Historic Bridget Newell Open

Results: Sunday 8 August 2018

1st J.Haddon & H.Spencer 44pts cpo

2nd K. & J. Dove 44pts

3rd. S.Banks & T.Smith 42pts cpo

4th. M. & J. Miller 42pts cpo

Bridget Newell was a Cavendish member back in the 1930s and played at the very top of Ladies Golf.

She was Derbyshire and Midlands Champion, played for Great Britain and was a Curtis Cup reserve.

Tragically while practising for the Ladies Open at Turnberry in 1937, she contracted pnemonia and died suddenly aged just 25.

ScanHer close friends and also scratch golfing siblings, John and Gwen Craddock-Hartopp (photo) were devasted and in 1937 set up a competition in Bridget’s memory. They presented two magnificent cups as prizes and they have been proudly competed for over 80 years.

The original mixed foursomes medal format (max combined 18 h/c) was very tough but always attracted a full field. Over recent years the competition has not been well supported and so a more popular 4BBB Stableford format has been introduced to encourage more entrants.

It’s 81 years since Bridget died and it is fitting that we remember one of the Club’s greatest golfers through her memorial competition.



This is an historic Open competition with an impressive trophy.

Format: 4BBB, Stableford, Mixed Team. Max 28 h/c men, 36 h/c ladies. (3/4 difference).

The competition offers a superb opportunity for visitors to play Cavendish and be part of history.

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1937 Derbyshire County Team: Gwen Craddock-Hartop (4th), Bridget Newell (5th) from left in photo.

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