Ladies Amateur Championship Challenge Cup

On display in: Golf: 1885-1914

Date: 1893

Most wins: Lady Margaret Scott won the first three championships (1893-95). Cecil Leitch and Joyce Wethered each won four times.

With more and more women playing golf in the 19th century, the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) was formed in April 1893. Wasting no time, the rules for a national championship were drawn up a month later and this trophy was commissioned. The first championship was played on the links of Lytham & St Annes Ladies’ Golf Club. It was won by 18 year old Lady Margaret Scott, who defeated the LGU Honorary Secretary, Miss Issette Pearson. 38 ladies from England, Ireland and France competed, but notably none from Scotland, despite golf’s popularity there. The world’s first ladies’ club, the Ladies’ Putting Club of St Andrews, had formed in Scotland in 1867. 20 years later it had 500 members while The Royal and Ancient Golf Club itself had 795. (Courtesy of the Ladies’ Golf Union.)