It was man-of-the-moment Dave Scuglia who made it count when it mattered most, claiming a vital 2/1 win for Lynwood to secure the Metropolitan Major Pennant Division II title.
With about 100 supporters following, the number two for Lynwood calmly two putted from about 25 feet on the penultimate hole to lock away a 2/1 win and with it the flag for the north western team from a plucky Castle Hill outfit.
Earlier, as the day got underway, it looked for all money like it was going to be a very triumphant march for Lynwood, with five of the six matches jumping out to healthy leads. However things turned pretty quickly on the back nine , and a withering fightback from Castler Hill looked like it would bear fruit.
Lynwood’s Brendan Ellam was Lynwoods first point on the board with a 7/6 win, which was won followed by a 19th hole result to Jason Walker. But Castle Hill fought back, when wins from Ryan Ferguson and David Fletcher squared the ledger.
New recruit Joel Wheatley soon made it three for Lynwood with a 5/3 result, and as soon as that score was posted, Castle Hill’s Trent Smith returned the favour with a 2 up win, leaving the match tied at three apiece.
Scuglia, Lynwood’s number two, looked for all money like he was causing an easy victory, however, nerves no doubt played their part and when he lost the 16th it looked like it could be anyone’s.
The 17th however proved too much for his opponent, Hatchet; and when his par putt rolled by, the Div II pennant was heading to Lynwood for the first time.
Lynwood Manager Joe McPhiilips was a very relieved man after the victory.
“We have a good team, good camaraderie.”
“This was a good Castle Hill side. They area a good bunch of guys. Just glad we closed them out.”
The win sets the scene for Lynwood’s first appearance in Division I major Pennant, something McPhillips said the club had been working towards.
“We won Div III about seven years ago, and we have been working towards getting into Div I since then. A few guys have come into the team to make it stronger and we can’t wait for next year.”
The Australian Make it Back-to-Back Women’s Div I Crowns
The Australian Golf Club have claimed back-to-back women’s Crowns with a big victory over Bonnie Doon at Manly Golf Club today.
The four games to one effort was a dominant effort, with the majority of the Australian outfit recording healthy wins.
The Australian’s number one, Hayley MacNeill, had the biggest win of the day, a 7/5 result, while Brielle Mapanao (4/3) and Annika Rathbone, playing in position five, also contributed with a 4/3 win.
“We had Stef (Hall) this time but it’s pretty much the same,” Team Captain Hayley MacNiell smiled. “We are still a strong side though.
“I proud of the team, they never gave up in any match. We had a loss to Bonnie Doon this year and we knew we were in for a tough match today.
“So yes, I’m very stoked with the win.”
Final Scores (The Australian First)
Hayley MacNeill def Hermoine Fitzgerald 7/5
Stefanie Hall Sq Taylor Newlin
Brielle Mapanao def Alena Oppenheimer 4/3
Charlotte Perkins sq Suzanne Fairhurst
Annika Rathbone def Isabella Garay 4/3.
Royal Claim Div Four Crown
Royal Sydney Golf Club have prevailed in the Division Four Final against Bardwell Valley at The Australian Golf Club today.
It was a thriller, with the Rose Bay outfit holding on to win four games to three. Royal Sydney’s number seven, Hunter Hordern was the man of the moment, claiming a last hole win, while Brad Gale had the biggest victory of the day with an 8/7 result.
Final scores (Royal Sydney First)
Tom Goh lost to Tom Kadiev 1 UP
Brad Gale def Simon Beck 8/7
Ed Proctor lost to Lester Peterson 5/4
James Pelley def Nick Katholos 3/1
Henry Scott def Sven Lohmann 4/2
Patrick Holt lost to Ian Elliot 7/6
Hunter Hordern def Steven Sheldon 1 up
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The finals of the 2021 Metropolitan Major Pennant, postponed in March due to flooding, are underway.
Women Metropolitan Major Pennants
Division 1 (Women) – Sunday 2nd May at Manly GC from 10:00am
Division 2 (Women) – Sunday 2nd May at Brighton Lakes Recreation & GC from 9:00am
Men Metropolitan Major Pennants
Division 1 – Sunday 30th May at Royal Sydney GC from 9:30am
Division 2 – Sunday 2nd May at Manly GC from 11:00am
Division 3 – Sunday 2nd May at Brighton Lakes Recreation & GC from 10:00am
Division 4 – Sunday 2nd May at The Australian GC from 7:15am
Division 5 – Sunday 2nd May at Brighton Lakes Recreation & GC from 11:00am