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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 2024 Bushranger Cup

The 21st Bushranger Cup will return to the Mornington Peninsula to stay on course at Moonah Links once again. The 2024 event is on the weekend of March 22 – 24. Go to the 2024 Bushranger Cup page for detailed info.
 

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
2018 Stringybark Creek Freaks Michael David

Tim Holroyd

Martin Bayliss Brett Simpson

2019

Stringybark Creek Freaks Michael David Nick Honey Matthew Pitt Roger Brown

2020

The Kelly Gang Michael David Nick Honey Nick Honey Roger Brown

2021

Stringybark Creek Freaks Steve Foxwell Tim Holroyd Greg Cousins Brett Simpson

2022

The Captain Melvilles Ian Crotty Mick Van Raay Fraser Gough Sebastian Shand

2023

Stringybark Creek Freaks Matthew Pitt Nick Honey Matty Thomas Pete Russell

 

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.

For the results of the 2018 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2019 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2020 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2021 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2022 Cup, click here.

For the results of the 2023 Cup, click here. (Coming soon)

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 Solo

- 9

Steery 2022 The Canvas Town Mob

1st Round Team

- 11

The Rose, Steery, Rusty & Cuddles

2022

The Canvas Town Mob

2-Ball Ambrose

- 11

Bass & Crocko-Diddio

2005

Cash & Company

4-Ball Ambrose

- 16

Hendo, Tommo, Lawlo, Ballo

2015

The Harry Power Gang

4-Ball Ambrose

- 16

Whitey, Dizzy, Mayzie, Dukesy

2021 The Harry Power Gang

The 2019 Bushranger Cup champions (Nick Honey, Roger Brown, Matthew Pitt & Michael David) setting things right after putting the band back together for and establishing themslevces as the greatest Bushranger Cup unit. Ever.
 

Bushranger Cup Net Scoring Averages (minimum five Cups)

 

Player

Cups

Best 9

Best 
2-Ball

Best 
4-Ball

Holes

Strokes

Average

Wins

2nd

3rd

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42

Ian Steer
Pete Russell
Wayne Ball
Dave Pollock
Mark Henderson
Matthew Thomas
Joel Matthews
Paul White
Matthew Pitt
Dave Warwick
Tom Tomlin
Neil Hocking
Stephen Foxwell
Nick Honey
Fraser Gough
Ian Crotty
Rob Lugton
Dennis Williams
Richard Fellner
Boo Stonehouse
Michael David
Greg Cousins
Roger Brown
Phil Peacock
Peter Calverley
Tim Holroyd
Adam Finlay
Rich Mitchell
Paul Lambe
Sam Saltis
Mick Van Raay
Darren Nelson
Sebastian Shand
Brett Simpson
Gavan Doran
Dick Thurkle
Lohn Lazzara
Dominic Wall
Michael Mileo
Scott Wilson
Shane Lawlor
Ivan Jones

7
6
8
9
13
8
6
6
20
15
11
6
7
20
7
20
11
5
19
13
20
11
14
10
6
12
5
10
5
5
19
7
18
18
15
5
5
5
6
6
5
9
24
27
31
25
27
30
31
30
29
31
29
27
29
30
30
29
25
29
28
30
27
27
29
29
29
32
32
30
31
30
27
29
30
27
27
30
27
32
27
32
32
35
65
66
62
62
65
64
68
70
62
62
64
66
66
64
62
61
60
70
64
63
63
63
62
64
66
66
62
63
66
65
62
68
61
60
64
67
65
66
69
65
65
67
60
56
56
59
55
56
56
56
56
58
58
61
58
56
57
57
57
56
55
61
57
57
60
58
60
57
62
57
64
63
57
60
57
57
60
64
63
65
61
65
56
57
315
270
360
405
585
360
270
270
900
675
495
270
315
900
315
900
495
225
855
585
900
495
621*
450
270
540
207
450
225
225
855
315
810
810
675
225
225
225
270
270
215
405
1155
991
1326
1497
2169
1335
1004
1005
3351
2514
1844
1006
1179
3373
1181
3377
1859
845
3212
2198
3386
1863
2341
1698
1019
2042
783
1703
853
866
3247
1201
3098
3105
2589
863
864
868
1044
1045
835
1577

66.00
66.07
66.30
66.53
66.74
66.75
66.80
67.00
67.02
67.04
67.05
67.07
67.37
67.46
67.49
67.54
67.60
67.60
67.62
67.63
67.72
67.75
67.86
67.92
67.93
68.07
68.09
68.12
68.24
68.28
68.36
68.63
68.84
69.00
69.04
69.04
69.12
69.44
69.61
69.67
69.91
70.09

1
1
1
1
1
1
 
 
8
3
1
 
2
7
1
4
2
 
1
1
5
2
4
1
 
3
2
2
 
 
2
 
4
4
1
1
1
1
 
 
1
1
 
 
2
1
3
 
 
 
5
2
1
 
2
4
2
5
2
 
3
2
5
 
4
1
 
 
1
1
 
 
4
2
5
2
 
 
1
1
1
 
1
1
2
 
1
 
3
2
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
1
 
2
 
 
5
2
2
1
 
 
1
1
 
1
1
 
3
1
3
2
3
1
 
1
1
1
1
 

* 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.
 

Bushranger Cup Golf Courses

Year Cup # 9 Holes Singles 2 Ball Ambrose 4 Ball Ambrose

2004

1 Cobram-Barooga GC Cobram-Barooga GC Cobram-Barooga GC

2005

2 Tocumwal GC Tocumwal GC Tocumwal GC

2006

3 Corowa GC Corowa GC Corowa GC

2007

4 The Cups The Dunes Golf Links Moonah Legends

2008

5 Heathcote GC Heathcote GC Heathcote GC

2009

6 The Cups Cape Schanck Eagle Ridge

2010

7 The Cups Moonah Legends Cape Schanck

2011

8 Portsea GC The Dunes Golf Links Cape Schanck

2012

9 Rosebud CC Moonah Legends Moonah Open

2013

10 The Cups St. Andrews Beach Moonah Legends

2014

11 The Cups Cape Schanck Moonah Open

2015

12 Rosebud CC Cape Schanck The Dunes Golf Links

2016

13 The Cups Rosebud CC Moonah Legends

2017

14 The Cups Eagle Ridge Cape Schanck

2018

15 Rosebud CC The Dunes Golf Links Moonah Legends

2019

16 The Cups Rosebud CC Moonah Open

2020

17 The Cups Moonah Legends Moonah Open

2021

18 The Cups Cape Schanck Moonah Legends

2022

19 The Cups

The Dunes Golf Links

Moonah Open

2023

20

The Cups

Eagle Ridge

Moonah Legends

2024

21

The Cups

St. Andrews Beach Moonah Open
2025 22 The Cups The Dunes Golf Links

Moonah Legends

2026 23

Rosebud CC

Cape Schanck

Moonah Open

2027

24

Rosebud CC

Eagle Ridge Moonah Legends
2028 25 Rosebud CC The Dunes Golf Links

Moonah Open

2029

26 Rosebud CC St. Andrews Beach Moonah Legends

2030

27 The Cups Eagle Ridge Moonah Open

2031

28

Rosebud CC

Cape Schanck

Moonah Legends