Women’s Sunday Pennant – Round 5

Published on 23rd April 2024 in Guests News, Latest News, Public Latest News

With promotion to Division 3 secured last week, the ladies team travelled to Kooringal to play the home team, who were also unbeaten this season. Always difficult to play a club on their home course, we were expecting our most challenging game of the season.

Kooringal was in great condition and we were fortunate to have another beautiful day of weather for the Division 4 showdown.

At No.7 again this week was Fiona, with Feirn in support. All square on the first nine, Fiona wasn’t feeling too well and struggling to get in front. With the end in sight, she found the strength to push 2 ahead and was able to finish off the match on the 17th hole, 2 & 1 to secure our first point.

Hayley was out at No.6 and she was playing against Sue Coffey, a familiar face who had played Pennant for Spring Valley a couple of years ago. Hayley set out her stall right from the first hole where her accurate approach to the green finished a few feet away and Andrew was already walking to the 2nd when Hayley was able to pick up. Chipping and putting was the key today and Hayley didn’t let up, turning 6 up, she finished off the game with our best score of the day, 8 & 6.

Hero of previous matches, Jody couldn’t find her rhythm today and after 2 good shots on the first hole, knocked her wedge into the greenside bunker and promptly lost the hole. Her opponent was playing steady golf and it wasn’t Jody’s day today, going down 7 & 5, she will be keen for a reversal in the final.

Mel was out at No.4 and although she was missing her ‘other half’ today, she continued her unbeaten season. Never behind in the game, she steadily drew away from her opponent and was 4 up at the turn. The match evened out on the back 9, but Mel had a beautiful birdie 2 to close out the match 4 & 3. 

There’s something to be said for winning ugly and today was an example of just that. After whacking her drive straight into the trees on the first hole and finding it had only travelled 40 metres,  Erica proceeded to lose the hole and the caddy, Shirley, was hoping this wasn’t a sign of things to come.  We scrambled a half on the next 2 holes before losing the 4th to go 2 down.  Fortunately, Erica steadied the ship and by the turn we were 3 up after some solid play. Putting to half the hole on the 10th saw both player and caddy ready to continue with the honour to the next hole only to watch the ball dive left in the last couple of inches. We were both baffled having been convinced the ball was heading in the hole. A great birdie on the 12th hole saw Erica 3 up again and we felt it was only a matter of time before the match was over. Her opponent had a different idea and a pitch to gimme distance on 13 saw the margin reduced to 2 up. The par 3s were not our friend. Tee shots pushed right resulted in tricky over bunker shots on both 14 and 17 and with the blink of an eye the match was all square. Game face on and a little bit of frustration at letting things slip, saw Erica bomb her drive down the 18th hole. We had a great line into the pin and the caddy piped up “just hit it straight at the flag”. Erica obligingly did and promptly holed the putt to birdie the hole and win 1 up. This was a match that should never have slipped away from us but once it came to the crux, Erica could not have played a more perfect hole.

Helen was at No.2 and was playing against Kooringal’s young gun, but after a loss last week, she wasn’t in the mood to lose again. Helen has always been a great putter and the flat stick was working well again today. Caddy Scott and her have a good discussion on lines and slopes and it is usually a good combination. 4 up at the turn, Helen was playing well and her opponent was under pressure on every hole, as Helen was making few mistakes. 6 & 5 at No.2 on the opponent’s home course was a great win.

We have such high expectations of our young superstar, it is difficult to believe she can keep performing at such a high level each match… but she does! Fay was outdriven on the first hole, something new there, her opponent was not going to go down without a fight. A couple of holes in and Fay was one down, but was able to get in front, 1 up playing 9. On the green in 2, she was a little aggressive on the fast greens and 3 putted for the second time, losing the hole and turning all square. Walking off the green she smiled and said “It’s OK” and it was clear that she was confident of the way the match would turn. With an eagle 3 on the back 9, she pulled comfortably ahead and finished off her unbeaten season with a hard fought 3 & 2 win.

Next week we have to do it all again, playing the same team, Kooringal, but at Southern Golf Club this time. It’s a 9am start and we’d love to see as many supporters there as possible for the final. 

Calum Munro
Team Manager

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