Men’s Pennant Wrap Round Six
The top three teams on the Men’s Division One ladder continued to dominate with three 6-1 wins over their opponents in gusty conditions, oceanside, at Cottesloe Golf Club last Sunday.
Cottesloe Golf Club remains undefeated and sailed home on their home course defeating Mandurah Country Club. Thomas Patterson (CGC) had a notable 8&7 win.
The Joondalup Country Club gentlemen were unfazed by windy conditions and the absence of Joshua Greer, confidently defeating Royal Fremantle Golf Club 6-1. Hayden Hopewell and Brendon Allanby were notable absences for RFGC, joining Joshua in fulfilling State duties in Hobart.
Lake Karrinyup Country Club defeated Gosnells Golf Club 6-1. Josiah Gilbert was a standout for GGC, fighting until the 20th hole to claim the team’s only win for the day.
Royal Perth Golf Club had their first win of the season narrowly defeating Mt Lawley Golf Club 4-3. Michael Dennis has made a strong return to Pennant golf and could be the reason Royal Perth retain their position in Division One.
Next week will present an exciting matchup between top tier teams JCC and CGC, with a narrow margin of two points separating the teams. JCC will have a full team back in force, and home turf advantage. This may just be what they need to lure CGC into their first defeat.
It will also be an intriguing battle at the other end of the table with RFGC, RPGC and Mandurah all facing the prospect of relegation.
The equation is simple for these three teams – win and retain a spot in Division One, lose and risk relegation.
Women’s Pennant Wrap Round Two
WA Golf Club Women’s Division One team proved they are indeed a team to watch this season. The ladies defeated Mt Lawley Golf Club, flag champions of the last three years comfortably 6-1 in breezy conditions at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
MLGC were notably missing their top two players, Kirsten Rudgley and Eve Cohen, who are representing the State in Hobart this week. That aside, WAGC showed strength through all positions in the team. Alison Eather (WAGC) presented great match play skills defeating newcomer Ruby Fry(MLGC) 7&6, and Belinda Wilkinson, a confident win over Alysha Ahnantakrishnan 6&5.
Janine Northrop of WAGC was very thankful for the support of WAGC.
“We had terrific support from members and caddies – I’m very grateful to our Team Captain Mardi Evans and our Ladies’ Club Captain Jonnine James who offers support to all Divisions of pennants.”
Mardi Evans, Captain of the WAGC Division One Team noted, “We had a bit of good fortune with the draw, and we were able to make the most of it this week. In the past few years, our only losses have been 4-3 so we have been up there”. Our team consists of many long term members, a mature group who have been around for a while, and very social! It was great to get a win over our neighbours but its early days. We all enjoy our golf and its a bonus to have the friendship.”
Cottesloe Golf Club had a great battle against Royal Fremantle Golf Club, with CGC winning 5-2. Lisa Taylor and Karlene Marzec (CGC) both sealed wins on the 19th against RFGC’s Isabel Utama and Jaks Scott. Anna Polley, Deidre Collins and Jane Metcalf of CGC bought the win tally to five, with youngsters Celine Chen and Charlie Gwinnutt contributing to the RFGC tally.
Royal Perth Golf Club were missing lead players Brooke Price and Yeah-Jin Lee for their first round, both ladies competing in the Interstate Series. The team were still able to produce a close win over Wanneroo Golf Club 4-3. Minke Terblanche (RPGC) slotted comfortably into number one position defeating WGC’s Karen Hart 3&1.
Next week the teams will return to full strength and battle it out on the challenging fairways and greens of RFGC.
In Women’s Division Two RPGC and WAGC sit at the top of the leaderboard, securing wins in the first two rounds. RPGC dominated the play with a 7-0 victory over The Vines, making it 12/14 match wins thus far.
Division Two Pennant
Hartfield Golf Club were challenged this week by Bunbury Golf Club who halved the contest played at Rockingham Golf Club. HGC sit a clear three points ahead on the ladder, and with the final round next week proves these gentlemen will be unstoppable final contenders.
WA Golf Club were narrowly defeated by The Vines 4-3, placing them in second and third positions on the ladder. The absence of Haydn Barron of WAGC representing WA in the State Series in Hobart may have made the difference to this team contest.
Nedlands Golf Club secured their second win of the season with a confident win over Melville Glades Golf Club 5-2.
Lakelands Golf Club narrowly defeated Rockingham Golf Club, securing the contest 4-3.
Next week will prove a tough ask for RGC who in the final round will be up against clear leaders HGC on their home turf.
Division Three Pennant
Sea View Golf Club continued their winning streak defeating Meadow Springs Country Club 5-2. This places SVGC with a clear four-point lead going into the fifth-round next week at Wanneroo Golf Club.
Sun City Country Club maximised their home course advantage securing their second win of the competition over Kwinana Golf Club 4-3.
Wanneroo Golf Club sits in second position after a confident 6-1 win over Pinjarra Golf Club.