The Charles Heeley Challenge Bowl competition was inaugurated in 1925 when two sisters, Hilda and Connie Widdowson, who were members of Walmley Golf Club, arranged for the proceeds of some of the club competitions to support a school for crippled children, at which they both taught.
The Challenge Bowl was presented to the sisters by Mr Charles Heeley, a fellow member of Walmley Golf Club, to enable them to widen their charitable efforts for these children and to involve golf clubs throughout the Midlands.
Since 1963 the final has taken place at a different venue each year, alternating between three counties, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. It is a charity golf event and the host club now chooses the charity that they wish to be support. Over the years an amazing £350k has been raised.
Participating clubs hold a qualifying Stableford competition and the players with the best score in Division 1 (Handicap Index Limit up to 24.4) and Division 2 (Handicap Index Limit 24.5 to 40.0) qualify to play in the final. The winner of The Charles Heeley Bowl is the player with the best Stableford score over 18 holes. There is a prize for the Best Gross Stableford score and prizes for 1st and 2nd Net Stableford scores in both Division 1 and Division 2.
The President, Camilla Heeley Manley, Great Granddaughter of Charles Heeley attends the final to present the Trophy each year.
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