Date: May 12, 2017
Author: Christian Puccini

2017 SA Men’s Pennant (Simpson Cup) season Preview

The four division Golf SA Men's Pennant season will commence on Sunday 14th May, with the Men’s top grade ‘The Simpson Cup’ being played at Blackwood Golf Club.

The Simpson Cup is an 8 team Competition, played over a 7 round season (each team plays each other once). The top 2 teams after 7 rounds, play off in the Final on Sunday 9th July at Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

2016 champion Glenelg has a very strong squad with eight players having represented SA at junior or senior level over the past two years. Anything can happen in a 7 round season, but if their players fire, they will be a strong chance to make the final and go back to back.

Glenelg Team Manager Geoff Attenborough believes the team will be right in the mix again.

“The Glenelg Simpson Cup, Bonnar Cup and Sharp Cup squads have been practising hard for the upcoming pennant season," Attenborough said.

“After our Simpson Cup win last season the Glenelg team are taking nothing for granted and respect all opposition.

“With Sam Burton from Tea Tree Gully, Michael Munn from Blackwood and up and coming juniors Jack Buchanan and Frank Vucic added to our squad the Glenelg team is confident of a strong defence of our title win from last year.” Attenborough added.

The Grange runner up the past two seasons have a great blend of experience and talented youth and would expect to finish high up the ladder and contest for the title yet again. Losing Captain Justin Crowder will be a big loss, but Nakone Jnr should hold his own against any opponent.

“After another disappointing loss in the Final last year, The Grange Golf Club is looking forward to going that next step in 2017.  Last year’s Captain Justin Crowder will be missed this year due to work commitments, however The Grange still believes it has the players to go to that next step. Team Manager John Windsor said.

“We are excited to have our Club Champion and the SA State Captain Matt Lisk as our 2017 Grange Pennant Team Captain and look forward to a successful year under his leadership.”  Windsor added.

Another club who should feature strongly is Kooyonga (last title in 2015) while Tea Tree Gully, The Vines of Reynella, Southern and Blackwood will all be competitive.

Thaxted Park Men's A2 Premiers last season have been promoted to the top grade, whilst last years wooden spooners Royal Adelaide have been relegated to A2.

Please refer to our season preview here for full team details and squad 'ins and outs' 

Simpson Cup (Round 1) 14th May at Blackwood GC

1st Tee 11.15 am     Blackwood v Southern 
10th Tee 11.15 am  The Vines v Glenelg 
1st Tee 12.10 pm     The Grange v Thaxted Park
10th Tee 12.10 pm    Kooyonga v Tea Tree Gully

*The Women's top Pennant Grade (A1), The 'Sanderson Cup' has moved from a four to a six team competition in 2017, featuring sides from Blackwood. Glenelg, Kooyonga, Royal Adelaide, The Grange and The Vines. The five round season will commence on Sun 28 May at Kooyonga Golf Club. Season preview published soon.

Div 1 Juniors start their season at Tea Tree Gully on Sun 28th May.

For all Penannt Draws and Results > Click here