In the biggest shock since Clare Lindop booted Rebel Raider home at 100/1 in the 2008 Victorian Derby, Mike Sheahan has come from the clouds to take out the Auld Mug for 2019.
Dr Tushy made the early running, being the only CODster to play to his handicap at The Glades. And after day 2 at Tallebudgera, he was still in pole position to win the Mug. But Sheahan’s woes at the championship course had seen his handicap blow out to 50 and the friendlier Tallebudgera layout allowed him to shoot a mind boggling net 52 to storm into contention. Hujakate sat between this pair in second place as the final day started at Surfers Paradise.
As both Tushy’s body and Hujakate’s game began to disintegrate, Sheahan just kept hitting his new Callaway driver mostly down the middle to set up another larcenous net round of 57 and win the Auld Mug by 10 strokes from de Huge.
Many thanks to The Elegance, last year’s winner, for procuring a fine new Auld Mug – looking somewhat like the Thomas Seymour Hill Cup mounted on something you’d win from Woodville Bowl.