Date: March 11, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Bell out to ensure undefeated record

Bonnie Doon look like the form team of the Srixon Major Metropolitan Pennant competition heading into the semi finals next week. 

While a host of players are unavailable for Bonnie Doon this week however, it will be up to a team of teenagers being led by the evergreen Greg Bell out to keep the flag flying.

Equally fascinating to see will be whether Bell can maintain his unbeaten record against his Liverpool opponent.

“I’m not too sure what position I’ll play this week,” Greg Bell says. “We’ve got five players down at Riversdale.”

“That undefeated run could be coming to and end this Sunday,” he laughs.

Castle Hill should wrap up Section 1 of Division 1 on Sunday when they host North Ryde in the final round of the Srixon Major Pennant for 2016.

St. Michael’s Golf Club will make the trek to Long Reef on the Northern Beaches with a hope of finishing first. However they need a big result to go their way, and with Travis Smyth unavailable the task seems too far for the 2015 Pennant winners.

The Australian Golf Club can stitch up Section 3 with a win against Pymble at Pymble on Sunday. The Kensington club will be weakened with a host of players contesting the Riversdale Cup in Melbourne however, and they may be hoping that Cabramatta help them out by upsetting Moore Park in the other sectional match.

Section 4 features the clash of Avondale and Concord at Avondale. A win for Avondale at home will likely ensure they win the group. Despite having a one-point lead on the table, Concord are only ½ a match in front of their Northern opponents.

Division 2

Macquarie links and Oatlands will battle it out for the Section 1 title in Division 2 Pennant at Macquarie links on Sunday. Despite Oatlands sitting on top of the table, a win for Macquarie Links will give them the prize with a better individual matches won record.

In Section 2, Monash will be looking to make it six from six wins after wrapping up their section last weekend. With Australian Representative Cameron Davis missing however, the Northern Sydney club won't have it all their own way against Royal Sydney.

The Lakes and Lynwood players may well be hovering over their mobile phones waiting for results on Sunday as Section 3 wraps up. Both teams are facing away games against New Brighton and Stonecutters Ridge respectively, and a big win by either side could well decide who advances to the semi finals.

Killara and Pennant Hills face off to decide Section 4 with the winner of the match advancing to the Semi Finals. Killara will be hoping that home course advantage will be the difference.

Division 3

Dunheved and Camden face off on Sunday with the winner taking out section 1.

Section 2 is anyone’s guess with all four teams on 2 ½ points apiece. Penrith may have an advantage with home course advantage in their match and a couple of winning matches advantage, but upsets can and do happen.

Cromer is safely into the semi finals in Section 3, while in section 4 Twin Creeks can ensure they advance with a victory over Wallacia at Wallacia.

Division 4

Campbelltown, Marrickville and Riverside Oaks still have a chance for the sectional win, with Campbelltown’s destiny in their own hands facing Riverside Oaks at the Cattai Layout. Richmond can stroll into the semi finals undefeated with a win over Rosnay in section 2, while in section 3 Roseville have the section in their grasp after last week's result. Northbridge look to have a semi final place already booked in Section 4 and will have a comfortable game against Warringah to finish the round robin series.

Division 5

Randwick should comfortably account for Bondi and take out Division 1, while Bardwell Valley have taken out Division 2.