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Final Scores: 1932 NSW Open

The NSW Open Close Championship made its first trip to the fabled Mackenzie links of New South Wales Golf Club, La Perouse, in October, 1932.

Amateurs dominated the opening two rounds with the fancied names of Apperly, Ferrier and Bettington leading the field.

With the third round played in a freshening morning breeze (36 holes were played on the final day back then) Vic Richardson emerged as the pacesetter after a fine third round one under 71. The Sydney Sun reported it as “a pronounced change from the overnight position.”

Richardson, one of the nation’s best professionals of the day, had what looked like a comfortable three shot buffer from W (Bill) Bolger, with Ferrier another shot back as the players began the final round.

Back then, there was no re-draw of groups for the fourth round, either. The final round that afternoon by all reports, was a thriller.

News of Richardson’s third round move travelled quickly across the links, and it wasn’t long before the galleries flocked to watch his exploits.

The challengers came, and the contest became a keenly fought affair over the closing holes. It took a remarkable two on the 16th for Richardson to get his nose in front, and a pair of fives on his final two holes were enough to hold on for a one shot win over the defending champion, Charlie Gray.

*Image above shows Vic Richardson on the Links at La Perouse in 1932. ( image via national archive/ Fairfax plate Collection)


PosPlayerClub/ RepR1R2R3R4Tot+/-
1VS Richardson 7276 71762957
2Charlie Gray747575 722968
3W Bolger7576 717729911
C Campbell7675737529911
F Eyre7474787329911
6EL Apperly74 71807930416
7T Heard7574817530517
Jim Ferrier7373778230517
9AC Howard7679767530618
10WR Dobson80 72787730719
DG Soutar7774817530719
W McKenzie7975757830719
T Howard7384767430719
14WJ Clark7775768030820
AW East7981747430820
16W Campbell7577797830921
17FG Hughes8274787631022
JD Spence7577807831022
C Booth8076777731022
20A Downs7977787731123
W Thomson7875748331123
RH Bettington75 72828231123
23TS Mackay7778787931224
24LM Kelly7476798431325
25NS Craig8577777531426
G Capel7880807631426
F Popplewell8079758031426
28C Bolger8074787931527
29RG Gale7680808031628
A Waterson7877827931628
JK Harrison7676848031628
32NW Brassingthwaighte 7297977731729
H Hattersley8073808431729
H Morrison7878808131729
35FG Murdoch8080817731830
36W Ginman8174867831931
CC Ruwald8180738632032
38Gordon Thompson7983798032133
39A Thompson7883798332335
AN Brown8083817932335
41R McCullum8583777932436
42G Kay8178838332537
R Spring7873898532537
C Garrett8083808232537
HJ Benjamin8281808232537
46W Longworth7982818432638
R Carr8579798332638
48JH Craig8079868232739
49LT Stuart7785878032941
50G Proud8783798233143
P Robinson8276868733143
GW Phillips8483828233143
53RJ Withycombe8182888233345
CE Barnes8784778533345
RB Davidson8189877633345
56CM Glynn8481888133446
57D Denholm8878898133648
58JL Normoyle8976868433749
59HM Cutler8387848433850
60GC Reading9380828433951
61AV Miller8782848734052
HEO Campbell8383839134052
63JD Stuart7686849234153
64FF Mitchell8984898634860
65A Cameron9084859034961
66AJC Moore9491868335466
67T Coghlan9686918936274

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