Ryde Parramatta GC provided the perfect backdrop as Moore Park Golf Club and St Michael's Golf Club battled it out for the title of Division 1 Major Pennant Champions.
Moore Park progressed through to the finals following a home and away season that included 4 wins and 2 loses, both away to The Australian and The Lakes. Just half a win separated Moore Park and their nearest section rivals. St Michael's with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss continued into the finals only on Individual games as they had the same winning record as Boonie Doon. It was an away loss to each other that we're the only blemishes on their seasons.
Last week’s semi-finals saw both teams record relatively comfortable victories with Moore Park defeating New South Wales 5 to 2 as St Michael's were too good for Concord 6 to 1.
Through nine holes it was St Michael's who would have the upper hand, taking the lead in 4 matches whilst a further 2 were all square. Players from both sides were playing some top quality golf on the challenging layout but in the end the task proved too big for Moore Park as St Michael's surged to an emphatic victory.
The number 7 match was decided on the 16th as Travis Smyth defeated Steve Slappendell 3/2. Michael Williams (St Michael's) secured the number 4 match on the 15th green as he accounted for Matt Crandell 4/3. St Michael's then claimed the number 5 match when Luke Roberts defeated Josh Collins 3/2. The final was then decided on the 17th green as Shaun Cameron (St Michael's) proved too good for Darren Shepherd.
With four points secured, the remaining matches were declared halved between Zach Williams (St Michael's) and Matt Gleeson, Ben Clementson (St Michael's) and Clancy Bowe and Matt Stieger (St Michael's) and Dimi Papadatos. In the end the final results read St Michael's 5½ defeated Moore Park 1½.
The history books will now be re-written as St Michael's have proved themselves the premier Pennant club in metropolitan competitions. The club’s success in the Major Pennant is backed up by their twin victories earlier in the season with the Eric Apperly Shield and Junior Pennant titles.
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In the lower divisions victories were recorded by Cabramatta (Division 2), Antill Park (Division 3), Lynwood (Division 4) and Glenmore (Division5).
The Division 2 final was contested between Cabramatta and Wakehurst at Moore Park. Wakehurst started the better of the two teams leading three of the seven matches with a further two matches halved at the turn. The inward nine belonged to Cabramatta however, as they claimed four of the first five matched decided to be declared Division 2 Champions. The remaining two matches were halved giving the final result of Cabramatta 5 defeated Wakehurst 2.
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Killara GC was the venue for the Division 3 final between Antill Park and Royal Sydney. Antill Park had scraped into the final with a 4-3 semi-final win and with Royal Sydney’s comfortable 6-1 semi-final win they were favoured to take out the title. Things were going to script as Royal Sydney secured the first two matches, before the Antill Park middle order fought back to take out the next three matches in close contests. With the number 2 match heading down the 19th, the victory was secured as Antill Park won the number 1 match on the 18th green. Antill Park capped a great season with a 4½ to 2½ win in a great contest.
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Division 4 saw Lynwood take on Warringah at the St Michael’s layout. Both teams entered the contest in good form following solid wins in the previous week’s semi-finals. In the end it was to be Lynwood who would walk away as Champions as they won four of the first five matches and recorded a 5 to 2 win when it counted most.
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Kogarah GC hosted the Division 5 final which saw Glenmore defeat Bexley to become the only undefeated club in 2012 Major Pennants. Their final victory was one of their best as they recorded an emphatic 6-1 win.
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