by Liana Turner
STANTHORPE Golf Club members battled it out for the annual Finch Cup at the weekend.
Club secretary Neta Thouard said the annual tournament drew a strong crowd of about 40 players.
Men and women compete for the two cups in the competition, which honours former Stanthorpe golfers Pat and Fred Finch and has been running since the early 1960s.
Thouard said Madeline Jarman claimed the women's trophy while Mark McCosker took out the men's title.
She said the event, originally listed for June 16, was delayed a few weeks due to recent rain but turned out well in the end.
But it eventually went ahead on Saturday.
"The Finch Cup was initially set down for a couple weeks ago but it (it rained) so we postponed it,” she said.
She said they needed a full 18 stableford competition and good on-green conditions for it to go ahead.
"We had to leave it until we got a fine day,” Thouard said.
She said the participants with the best stableford points claimed the trophy.
"The Finch Cup is an annual thing,” she said.
"It's been running for many many years.”
Thouard welcomed the strong response to Saturday's event.
"We had nearly 40 players which is good given it was still school holidays,” she said.
"So we were very happy with the rollout.
"We always have a pretty good roll up for the Finch Cup because it's ladies and men.
"It's quite an impressive cup to win. We were very happy with (the numbers).”
The winners had their named emblazoned on the cups, which will be kept at the club.
She said there was a simultaneous event sponsored by Reece Plumbing.