Date: October 24, 2011
Author: Jon Shineberg

Frenetic finish at the Warren & Gibson Finals

The finals of the Warren and Gibson Trophies were played at Campbelltown Golf Club on Sunday 23 October, 2011. Cabramatta GC had a great season to qualify for both finals. The Coast GC had also qualified for the Warren Trophy final, while Eastlake would be the opponents in the Gibson Trophy final. Warren Trophy The Coast Golf Club have confirmed their status as a dominant force in the Warren Trophy taking the title for the second time in as many years in tense final over Cabramatta Golf Club. The standard of golf was matched by the hot conditions at Campbelltown GC with all 12 players stepping up when required to ensure the final would go down to the wire. The first match out saw the Cabramatta pair of Nino Santone and John King defeat Robert Simpson and Anthony Goldman 3/2 giving the previously undefeated side the advantage. The second match proved to be an early indicator of the drama to come when the The Coast pairing of Craig Piper and Steve McFadyen missed the chance to seal their win on the 17th over Cabramatta s Rob Gray and Eddie Narayan. Each pair had their chance on the 18th but the luck ran the way of The Coast to tie the final at 1-1. With a good gallery in tow it would was down to the number one pairing from each club to secure the result. All square going down 18 and it was Cabramatta to fire first with Milo Bogovic playing the shot of the final with a 3-wood over the water to four feet. He was unable to finish off his good work and the final was to continue to the first tee to play the 19th. The first playoff hole offered a chance of victory to three of the four players, however none could capitalise and it was taken to a 20th hole. In the end it was to be the more experienced pair of Ron Davison and Perry Stanbrook from The Coast who would manage a birdie to take out the match against a valiant Brendan Hardy and Milo Bogovic to give The Coast back to back titles. Gibson Trophy They say you need to lose a final before you win one and the Eastlake GC Gibson Trophy side have proved that to be the case. Coming off a loss in last year s final they came in undefeated to be up against Cabramatta GC, who had an undefeated record of their own. In a contest that saw all of the matches see-saw with momentum it again came down the final pairings to decide the winners. Earlier in the day the first two matches had been decided with the Eastlake pair of Mark Truron and Tom Duesbury defeating Cabramatta s Brian Bissett and Steve Doorey 4/3. Adam Wadick and John McCarr would then even the tie by defeating John Sutton and Nathan Smith 3/2. The final Eastlake pair of Mick Baird and Brett Chisholm kept their nerve, holding onto their front nine lead to defeat Cabramatta s Chris Zouroudis and Bill Bassan at the 16th 3/2. It was terrific to see all matches played in the true spirit of the game with all the players, officials and supporters appreciating the generous hospitality of Campbelltown Golf Club. Conducted annually from early August until October, the Warren and Gibson Trophy competitions are open to all Sydney Metropolitan Golf Clubs who are members of Golf NSW.