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In 1932, International Week, as it is known, was inaugurated under the auspices of the British Golf Union Joint Advisory Council (JAC), now the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU). It had the full approval of the four National Golf Unions for the playing of matches between teams selected by those Unions.
The format was teams of ten players from each playing in matches consisting of ten singles and five foursomes against each of the other countries. Each match between the countries is decided by the number of points scored by the individual members of the teams. A win counts for 1 point; a halved match counts for ½ point.
A special welcome to event sponsors Fairstone Financial Management Ltd to whom we are extremely grateful, this will be the second year of a four year cycle and on behalf of all the Home Unions we thank Lee Hartley and Fairstone for their generous sponsorship of amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland.
Southerndown Golf Club was formed in 1905. Although the first hole gives the impression that the course is hilly, in fact much of it is laid out on a plateau with slopes and valleys that have been carved out during the ice age. The surface is covered by a layer of wind-blown sand, creating a limestone heath with unique characteristics. it is this combination which gives the course its links style. Southerndown's distinctive characteristics include its tight lies, undulating fairways and excellent drainage. There are no trees or lakes to trouble the golfer at Southerndown, only gorse and bracken and the occasion breath of wind!
Many of this year’s competitors will already be familiar with the course, having played in the Duncan Putter in April. This is an event which has been won by some famous names, golfers who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the Walker Cup, the Ryder Cup and at all levels in the Amateur and Professional games.
This is first time for the International series to be played at Southerndown although the club has hosted many major events including the Welsh Amateur Championship, The Duncan Putter and recently it was a final qualifying venue for The Seniors Open Championship.