April 17, 2024

2024 Metro Major Pennant wrap: Concord end 73-year drought

THE 2024 Metropolitan Major Pennant finals are underway at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.


Clutch Putt helps Concord end 73-year Major Pennant Drought

A clutch birdie on the final hole of the match from team number one, Blake Phillips, has ended Concord’s 73-year wait for a Division One Sydney Metropolitan Major Pennant title at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort on Sunday.

Phillips was all business as he slotted the five-footer for the win, which naturally turned to scenes of outright joy for him and his teammates as the celebrations for the inner-west players and their supporters began.

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Wild Scenes as the Concord team celebrate their win in the Division One Major Pennant

“Honestly, this is just such an honour,” team manager and the club’s Head Professional Dave Northey beamed. “We had a goal at the start of the season to win the men’s and women’s majors, and unfortunately, while we didn’t grab the women’s, we sealed the deal with the men.”

The victory capped off a remarkable season for Concord, which had to dispense with several of the sport’s most dominant clubs on their path to the Division One crown.

DIVISON ONE MEN: FINAL SCORES

“They say you have to be the best, you have to beat the best, and I think we proved that this year.

“We had to take down The Australian, NSW, and now an Avondale side in order to win this crown.”

“With four State players in the top of their order, when knew today was going to be tough, but we had complete faith in our team and they got the job done.”

“We’re so very proud to take the pennant home to Concord, and obviously having the club captain and president here to watch plus all the girls and supporters was fantastic.”

Women’s Division ONE: The Australian Make it FIVE

A record-setting fifth Women’s Division One Pennant is heading to Kensington after the Australian Golf Club defeated perennial opponents, Concord at Riverside Oaks.

The Aussie outfit were ominous, with big wins to Camilla Kim ( 6&5) and Lara Thomsen (5&4) setting a mark that was going to be very difficult for the women in blue to overcome.

DIVISION ONE WOMEN: FINAL SCORES

Amy Squires grabbed a match point for Concord to pare one back, but when Women’s NSW Open RQ- Bathurst winner Ella Scaysbrook holed a 3-metre putt on the 18th to take down Belinda Ji, one up, The Pennant was once again in the safe keeping of the Australian.

“We’ve played Concord for the last three years,” Team Manager Edwina Kennedy said. “We knew it was going to be very tight and it was, right down to the wire.”

“I’m very proud of the girls for hanging in there.”

A young squad, Kennedy said their futures in the sport looked bright.

“They are a talented bunch, but they are also a great bunch of kids. it a good blend of youth and experience.”

“Sophia is off to college, While Camilla (Kim) , Mimi and Lara (Thomsen) are still at school, Hayley, Meanwhile has done all that and now working in golf look where she is now.”

“I love following them; I get such a buzz out of seeing them develop and mature and both as golfers but individuals as well.”

Division TWO: Dramatic Finish Seals the Deal for Massey Park

A walk-off eagle on the 19th hole to win his match and claim the Division Two Pennant was the highlight of a barnstorming encounter between Massey Park and Muirfield.

The man of the hour was Massey Park’s Shane Fitzpatrick, who, even twenty minutes after the one of a kind moment still couldn’t believe what had occurred.

“109 out, perfect 50 degree, and I hit with bit of spin. I haven’t had one for a long time, but it was the right time.”

“I still don’t know it’s gone in; it feels surreal to me: Massey Park won a Division Two Pennant, and now we are in Division One. It’s a special moment for us.”

Earlier, the match appeared to be heading the inner-west side’s way, but a couple of early points for Muirfield meant the match was going to require something special from either side to win.

Division TWO: FInal Scores

DIVISION THREE: Gallant Manly Looking forward To More Success

A brace of young hopefuls and a view to the future have helped Manly win the Division Three Pennant over Glenmore Heritage Valley this afternoon.

The contest was a tight affair, and not decided until the last hole of the contest with Harry Peterson the man of the moment, securing the pennant for the Northern Beaches outfit with a par on the last.

DIVISION THREE: FINAL SCORES

Team captain Chris Connolly said the win, just the second pennant in the past 90-odd years for Manly, was built on a side full of desire.

”I’m very proud of this group. It will be more or less the same team next year, and we are looking forward to Division Two.”

Connolly, however, admitted the team’s focus could well be beyond just the second tier of competition in the next few seasons, saying he’d like to see how competitive they could be against the best of Division One.

“I think we’ve got a team strong enough to compete next yr. We’ve got some good juniors coming through. It’s a great club, so in the next two or three years, I think, why not.”

“Whether we can compete at the highest level, I’m not too sure, but we’re definitely good enough to get to Division One.”



Division Four Pennant winners Randwick
Division Four Pennant winners Randwick

DIVISION FOUR: Randwick make every post a winner

Randwick has come home strongly to claim the Division Four Pennant from Wakehurst 4 1/2 to 2 1/2.

Rhys Fernandes, Michael Williams, Peter Cox and Craig McMahon collected for Randwick, while Michael Todd and Mark Owens for Wakehurst finished tied.

Team Manager Ian Russell said the team had been planning towards promotion to division Three for several years.

“We went up to Davison Four a few years ago now, and we’ve been working towards this for a couple of seasons.”

“To get promoted was one thing, but to pick up a pennant win is unbelievable. To be part of it is great.

Russell said the win would be well received back at the club.

“You can see by the number of supporters that have come out; it’s great. The celebration back at the club will be sensational, and we are looking forward to it.”

DIVISION FIVE: Leonay Home in a Thriller

The men from the Blue Mountains, Leonay have won an extra hole thriller to claim the Division Five Pennant for 2024.

The star of the show for Leonay was their number two player, Adam Brennan, who made a clutch five on the last to first force a playoff, before making a par on the 19th to ensure the pennant was heading west.

Team Co- Manager Bob Chrusz was ecstatic with the win.

It’s been 25 years of struggle. Our aim at the begging was to forma team to win.”

This is their second year together, but obviously we had a few changes. It was good to see the (team) captain after squaring his match bring home down the 19th.”

DIVISION FIVE – FINAL SCORES

Leonay are now headed to Division four, and Fellow Manager Peter Walker said it was the motivation required to drive the team to victory.

“That’s what really pumped the boys up this year, they all wanted to move up.”

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