Wanneroo and Royal Perth claimed the final women’s pennants on offer this season when the Division Two and Three finals were played at Mosman Park Golf Course on Monday.
For Wanneroo it was the culmination of a perfect campaign, as they hung on for a 4-3 victory over Melville Glades to go through the season unbeaten, while Royal Perth’s 4.5-2.5 win saw them turn the tables on Gosnells, who had inflicted their only defeat during the round-robin phase.
After Mount Lawley claimed back-to-back Division One titles in emphatic fashion at Royal Perth on Sunday, attention turned to Mosman Park GC where conditions matched the stunning views across the Swan River.
And the golf befitted the backdrop as the Division Two title went down to the penultimate hole following a high-quality contest between Glenys Ferguson and reigning women’s WA Senior champion Janine Northrop.
The pair were all square after 14 holes, with the final also locked at 3-3 matches apiece, when Ferguson made her move.
Ferguson first held her nerve on the 15th green to go 1up before landing a decisive blow when she sunk a monster putt for birdie from the back of the green at the par-three 16th.
The ball hurtled into the cup to the delight of Ferguson’s team-mates, who were greenside watching on, and the 2014 WA Senior Amateur champion who stood arms aloft in celebration.
Ferguson completed Wanneroo’s win at the next when Northrop saw a par-putt slip agonisingly wide before both players embraced in recognition of a fine contest.
Wanneroo had confirmed the first three points of the contest as Jocelyn Hutchinson (6&5), Helen Pullinger (7&5) and WA captain Georgia Shears (7&6) enjoyed wide-margin wins.
Melville Glades drew back level thanks to Bev Hayes (2&1), Jenny Murphy (2up) and Shirley van der Bruggen (2&1), but Ferguson had the final say to ensure she celebrated with team-mates Shears, Pullinger, Hutchinson, Judith Higgott, Loraine Metcalf, Sonet Coetzee and non-playing captain Jan Plaisted.
And it was a memorable day for Royal Perth’s non-playing captain Shelley Bell, as she was able to celebrate her birthday with the Division Three pennant.
Royal Perth dropped just eight individual matches all season – with four of those coming in their only defeat of the year against Gosnells a month ago – and they were quick to ensure such a slip would not occur again and assert the authority they had displayed all season long.
Sandra Dean won her lead-off contest 7&5 to set the tone before Lyn Gould (4&3), who won all four of her individual matches this season, and Veronica Ntoumneopoulos (5&3) put Royal Perth on the brink of victory.
Judith Mitchell’s 6&5 success in the top match sealed the victory, and a dominant season, and Royal Perth added a further half point as Aruni Vaswani maintained her unbeaten run over the past two seasons after squaring her match against Andy Riggir.
They celebrated victory alongside Royal Perth ladies captain Judy Malone, who won five of her seven matches this season, and Colette Nalder who had a perfect record from five matches during the round-robin stage.
Lyn Bennett (3&1) and Jo Calvo (4&3), who won 12 of their 13 individual matches combined this season, claimed the two wins for Gosnells who finished runner-up for a second successive season.
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