The Competition

The Southern Matchplay Golf Championship – “The Race to Dona Filipa” – is a season-long knockout competition open to amateur club golfers across the South of England and South Wales.

Split into 2 regions (South East and South West)  with just 128 places available in each region the competition offers 2 formats, Individual & pairs competitions offering entrants a fantastic opportunity to win through to The Grand Finals in Portugal where the overall winners will be crowned champions.

Open to Golfers in Southern England and South Wales the competition commences with a 36 hole home and away 1st round, before 18 hole knockout rounds determine the 4 Semi Finalists who will be invited to one of two regional playoff finals. The regional winners will move on to the San Lorenzo Golf Course in the Algarve, Portugal to compete in the expenses paid 54 hole round robin format.

Qualifying Rounds

Win a maximum of 5 qualifying rounds between April and October to be invited to the Regional playoff, with approximately four weeks to play each match.

The first round takes place on a ‘home and away’ basis over 36 holes, which means you are assured of at least one game away from your home course. A draw for home advantage takes place in each subsequent round. We do not operate a policy whereby the first result registered receives home advantage

Early rounds are structured in regions to minimise travelling distances, the further you progress the further you may need to travel if drawn away. You must win a maximum of just five matches to reach the Semi Final event.

Match Dates 2019

1st Round – 26th May – 24th June ( 2 legs – 36 Holes)

2nd Round – 29th June – 28thth July (18 Holes)

3rd Round – 3rd August – 1st September (18 Holes)

4th Round –  7th September –  6th October (18 Holes)

5th Round – 12th October – 10th November (18 Holes)


Entrants must be a member of a golf club within one of these counties; England – Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire,Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Wales – Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, and Pembrokeshire.

Quick Guide

Win a maximum of 5 matches to reach the Regional Semi Final

Semi Final Winners Invited to the expenses paid 4 day Grand Finals in the Algarve

36 hole 'Home & Away' first round

Limited to the first 128 players/pairs to apply per region (South East – South West)

Approx. 4 weeks to complete each round, played May to October

Open to male golfers aged 16+ with an active CONGU handicap

£22.50 entry for the Singles competition & £45.00 for the pairs competition.

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