Clive Smith was the Club Captain in 1974 of Camberley Heath Golf Club when he developed his wish to help promote and develop amateur golf .
Clive has gone some way to achieving this by founding an event to be known as 'The Lagonda Trophy’ named after his beautiful vintage (1930) Lagonda Tourer motor car. This model being a precursor to the Le Mans winning team car of 1935.
His ambition to help develop future amateur golf thus commenced in 1975 and has progressed at a very promising pace ever since.
Initially played most successfully at Camberley Heath ( a Harry Colt course ) from 1975 to 1989 , the sale of the Club initiated a move to The Gog Magog Club in 1990.
The event has always attracted a very high class field ( circa plus 2 golfers ) with some very talented winners.
David Hague, won in sensational fashion in 2017 with a fifteen under par final 36 holes total of 125 (62 + 63)!, the lowest 36 holes closing score achieved by a winner of the tournament in its history. This was golf at the highest possible standard.
Harry Ellis, winner in 2016, who went on to win the British Amateur Championship in 2017, having already won the English Amateur at age 16, the youngest ever winner.
David and Harry joined other notable winners whose ranks include Luke Donald (winner 1997), Lee Westwood (winner 1992). Donald and Westwood both graduated to Ryder Cup players and have performed at the very highest level for a number of years both achieving world No. 1 status.
Lee Westwood turned professional the year after winning the Lagonda Trophy. Since then he has won Europe’s Order of Merit three times in three different decades and tournaments on the European circuit in each of the past four decades. He was named player of the year for the 1998, 2000, 2009 and 2020 seasons and won the Race to Dubai in 2020 for the 2nd time at 47 years of age. Lee is a truly global competitor with victories on all six leading tours. He has played in 11 Ryder Cups, equalling the record held by Sir Nick Faldo.
The perennial Gary Wolstenholme won the Lagonda trophy in 2002 as well as winning the British Amateur in 1991 and 2003. Wolstenholme has taken his exceptional talent from the amateur ranks to a very successful career on the Professional Senior circuit.
Andy Sullivan, our winner in 2010, has made significant progress in world golf, having won four times on the European Tour in 2015. He also progressed to the Ryder Cup team in 2016.
Other past winners of the Lagonda Trophy who have been successful on the European PGA Tour include Kenneth Ferrie (Austrian Open 2011), and Oliver Fisher (Czech Open 2011) who became the first player on the European Tour to break 60 when he scored an amazing 59 in the 2018 Portugal Masters.
David Skinns who won the Lagonda in 2001, and achieved the lowest cut score of 130, gained a PGA Tour card in 2021 and has had 3 wins on the Korn Ferry Tour, including a recent victory in March this year.
Dale Whitwell, winner of the Lagonda Trophy in 2008, had his first European Tour victory in 2023 when he won the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden.
In the first year of the Lagonda Trophy being played at Gog Magog in 1990, it was won by Australian golfer Lucas Parsons. He went on to play on the PGA Tour, European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia winning 9 times, including a European Tour win.
At Camberley Heath, John Davies won in 1978 when the tournament was played over 36 holes, with the lowest score of 135. John played in 4 successive Walker Cup matches from 1973 to 1979. He also lost at the 37th hole to Dick Siderowf (USA) in the final of the British Amateur championship at St Andrews in 1976.
Peter McEvoy, one of Britain’s greatest ever amateur golfers, won in 1980 having already having won the British Amateur back to back in 1977 and 1978. He was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team five times between 1977 and 1989. He also won the Lytham Trophy in 1979 and the Brabazon Trophy in 1980. After a successful playing career he was named captain of the Great Britain & Ireland teams for the 1999 and 2001 Walker Cups, which won both times.
Russell Claydon, a Gog Magog Club Honorary life member, won the Lagonda trophy in 1988 as well as the English Amateur Championship and Berkshire Trophy. The following year he won the St Andrews Trophy, the Lake Macquarie Amateur in Australia and went on to play in the Walker Cup at the Peachtree Golf Club in the USA when Great Britain & Ireland won on American soil for the very first time. He went on to have a very successful career on the European Tour (1989 to 2004), winning the BMW International Open in 1998.
Such a review of some of the past winners of The Lagonda Trophy reveals how successful subsequently they have become in the world of top amateur and professional golf. In fact everything that Clive Smith hoped for when founding the event in 1975, with significant foresight and ambition.
|Wold Number One
Lee Westwood 2011
David Gilford 1991,95
John Davies 1973,75,77,79
|John Davies 1974,76
Peter McEvoy 1977,79,81,85,89
David Gilford 1984
Lee James 1994
Gary Wolstenholme 1996,98,04
Luke Donald 1998,00
Dale Whitnell 2008
|British Amateur Champion
|Peter McEvoy 1977,78
Gary Wolstenholme 1991,2003
Lee James 1995
Harry Ellis 2017
|English Amateur Champion
|David Gilford 1984
Russell Claydon 1988
Harry Ellis 2012
|British Youths Champion
|John Cook 1987
Lee Westwood 1993
|British Boys Champion
|John Cook 1985
Kenneth Ferrie 1996