St Michael’s have made it back-to-back Division One Metropolitan Major Pennant titles in a classic battle at Royal Sydney Golf Club today.
In a contest that saw two matches head to extra holes, it was a clutch par from St Michael’s number three, Weiliang Wang on the par-three 17th to claim a 2 & 1 victory and the vital point required for St Michael’s to defeat The Australian Golf Club, five matches to two.
Other winners for St Michael’s were Orlando Janschek, who claimed a 3 & 1 win over Luke Roberts. Jeff Pullen (on the 20th) over Harrison Glenday, Daley Loumanis (19th), over Jonathan Boediman, and Daniel Kolar, who claimed the prize scalp of Jeffrey Guan 4&3.
However, it wasn’t quite the victory procession for the Little Bay team, with Matt Giles claiming the scalp of Mike Hammond (5&4), while Thomas Heaton accounted for Jordie Garner 4 & 3.
“I feel really honoured to be here as abck to back winning team captain,” A jubilant Mike Hammond said.
“Five-two might be the official result, but it doesn’t really paint the picture, more like 3.6 to 3.4.”
This year’s crown is St Michael’s sixth Major Pennant title in eleven years, and it’s 12th since the inception of the inter-club competition.
The record is an achievement, Hammond noted, which placed it just one shy of the record held by their neighbours, New South Wales with 13 pennant crowns.
“Ultimately this is a win for all the members at St Michael’s. As a club, we are their team.
“There are lots of people who give their time for this team; From the club staff, to the members who turn up to caddy. We couldn’t perform this highly without their support.
“Next year’s three-peat attempt is going to have real significance.”