Tim J smashed the stuffing out of the Challenge Tour in early 2018, earning his way to the Big Leagues of the Gentleperson’s World Tour.
GWT Player of the Year
This was super tight, and came down to a two way battle at Barny on the last day of the Bougle between Ian and Leroy. Ian smoked holes 19-24 to grab 3rd place at the Bougle and Player of the Year! His first POTY title, and indeed the first non-Basil/Leroy winner.
The Ninth Lost Bougle tournament was held in October 2018. This year the 54 holes were squeezed into just two days, requiring extra golf stamina from everyone.
A sizzling field of the World’s best golfers were focussed on knocking off the winner of the previous two Bougles, Cravo. Or maybe just focussed on hitting great golf shots? Or keeping it out of the grass. Or the bunkers. Any which way, with some testing NE winds and too much concentration needed both days it would sort the field out into “zen master” and “better luck next year”.
Following in the footsteps of The Great Basil, Cravo managed to claim his personal Career Slam by winning an MM.
Basil’s 25m bomb birdie putt on the last hole last year seems to have broken the Curse! This year’s Final has no Aurora employees in it, despite Felix and Ian giving the round robins and playoffs a good shake.
By a whisker, it would be the first non-Felix Final for 5 years.
Consequently, a double Leigh battle was set for Royal Hobart at the end of September, with the winner to claim their first MM title and their personal Grand Slam, following on from The Great Basil being the first to achieve the remarkable feat last year.
The 2018 MM got off to a slow and wet start, with defending champ Basil struggling to find anyone brave enough to play him, Leroy pinging a hammy, and then a huge storm knocking out Kingston Beach Golf Course for a month or two – which meant that three time Champ Felix stayed in the sheds til June.
It also saw the introduction of the new Fairness in Handicapping initiative, which will allow for greater competitiveness from the high handicappers, and hopefully see them snagging their first Majors soon.
Another classic instalment of the Leroy v Felix MM. In fact, their second NWB playoff to make a Final. This one was a last hole nailbiter as per usual, and even went to a playoff hole. The match featured crowd-pleasing wild drives from Felix and trademark clutch putting from Leroy. Embellished with another near-hole-in-one by Tim J, this was a special day in GWT history…