The Star Tournament

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The Star Tournament
Tournament information
LocationLondon, England
Course(s)Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Wentworth Club
Final year1947
Final champion
Norman Von Nida

The Star Tournament was a professional golf tournament played in England and sponsored by The Star, a London evening newspaper. It was held from 1945 to 1947. The total prize money was £1,500.

The 1945 and 1946 events involved 36 holes of stroke play over two days. The leading 16 then played knockout matchplay over the next two days. In 1947 the 36-hole stroke play stage was played on a single day using both Wentworth courses with 32 golfers qualifying. There were then four rounds of knockout matchplay over the next two days, followed by a 36-hole final on the fourth day.


Year Winner Country Venue Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share (£)
1945 John Shoesmith  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 3 & 2 England Bob Kenyon [1]
1946 Henry Cotton  England Wentworth Club 4 & 3 England Arthur Lees [2]
1947 Norman Von Nida  Australia Wentworth Club 6 & 5 Belgium Flory Van Donck 300 [3]

The 1945 and 1946 finals were over 18 holes. The 1947 final was over 36 holes.


  1. ^ "J Shoesmith wins at Richmond". The Glasgow Herald. 13 August 1945. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Cotton wins at Wentworth". The Glasgow Herald. 29 April 1946. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Von Nida's £1600 prize money". The Glasgow Herald. 23 June 1947. p. 6.