Bargara Golf Club’s Kathy and Ian McDonnell are intent on wresting back the Presidents Cup from Bundaberg Golf Course when the first round starts tomorrow.
Bargara Golf Club’s Kathy and Ian McDonnell are intent on wresting back the Presidents Cup from Bundaberg Golf Course when the first round starts tomorrow. Max Fleet

Seasiders' goal for Cup revenge

EVERY sport has its derby match.

In Bundaberg AFL, there is the Bulldogs v Waves clash, in hockey it’s All Blacks v Cities, while Falcons love a good battle with the Barbarians on the union field.

But as far as grudge matches go, the Bargara v Bundaberg Golf Club President’s Cup is up there with the best of them.

The first of the two-leg, home-and-away series starts tomorrow at the seaside course, with men and women competing in pairs.

Bundaberg Golf Club columnist Jean Davis set the mood this week, saying the trophy was much better off on their shelf without the sea air to corrode it.

But Bargara Golf Club professional Phil Curd assured the trophy would be just as safe in their coastal clubhouse.

“The bragging rights are on the line each year so it would be great to get the trophy back in our hands,” he said.

“We are always trying to get up. There is definitely no love lost.”

It has been a while since Bargara won their only President’s Cup, but in the past four years Bundaberg have certainly had to earn their victory.

For three years straight the event was drawn, before Bundaberg won narrowly last year.

“It’s incredible that it has been so close,” Bundaberg Club captain Geoff Loveday said.

“The odds of it happening three years in a row are amazing.

“But that definitely adds to the occasion and it has turned into a very competitive tournament.”

Bundaberg, the smaller of the two clubs, have won five times, but Loveday insists they are still the underdogs.

“We always play that card, and I think we will all find it tough away from our home course this weekend,” he said.

The two feature match-ups of the day are the club pro and president pairs, and the club captain and assistant pro round.

Loveday will pair with Kevin Cherry against Gary Williams and Chris Schultz, while Bargara pro and president Phil Curd and John Bloem will face Craig Swift and Trevor McLeod.



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