The Men’s Pennant Season is off and running for 2018, with the competition again taking centre stage throughout the golfing fraternity in Western Australia.
Mount Lawley began their promotion into Division 1 with a stunning victory over last year’s runners up Royal Perth at Lake Karrinyup on Sunday.
Returning gun Jordan Doull led from the front for his Mount Lawley side, with the American College student narrowly defeating soon-to-be Stanford resident Fred Lee 1up.
Pennant regulars Robbie Morrison and Michael Dennis showed their class to grab easy wins for Royal Perth; however some late order fight from Rick McKenna and Sean Grogan secured victory for the 2017 Division 2 champions.
Cottesloe earmarked their title credentials in the opening round to crush Gosnells 6-1 with youngsters Wade MacIntosh and Tom Patterson leading the way.
Mandurah began their campaign with a 4-3 win over Joondalup. Cooper Geddes was the standout with a 7&6 win at the no.1 position.
Bunbury, Lakelands and Royal Fremantle were the big winners in the opening round of Division 2 at The Vines Golf & Country Club on Sunday, with the newly-promoted side, Bunbury, the highlight of the day.
After clinching Division 3 last year, Bunbury showed their talent in a 6-1 rout of WA Golf Club, with two narrow matches key to a first up victory.
Nick Liebenberg and Adam McGill both claimed 19th hole victories to all but secure the two points for their side, with John Sullivan the only WA Golf Club player to gain a match.
Lakelands were too strong for Melville Glades 5-2, with the latter relegated from Division 1 last season.
Royal Fremantle were impressive in their first fixture with the side searching for redemption after finishing runner up last campaign.
Wanneroo Golf Club hosted Division 3 fixtures with a number of tight finishes making for an exciting season ahead.
Kwinana were narrow winners over Meadow Springs 4-3, while Sea View triumphed over Nedlands by the same score line.
Rockingham stamped their authority on the competition with a 5-2 win over Sun City, with Damien Schoppe and Josh Soroka impressive at no.1 and 2 positions.
North: Div 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9
Cottesloe look the side to beat in Division 4 North over the first weekend of fixtures, with the side defeating Lakelands 6-1 at The Vines Golf & Country Club.
The team is filled with plenty of young talent including current Perth Scorcher Will Bosisto, winning his match in the no. 7 position 5&4.
Mosman Park and Chequers began their seasons with dominant wins in Division 5 North at Wanneroo Golf Club on Sunday.
A 6-1 win to Mosman Park sees the side at the top of the ladder, while Chequers ground out a 4.5-2.5 victory over Joondalup.
Wanneroo has opened their account in Division 6 North with a commanding 6-1 win over Joondalup at the Western Australian Golf Club.
Chris Sharatt and Matt Roe played out an epic encounter at no.1 finishing square, however Wanneroo collected the next six matches to run out convincing winners.
Royal Perth and The Vines were the other winners in tight contests over Sunday.
Lakelands and Lake Karrinyup played out a thrilling halve to open Division 7 North at The Western Australian Golf Club.
A victory at no.7 from Lakelands’ Larry Florido was enough for the side to share the points, while The Vines and Wanneroo lead the competition after managing wins.
WA Golf Club, Sun City and Chequers secured the points in Division 8 North at Lakelands Country Club, while Lake Karrinyup leads Division 9 North after a 5-2 victory over Joondalup.
South: Div 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Royal Fremantle look the goods in Division 4 South after whitewashing Mandurah in their opening round at Hartfield Golf Club.
Victories to Reuben Darch, Lleyton Palmer and Rhys Cook set up the fixture with Mandurah unable to compete with the consistent side.
Royal Fremantle’s winning form carried onto Division 5 South with an easy first up win over Kwinana at Gosnells Golf Club.
Kennedy and Bunbury join them at the top of the ladder after one round with victories over Hartfield and Royal Perth respectively.
Hartfield sit alone at the top of the Division 6 South competition after a resounding 5-2 victory over Royal Fremantle at Kwinana Golf Club.
Kennedy Bay and Rockingham played out an exciting halve in the only other contest. Bunbury had the first round bye.
Mandurah and Secret Harbour played out the game of the round in Division 7 South at Pinjarra Golf Club, with Mandurah securing the two points with a 4-3 win.
Two matches were halved in Division 8 South to gift Hartfield the early advantage at Kwinana Golf Club. The side grabbed a 4.5 -2.5 win over Mandurah to sit on two points after one round.
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