The Autumn Cup forms part of the four annual men’s seasonal majors and its origins were championed by captain Joe Alexander in 2013. Joe and Ron Parkin have been long term sponsors of the event and again this year generously supported the 36 hole stableford event and a big thank you must go to Ron and Joe for their long term support.
With over 90 players in the field this year, it was one of the largest fields ever for this event. It also represented the first men’s major event to be held at the club since COVID restrictions were enacted. For this reason, it was special as it was a return to normal proceedings for the golf club and future fixtures. Previous winners of this event in the field over the weekend were last year’s winner Steve Noske (2019), Craig Nelson (2018) and Damon Watkins (2015,2016).
On a beautifully presented golf course in very calm conditions there were some competitive scores posted in the morning of round 1 from Bruce Palmer (38points), Shane Maloney (38points) and Greg Paddon (37 points). This set the scoring bar high for the afternoon and this was better with the best round 1 score of 41 points by Chris Chung and other good scores of 39 by Ian Macdonald, 37 by Anthony Joseph and 36 by David Fear, Aiden Cooper and last year’s winner Steve Noske.
On the eve of the shotgun start on Sunday morning it was clear that the great conditions would allow for good scores and those in the lead would need to hold their nerve to remain in contention. Sunday morning saw overnight contender Shane Maloney post a fantastic 38 including 3 birdies in a row, Bruce Palmer also backed up his first-round effort with 35 to finish 73 overall. Marty Morris and Tim Song also played well to notch up 36 points each.
In the afternoon good scores continued including Dale Harris (70 total), Ako Futaesaku (73 total) and Scott Van Heurck (74 total) all posting 39 points. Other good scores included Tony Sarson, Jon Nicol, Matt Craig who all had 38 points. Edmund Hall played well to score 69 points across the 36 holes on a 2 handicap to win the lowest gross prize on a countback from Anthony Joseph.
Unbeknown to many, Mackenzie Buck who had 36 points on the first day and was in equal tenth position, made a fantastic par on the last to finish his round with 40 points. This was enough to edge out Shane Maloney on countback who had 38,38 for a total of 76. This made Mackenzie the winner of the Autumn Cup this year and he has joined a small illustrious group to win multiple major events at the club following his Spring Cup victory last year.
The four seasonal major events at Nedlands are part of golfing folklore at the club and have a rich history within the membership. If you did not play in this event, please consider playing in the upcoming Winter Cup sponsored by Andrew Frazer on the 25th/26th of July. 36 Hole events are a true challenge of your golfing ability and can see significant changes in scoring from day to day, for example Stewart Wharton was our most improved golfer across 2 days, posting 26 points on the first day and 37 on the second! An 11 stableford point swing.