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Pymble Golf Club and The ACT-Monaro representative team have a nail-biting wait in front of them to see who will progress to this year’s Eric Apperly Shield final against the Australian Golf Club after failing light forced play to be abandoned at Stonecutters Ridge on Sunday.
ACT-Monaro’s Josh Armstrong and Pymble’s Corey Jones are locked together on the 2nd extra hole of their match. Both players had begun to play the 21st hole. Armstrong had found the fairway while Jones was down the right hand side of the hole when play was halted by the match referee.
Pymble hold a slender 3 matches to 2 lead and the contest is scheduled to resume this Sunday. Armstrong will need to grab the win to force the match into a sudden-death playoff.
For Pymble, Harry Waddington, Reid Brown and James Conran scored wins while Adam Thorp and Robby Furner got the ACT/Monaro off to a good start with early wins.
In the other Semi, a playoff was needed after the Australian Golf Club and their Eastern suburbs neighbours St. Michael’s finished in a deadlock at 3 games a piece.
The contest between Isaac Noh of the Australian and St. Michael’s Harrison Crowe proved to be a thriller, with Crowe finally getting the result to tie the match at three wins each after making a birdie on the 23rd hole, ironically the only birdie in each of the six times that either of them played the hole.
The sudden-death playoff for the right to proceed to the shield final was a much shorter affair, with Crowe having to face the Australian’s Blake Windred in the playoff decider for the match. Crowe unfortunately pushed his tee shot into the right hand bunker, while Windred’s shot came to rest safely on the front edge of the green. Crowe was only able to get his recovery shot out to about 4 metres away, and when Windred lagged his putt to within inches. Crowe was left with an attempt to keep the match alive. It failed however as his par putt slid by the hole.
Play will resume in the match between the ACT-Monaro and Pymble at 9.30am this Sunday at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. The winner will meet the Australian Golf Club in the Shield final at Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday, 11 September.