Date: July 16, 2018
Author: Christian Puccini

Glenelg’s Simpson Cup three-peat

Glenelg has won the 2018 Simpson Cup making it three titles in a row after defeating The Grange 4.5-2.5 in the final played in cool and breezy conditions at The Grange Golf Club.

The contest was tight all throughout, especially early, with both teams securing two wins each.

For Grange, Mark Demasi at number seven defeated Michael Munn 2&1 and Nick Thompson proved too strong for Harry Burner 4&3, while for Glenelg Anthony Olsen defeated Brad Stenner 4&3 and Frank Vucic at number three defeated Colin Coleman 3&2.

Match four between Glenelg’s Ben Layton and Riley Marshall was all square thru 18 holes and with Grange up in one and Glenelg ahead in the other match, a classic finish was brewing.

On the 19th Marshall’s birdie putt for the win lipped out and as the players were on the 20th green (the 2nd) a loud applause could be heard on the 18th.

Glenelg had secured both top order matches 1up – Josh Hayes defeated Liam Georgiadis and Jackson Kalz defeated Jack Thompson so the Marshall versus Layton match was halved and the Cup was headed to Glenelg. 

Glenelg number one Jackson Kalz, who is off to US College next week was delighted with the win especially as he missed last year’s final away in the US playing in the Junior World Championships. The same event this year, caused Glenelg to be without young-guns Jack Tanner and Jack Buchanan for the final but Glenelg’s depth saw them through.

“It’s always good to go out with a win, especially three in a row. I’m really proud of the boys and how far we’ve come this year. It’s always tough to beat Grange.” Kalz said.

“I couldn’t make the final last year, so it was good to be able to come back and play my part.”

“We have a very young team, so we should be in good shape for the next few years as well.” Kalz added.

Glenelg Team Manager Gary Thompson who was assistance Team Manager last season was elated with the result.

“Unbelievable, fantastic, you know for three in a row it was just incredible, we knew it would be a tight game but we never dreamed it was going to be that close.” Thompson said.

The win is Glenelg’s 12th Simpson Cup. They are remain undefeated in their past 24 matches.

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