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The Melbourne Cup Cup 2023


Winner on Callaway:




On course:

Prize winners:


Stavros the Greek

7th November 2023

Yarra Bend

Player groups MCC 2023

On course MCC 2023

MCC presentations 2023


‘Stavros’s Storm in a Tee Cup Cup

November 7th 2023: So, the longest running event on the nnomads event calendar, being the Melbourne Cup Cup, was again played at Yarra Bend on the first Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup Day 2023. The weather was glorious and the course in great condition setting up a perfect scenario for competition golf.

There were eight contenders vying for the most sought after MCC trophy in 2023 making the bookies job just that little bit harder. They included:

Group 1:

·         Pup - Event co-founder/host, multiple past MCC event winner, always a contender

·         TJ - Top of championship 2023 leader board, short odds favourite, rarely disappoints

·         Surfer Boy - Well-dressed regular 9-hole golfer, 18 holes might test but definite contender

·         Cinders - Previous MCC winner, never missed a MCC, always a dark horse possibility

Group 2:

·         Curtis - Past MCC winner, good recent form, Callaway handicap could be an advantage

·         Stavros the Greek - Variable performer, bit of a lucky dip, mid field odds

·         Billy Bob Thornton - Best looking swing in the business, can always surprise

·         Circuit Board - Rookie on tour, had a lesson previous Saturday, outsider but good odds.

With a quality field like this, it was clearly going to be a tough competition (see 2023 player groups)






See MCC 2023 Player Groups




Did not disappoint on course: Well, the gallery was truly entertained from the first tee off to the sinking of the last ball on the 18th. Stand out performances included Stavros’s 40 strokes off the stick on the 1st 9 holes (shame about the 2nd 9), Circuit Board’s three unbelievable Nearest the Pins on 1st, 13th and 17th holes, TJ’s sensational NTP on the 7th, Surfer Boy’s brilliant longest drive on the 6th hole and Billy Bob Thornton’s breathtaking longest drive on the 15th hole.

It is fair to say the gallery got their money’s worth throughout the day (see on course MCC 2023).



See On course MCC 2023


Sensational play-off: The Melbourne Cup Cup has a long history of close results and play-offs to determine a winner and 2023 was no different, mainly because of the Callaway handicapping system which generates close results across the field, a great equalizing handicapping system.

This year Billy Bob Thornton (104,29,75) and Stavros the Greek (92,17,75) just edged out 3rd placegetter TJ (100,24,76). This of course meant Billy Bob and Stavros had to undertake a single shot closest to the pin shootout to determine the 2023 winner. The traditional rock, paper, scissors system was used to determine who went first before Stavros prevailed to win the day. “That was pathetic” observed Curtis after the play-off, but it did not matter because there was a clear winner (see MCC 2023 Play-Off video).

Relaxing presentations:  As usual the MCC presentations were held in McNamara’s Hut and as usual the hosts laid on a fabulous spread of nibbles and refreshments (thanks Pup and Rubber Man). Of course, this was to celebrate Stavros the Greeks close win over Billy Bob and of course all the other memorable performances on the day, and there were many. “The Melbourne Cup Cup has been going for 29 years …” started out Stavros as the media listened eagerly to the newly crowned 2023 champion (see MCC 2023 presentations and winners’ speech).




See MCC 2023 Play-Off video




See MCC Presentations 2023

See MCC 2023 Champions’ speech

The club committee congratulates Stavros the Greek on his close win and all winners on the day. The committee reminds members that the last major event for 2023 will be the Santa Decanter to be run on the 30th of December, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Detailed Results - The Melbourne Cup Cup 2023
(On Callaway Handicap)



Callaway HCP



Stavros the Greek




1st place on Callaway handicap after play-off, BOS

Billy Bob Thornton




2nd place on Callaway handicap after play-off, Longest Drive





3rd place on Callaway handicap, NTP





Surfer Boy




Longest Drive

Circuit Board




3 x NTPs













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Player groups MCC 2023

On course MCC 2023

MCC presentations 2023

MCC 2023 Play-off

MCC 2023 Champion’s speech



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