Brock Wooldridge and his brother Mark Wooldridge will be competing against each other at the Burnett Cup Final.
Brock Wooldridge and his brother Mark Wooldridge will be competing against each other at the Burnett Cup Final. Mike Knott

Brothers battle it out

IT was older brother Mark who ruled the roost when the Wooldridge family was growing up but his younger sibling Brock might have the last laugh this time when the Burnett Cup final gets under way.

The two brothers will face off in a battle for bragging rights in the final of the Wide Bay region's premier match play competition.

Mark has made it clear he will not be above sledging his little brother if he believes it will help smooth his path to the Burnett Cup silverware.

“I think it's fair to say there may be a few choice words of discouragement on the greens,” Mark said with a chuckle.

“It's definitely going to give the game a bit of flavour.”

Mark and his partner Peter Zandona will enter the final as clear-cut underdogs against the tried and tested combination of Brock and Roy Howard.

It will be the first time family members have clashed in the showpiece final in the history of the competition.

Mark said the odds were still clearly stacked against him in the final but hoped to use a well-honed short game to limit the damage of his brother.

Brock and Howard have had their names etched in the Burnett Cup three times after a streak of consecutive wins between 2001 and 2004.

Mark said he and Zandona had a battle on their hands if they were to belie their underdog status and triumph over the golfing chemistry of their rivals.

“They've been playing together for years and they really feed off each other's game,” he said yesterday.

“As much as I hate to say it, Brock is a pretty remarkable match play opponent, so we're going to have to bring our best game.”

He said there would be no niceties or pleasantries reserved for his opponents when play gets under way.

“There'll be no gimme puts or pick-ups out there,” he said.

“We mean business and we'll be keeping our eye on the prize from the tee to the green.”

Mark liked the idea of holding the Burnett Cup above his head at the end of the match.

However, he admitted that a year's worth of bragging rights would be the real prize.

“I quite like the idea of gloating at the table next Christmas,” he said.

“If we won, I think I'd have a hard time not bringing it up when we catch up for a coldie.”

The Burnett Cup final will tee off 12.10pm at the Bundaberg Golf Club.

Bargara Golf Club's Jessica Williams and Grace Uppman will battle with Bundaberg's Chris Herrmann and Jeanette Baughurst in the women's final, which starts at 11.50am.

Hermann and Baughurst are expected to be hard to beat on their home course.



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