Date: July 25, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Apperly Shield underway for 2016

The 2016 Eric Apperly Shield is underway and a couple early favourites have already begun to impress.

In division one, a powerful Monash Country Club and Long Reef Golf Club have had little trouble in their first round matches. Monash, led By Brayden Peterson accounted for Pennant Hills 5½ to ½ while Long Reef accounting for Killara with a 6-nil win.

Defending champions Concord head division two after making it two wins in as many starts. The inner west club accounted for The Lakes 5 to 1 in round one and Manly 4 to 2 in round 2. North Ryde and Bankstown sit in a tie for second spot.

Avondale Green have dominated their first two games in division three, having got off to an almost perfect start by only dropping a solitary match. Junior State Team member Jye Pickin has two wins under his belt playing in the top spot. Liverpool look likely to be Avondale’s biggest threat, after a 5 to 1 win against Neighbours Cabramatta.

Bonnie Doon and Pymble are dominating division four with both teams not even dropping a game in their first two outings. The teams meet this weekend at Pymble in what should be a gripping match.

St. Michael’s and Cromer look likely to battle it out in division five after both teams recorded impressive wins in first round matches, St. Michaels’ by 4½ to 1½ over Oatlands and Cromer by 5 to 1 over Woolooware.

A very strong Far South Coast team has the upper hand against the Illawarra after a 5 matches to 1 win at Mollymook. Mollymook Golf Club’s Heath Nicholas used all his local knowledge to take care of Joshua Heyhorn of Moss Vale, 6&5.  The return leg is pencilled in for July 30 at Port Kembla Golf Club.

The combined ACT team has progressed to knock out rounds of the competiiton after claiming a 4 matches to 2 win against Central West at Bathurst. The two teams were locked at 3 matches apiece but the stronger and more experienced ACT outfit had little trouble in the return leg, highlighted by Harrison Bolton’s big 8&7 win over Dylan Thompson.