Teeing off for Cup

Club Champion Stewart Charles, vice-captain Tony Bransden and Veterans secretary-treasurer Percy Monson prepare for the upcoming Clark Windows Nut Cup held over the November long weekend. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Competition. Golfers from across Tasmania will converge on Stanley over the November long-weekend for the annual Clark Windows Nut Cup.

The WT House Beta Home Living Veterans Cup will kick off the weekend’s events on Thursday October 29, welcoming up to 100 golfers to the course.

Veterans secretary-treasurer Percy Monson welcomed keen-golfers along to the competition for what promised to be “a good day of golf”.

The Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park four-ball-best-ball (4BBB) will continue the annual events on Saturday, fielding 88 players.

While on Sunday and Monday the Nut Cup will culminate the weekend’s events.

Stanley Golf Club vice-captain Tony Bransden admitted the event was “struggling for entries” this year, calling on the community to support the long-running local event, now in its 78th year.

Prior to the club’s major annual event, Stuart Charles was named ‘Club Champion’ at the weekend earning himself the Alf Beeton Medal. “It was a good field of A-grade golf,” Charles said.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Lakin came in third in the club championship on a handicap of nine.

Lakin won the Nut Cup last year – the youngest winner in the event’s history – and although his handicap has been pushed back from six, he still remains a favourite for this year.

Charles commented on Lakin’s potential, saying “he has a good future that kid,” with Bransden and Monson agreeing.

Officials have been tirelessly preparing for the event; the green receiving the utmost care possible by Michael Butler and Robert Watling.

“The course is in great nick,” Charles said. “It’s a credit to their hardwork.”

With 18 the qualifying handicap to win the Nut Cup, registrations are now being taken.

Whether playing competitively or joining in for the experience, Monson dangled the temptation of “sponsorship of all other clubs’ envy” as a motivator for the cup.

Entries for the events close on Monday October 26, to register phone the Stanley Golf Club on 6458 1395 or Tony Bransden on 0418 120 534.

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