Bundaberg Golf Club member Brock Wooldridge is aiming for his fourth Burnett Cup win on January 31.
Bundaberg Golf Club member Brock Wooldridge is aiming for his fourth Burnett Cup win on January 31. MAX FLEET

Wooldridge and Hansen form team

Brock Wooldridge and Roy Hansen form the team no competitors want to see in this month’s Wide Bay Australia Burnett Cup draw.

But unfortunately for their competition, the pair have decided to reconnect after five years apart in a bid for a fourth Cup win.

Last time the two Bundaberg golfers played together in the event, they won an unprecedented three straight cup victories.

And even after five years apart, Wooldridge is confident the partnership will be a winner at Bundaberg Golf Club next fortnight.

“Any time Roy and I play together we play well and we combine well, and when you play in that competition you’ve got have a good combination,” he said yesterday.

From 2002-2005 the pair were unbeatable at Bundaberg Golf Club, taking out the title in three consecutive years.

That is a rare feat in the history of the competition and no team has been able to dominate the biggest event on the Bundaberg Golf Club calendar since.

Club captain Geoff Loveday believes the pair will be among the favourites to take out the prize when the tournament starts on January 31.

“It’s a very hard event to repeat,” he said.

“Over the years it has got the reputation that it is an event anyone can win, so what they did was nothing short of amazing.”

Wooldridge said the pair parted ways in 2005 because he was unable to compete in 2006.

The next year he joined forces with his brother but was unable to recapture the titles.

Last year Wooldridge teamed with Sean Stuchbery for a promising campaign that was only derailed by eventual champions Bruce Tree and Ray Austin in the semi-final.

Tree and Austin were shock winners in the event last year.

But they were by no means the first team to come into the event unannounced and take away the major prize.

Since the event started in 1971 it has been known as an event that can produce even the most unlikely upsets.

In 2007, two C-Grade golfers, Bill Davis and Dave Hardy, won the event.

Then the next year, the A/B-Grade combination of Ken Silcox and Rod Mason took out the prize.

“It really boils down to the combination of the players,” Loveday said.

“You need one of the players to play quite well.

“Last year, Austin and Tree complemented each other really well. That’s why the event is so popular because it is so open.

“Anyone can win it; it just boils down to how they play at the time.”

It is also popular because of the prize that is up for grabs for the winner.

With Wide Bay Australia’s support, the club is able to give each member of winning team two tickets to spend a week at the Caprice Resort in Coolum and play on Hyatt Coolum’s PGA golf course.

Last time Wooldridge and Hansen won the event, the prize was a clock from Peter Hitchcock Jewellers.

The prospect of a week away at some of Australia’s best golf courses is even further incentive for the pair to pick up their fourth title.

“It just shows how popular the event is, that they are able to pick up sponsorship like that,” Wooldridge said.

The event has always been played as a four-ball handicap match play, with losers of the first round going into the Peter Hitchcock Memorial Plate Event.

With the popularity of the Men’s Burnett Cup, the women ran an equivalent event from 1979 to 1989.

This event was re-established in 2008 with the help of sponsors Rum City Exhaust and Towbar Centre, and Lorraine Schafer and Dave Gordon.

This event continues this year and starts on Sunday, February 7, running over five weeks to Saturday, March 6. The women have a prize pool of $800 with the winning team receiving $350 and a prize rundown to the third round.



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