Navy golfers compete in Tasmania

Published on CPO Anthony Martin (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Location(s): Royal Hobart Golf Club, Tasmania

Topic(s): Navy Headquarters Tasmania, HMAS Hobart (D39), Golf

All hands on the Cup, from left: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Mr Colin Buxton, Royal Hobart Golf Club; and Captain Grant McLennan. (photo: Department of Defence)
All hands on the Cup, from left: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Mr Colin Buxton, Royal Hobart Golf Club; and Captain Grant McLennan.

The Naval Golf Association (NGA) recently completed a tour of Tasmania culminating in a hard fought game for the Captain Walton Drake Cup.

The Cup match is traditionally played between Royal Hobart Golf Club and the ship's company of the in-port ship or Navy personnel during the Hobart Regatta.

The Navy team fielded 15 players drawn from most States and a player each from visiting ship HMAS Hobart and Naval Headquarters Tasmania. Lead in games were conducted in the north of the state and allowed the team to work together and acclimatise to the quality Tasmanian courses.

Prior to the Cup game in Hobart, the Navy team was invited to a tour of the Australian Golf Museum hosted by the curator Mr Greg Ramsey, who was has a long family military history. The Navy team presented Mr Ramsey with a silver clock engraved with the RAN emblem.

“Mr Ramsey was very emotional in receiving the gift and announced that he would be placing a picture of both his great grandfather, a Royal Navy Rear Admiral Surgeon General during WW1 and his great uncle who was a George Cross recipient in WW2, in the clock’s frame’ said Leading Seaman Andrew Hansch, NGA Secretary.

On the Sunday the Navy Team contested the Captain Walton Drake Cup at Royal Hobart Golf Club. Only the ten best stableford scores from each side would count and Royal Hobart was determined to hold on to the cup, which had been in their care since the cup was first introduced.

While fiercely competitive, the day was played in high spirits and great camaraderie. To much acclaim, both teams came up with 332 points, resulting in an unlikely draw. 

Following a final day of play at the Tasmania Golf Club the tour ended with a team dinner. The NGA President, Captain Grant McLennan, took time to congratulate the team for the way they conducted themselves during the tour. Warrant Officer Alan Hart (NGA Team Captain) was presented with best player overall for the tour.