BIGGA National Championship

The BIGGA National Championship

BIGGA National Championship 2023


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BIGGA’s golfing Major made its way to Devon in 2023 with the spectacular Saunton Golf Club playing host to our largest annual golf event.

The BIGGA National Championship sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions was held in its usual two-day format, with members  in with a chance of getting their hands on the BIGGA National Challenge Trophy (strokeplay) and Challenge Cup (Stableford).

Both of Saunton's championship courses are listed in the UK's Top 100 golf courses and BIGGA members got to sample these historic links for an incredibly low price, with a gala dinner and lunch on both days included in the cost.

Prize winners


BIGGA National Championship Challenge Trophy

1st Tom Lowe, Woodhall Spa Golf Club
2nd Ryan Bone, The Wisley
3rd Joshua Caffyn, Barton-on-Sea Golf Club
4th Robert Boxall, Liphook Golf Club
5th Tom Stanley, Wath Golf Club

BIGGA National Championship Challenge Cup

1st Ryan Bone, The Wisley, 75 points
2nd Richard Ponsford, Clevedon Golf Club, 70 points

BIGGA National Championship Regional Cup

Ryan Bone, The Wisley; Anthony Duffield, Ham Manor Golf Club; James Lynch, West Sussex Golf Club, Ali Gessous, Roehampton Club


Derek Cunliffee, Origin Amenity Solutions

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'I've been greenkeeping for just over two years now and I absolutely love it. I'm absolutely ecstatic, I don't really know what to say. If I'm honest I felt the tension down the stretch! I don't think I have any words, I'm blown away.'

Tom Lowe

Challenge Trophy winner

Round One

Division 1 (<5 handicap) Ryan Bone, The Wisley, 38 points
Division 2 (6-12 handicap) Eddy Oliver, Liphook Golf Club, 32 points
Division 3 (13< handicap) Richard Ponsford, Clevedon Golf Club, 34 points

Nearest the pin prizes Tony Thacker, Oly Browning (x2), Danny Stock, John Simmonds

Round Two

Division 1 (<5 handicap) AJ Loveday, Romford Golf Club, 32 points
Division 2 (6-12 handicap) Jonathan Evans, Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, 35 points
Division 3 (13< handicap) David Warner, Woking Golf Club, 40 points

Nearest the pin prizes Mark Jarrett, Danny Carter, Dan Branson

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'I’ve been playing pretty terribly of late, so even just winning one prize would have been fantastic, so to come away with a trophy and a few prizes is fantastic! I’ll be back next year, I recommend it to anybody, to play fantastic courses like these with your peers is a fantastic way to meet new people.'

Simon Bone

Challenge Cup winner


About the BIGGA National

There are no handicap limitations in place, meaning BIGGA members of any golfing standard canparticipate, and with entry costing just £100 including two rounds at Saunton Golf Club, lunch on both days and an evening meal, the event is an incredible value-for-money opportunity to sample one of the most historic courses in the South West.

Participants can access a preferential hotel rate with Brend Hotels using the code 'BIGGA Nationals 23'.

The prize pot amounts to in excess of £2,000, with prizes up for grabs for every standard of golfer, including: 

BIGGA National Championship Challenge Trophy

Awarded to the best strokeplay score across two rounds

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BIGGA National Championship Challenge Cup

Awarded to the best combined Stableford score across two rounds

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BIGGA National Championship Regional Cup

Awarded to the four entrants from a single region who return the best combined Stableford score on the opening day.

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Previous BIGGA National champions

1987 Verulam Mel Guy
1988 Ayr Belleisle Edwin Walsh
1989 Lyme Regis Paul Newcombe
1990 Ganton Gerald Bruce
1991 Royal St Davids Barry Holt
1992 Littlestone Richard Barker
1993 Dunbar Malcolm Latham
1994 Dartmouth Malcolm Latham
1995 Old St Annes Shaun Richards
1996 Seacroft James Dair
1997 Cooden Beach Steve Sullivan
1999 Carden Park Anthony James
2000 Old St Annes / Fairhaven Dustin Houghton
2001 Southport & Ainsdale/Birkdale Chris Bell
2002 Hillside/Hesketh Ian Semple
2003 Hollinwell /Coxmoor Chris Lomas
2004 Aldwoodley Graeme Macdonald
2005 Worksop/Sherwood Forest Noel Crawford
2006 Burton on Trent Anthony Mclure
2007 Dundonald David Simpson
2008 East Sussex National David Simpson
2009 Burnham & Berrow Derek McJannet
2010 The Berkshire Paul Frith
2011 West Lancashire Jason Hunt
2012 Irvine Bogside Oliver Browning
2013 Frilford Heath Gordon Sangster
2014 Liphook Gordon Sangster
2015 Fulford James Rowling
2016 Bowood Golf & Country Club Gary Burgess
2017 Verulam (30th Anniversary) Christopher Lamb
2018 Gullane Golf Club David Simpson
2019 Formby Golf Club Llion Kerry
2021 Royal Mid-Surrey Matt Haynes
2022 Enville Golf Club James Lynch
2023 Saunton Golf Club Tom Lowe


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