 1971 J. A. NICHOLSON
1907 V. LONGSTAFFE 1972 L. R. H. PATTISON
1908 B. HAMMOND-CHAMBERS 1973 P. B. MERRY
1909 E. S. ULYAT 1974 P. D. SOUTHWICK
1910 J. F. IRELAND 1975 J. D. CROSS
1911 F. M. M. CARLISLE 1976 W. H. BARCLAY
1912 C. GARDINER HILL 1977 J. M. T. WARMAN
1913 R. G. C. YERBURGH 1978 A. C. STOKER
ACTIVITIES OF CLUB LAPSE 1979 P. M. GREEN
1919 C. P. JOHNSTONE 1980 G. S. MELVILLE
1920 G. N. P. HUMPRIES 1981 D. J. WARDEN
1921 C. H. PROWSE 1982 P. M. FROGGATT
1922 H. K. GOADBY 1983 S. C. K. TWINGDEN
1923 E. F. STOREY 1984 T. A. WILKINSON
1924 W. F. PHARAZYN 1985 S. D. ELLIS
1925 J. S. C. MAUGHAN 1986 I. J. M. SMITH
1926 G. H. GIMWADE 1987 G. M. MACSWEEN
1927 G. ILLINGWORTH 1988 J. W. S. RUMBLE
1928 K. M. STOBART 1989 J. R. A. SHERWIN
1929 E. M. PRAIN 1990 B. S. E. INGLEBY
1930 H. C. LONGHURST 1991 C. J. DALE
1931 I. K. MCROSTY 1992 M. R. UZIELLI
1932 K. T. THOMSON 1993 M. M. WILLIAMSON
1933 G. R. A. JAMIESON 1994 F. R. MCCOIG
1934 H. C. NEILSON 1995 J. E. B. STOBBS
1935 J. S. L. LYON 1996 O. MALIK
1936 P. B. LUCAS 1997 P. GUEST
1937 G. G. D. CARTER 1998 G. L. CHARLTON
1938 J. D. A. LANGLEY 1999 S. BENNET
ACTIVITIES OF CLUB LAPSED 2000 R. PERKINS
1940 A. O. ASHLQUIST 2001 A. DODDS
1941 D. F. ASHTON 2002 T. DAWSON
1942 D. F. ASHTON 2003 A. P. GOLD
1943 J. R. B. HORDEN 2004 K. NIKOLIC
1944 D. G. A. LEGGETT 2005 D. REID
1945 D. G. A. LEGGET 2006 E. ZAAYMAN
1946 A. E. COOPER 2007 T. J. WOOLSEY
1947 M. B. SCHOLFIELD 2008 B. RAMSAY
1948 A. J. WEIR 2009 J. M. VALLEY
1949 P. G. AMES 2010 A. W. N. DINSMORE
1950 J. G. COULTER 2011 C. W. D. DEWHURST
1951 I. A. S. BIGGART 2012 A. J. SILVER
1952 D. S. BLAIR 2013 J. G. J. CUMBERLAND
1953 W. R. ALEXANDER 2014 A. V. LEWICKI
2015 C. ROBERTSON

 

Two Cambridge Undergraduates in 1926

Two Cambridge Undergraduates in 1926