Date: May 14, 2015

2015 GV Pennant Finals Preview

The 2015 Golf Victoria Men’s, Women’s and Colts Pennant Finals will be played on Sunday 17 May across four of Victoria’s leading courses. In total, 28 of the 48 competing clubs will be represented in the six Men’s, five Women’s and six Colts Pennant Finals to be played at Royal Melbourne, Southern, Kooringal and Patterson River Golf Clubs.

Commonwealth, Eastern, Latrobe, Rossdale and Victoria all have multiple teams involved in finals with Latrobe having the unique opportunity to win flags in Men’s, Women’s and Colts.

It will be a highly anticipated contest in the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s finals to be played at Royal Melbourne with many of the winning Junior and Senior State team players lining up for their respective clubs.

A feature of the Men’s Finals will be the Division 1 clash between defending champions Commonwealth and 2008 champions Victoria. Both line-ups boast an array of young talent with Commonwealth’s team including the undefeated Cameron John and State players Frazer Droop and Lucas Herbert while Victoria are spearheaded by teenage sensation Ryan Ruffels (undefeated) and State team member Ben Eccles. 

17-year-old Ruffels captained the winning Victorian Boys’ team and won his second consecutive Australian Junior Championship in Adelaide mid-April and also played in the number one position for the victorious Victorian Men’s team in early May.

Commonwealth is seeking to win back-to-back titles and its 13th Division 1 flag whilst Victoria is looking for its 24th. Both teams enter the final having only lost one contest with Commonwealth’s only loss resulting from the round 5 clash between the two finals teams which was narrowly won by Victoria 4-3.

Victoria Golf Club will also have the opportunity to win the Women’s Division 1 final if they can defeat Huntingdale on the last contest to take to the Royal Melbourne West course on Sunday.

Winning Victorian Junior Girls’ captain and Women’s team member, Olivia Kline is likely to play at number one for Victoria and take on fellow Victorian Women’s teammate, Bianca Ling of Huntingdale.

With Victoria’s Kono Matsumoto, Sue Wooster and Anna Gavardinas all undefeated throughout the season it’s set to be an exciting showdown. Huntingdale is seeking its 14th Women’s Division 1 flag while Victoria is looking for its 13th, after last winning in 1994. 

In the Division 1 Colts final, defending champions Commonwealth will line up for their 4th consecutive Colts Division 1 flag against Waverley. If achieved, this will be only the second time a club has won 4 or more consecutive flags.

Click here for the full draw and venues summary of the 2015 Men’s, Women’s & Colts Pennant Finals to be contested on Sunday 17 May.