- Roseville Claim Maiden Flag
- Strathfield Finish Season Strong
- Cabramatta Keep Marching On
- Women’s DIV II – Avondale make it Two in 2020
- Twin Creeks Claim Bragging Rights out West
- Women’s Division ONE: Australian Girls Put the Past to Bed
St Michael’s Climb to the top of the Tree
St Michael’s Golf Club has again climbed to the top of the tree, taking out the 2020 Division one Metropolitan Major Pennant with a 5 1/2 to 1 1/2 win of Monash at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.
The win was an easy one at the end, anchored by results from Daley Loumanis, one up, Jeff Pullen, 3/2, Weiliang Wang, 6/5, and Mike Hammond, 6/5.
With the top four results in, halves were called in the remaining matches, Daniel Kolar Vs Jessie De Rooy, Jordie Garner Vs Jordan McKay and Harrison Crowe playing Nathan Barbieri.
The result was confirmation of the talent contained in the Maroubra side, which has undergone a concerted redevelopment since their last success in 2016.
Team Captian Mike Hammond was thrilled with the result.
“St Michael’s has a long history of successful teams; This team is a young team, and now another one with a Major Pennant win to their names.
“It’s been five years since we last won a pennant and I think we will party seriously hard tonight.”
COVID notwithstanding, the club membership can look upon the honours earned during 2020 and pencil it down as a successful one.
“COVID made it a very interesting season, something like we have never struck.
“We stayed in our bubble with the reschedules, and came together at the right end of the season. To beat the defending champs right at the end was awesome.”
‘It’s been quite a year for the team, and the Club, even Steph winning, our ambassador.
“The South Eastern suburbs of Sydney are going to be loud tonight and St Michael’s are well and truly back at the top of the tree,” Hammond grinned.
Australian Girls Put The Past To Bed
The Australian Golf Club Women’s Divison I Major Pennant team have put the disappointment of semi-final losses in the last two years well and truly to rest with a resounding win over rivals, Concord this afternoon.
The Kensington outfit, brimming full of up-and-coming talent, made short work of highly fancied COncord outfit four matches to one.
Charlotte Perkins,(5/4) and Brielle Mapanao (2/1) set the tone early. When Amy Chu, who, at this time of the year would be buried in the books at Washington State University, grabbed a vital 3/2 win over Belinda Ji, the tie was all over.
Team captain Hayley McNeill was exctatic after the win.
“This year has been so tough, but I love the way our team persevered throughout the whole year.
“We knew it was our year this year, we had come close the last couple of years, being knocked out in the semis, once by Concord and once by St Michael’s so we were motivated to win today.
McNeill said there was a lot of potential still to be tapped in the very young squad.
“I’m the oldest at 24; They are working soo hard on their game, and they all have great aspiration in their golf.
“It’s a credit to all of them for the hard work they put in.
Asked about whether she was looking forward to seeing some of them develop into future stars in the sport, McNeil chuckled:
“Definitely, but not too good, they can’t me in our club champs,” she laughed.
Twin Creeks Claim Bragging Rights out West
Twin Creeks have claimed bragging rights over near neighbours, Penrith in the Division II Metropolitan Major Pennant Final.
Led by wins form Matt DeVries 94/3) Tyrone Emtage (7/6) Justin McMilan 6/4 and Jeremy White ( 4/3).
Jeff Gadd (4/3) was Penrith’s only winner, with Wil Arnold and Dan Smyth matches called halves after r Twin Creeks had the required four wins.
Avondale Make it Two in 2020
Avondale has made it two pennants in 2020 after securing the Women’s Division II Metropolitan Major Pennant.
Moore Park were plucky opponents, but in the end, the powerhouse pair of State representatives Grace Kim, the 2020 Women’s NSW Amateur Champion and June Song proved too much for the City based club to overcome.
Kim easily accounted for Charlotte Huynh 4/3, while Song cruised to an 8/7 win over Angela Liu. When Robyn Keen accounted for Nikki Haines 1 up in the opening match, the three games already in was enough for Avondale to take the pennant.
Cabramatta Keep Marching On
Cabramatta made it look easy in the end, but the Division Three final looked like it was going to turn into a bit of a thriller.
The south-west outfit took the Division Three Pennant with a 5/ 2 win over Cumberland to remain undefeated for the season.
Wins to Shannon Speller, Rad Maric, Wayne Park and Miklos Nagy secured the win, with Matthew Smith and Mark Conrades securing halves in their respective matches.
Cabramatta’s team manager Greg McIntosh was a happy man after the victory, saying the key was the team’s consistency.
“We were undefeated all season. They all played really well, very consistent all year.
“We had a few players come into the team this year, and they gelled really well.”
Next step for the team is Division Two, and although they aren’t saying it, a return to Division One at some stage is undoubtedly on the club’s mind.
“One at a time,” McIntosh said. “Divison II next year then we will see what happens.”
Strathfield Finish season Strong
Strathfield Golf Club has capped off a strong season, defeating Woolooware in the final of Divison Four Metropolitan Major Pennant.
Jason Fanning set the tone of the day for the inner west club, with a resounding 5/4 win. Victories to Sam Wrigley, (3/2) John Kang ( 5/4) James Roper ( 1up) were enough to seal the tie. Ed Burgess made it 5 wins with a 2/1 win in the last match.
Tema manager Steve Ring was a very happy man after the presentation.
“We were here four years ago in Division Five, so we are moving in the right direction.
“It’s been very long season,” Ring smiled
“We are a band of brothers. We have all come together and played it in the right spirit, and winning is a bloody good feeling.
Ring was loath to mention a particular stand out, but he did single out James Roper for his undefeated season.
“He won again today.” Ring added.
As for celebrations Ring said there might be a beverage or two this afternoon back at Strathfield
“We might have a couple of beer later I reckon.”
Roseville Claim Maiden Flag
Team Manager Greg Sharp was just a little bit overcome with the gravity of the moment post-round
Roseville has won their club’s first-ever Major Pennant with a 5 1/2 to 1 1/2 win over Beverly Park in the Divison Five final at Riverside Oaks.
“97 years; this is a real thrill.
“We thought if we got (match) seven and six away with a couple of wins on the board, we thought we would be OK.
“IN the end they played maginficently, a really great win by the team,” an emotional sharp added.
Winners for the North Shore side were: Shayne Stead 3/2, Andrew Butler 3/2, Daren Chan 5/4, with Dave Hayden grabbing the vital fourth match 6/5. Callam Sharp, Sean Abernethy and Tony McAllister were all halves with the match over.
Sharp said he expects the celebrations to go on back at the club for quite a while.
“It could be a big night, we are going to get a few people back there this afternoon to celebrate.”
Major Pennant underway at Riverside Oaks
The 2020 Metropolitan Major Pennant finals are underway at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.
Conditions are perfect for golf. the mercury is alreadyy at a balmy 22 deg C. If you are heading out, bring the sunscreen as the expected of 32 degrees will have some bite.
The first match of the day, the Division five final between Roseville and Beverly Park is on the course, with the final match of the day, Monash Vs St. Michael’s due to hit off at 12.30.
Divison Five: Roseville Vs Beverly Park
Division Four: Strathfield VS Woolooware
Division Three: Cumberland VS Cambramatta
Division Two: Twin Creeks VS Penrith
Division One: St Michael’s Vs Monash
Division Two: Avondale Vs Moore Park
Division One: The Australia VS Concord