The Vines secure third straight title

27th May 2018

The Vines have etched themselves into Men’s Senior Pennant history after securing an unprecedented third successive title on Monday at Kwinana Golf Club.

The Swan Valley side was successful in the Green Division defeating Melville Glades in a tight contest 3-2, meaning several team members now hold pennant flags from three different coloured divisions.

In 2016 it was the White Division, a 3.5-1.5 win over Royal Fremantle, before taking out the Orange Division in 2017 with a 4-1 victory over Lakelands.

Nine players have played a role in all three seasons of success, with Captain Michael Cook joined by Denis Perich, John Wigham, Mike Saunders, John Shiels, Gavin O’Meara, Robert Crane and Sardul Singh.

The competition runs using the format of four ball better ball (4BBB) over six rounds, with each coloured division having a North and South competition.

A total of seven Senior Men’s Pennant titles were decided on Monday as the top clubs from the South and North Groups played off in each colour division.

Chequers proved the other success story of finals day claiming a title double at Sun City Country Club, with the Bullsbrook side victorious in both the Yellow and Orange Divisions.

It meant back-to-back titles for the club in the Yellow Division.

The Orange Pennant title was as comprehensive as any on the final day of fixtures, with the 5-0 whitewash built on the back of two extra-hole wins.

The Yellow Division decider proved a much tighter affair, with the 3.5-1.5 win over Gosnells gifting Chequers a second victory for the day.

The result however could have been much different had some results gone the way of Gosnells late in the day.

A 2up win to Fred Feucs and Brian Milburn pushed their side towards the title, before a narrow 1up victory to Jeff Peake and Ken Carson delivered a second-straight pennant flag.

Mosman Park captured the Black Division at Sun City on Monday with a crushing 4-1 victory over Kwinana.

Their no.1 pairing of Ian Hutton and Bernard De Lestang eased to a 5&4 victory, before Roger Tarrant and Bryan Stynes doubled their lead by the same score line.

Michael King and Terry York sealed the pennant flag with a dominant 7&6 win, with Kwinana only able to find a win in one match.

Nedlands were narrow victors in an epic encounter to decide the Blue Division at Kwinana, with two fixtures going to the 19th hole against Kennedy Bay.

Nedlands’ Brian Hanna and David Blackmore claimed an extra-hole thriller, while Lori MacPherson and Mike McFarlane secured a vital 2&1 win, with both wins crucial to the 3-2 thriller.

Royal Fremantle overcame Mount Lawley 3-2 in the Red Division Final at Kwinana to lift a second pennant flag in two years.

Charlie Fiorentino and Neil Crawford were the difference between the two sides, with their 19th hole victory sealing a famous win.

The pairing teamed up with Colin Burwood, Barry Francis, Ron Thorpe, Deane Sampson, Tony Peccia, Peter Cherry, Joe Palermo and Bill Breheny.

Rockingham scored three comfortable victories to secure the White Division over WA Golf Club at Kwinana, with the defeated team unable to repeat the heroics of the 2017 campaign.

The team of Tom Lothian, Stan Swartz, Bryan Tuckey, Greg Giles, Mick Warren, Dominic Bell, Fred Johnson, Greg Brown, Michael Trayner and Dave Martin proved too strong when it mattered in the close fixture.