The Ivo Whitton Trophy is named after the great Victorian amateur, Ivo Whitton who won 5 Australian Open Championships (1912, 1913, 1926, 1929 and 1931); 2 Australian Amateur Championships (1922 and 1923) and 5 Victorian Amateur Championships (1919, 1920, 1922, 1923 and 1924).
The VGA introduced the Ivo Whitton Trophy in 1960 for the lowest average stroke score in designated tournaments held each year. The inaugural winner was Kevin Hartley with an average of 72.72 from 32 rounds. Hartley went on to take the trophy 12 times out of the first 18 years of the competition.
At a special presentation ceremony at Royal Melbourne in March 1961, Ivo Whitton himself handed his trophy to the first winner. In reply, Hartley is reported by Victorian Golf to have said he “thought the trophy was the best awarded in Victorian golf and which in future years any winner would be more proud of than any other trophy”. And said “he would prize it above all other trophies he had won or might be fortunate enough to win in the future”.
The trophy has lived up to all expectations with the honour roll reflecting a who’s who of Victorian Golf including Michael Clayton (1978 and 1980); Peter Sweeney (1981); John Lindsay (1984); Brad Hughes (1987); Robert Allenby (1990 and 1991); Stephen Allan (1994) and Geoff Ogilvy (1995 and 1997).
2017 Ivo Whitton Rankings (coming soon)
2017 individual event winners
2016 Ivo Whitton Champion: Kyle Michel
2016 Ivo Whitton Rankings (as at 21 December - Woodlands Open)
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2015 Final Ivo Whitton Rankings as at 15 December (post Port Phillip)
2015 Ivo Whitton Event Winners
2014 Ivo Whitton Trophy FINAL Averages (Note: Only eligible players are listed)