Inside Golf : Inside Golf September 2014
people 28 September 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au Scottish Bob scores rare cards David Newber y firstname.lastname@example.org THERE are golf scorecard collectors and then there is “Scottish Bob”, aka Bob Davies. While most scorecard collectors happily add stock-standard cards to their collection, Scottish Bob seeks out rare scorecards. Bob, who first became interested in collecting scorecards at Coffs Harbour in NSW in 2005, boasts scorecards from countries not even recognised as golfing nations. “At first I tried to get every scorecard I could, but everybody was doing the same thing so after six years I thought I’d do something different,” he told Inside Golf. “So I thought I would try and get scorecards from the top-3 golf courses from each country, but that idea changed because course rankings change regularly. “ Then I thought I would try and obtain one scorecard from every country in the world because nobody else was doing that. “Most collectors try to get as many as they can. A friend in the US has 140,000 cards, another Scot has 50,000 and another 60,000. A guy at Coffs Harbour has 50,000 in his collection.” Born in Glasgow, Scottish Bob is close to achieving his goal. “I need a scorecard from Azerbaijan,” he said. “I have been informed that a scorecard will be sent to me from the Quba Golf Club this summer. “As far as I know, that will complete this particular collection.” Bob has 252 scorecards from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. Included in his collection are cards from Mongolia, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Ukraine, Chad, Cuba, Iran, Yemen and Venezuela. Bob has a scorecard from the Antarctica and Macquarie Island, a speck in the Pacific Ocean halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. “ They go out on tractors and snowploughs and mark out a makeshift golf course around the huts,” he said. “Liechtenstein doesn’t have a golf course, but they hold a cross-country Alpine golf event in the mountains at a place called Melba. They sent me a scorecard.” Bob even has a scorecard from Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean. “Ships used to call in there and the local sheep farmer built a golf course,” he explained. “Instead of making holes that might injure the sheep, he puts a white rock where the hole should be. If the ball hits the rock, it’s considered ‘in the hole’. “ They used to write their scores down on piece of paper so I recommended they design a scorecard. The guy went back to Cape Town (South Africa) and designed a card. “He kept the first one, sent me the second and made me an honorary member.” Still, Bob says his most unusual scorecard is one he obtained from the United States of America. “My best card is from the Angola State Prison golf course in Louisiana,” he said. “The prisoners built the golf course, but they are not allowed to play the course although the general public is.” Finding rare scorecards, including one from a nudist colony, takes time and effort. “Sometimes it takes months and even years,” he said. “I have one from France where they play golf in the nude and cards from courses that have floating greens. Bob Davies shows off some of his rare scorecard collection. “I have a scorecard from Toberua Island (Fiji) where you can only play when the tide is out. When the tide goes out it reveals a golf course. Ken Done, the artist, designed the card.” I ask Scottish Bob if he has ever had to pay for a scorecard. “Only once,” he said. “I had to pay £2 for a scorecard from Stornoway in Scotland and, being a Scot, I’m ashamed to say it. “I think it was the Poms who spread that rumour that Scots are careful with their money.” For the record, Bob only took up playing the game in 2005 and at the age of 55. “I’m just a hacker who plays B grade golf,” said Bob, who moved from Coffs Harbour in NSW to Emerald, Victoria a few years ago to be closer to his grandchildren. “Without the golfing fraternity my scorecard collection would be nothing,” he said. “I have made lot of friends through scorecard collecting and send gifts to people overseas.” • • Listed in the Rolex top 1000 courses in the world 2011 • Consistently ranked in the top 20 courses in Australia (Australian Golf Digest) • No 4 Public Access course in Australia (Golf Australia Magazine 2013) • Range of membership packages available • Driving range open to public • Fully Licensed Club House Email email@example.com • www.kennedybay.com.au • Tel 08 9524 5991 The Links KENNEDY BAY ARANGEOF M EMBERSHIPSNOWA VA ILABLE JOIN TODAY ADIFFERENTCHALLENGEEVERYDAY DON’T DELAY - WHY NOT JOIN TODAY? For more information call (08) 9524 5991 or visit our website Proudly managed by: Middle Ridge pro-am attracts strong field THE Middle Ridge Golf Club is busy preparing for its annual Toowoomba BMW-sponsored pro-am. This is the fifth year that the local dealership of the German marquee brand has supported the tournament and the third year that the event has been ranked as a “divisional” event of $27,500 prize money. This provides the PGA professional winner with a 12-month qualifying exemption on the Australian PGA Tour. Club general manager Steve Owen said the course suffered from the “perfect storm” – a combination of Toowoomba’s “summer of heat” in January and February. “ The highest temperature ever on record was reached on January 3 with 16 more days over 30 degrees before February 28,” he said. A failing irrigation system coupled with hot, dry winds over the same periods and you could say the weather virtually “cooked the greens”. “Club superintendent Tony Jonas and his team have worked tirelessly to nurse the greens back to health. “In fact, the damage was so widespread in places that additional bent grass was shipped up from Tasmania to replace the most damaged areas on five of the greens. The field for the Friday, September 5 pro-am includes three of the top-5 Queensland Sunshine Tour players and at the time of writing 15 of the top-30 tour players. Amateurs play a single stableford event and compete for a share of a $3000 prize pool across three (3) divisions.
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