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1934 (Sir) Michael Bonnallack, OBE is born in Chigwell, Essex. After winning the Boys Amateur Championship in 1952, he would go on to become Britain's leading Amateur throughout most of the 1960s and '70s, despite clearly having the game to make a good living as a professional. His outstanding record includes, amongst others, five Amateur Championships (second only to John Ball's record 8 wins), five English Amateur Championships, including a record 12&11 win in 1968, four Brabazon Trophies (the stroke play equivalent of the English Amateur), a record six Golf Illustrated Gold Vases and a record six Berkshire Trophies. He was twice leading Amateur in the Open Championship in 1968 and 1971, made three appearances at The Masters, played in seven Eisenhower Trophies, including the GB&I victory in 1964, and was a member of every Walker Cup team from 1957 to 1973 (nine times), including being playing Captain of the Great Britain & Ireland side which beat the US at St Andrews in 1971.
In 1972 he received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honour given by the United States Golf Association recognising distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
After retiring from competitive golf, he became one of the game's leading administrators as President or Chairman of many associations, and was most notably Secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) from 1983-1999, and Captain of the R&A in 2000, the same year in which he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his Lifetime Achievement in golf. He received the OBE in 1971 for services to golf and was knighted in 1998.
Since 1998, two teams of 12 Amateurs from Europe and Asia-Pacific compete in alternate years in the Ryder Cup-style Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy.

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