The 2019 Junior Pennant season gets underway this Sunday and will see some of WA’s finest young talents in action over the next five weeks. This year again sees four divisions in the boys’ competition, with the girls’ battling it out across two divisions.
The Division One Boys’ competition should be red hot again this year. Joondalup will be looking to make it three consecutive titles in a row, a feat not achieved since WA Golf Club dominated the competition from 1989 to 1991.
In a repeat of last year’s opening round, Joondalup will again meet title challengers Royal Fremantle at Lakelands. Royal Fremantle has come within a whisker of claiming the title the past two years and Sunday’s opening round offers them an opportunity to avenge these losses.
Melville Glades and Gosnells have both been promoted into Division One for the 2019 season. After impressive seasons last year, they will both be teams to keep an eye on.
For the second year running, the Division One Boys’ competition will be played at five neutral venues. This level playing field should create some tight and exciting contests across the season.
After claiming their maiden crown in 2018, the Gosnells Division One girls’ will be looking to carry their winning form into the new season. Gosnells open their 2019 account against Royal Perth who will have the advantage of playing on their home turf.
Mount Lawley will again be fielding two Division One teams in 2019. In what appears to be fast becoming a traditional opening round encounter, the two Mount Lawley sides will face-off against each other this Sunday. With only a point separating them at the end of last year’s competition, this could prove to be a decisive match-up to begin the season.
Lake Karrinyup and Royal Fremantle round out Girls’ Division One and both teams are back to vie for the title in 2019.
Golf in the State’s South West region appears to be going from strength to strength. After combining with Melville Glades last year it is great to see South West has their own girls’ team for the 2019 season.
Elsewhere around the competition, it is fantastic to see that South West and Goldfields have again combined to field boys’ Division Two and Division Four teams.
Travelling each week to play Pennant golf shows a wonderful commitment from these boys and girls that is sure to help the growth of golf in regional Western Australia.
The Junior Pennant season will be played over five rounds from Sunday, January 27th to February 24th. Full fixtures and results are available HERE.