Mount Lawley ends 51-year title drought

29th Jul 2018

After 51 years of waiting, Mount Lawley men are champions again.

The club has finally broken their Men’s Division One Pennant drought on Sunday afternoon at Gosnells Golf Club, defeating the defending premiers Lake Karrinyup 4-3 in a thrilling contest.

Their last Division One title came way back in 1967, with the achievement made all the more impressive given the side only gained promotion last season.

Clutch victories to Jordan Jung and Rob Hart proved the difference in the end, with Mount Lawley’s consistent performers coming together in the big moments.

Jordan Doull continued his fantastic season with a 5&4 win over Joe Owen, while Jayson Watson gained a valuable win over Simon Liddell 5&3.

Jung looked in trouble several times throughout his fixture against Frazer Bone, coming back from four down to take the contest to all square down . A birdie on the 35th saw a 1up lead before Bone missed a putt on the last to take it to extra holes.

Nick Curnow couldn’t manage to birdie the last giving Hart the victory and Mount Lawley the pennant title.

Mike Rundus took out the match of the day for Lake Karrinyup, winning on the 37th hole against Sean Grogan at no.7.

The victory follows a very similar pattern to last season’s champions Lake Karrinyup, with Mount Lawley winning the Division Two Pennant in 2017, before claiming the Division One title the following year.

Mount Lawley Pennant captain Steve Plummer was thrilled to claim the elusive championship, crediting his group of players for a fantastic performance.

“It has been an unbelievable ride,” Plummer said.

“We certainly looked at Lake Karrinyup for inspiration throughout the past few seasons and managed to come out on top today.”

The side managed to win every game of the season 4-3 showing the overall tightness of the competition.

“ Our team has been a little undermanned at times throughout the year – I cant thank our guys enough for what they have achieved,” he claimed.”

“From everyone at board level down to the coaches and people in the pro shop, it all helped build the team that we did today.”

“We did win all of our games 4-3 for the season so it has been a very difficult emotional ride every week.”

The pennant title sees Mount Lawley hold both the Men’s and Women’s Division One titles in 2018.

Royal Fremantle was the other success story of the day as they moved back into Division One after taking out the Division Two title.

The side went down to Mount Lawley in the corresponding fixture in 2017, however, the side proved too strong for Melville Glades on Sunday.

Nedlands claimed the Division Three flag.