It started as a locker room conversation about who might win a tournament if they played each other.
As the roster of golf professional members deepened at Isleworth Golf & Country Club and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, so did the burning desire to answer that question. Now celebrating its seventh year, the Tavistock Cup has returned to Isleworth to bring together these crosstown rivals in the ultimate showdown to determine the World Golf and Country Club Champion.
After exploring the idea of this team competition with a few players, the tournament was embraced by all, and the Tavistock Cup began in 2004. Team Isleworth claimed the inaugural Tavistock Cup in 2004 at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, while Isleworth played host to the Tavistock Cup matches for the next two years. Following a sudden-death playoff that resulted in a tie in 2005, Team Isleworth was victorious again in 2006. Team Lake Nona's home-course advantage helped clinch its first Tavistock Cup victory in 2007.
In 2008, Tavistock Cup rookie J.B. Holmes helped Team Isleworth to its third victory. Team Lake Nona took the advantage over Team Isleworth on the final day of the 2009 Tavistock Cup, claiming its second victory on home turf. Its roster of international talent proved too strong again in 2010 and Team Lake became the first club to win in back to back years.
In 2011, two more clubs, Albany and Queenwood, joined Isleworth and Lake Nona in this unique team competition. Team Lake Nona captured its third consecutive win and fourth Tavistock Cup title at the 2011 tournament. Rookie Oliver Wilson posted a score of 7-under par 65, tying Isleworth's competitive course record and claiming the Payne Stewart Salver Award during Round 2.