Last year’s Burnett Cup winners, Bruce Tree and Ray Austin, get in some practice at Bargara.
Last year’s Burnett Cup winners, Bruce Tree and Ray Austin, get in some practice at Bargara. Rob Barich Gola

Heroes return

LAST year’s unsuspecting Burnett Cup heroes were back for round two.

The happy-go-lucky pair of Ray Austin and Bruce Tree would team up for tomorrow’s first round of the 2010 Burnett Cup.

Neither said they were better or worse golfers than last year, but their proven ability to work as a team had them among the frontrunners.

“It’s a lottery, really. We aren’t going in with any expectations, just one shot at a time,” Tree said diplomatically.

His partner was just as casual.

“We aren’t feeling any pressure. It’s just another game of golf,” Austin said.

Tree joked about playing left-handed on the weekend, but with a new driver in the mail that seemed unlikely.

“I bought this new driver because it said on the packaging that it goes longer and straighter – I hope they weren’t lying,” he laughed.

It was Tree’s booming tee shots and Austin’s precision putting that secured the cup last year, but Tree was doubtful it would go according to script again.

“If we do that again we’ll be laughing,” he said.

“I’ve been driving and putting pretty badly of late, but Craig Swift, the pro at Bundaberg, helped me with my swing so it’s a little better now.”

The pair had played the Bundaberg course once a week in preparation, and said it was in better nick than ever before.

“It’s absolutely perfect at the moment, a credit to the greenkeeper there,” Tree said.

Brock Wooldridge again popped up as a title contender, but the nature of the tournament always produced surprising results.

“Brock is very consistent and that’s hard to match, but someone hitting off a handicap 18 only needs three or four pars and they will win holes and prove dangerous,” Tree said. “Anyone can win it.”

The first group would tee off at Bundaberg Golf Club at 8am tomorrow.



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