THE WHITE HORSE CUP
On Sunday Bowral team 1 defeated The Grange at Pt. Kembla by 4 1/2 to 1 1/2
Stuart Denholm Squared
Alex Mulholland won 2/1
Brian Hanrahan lost 7/6
Pascal Timores won 5/4
Don Barker won 2/1
Peter Girven won 6/5
Although we have not qualified for the semi final we can celebrate finishing the season on a high note. Thanks to all who rose before dawn and travelled to distant places to represent our club and remind the district that we are not going away until the WHC is in our Trophy cabinet. -
Don Barker -Team Captain
Bowral team 2 went down today against Moss Vale 2 at Kiama 3.5 / 2.5:
Paul Pettiford won 1 up
Jim Phillips squared
David Boyd lost 3/2
David McGinnes lost 5/3
Alan Turpie lost 3/2
Robert Eriksson won 5/3.
That's the end of the season for us. Thanks to all the fellows who represented the Club demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship, showing we are good losers as well as good winners. Hope to see them all again next year. David Boyd -Team Captain
The Watson Cup
The Watson Cup is one of our older trophies and had been 'missing' for almost 80 years. Our records show that Mr P.W. McIntyre was the only winner of the cup and it was presumed by some that it had remained in his possession. On Saturday 9th March 2014, a granddaughter of Mr Walter Laing, Mrs Diana Brown, returned the cup to the club. Mrs Brown tells us that Walter Laing won the Watson Cup in 1936 and had been the family's possession since Mr Laing passed away in 1959. It can be seen in the trophy cabinets.
Following are two extracts from Doug Stalley's book "Bowral Golf Club 1901-2001" referring to the Watson Cup. Doug's book can be seen on the website by clicking here.
In May 1935, there was a letter from T. Watson presenting a cup, the Watson Cup, the conditions of play being left to the match committee. Conditions of the event were not recorded but the donor was almost certainly Thomas Watson, a visiting member and manager of Tooth and Company, Sydney, and a subscriber to the Club’s debenture issue in 1939. Hastings Clark has something to say about him later. The only recorded winner of the cup (in 1937) was P.W. McIntyre, then manager of the Bowral branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney. Competition for the cup stopped during the War and for some time afterwards be- cause in 1961 the minutes record a decision to reintroduce the event ,and in 1962 it was played as a stableford event, later disappearing from the fixture book list.
As already noted, there is only one entry on the Watson Cup for 1937. But the event was scheduled again, certainly in 1962, but at some time later both the event as well as the Cup itself seems to have escaped the attention of the match committee. It can be presumed that the reason why these events were not scheduled was associated with the controversy surrounding the course changes and the added problems for the captains E.C. Grant and K. Campbell and the match committee at the time. The scheduling of competitions suffered in the process.
A Distinguished Visitor
Recently we had a visit from John Rigg a long time friend of our president Ian McKenzie. Ian and John both studied medicine together at Edinburgh. John is a past captain of Royal Birkdale and retired Chief Medical Officer of the R&A.
John was in Bowral for a few days and, together with Ian, I enjoyed a round of golf at Bowral a couple of weeks ago. John plays off 12 and lives very near to Royal Birkdale. When John was Chief Medical Officer of the R&A Ian assisted on the medical team for the British Open.
Royal Birkdale has hosted the British Open nine times, first in 1954 and most recently in July 2008. Previous winners of the Open at Royal Birkdale are Pádraig Harrington, Mark O'Meara, Ian Baker-Finch, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson (twice). It has hosted the women's tournament five times, latterly in 2010.
Royal Birkdale has also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1965 and 1969, the Walker Cup, and the Curtis Cup. It also hosted the Senior Open Championship in 2013. It was during the Ryder Cup of 1969 that one of the most famous sporting gestures in all of sport was made.
The Sporting Gesture
"I don't think you would have missed that, Tony," Nicklaus said, "but I didn't want to give you the chance."
All golfers know this quote - it defines the sportsman. During the 1969 Ryder Cup the competitiojn became a little bit 'enthusiastic'. Jack Nicklaus - then 29 years old conceded the last putt of game to Tony Jacklin hence ensuring a draw.
Click here for other examples of sportsmanship.