The Men’s Division One Pennant season has come to a dramatic close after several tight contests were fought at Joondalup Country Club on Sunday.
Cottesloe Golf Club, Lake Karrinyup Country Club and Joondalup Country Club were battling it out at the pointy end to qualify for the final.
At the other end of the table, the competition was just as fierce with Royal Fremantle Golf Club, Mandurah Country Club and Royal Perth Golf Club all fighting to remain above the relegation line.
Ladder leaders Cottesloe endured their first defeat of the season (5-2) at the hands of a full-strength Joondalup, who held the advantage of playing on their home course.
Joondalup knew that a big win over Cottesloe could be the ticket they needed to get into the final.
Ian Pienaar and Tom Addy both had big wins to get Joondalup off to a great start. Josh Greer was also in good form after his time away with the Men’s State Team, recording a 4&3 win in his match against Mark Solomons.
Thomas Paterson would prove to be the thorn in Joondalup’s side and his 4&3 victory over Carter Mealing ensured Cottesloe had booked their spot in the final.
Speaking after the match, Mealing commended Tom on his performance, “Tom’s putting was unbeatable, he sunk some amazing putts today.”
Lake Karrinyup went into their contest against Mount Lawley Golf Club knowing their finals campaign was on the line.
Jon Clancy, Nick Vogel and Nick Curnow got Lake Karrinyup off to the perfect start, winning the first three matches of the contest.
Mount Lawley then rallied to win the next three matches thanks to impressive performances from Michael Montgomery, Jayson Watson and Jordan Jung.
With the Joondalup men following along anxiously and large crowds forming it came down to the last match of the contest.
Lake Karrinyup’s Joe Owen held his nerve and recorded a strong 4&3 win over Azer Pehlic. This victory ensured a home final for Lake Karrinyup and they will now face Cottesloe in a few weeks for the 2019 title.
Royal Fremantle Golf Club welcomed back Hayden Hopewell and Brendon Allanby who both recorded good wins in their contest against Mandurah Country Club. The 5-2 victory ensured Royal Fremantle will remain in Division One in 2020.
Royal Perth Golf Club faced off against Gosnells Golf Club in what would prove to be a pivotal contest in the context of the 2019 season.
A tight tussle ensued, and Royal Perth faltered to lose the contest 4-3. Michael Dennis was again a strong performer for Royal Perth since making a mid-season return.
This loss placed Royal Perth and Mandurah even on games won and lost. Incredibly, both clubs were also tied on matches for and against.
There was a mad scramble for the rule book late on Sunday evening as players, club officials and supporters tried to work out who was safe and who was to be relegated. Mandurah beat Royal Perth 6-1 back in their Round Two encounter and this was enough to ensure that Mandurah will remain in Division One in 2020 whilst Royal Perth have been relegated for just the second time in their storied 124-year history.
The race for finals was equally as tight in Division Two.
Coming into the last round, Hartfield Golf Club had all but secured their spot in the finals thanks to a dominant season that saw them sit one clear of the competition. A 5-2 victory over Rockingham Golf Club cemented Hartfield’s berth in the final.
Bunbury Golf Club and Lakelands Country Club both sat middle of the table heading into the weekend and were out of reach of a finals spot. With only pride on the line, it was Bunbury that stormed to a dominant 6-1 victory.
WA Golf Club defeated Melville Glades 5-2 to all but secure a finals berth. This loss for Melville Glades also condemned them to the bottom of the table and subsequent relegation into Division Three in 2020.
The Vines Resort & Country Club knew they needed a strong win to have any chance of passing WA Golf Club and claiming a spot in the final.
The Vines started strongly, recording a victory in the first two matches. Losses in the next two matches significantly hindered the chances of The Vines, although they remained a mathematical chance of qualifying.
The final blow came when Kayne Wardell (Nedlands) won his match 4&3. Despite running out 4-3 winners, The Vines fell just short of qualifying for finals in 2019.
Sea View Golf Club capped off a dominant 2019 season with a 5-2 victory over Sun City Country Club. This victory put Sea View two matches clear at the top of the table and they will be a force to be reckoned with in the final.
Kwinana Golf Club won their contest over Pinjarra Golf Club 5-2. This result was a dead rubber with both teams unable to make it into finals in 2019.
The contest of the round was between Meadow Springs Country Club and Wanneroo Golf Club. Both teams were on equal points heading into the final round and the winner would progress through to the final, whilst the loser would be left to ponder what could have been.
Despite holding the advantage of playing on their home course, Wanneroo faltered and lost four of the first five matches.
Meadow Springs will now face Sea View to decide the 2019 Division Three title.