Peter Thomson Trophy The prestigious Peter Thomson Trophy is played in honor of five time British Open Champion Peter Thomson. The Trophy was first played in 1997. Mr Thomson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985. The 2016 Peter Thomson Trophy will commence from Sunday 2nd October. The event is contested between the eight Sandbelt golf clubs; Commonwealth, Huntingdale, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Peninsula-Kingswood, Royal Melbourne, Yarra Yarra and Victoria. The trophy is a tightly contested event each year with a round robin style match play format over eight rounds. The Club’s are represented by seven players for each weekly contest. At the conclusion of the seventh round the top two teams will play off against each other in the Peter Thomson Trophy Final. The defending champions this year are Peninsula-Kingswood. The six Melbourne Sandbelt golf clubs who do not qualify to compete in the final of the Peter Thomson Trophy will play on the same day of the Final for the Peter Thomson Plate. Each team is represented by six players, each of whom must have played at least two times in the regular season of the Peter Thomson Trophy. The competition is teams Stableford, with all six individual scores to count. 2015 saw 3 clubs tie for the Plate, Commonwealth, Kingston Heath and Metropolitan all finished tied on 197 total. The Plate was first played in 2001.
2016 Peter Thomson Final The final of the Peter Thomson Trophy and Peter Thomson Plate were played on Sunday 20th November at Huntingdale Golf Club. Playing and course conditions were perfect for the day and resulted in a closely fought out final between Kingston Heath Golf Club and Metropolitan Golf Club. The eventual winners Metropolitan edged out Kingston Heath with a 4/3 match result. The Peter Thomson Plate winners were Penisula/Kingswood with a 174 aggregate team total. The temperature rose above 30 degrees and the day was hot which affected the scoring. Five time British Open Winner Peter Thomson was in attendance at the dinner with his wife Mary and presented the winning teams with the trophies. Long time club member Brian Meldrum was Guest Speaker for the evening and told some great tales of his career in Journalism. A big thanks also to Michael Roberts who was Master of Ceremonies for the final presentation dinner.