Bowmaker Tournament

Bowmaker Tournament
Tournament information
Location Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Established 1957
Course(s) Sunningdale Golf Club
Month played June/July
Final year 1971
Final champion
Peter Oosterhuis
Sunningdale Golf Club
Location in England

The Bowmaker Tournament was an invitation pro-am golf tournament played from 1957 to 1970. Except in the first and final years the tournament was held at Sunningdale Golf Club. The main event was a 36-hole stroke play event for the professionals played over two days. There was also a better-ball event for the professional/amateur pairs.

The Bowmaker Tournament finished in 1970 but was replaced by the Sunbeam Electric Tournament which had the same format and was also played the week before The Open Championship.[1] The Sunbeam Electric sponsorship lasted for just one year. In 1972 and 1973 they were the sponsors of the Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open.

In the 1965 tournament Kel Nagle started his final round with an albatross two at the 492-yard first hole.[2]


Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Bowmaker Tournament
1957 Frank Jowle
Bobby Locke
 South Africa
Berkshire Golf Club 135 Tie Shared 500
and 300
1958 Bernard Hunt
Peter Mills
Sunningdale Golf Club 129 Tie Shared 350
and 250
1959 Bobby Locke  South Africa Sunningdale Golf Club 132 1 stroke Spain Ángel Miguel 350 [5]
1960 Peter Thomson  Australia Sunningdale Golf Club 132 1 stroke England Bernard Hunt 350 [6]
1961 Bob Charles  New Zealand Sunningdale Golf Club 132 2 strokes South Africa Denis Hutchinson
Australia Kel Nagle
350 [7]
1962 Kel Nagle  Australia Sunningdale Golf Club 133 1 stroke Wales Dai Rees 350 [8]
1963 Peter Butler  England Sunningdale Golf Club 132 2 strokes England Ken Bousfield
Wales Brian Huggett
Australia Kel Nagle
350 [9]
1964 Neil Coles  England Sunningdale Golf Club 136 1 stroke England Peter Alliss 350 [10]
1965 Kel Nagle  Australia Sunningdale Golf Club 133 2 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
England Hedley Muscroft
Scotland George Will
350 [2]
1966 Fred Boobyer  England Sunningdale Golf Club 135 1 stroke England Hedley Muscroft 350 [11]
1967 Peter Butler  England Sunningdale Golf Club 131 1 stroke Australia Peter Thomson 350 [12]
1968 Clive Clark  England Sunningdale Golf Club 136 2 strokes Scotland George Will 350 [13]
1969 Tony Grubb
Brian Huggett
Sunningdale Golf Club 135 Tie Shared 600
and 400
1970 Neil Coles  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 132 3 strokes England Jimmy Hitchcock 600 [15]
Sunbeam Electric Tournament
1971 Peter Oosterhuis  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 132 4 strokes Australia Peter Thomson 600 [16]


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