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According to the current rules, the 'Vardon Trophy is open to male amateur golfers who hold a current Australian or overseas equivalent handicap, and who have a handicap of 4 and under. The Vardon Trophy runs for 12-months, throughout the calendar year.
The winner of the Vardon Trophy is the player who has the lowest scoring average for the 12 months and has played a minimum of 25 rounds. The players worst round is dropped after 25 rounds and another of their worst rounds are dropped with each subsequent five rounds played'.1
in 1988, the rules were a little different: 'The Vardon Trophy competition is open to all golfers with an AGU handicap of seven or less (10 or less for juniors).
Scores recorded will be adjusted to par 70 and a player will be credited with 86 if he enters an event and fails to appear, does not return a card or is disqualified. After 15 rounds the worst score can be discarded, after 17 rounds the next-worst score and from then on round for round'.2
The rules that applied in 1959 - the first year it was held in NSW - are lost to time, but what is not lost is the trophy awarded at the conclusion of the competition.
The inaugural NSW Vardon Trophy for the leading male amateur golfer was awarded to Vic Bulgin with an average over 35 rounds of 74.7.
A talented all-round sportsman,Victor John Bulgin (1927-2006) represented Australia in golf and NSW in rugby league, and was also selected for the 1948-49 Kangaroos.
Bulgin also served in the New South Wales Police Force and in 2008, rugby league's centennial year in Australia, he was named at fullback in a NSW Police team of the century.
He was runner-up to Kel Nagle in the 1959 Australian Open. In 1966, he was runner-up to Bill Britten in the Australian Amateur Championship (matchplay), but claimed the Australian Medal as the winner of the stroke play stage of the championship.
This trophy is currently viewable in the Museum as part of our 'Amateur Golf Trophies' display.