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Coventry Golf Club.

The club was founded 1887. The first nine hole course was situated on Whitley Common. It continued at this location until 1912.

Below is the result of a match played against Oxford University on Monday 14th March 1892 at Oxford. 

Oxford University   Coventry  
H J Wigham 0 Harold Smith 2
W D Davidson 9 A Rotherham 0
H Nicholls 10 F C Hunter Blair 0
F H Stewart 0 H Rotherham 6
C F Balfour 1 H W Bainbridge 0
P Balfour 0 W Hillman 0
L Armistead 2 T Latham 0
A R Hamilton 0 Rev F R Evans 1
A Pelham 0 J Powers 7
T Smythe 0 F A Moncrief 2
  22   18

Result of the monthly cup played on Wednesday 27thOctober 1897, ten cards were taken out with four returned; G G Brodie, 87-9-78; T Latham, 86-7-79; H J Nutt, 89-9-80; Harold Smith, 90-5-85. Miss Rotherham’s silver buckle was played for on the ladies’ course and was won by Miss Mayfield with a score of 1down. 

Below is the result of a match played at Coventry against Wolverhampton Golf Club (now defunct) in May 1899. 

Coventry Golf Club   Wolverhampton (District) Golf Club  
F M G Abell M Wilkie  0
Hugh Rotherham  0 T N Fowke 2
Kenneth Rotherham  D B W Lamb 0
G F Twist  C Elwell 
H Smith D A E Chesshire  0
W Hillman 6 A C Cozens-Hardy 
G Hume  11 R J Lawrence 
R A Rotherham  2 Rupert Smith 
M Brown  Dr Edge  0
Kevitt Rotherham 1 H B L Atkinson  0
S Cash  7 C T Mander
  43   2

In the early 1900s a prominent fixture at the club was an Amateur versus Professional competition. This was the brainchild of H W Bainbridge a Warwickshire County cricketer and also keen golfer. The teams were drawn from clubs within the county. There was usually a keen following on the course, although the weather in May 1900 when the match below was played was very wet and windy and it put many spectators off. As can be seen the match was a very one sided affair, the professionals triumphed in every game, not sure what handicap system, if any, was in operation.

Amateurs   Professionals  
H W Bainbridge 0 G H Causey 8
E F Chance 0 T Williamson 8
J A F Moncrieff 0 J Sherlock 3
S W Clive 0 F Wingate 9
F M G Abell 0 W Lewis 5
S Baldwin 0 A Fowler 2
V H Jepson 0 L G Ross 3
J A Fairhurst 0 C Wingate 3
H Rotherham 0 C Veness 9
G W Blythwayte 0 A Lewis 4
F J March 0 W Hutchings 3
F R Burrow 0 A Bell 7
  0   64

Result of a one sided match played at Coventry against Kenilworth on Wednesday 12th September 1900. 

Coventry   Kenilworth  
W Hillman 6 P Homfray 0
H Robertson 2 E Matterson 0
S Cash 0 H Smith-Turberville 0
F Smith 4 F Pearson 0
R Hill 10 J Kinmond 0
J Fenton 4 J A T Woodward 0
  26   0

 Below is the result of a match played against at Kings Norton on Tuesday 18th September 1900.  

King's Norton   Coventry  
S Baldwin 0 P A Adams 0
C A Palmer 2 N A Stebbing 0
A G Brinton 0 Harold Smith 2
J O Walford 0 G B Sanderson 1
T Homer 0 S Cash 1
H S Player 5 A Pearson 0
W A Crosbee 5 R Hill 0
H Clark 3 Harry Smith 0
H E Cashmore 0 H N Smith 0
  15   4

Result of the monthly cup played on the Whitley course on Wednesday 26th September 1900; W R Monahan, 98-22-76; H W Bainbridge, 81-2-79; H R Hands, 93-14-79; J Powers, 91-11-80; M A Stebbing, 88-5-83; W Hillman, 90-6-84; H Smith-Turberville, 94-10-84; H Smith, 90-6-84.

Coventry Golf Club. Location of the former Whitley Common golf course.

Location of the earlier Coventry course on Whitley Common. Grid reference SP34635,77045, co-ordinates 434635,277045.