Super Senior Pennants

THE FINAL 2017: Belmont v Foster Tuncurry

On a beautiful Autumn Day at one of our country's best golf courses, Newcastle Golf Club at Fern Bay, the 2017 final proved to be one of the most enthralling finals ever witnessed by supporters of both teams. Current champions Forster Tuncurry were up against the Belmont team who had disposed of The Lakes in their semi-final in a 4 all count back.

After 4 holes honours were with Belmont 4-3 with 1 match square. Holes 5,6, and the brilliant short Par 3 7th saw scores even out slightly and by the 9th, matches were 3 all with 2 square. Notable among them were Ian Barton(B) coming from 2 down at the 4th to be 1 up at the turn over Tony Kennings(F-T),whilst evergreen Bob Angus(F-T) consolidated his lead from 1 up at the 4th to be 4 up over Steve Pryor(B) at the 9th.Also playing  solidly were Geoff Calvert(F-T) going from 1 down at the 4th to turn 4 up at the 9th, Ian Smith(F-T) increasing his lead from 3 up to 5 up ,while Brian Garland was keeping Belmont in the hunt going from square at the 4th to turn 2 up. So after 9 holes it was 3 matches all with 2 square-anyone's game to win or lose! The players were soon realizing that being below the hole was the place to be on the slick greens. Anything above the hole was very quick downhill.

As they say at The Masters the real game doesn't start until the last nine on the 4th Day and things started to get really interesting as players faced the challenging back nine at Newcastle on this, the final day of the 2017 Pennant.

First to achieve a result was Bob Angus 7/6 over Steve Pryor. It was just not Steve's day. Then came Geoff Calvert winning 6/4 over Graeme Wood followed by Ian Smith defeating David Gardiner 5/3. All of a sudden it looked like the current Champions were edging closer to victory with 3 matches in. Not to be denied Belmont hit back with a win to Brian Garland over Warren Dormor 4/3. Big hitting Brian Pearce from Belmont then chalked up a 3/1 win over Roger Duggan and suddenly Belmont were back in the hunt. Belmont trailing 3 matches to 2. Belmont needed a player to step up to the plate and they got one in the form of Milan Travica. Milan suffered an injury to his wrist years ago ago and converted from right hand to a left handed golfer with, as it proved today, a great result. His match with the wily Peter Chatillon proved to be a great battle. as Milan had played No: 7 for most of the Pennant and was asked to fill the No: 3 spot by his captain Leigh Brydson for this match. Square after 9, Milan took the lead after the Par 3 12th and gradually improved his position.By the time they reached the long 204 metre par 3 16th Milan had his opponent dormie, needing only a half to win which he succeeded  in doing and thus making the scores 3 all with only the 1's and 2's left to play. 

 It was then that the crowd enjoyed these last 4 players playing some fabulous match play golf. In either match there was no bigger margin that 2 holes all day,Tony Kennings pulling back from 2 down at the 12th to be square at the end of the 15th.Paul Connell (F-T) square after 9 with Leigh Brydson was 1 up after 14, Leigh winning 15 and both players remaining square upon hitting off the 18th tee. Meanwhile Ian Barton edged ahead of Tony Kennings at 16, played a magnificent pitch shot from the edge of the pathway on 17 to within a metre of the pin, sank the putt and was 1 up with 1 to play. Belmont needed to half both their matches to win the Pennant. However, as it has proved so many times before, anything can happen in match play. All four players made the green with their second shots to the par 4 18th with Paul Connell, square with his opponent, is first to putt from 15 metres uphill. The putt finished 2 metres short. Then the putt of the day by Tony Kennings from 8 metres, 1 down and needing a putt, slams it straight in to the hole for a great Birdie 3 to square the match. and the game stands at 3.5 matches all. After a great second shot which left him 6 metres from the pin, Leigh Brydson has his putt for a win and leaves it short. His opponent then has to sink his putt but it slides past the hole for a 5. In absolute silence from everyone gathered around the green Leigh steps up to knock in his 1 metre putt to win the Pennant and to the delight of the Belmont players and supporters pandemonium erupts as the ball drops to the bottom of the cup. Belmont win the 2017 Pennant 4.3 to 3.5. Congratulations to both teams for a tremendous display of match play played in a great spirit. We all look forward to 2018.