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Welcome to the home of The Bushranger Cup

History

The Bushranger Cup is a four-man team event for social golfers. It was founded in 2004 by Matthew Pitt in an effort to combat the diminishing quantity of golf being played by his mates. Since most of the original participants did not have official handicaps, the perennial challenge of managing Bushrangers became the guiding principle for the development of the handicapping system and format of the event. Although it ended up being the catalyst for the formation of Bushranger Golf, the Bushranger Cup remains a private invitational event. The first tournament was contested in March 2004 at the 36-hole Cobram-Barooga Golf Club. It has evolved a reputation for hosting remarkable moments, great drama and hilarious fun and is now, some people say, arguably the most sought after prize in the golfing universe.

The 2018 Bushranger Cup

The 15th Bushranger Cup will return to the Mornington Peninsula to stay on course at Moonah Links for the once again. The 2017 event is on the weekend of March 23, 24 & 25. Go to the 2018 Bushranger Cup page for detailed information.
 

Bushranger Cup Champions

2004

Wild Colonial Boys

Marcus Jones

Lohn Lazzara

James McCusker

Warwick Stonehouse

2005

Cash & Company

Ian Crotty

Richard Mitchell

Sebastian Shand

Dominic Wall

2006

Captain Moonlite Gang

Roger Brown

Adam Finlay

Nick Honey

Matthew Pitt

2007

The Ben Hall Gang

Andrew Collins

Michael Nolan

James Peters

Dick Thurkle

2008

Captain Moonlite Gang

Roger Brown

Adam Finlay

Nick Honey

Matthew Pitt

2009

Stringybark Creek Freaks

Michael David

Steve Foxwell

Terry Robinson

Brett Simpson

2010

The Captain Melvilles

Ian Crotty

Richard Fellner

Rob Lugton

Sebastian Shand

2011

Captain Moonlite Gang

Nick Honey

Matthew Pitt

Mick Van Raay 

Dave Warwick

2012

The Kelly Gang

Nick Honey

Matthew Pitt

Richard Mitchell

Dave Warwick

2013

Stringybark Creek Freaks

Michael David

Greg Cousins

Tim Holroyd

Brett Simpson

2014

The Aaron Sherritt Gang

Dave Warwick Dave Pollock Tom Tomlin Phil Peacock
2015

The Harry Power Gang

Mark Henderson

Shane Lawlor Tomm Cassidy Wayne Ball

2016

The Captain Melvilles Gavan Doran Ian Crotty Ian Steer Sebastian Shand

2017

The Captain Melvilles Matthew Pitt Ivan Jones Rob Lugton David Morris

 

For the results of the 2004 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2005 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2006 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2007 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2008 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2009 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2010 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2011 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2012 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2013 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2014 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2015 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2016 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2017 Cup, click here.

Bushranger Cup Net Scoring Records

Round

Score

Player(s)

Year

Gang

1st Round Solo

- 8

Rusty Groin

2009

The Aaron Sherritt Gang

1st Round Solo

- 8

Luggo

2010

The Captain Melvilles

1st Round Team

- 9

Diesel, Trav, Rusty & Wokka

2009

The Aaron Sherritt Gang

1st Round Team

- 9 Diesel, TomT, Phillo & Poll 2014 The Aaron Sherritt Gang

2-Ball Ambrose

- 11

Bass & Crocko-Diddio

2005

Cash & Company

4-Ball Ambrose

- 16

Hendo, Tommo, Lawlo, Ballo

2015

The Harry Power Gang

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The 2005 Bushranger Cup champions (Saddam, Bastros, Dom & Crocko) and are seen here giving a very clear indication of just how many titles they believe they are capable of winning.

Bushranger Cup Net Scoring Averages (minimum five Cups)

Player

Cups

Best 9

Best 
2-Ball

Best 
4-Ball

Holes

Strokes

Average

Wins

2nd

3rd

Wayne Ball
Mark Henderson
Greg Cousins
Dave Warwick
Neil Hocking
Tom Tomlin
Matthew Thomas
Ian Crotty
Matthew Pitt
Richard Fellner
Rob Lugton
Richard Mitchell
Warwick Stonehouse
Tim Holroyd
Adam Finlay
Nick Honey
Roger Brown
Stephen Foxwell
Paul Lambe
Sam Saltis
Michael David
Brett Simpson
Dick Thurkle
Funky J
Mick Van Raay
Gavan Doran
Dominic Wall
Sebastian Shand
Michael Mileo
Scott Wilson
Ivan Jones

6
7
6
9
6
6
5
14
14
13
7
9
12
6
5
14
10
5
5
5
14
12
5
5
13
10
5
12
6
6
7
31
29
27
31
27
29
30
29
29
28
25
30
30
32
32
30
29
30
31
30
29
27
30
27
31
27
32
30
27
32
35
62
65
63
62
66
64
64
61
62
64
67
63
63
66
62
64
62
66
66
65
63
60
67
65
64
64
66
61
69
65
67
56
56
57
59
61
59
60
61
57
57
57
57
61
57
62
57
61
63
64
63
57
57
64
63
57
61
65
61
61
65
57
270
315
270
405
270
270
225
630
630
585
315
405
540
270
207
630
441*
225
225
225
630
540
225
225
585
450
225
540
270
270
315
991
1162
1002
1508
1006
1008
843
2361
2362
2199
1184
1524
2033
1017
783
2385
1671
853
853
866
2391
2053
863
864
2249
1736
868
2088
1044
1045
1227
66.06
66.41
66.81
67.02
67.06
67.21
67.44
67.46
67.48
67.66
67.66
67.73
67.77
67.81
68.09
68.14
68.21
68.24
68.24
68.28
68.31
68.43
69.04
69.12
69.21
69.44
69.44
69.61
69.61
69.67
70.11
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1
1
3
 
1
 
3
5
1
2
2
1
1
2
4
2
1
 
 
2
2
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1
2
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* Arbeige missed the first 9 holes of the 1st Cup after an overnight visit to Shepparton hospital for some running repairs.

The Format

Each golfer plays 3 rounds: one of 9 holes and two of 18 holes from which each team will derive a 72-hole score. The team with the lowest total will be declared the winner.

The Rounds

Round One: In the first three years, this was on Saturday Morning. From 2007, this round has been moved to Friday afternoon. Each player shoots a solo 9-hole round of stroke play and so each team will have scored four 9-hole rounds. Handicaps are deducted to calculate the net score for each player. In the first three years, the highest and lowest 9-hole totals for each team were eliminated, leaving the 2nd and 3rd best 9-hole scores for each team as their 1st round 18-hole score. From 2007, the 2nd and 4th scores will be eliminated, leaving the 1st and 3rd best scores as each teams' 1st round 18-hole score. The 18-hole leader board will be posted on Friday evening.

Rounds Two & Three: Saturday Afternoon. The field embarks on 18 holes of 2-ball Ambrose (each pair is grouped with men from another team). Handicaps are deducted and these scores make up each team’s 2nd & 3rd round net scores for the tournament. At the conclusion of Saturday’s activities, the 54-hole leader board will be posted.

Round Four: Sunday morning. Teams will compete together as 4-ball Ambrose gangs for 18 holes to determine the team’s final 18-hole score. The four rounds for each team are totalled to determine the winning team. In the event of a tie, a sudden death playoff will be conducted with each team playing together as a foursome (taking alternate strokes playing one ball).

Trophies & Prizes

In addition to sharing a glamorous prize pool, the winning team members will each receive individual trophies and will share in holding the magnificent Bushranger Cup Perpetual Trophy until the next staging of the event.

Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin will be contested in each of the three rounds. In the interests of maximizing team gloating, team-mates will compete collectively for these honours. Hence, there will be four prizes for each contest and any individual who wins a LD or a NTP will win booty and glory for each of his team-mates.

Handicapping

Each entrant will be required to submit answers to a questionnaire prior to the tournament to assist the handicapper. Each player is assigned an individual handicap relative to the rest of the field which is used to calculate the team handicaps. At the conclusion of each round, the handicappers will consider each score and handicap and may make adjustments, however no wholesale changes will be made. Whilst remaining ever vigilant to the Bushranger, the handicapper will be governed by a commitment to rewarding good play according to a player’s ability.

The Rodeo Rule (minimum numbers of drives for Ambrose team members) will be invoked; however this will be incorporated into team handicapping; each ambrose team will have individual rodeo requirements to fulfil in each of the Ambrose rounds.