Cup champions all progress
BUNDABERG Golf Club's 41st prestigious annual Wide Bay Australia Burnett Cup finally got under way on Sunday after the first round which had been scheduled for a week earlier was postponed due to rain.
There were no real surprises with defending champions and four-time winners of the event, Brock Wooldridge and Roy Howard, of the host club, easily progressing to round two with a 4-2 victory over Bargara pairing of Brett McLucas and Bazil Cutmore.
The winners from the previous three years were also successful with 2008 champions Rod Mason and Ken Silcox accounting for sporting all-rounders Adam Rayner and Mat Fleming 5-4.
But 2009 victors Ray Austin and Bruce Tree (Bargara) were taken to the 19th hole by Bundaberg's Peter Davies and Colin Hill.
However, 2010 winners John Menyweather and Bryce Pereka prevailed one-up against their Bundaberg clubmates and school teachers Anthony Lanskey and Paul Craven.
The man who has won the Burnett Cup more times (seven) than any other player, Jason Beeston, stayed in the hunt, teaming with Rod Weekes to send Bargara's Chris Ford and Brandon Baker into the Peter Hitchcock Memorial Plate with a 3-2 result.
Other notable winners included Bundaberg club president Trevor McLeod and Craig Swift, who were in the last group of players to take to the course and outgunned Bargara duo of Noel and Wayne McNee 3-1
Club greenkeeper Sean Stuchbery and his Division 1 cricket teammate Shaune Achurch, who worked as a greenkeeper at one of the biggest golf clubs in the United States for seven years before returning home last year, also progressed, against Bargara's Roger Stratton and David McKean two-up.
The second round of the cup and first round of the Hitchcock Plate will be played this Sunday.
The first round of the ladies Burnett Cup was played last Sunday and McLeod's wife Sandra and Judy Gibbs were pushed all of the way by clubmates Carmel Brinkley and Bargara Thompson before emerging victorious 5-4.
Only one ladies cup and one plate game will be played this Sunday, with all other matches to progress to round three.