Date: March 13, 2018
Author: Emmanuel Aravanis

Nail Biting finish ahead in Preliminary Rounds


St.Michael’s GC who had players missing playing the Riverdale Cup, were able to pick up a vital away win defeating The Lakes 4-3 in a close encounter. Five matches were decided on the 18th hole and with the contest at 3-3, it came down to the final match in which Sam Costa of St.Michael’s GC won 1up. Avondale GC accounted for Pymble 5-2. In another close contest which had four matches decided on the 18th hole. Pymble’s Corey Jones was the best winning 4&3.

Mona Vale’s Michael Judge was impressive winning 7&6 and helping Mona Vale defeat Long Reef 4-3.  Alexander Munro was the other standout for the home team winning 5&4. Defending champions, The Australian GC defeated Cabramatta 4-3 in a close encounter which had four matches decided on 18th hole. Two youngster of the team were the standouts for the home team with Thomas Heaton winning 6&5 and Fourteen year old Jeffrey Guan winning 5&3

Ryde-Parramatta were too strong defeating Pennant Hills 6-1. Led by Matthew Green winning 5&4, the other standouts were Manav Madan who won 4&3 and Michael Collins winning 4&2. Moore Park accounted for Bonnie Doon in a close contest 4-3. Both Hayden Gulliver and Darren Shepherd won 4&3 for the home team while Kurt Burns winning 4&3 for Bonnie Doon in their first loss of the season.

In Section 4, Bankstown and Macquarie Links played out a 3.5-3.5 draw. With both teams out of contention for the semi-finals, the standouts were Luke Arthur with an impressive 6&4 win for the away team and Bankstown’s Matt Osborne winning 4&3. With Concord GC’s course being revamped, they have had to host their home games at Glenmore Heritage Valley GC all season and hadn’t lost a game until now. New South Wales GC picked up a nice win at the right time defeating Concord 4.5-2.5. Led by Zachary Mullins 4&3 win over Joshua Gadd, the stage has been set for the final round at New South Wales GC, to decide who will progress through to the semi-final stage of the competition.




Stonecutters Ridge prevailed against Dunheved 4.5-2.5. For the home team, Craig Bird was impressive winning 6&4 which will see them continue in Division two next season. Killara defeated a gallant Cromer side 5-2 led by a solid win by Anthony Wary winning 5&4. Next weeks final round will decide the winner of this section with the winner going through to the semi-finals.

North Ryde has kept their chances alive for a semi-final spot defeating Oatlands 4-3 in close encounter away. Four matches were decided on the 18th hole including the final match on course. Oatland’s Janaka Wimalarante was the standout winning 4&3 in a losing side. Penrith prevailed defeating Bayview 4.5-2.5. Big wins from Dale Hughes and Gordon McCall winning 5&4 has kept the Penrith GC chance alive with one round remaining.

Castle Hill has clinched a semi-final spot by accounting for Lynwood 4-3.  Castle Hill’s Rodney Macdonald was the standout winning 4&3, with five matches going down the 17th hole and three decided on the 18th hole. Fox Hills defeated Twin Creeks 5-2 and picked up a handy away win. Joel Wheatley was the standout for Fox Hills winning 6&4 with Robert Alonso the best for Twin Creeks winning 5&3.

Liverpool scored a narrow win against Muirfield 4-3. Led by Andrew Fiorenza winning 5&4, Teina Hotene and Blake Davies also winning 4&3 was enough to get the job done. Cronulla and Monash couldn’t be separated and played out a 3.5-3.5 draw. It what was the shire clubs 4th draw for the season, Cronulla are still in the hunt for a semi final spot with the return match next week at home. Monash’s Jordan Mackay was impressive winning 8&7 while Brad Thompson winning 5&4 was the best for the away team.



Massey Park have claimed their spot in the semi-final stages of the 2018 Major Pennants. Massey Park dominated defeating Cumberland 6-1. Fintan Tierney was impressive winning 5&4 and Benjamin Smith and Tim Wand both were solid winning 4&3. Manly were too strong defeating Palm Beach 6-1. Paul Joseph winning 6&5 and James Cockerill solid 5&3 win were the home teams standouts.

Lakeside have accounted for Asquith 4.5-2.5. Lakeside’s Ben Warby and Darren Hawkins both were impressive winning 5&4. Woolooware prevailed defeating Carnarvon 4-3 in a close encounter that had four matches being decided on the 18th hole. Woolooware’s Jackson Rogan winning 6&5 was the standout. Carnarvon should have done just enough to progress through to the semi-final stage, baring a disaster next week.

Antill Park have picked up their first win of the season defeating Eastlake 4.5-2.5. Antill Park’s Tim Ryan was the standout winning 8&7. Camden defeated Kogarah 6.5-0.5 but the result doesn’t reflect the closeness of the contest with four matches being decided on the 18th hole. Darren Cummins was the best for the home team winning 6&4 to set up the decider at Kogarah GC in the last round to decide who grabs a semi-final spot.

Royal Sydney were far too strong defeating Wakehurst 7-0. In a one-side affair that saw Hamish Halley, Thomas Goh and Maxime Boucoiran all winning 5&4 and Andrew Fairbairn winning 5&3 for the home team.  Glenmore Heritage were solid and strong picking up a vital away win defeating Wallacia 6-1. Big Wins from Steven Zingle winning 6&5 and Andrew Robb winning 5&4 has them in a good position with one round remaining at home next week.



Bardwell Valley defeated neighbours Bexley 4-3 in a close encounter. Bardwell Valley’s Lester Peterson was again impressive winning 7&5. Three matches were decided on the 18th hole, including the final match which won the contest for the Valley. Campbelltown were too strong defeating Randwick 5-2. Jarrad McCarthy was the best winning 7&5 for Campbelltown while Randwick’s Michael Williams was impressive winning 6&5 for the losing team. The winner of the final round between these two clubs will decide who gets the semi-final spot in section one.

Warringah were dominate defeating Strathfield 5.5-1.5. Led by Samuel Matheson who was impressive winning 6&4 and Mitchell Patison winning 5&4, the North shore club has booked itself into the semi-final stage for the second year in a row. Marrickville accounted for Roseville 4-3 in a close encounter that has also put them safely above their opponents and avoided the relegation match stage. With five matches going down the 17th hole, three matches were decided on the 18th hole. Marrickville’s Harrison Salmon was the standout winning 6&5

In Section 3, home ground has been an advantage and it was the same with results from the weekend. The Coast defeated Richmond 5-2 with Jake Hallinan and Tony Podvorec both impressively winning 6&5 for the home team. While Northbridge were too strong at home defeating Leonay 5.5-1.5. Kyle Underwood of Northbridge GC was the standout winning 5&4

Brighton Lakes kept their chance alive accounting for Riverside Oaks 4.5-2.5. The home teams standouts were Brock Speechley winning 7&6 and David Horton winning 5&3. Beverley Park were too strong defeating Windsor 5.5-1.5. Led by Stephen Coghlan impressively winning 7&6 and Luke Carey winning 5&4, the St George club holds top spot in section four with one round remaining.



Springwood have basically assured themselves a place in the semi-final stage. Playing in their first year of Metropolitan Major Pennants they defeating Hurstville 5-2. Led by Mark Smith winning 5&3, Springwood sit ontop of their section with one round remaining at home. Georges River were too strong at home defeating Chatswood 5-2. Shannon Speller was impressive winning 7&6 and Stewart Pearson winning 6&5 were Georges River’s best for the match.

In section 2, Rosnay has keep themselves alive for a chance at a semi final spot by defeating Kareela 4-3. Alani Piukala of Rosnay was the best winning 6&4 and Mark Bragg was impressive winning 5&4. Bondi accounted for Barnwell Park 4-3 with the standouts being Lawrence Furlong winning 6&4 and David Dewey winning 5&4.

Cammeray have put themselves in the box seat in section 3 with a dominate win defeating Gordon 6-1. Cammeray’s Kevin Gibb was the standout winning 5&4. Only a reverse score line at home will be enough for Gordon to go through to semi final stage.


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St. Michael’s GC only needed a draw to secure top spot in section 1 and that is was they came away with when they travelled to Moore Park. In the 2.5-2.5 draw, both teams have standout performances. St.Michael’s Pamela Tsiamis impressively winning 6&5 and Stephanie Kyriacou winning 5&4 and Moore Park’s Nikki Haines winning 7&6 and Anna Booth with a 6&5 win. Danielle Vasquez clinched the Halve against Lucie Quilliam in the final match and a place in semi final stage.

Bonnie Doon have keep their season alive defeating The Australian GC 3-2 away in a close match which was decided in the last match on the last hole. With early wins for The Australian GC’s Tess Clarke winning 6&5 and Annika Rathbone 4&3, Bonnie Doon dragged the tie back with wins from Suzanne Fairhurst winning 4&3 and Talyor Newlin 3&2. Sophie Cusack showed here matchplay experience by defeating up & coming Monica Johnson 1up in the final match. Second semi-final spot still up for grabs when both teams meet at Bonnie Doon GC next week in the final round.

Both Concord GC and New South Wales GC have secured their spots in the semi-final stages of this year’s Metropolitan Major Pennants with thumping 5-0 results against their opponents over the weekend. Concord who finish top of section 2, easily accounted for Castle Hill with standout performance from Claire Shin winning 7&5 and Yerin Kim winning 6&4. New South Wales GC’s Dana Barriball was impressive winning 7&6, Gemma Dooley & Olivia Wilson both winning 5&3 have helped them book a semi-final match against neighbouring golf club St. Michael’s GC.




With Cronulla sitting back and already into the semi finals, Cumberland grabbed a crucial win away from home defeating Penrith 3-2. Cumberland’s Maria Golden winning 5&3 and Melissa Cochran winning 5&4 has given them a chance to secure a semi final spot when they host Penrith in the return match next week.

Stonecutters Ridge defeated North Ryde 3-2 in a close encounter. Led by Madelyn Hagerty winning 4&2, the Western Sydney club now sit on top of their section by half a point over Pymble GC who were held to a 2.5-2.5 draw at home against Ryde-Parramatta. Yeleen Son was impressive winning 8&6 for Ryde-Parramatta. Both Stonecutters Ridge and Pymble have qualified for the semi-final stage, with only what position they will finish to be decided next week.