Plate will be named after late sponsor
BUNDABERG Golf Club will honour the late Peter Hitchcock by continuing to name one of its key events after the long-time sponsor.
The plate event, formerly known as the Peter Hitchcock Plate, is now known as the Peter Hitchcock Memorial Plate as a tribute to the popular jeweller, who died when he was struck by a car in the Bundaberg CBD last July.
“He was a very popular man at the club and a great sponsor for a very long time,” club captain Geoff Loveday said yesterday.
In the early days, the plate event was known as the Patrons Plate with various sponsors until 1991, when Peter and Jan Hitchcock took over.
Teams that are knocked out of the Burnett Cup in the first round will enter the Peter Hitchcock Memorial Plate draw.
Another long-time sponsor, Wide Bay Australia, also continued to support the event this year.
Wide Bay Australia has had naming rights to the Burnett Cup since 1988.
With the support of its sponsors, the club is able to put up $5000 prize money to make it the richest event of its type in Wide Bay golf.
“It’s really a tribute to how much support we’ve had, not just from our sponsors but from the community too,” Loveday said.
“It’s the biggest event the club holds each year and it never fails to draw a lot of golfers.
“We’re expecting something in the vicinity of 170 golfers this year.”