Cup almost in the bag for side
THE Bundaberg Golf Club will take an almost unassailable lead into Sunday’s second round of the 2009 President’s Cup.
The 12-match advantage will be tough to claw back for Bargara away from their seaside course, but Bargara Golf Club professional Phil Curd says it is not lost yet.
“We’ll need all the luck we can muster, but it’s do-able — we just need to play a lot of good golf,” he said.
Curd praised the rival club for their excellent performance on Bargara’s greens a fortnight ago, their consistency overwhelming the larger of the two clubs.
“They were too good, simple as that. Trevor McLeod played some great golf against us and we were ordinary,” he said.
The women split the points, with both clubs recording the same amount of wins — it was the men who forged the big lead.
“I was surprised we did so well, but I think it came down to our combinations. We had lots of balanced sides,” Bundaberg club captain Geoff Loveday said.
“We were lucky to draw our round, though. If it wasn’t for (Bargara’s) Chris Schultz missing a few short putts, we probably would have come up short.”
Loveday hoped the pairing of Garry Williams and Schultz might find it more difficult on the recently renovated Bundaberg greens.
“They are looking great and we expect to hold our own on this course, but we can’t go in too confidently.”
“But I’d be very disappointed if we lost it from here.”
Changing his tune from last weekend, Curd said the tournament was not necessarily about the end result, rather the fact the two clubs were competing side by side.
Whether this was really the case, or whether he is deflecting the defeat already, one thing is for sure.
Bundaberg are more than happy to hold on to the President’s Cup for at least another year.