• Our History & Tradition

DR FRANK STABLEFORD

The Stableford method of golf scoring, a system now utilised and revered, particularly by amateur golfers, the world over, was first devised by a Glamorganshire Club member, Dr. Frank Barney Gorton Stableford. He first tried it out on fellow members on 30th September 1898.

As now, the system awarded one point for one over par, two for a par and three for a birdie. The stroke index system having yet to be invented, one third of the player’s handicap was added at the end.

I doubt whether any single man did more to increase the pleasure of the more humble club golfer

Henry Longhurst – British Writer

A WINNING FORMULA

Dr Stableford won the Club Cup at The Glamorganshire in 1898 and 1899. It was wondered if this was the only item of silverware in the golfing world that bears his name.

Well, we have since discovered that he won Royal Porthcawl’s Club Championship in 1907 and his name is inscribed on The Fletcher Cup for this accomplishment. He also won their ‘Severn Brigade Shield’ in 1909 and again his name is inscribed on a silver shield on the trophy.

Finally, on 30 September 1904 (when he had returned to the UK from South Africa for a short stay) Dr Stableford played at The Glamorganshire in their Autumn Meeting. He won the Bogey competition and I have recently learnt that he was presented with a silver cup with his name and competition inscribed. That cup is in the possession of his grandson’s widow in the Isle of Wight.

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STABLEFORD

THE BARBARIANS

GUY GIBSON VC

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