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News South Wales Grab first Division One flag since 1983
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New South Wales Golf Club have taken out their first Metropolitan Division One Major Pennant in 35 years with an impressive 5½ to 1½ win over near neighbour Bonnie Doon.
The La Perouse outfit impressed from the outset, with the team’s captain Zac Mullins dominating his opponent Jeremy Fuchs with a 7&6 win.
Harry Doig, Shaun Cameron and Justin Kim ensured that the flag was safe with wins in the five, six and seven spots, and with little else to play for with four wins already in the bag, the remaining matches were called as halves.
After the win Mullins and Manager Bill Exten were delighted with the performance of the team. Mullins was at pains to not label any one particular star, describing it a a true team effort.
“It’s the first time this group has played together, and it is good to get the win.
“It was a team effort. Just the little things matter, like making the practice rounds during the week.
“Regardless of individual results, we all perform,” Mullins smiled.
Exten described the result as an important one for NSW GC. It had been a long time between triumphs for the Eastern Suburbs side, and he was thrilled with the win.
“The last (pennant) we won was 1983.
“We fought off relegation last year, and with a few new boys coming in this year, we’ve managed to go from the basement up to the Penthouse.
When asked about the culture of winning Exten agreed the performance of representative teams are critical to the health of any club. It was a vibe that he was enjoying at NSW.
“It is something we will get used to because we have struggled to stay in Division One and with this nucleus of a team I am sure we can remain here for many years,”
“The enthusiasm around the club is infectious. This is a great young team and they have bonded really well.
“It (a winning culture) keeps a club healthy, yes, absolutely," Exten smiled.
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Concord GC have stormed into the Division One Women’s winners circle today after accounting for St. Michael’s 3 matches to 2.
It took a birdie – birdie finish on the 17th and 18th holes from NSW Women’s Rep and Concord star Doey Choi over her friend and State team mate Stephanie Kyriacou to seal the flag for the inner west team.
Concord’s Manager Penny Griffith was ecstatic with the win.
“It is absolutely fantastic.
“They are two wonderful teams and I knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Griffith said.
The win is validation for the tight-knit Concord unit after last year's last hole- last putt loss to Avondale. Griffith said she put this year's victory down to the girl's tenacity and the way their games have developed. She is looking forward to watching how far they go in the sport.
“These girls are a fabulous young side.
“They are very special bunch of girls. I would describe them as the best Major Pennant side Concord have had.
“It’s testament to their hard work and dedication.
“They are wonderful young golfers and their futures are very bright,” Griffith smiled.
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Castle Hill snared their first flag in 14 years with a thrilling win over a gallant Cronulla Golf Club at Terry Hills this afternoon, 4 matches to 3.
In a contest which looked to many spectators that it was heading towards an easy Castle Hill win, two matches ended up going down the 19th hole to settle the result.
A relieved Manager Dave Northey was elated with the win after the contest, describing it as a nervous one.
“I won’t lie. I was feeling good half way through the contest.
“Things got a bit tight towards the end, but our guys did the work.
“I thought we would win, but I’m a little bit older now. It was a bit nerve wracking,” he smiled.
Northey explained the genesis of the win was formed at the start of the year.
“We set ourselves a goal at the start of the season to have great team camaraderie, represent Castle Hill as best we could and to play for each other.
He expects the club to make a big impact now it is back in Division One.
“We had a change of generation, and last year wasn’t our best.
“Last year they were a bit older and this year I told them this is what pressure is, what expectation is, and this is what you have to do to step up.
“I feel confident we will hold our own next year,” Northey said.
Stonecutters too strong in Women's Division Two
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Stonecutters Ridge have collected their first Women’s Major Pennant flag with a 3½ to 1½ win over a plucky Pymble outfit at Terrey Hills Golf Club today.
It took a bit of gentle prodding, but Stonecutter’s team captain Lia Lavelle was a happy woman after the result.
“It is our first Pennant. It feels very good.
“It seems like a long time coming for us,” she said.
Lavelle paid compliments to the young players in her team, in particular the undefeated pair Brielle Mapano and Madelyn Hagerty
Hopefully they can stay with us to see how we can go in Division One next year,” Lavelle smiled.
Massey Park breaks the duck
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Massey Park have made club history by securing their maiden Men’s Metropolitan Major Pennant with a 5 matches to 2 win over Glenmore Heritage Valley this afternoon.
Team Manger Larry Keenan could barely contain his excitement after the win.
“It’s been an emotional day.
“62 years we (Massey Park) have been around, and this is the club’s first Pennant win ever, ever.
In a match played in good spirits it seemed to be destiny for the inner west club. Fans and players enjoyed the golf and everyone had a good time.
Keenan didn’t want to single any one player out, saying it was a rebuilding process that had borne fruit.
“We had a few guys pull out last year's team. We have been rebuilding. A couple of guys rejoined the club and came into the pennant team this year, and we kicked on from there.
“Two guys have been playing pennant since they were 15 and 16 years old.
As for celebrations back at the club, Keenan couldn't hide his smile.
“I wouldn’t want to be responsible for it. It's going to be a big night, a very big night back at the club.” Keenan grinned.
Campbelltown Kings of Division Four
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Campbelltown Golf Club have proven themselves Kings of Division Four with a nail biting four matches to three win over Brighton Lakes.
The big crowd of Campbelltown supporters who were lining the final green erupted in cheers when Simon Kieth managed to hold on to win one up.
A relieved Team Manager Phil Higgins was proud of his charges.
“It’s been a great team effort, and all the boys put their head down and had a great season.
“There is a couple of new guys in the team and they really stepped up to the mark.
“It’s going to be a big one (celebration) on the way back. There will be a few cartons of beer in the bus,”
“I've got to pay tribute to the members who turned up. There’s about 40 out here today. They are as much a part of the win as we have been,” Higgins added.
Kareela pip Springwood in a thriller
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The celebrations at Kareela Golf Club could go long into the night after the Sutherland Shire club pipped Springwood in a thriller, four matches to three, to take out the Division Five Metropolitan Major Pennant today.
The match was evenly poised at the turn with the match slightly in the Mountain side’s favour. It took a gargantuan effort from the Kareela number four Daniel Boyle, who won five holes in a row, to take his match 2 & 1, and with it the Pennant for the Southerners.
Kareela’s team spokesman Ben Wood was ecstatic with the win, paying tribute to Boyle.
“Boyley, bringing it home with the wobbly knees, the last two putts downhill on 16 and 17th to win 2&1, what a result.
“We won Division Five in 2014, but since then it’s been a bit of a hiatus, so it’s special for the boys.
“They’ve gone well and fought hard all year to bring it home.
“We are very happy to beat Springwood, I’ll tell you,” Wood smiled.
Conditions Perfect at Terrey Hills
The weather gods have smiled on Terrey Hills this morning as the Metropolitan Major Pennant finals begin.
Sydney is in for a perfect Autumn morning with cloud clearing to a sunny afternoon. The was a little bit of fog in the west early this morning. And as the day progresses it will be all sunshine and light light winds for the morning.
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Springwood and Kareela are battling out in Division Five while Campbelltown and Brighton Lakes are meeting in Division Four.
Massey Park and Glenmore Heritage meet in Divison Three While Castle HIll and Cronulla Meet in Division Two.
At 12.15 pm NSW and Bonnie Doon will be out to decide the Division One title.
In the Women's finals, Stonecutters Ridge and Pymble will meet in DIvision Two, while in Division One, St. Michael's and Concord will be meeting. The women's Division One match gets underway at 11.30am
Come the afternoon when Division One gets underway, players can expect the winds to become northeasterly at 15 to 20 km/h before becoming light in the evening.
In a bit of a first, scores from individual matches will be updated LIVE as they progress so stay in touch as we update the results and the stories of who won and who lost throughout the day by clicking on the links above.