There will be a new name on the trophy after the English Senior Men’s County Championship is played next week at Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland.
The four teams seeking the senior counties’ crown for the first time are Gloucestershire, Sussex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.
They each represent one of the England Golf men’s regional groups – South-West, South-East, Midlands and the North – and they will play off in the round robin tournament over three days, from Tuesday to Thursday, 10-12 October.
They’ll be challenged by the championship links at Goswick, near Berwick-on-Tweed, which returns to the list of Open championship qualifying venues next year. It was previously used from 2008-2012.
The course runs along the coast offering views across the North Sea and of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle to the south. The wind, inevitably is one of the key factors, in scoring.
Tuesday 10 October:
Match 1 – Sussex v Yorkshire
Match 2 – Warwickshire v Gloucestershire.
Wednesday 11 October:
The match 1 winners play the match 2 losers.
The match 2 winners play the match 1 losers.
Thursday 12 October:
Completion of the round robin.
Gloucestershire: Bob Broad, Vernon Chappell, Carl Gyde, Mike Jarvis, John Keenaghan, Mike Parkin, Hugh Purvis, Rob Stephens
Sussex: David Alderson, Malcolm Cawte, Peter Crowther, Martin Galway, Colin Jones, Doug Park, Paul Plant, Roy Stephenson
Warwickshire: Tony Allen, Mike Calvert, Andrew Carman, Martin Fell, Peter Gordon, Laurence Greatley, Rob Soen, Graham Taylor
Yorkshire: Ian Clarke, Gary Cuthbert, Andy King, Johnny Lawrence, Mark Lawson, Jonathan Plaxton, Peter Ward, Andy Whitworth