On Wed October 14 2020, by Secretary
Shrewsbury School Win Historic Prior Cup Competition
A team of masters from Shrewsbury School has won the longest running competition at Shrewsbury Golf Club.
The Prior Cup match between the Condover-based club and Shrewsbury School was initiated in 1920 and is always keenly contested and played in a friendly spirit.
While this year’s 3.5 – 0.5 score line on Sunday, in favour of the School, may not appear that close, a number of the pairs matches were settled on the final hole.
According to match organiser, Shrewsbury Golf Club’s lady vice-captain, Pat Alexander, it was a close-run thing. “It was though fitting that the masters should win the cup in its 101’st year as they did all those years back when it was first competed for.”
While there are gaps in the engraving on the cup, particularly during World War II and during the 50’s when the matches were either not played or not recorded, Shrewsbury Golf Club President, John Dodds reckons that honours are roughly even over the cup’s history.
“The record is almost immaterial for a trophy that’s older than the Ryder Cup,” he says. “It is always a pleasure to welcome the school to Condover and we enjoy a close relationship with the staff and pupils throughout the year.”
The Prior Cup is believed to have been made by silversmith Charles Edwards and assayed in London in 1919 before being retailed by Robinsons of The Square.
Pictured below receiving the cup from John Dodds (left) is Mark Scofield of Shrewsbury School.
The second photo shows the Shrewsbury Masters’ Team.