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Simpson Cup Report – Round 3 – Sun 21 May 2023
Glenelg 5 ½ def Grange 1 ½ at Kooyonga
On arrival at Kooyonga we were greeted with cool, rainy conditions but thanks to the undercover practice facilities the players were able to complete a good warm up session. By the time the matches got underway the rain had largely cleared and conditions were conducive for good golf. We welcomed back Jack Buchanan and Kade Bryant fresh from the Interstate Teams Series in Sydney where SA lost in the final to NSW in a very credible performance. We got off to a good start in most matches and were able to come away with a very good win over a competitive Grange team.
Mick Phillips was out first at no. 7 against Riley Marshall. Riley held sway early with Mick finding himself 3 down at the turn. However he quickly turned things around aided by a birdie on 12 and being square after 14. He then won the next 3 holes in a row to complete a very good win 3/1.
Max Jericho was next up in only his second Simpson Cup match. He got off to a flyer against Michael Coleman and was 5 up after 10. However his opponent wasn’t quite done with and after 15 the margin was down to 2 holes. Max launched a big drive down the 16th which set up an easy par to win the hole and secure the match 3/2. Congratulations to Max on his first Simpson Cup win.
At no. 5 Michael Munn had had a close tussle with Matthew Wilson. For most of the day Michael was one or two down. Despite making several birdies he was never able to get his nose in front eventually losing 2/1.
Matt Uebergang got off to a fast start in his match against Mark Demasi and was 4 up after just 6 holes. However Mark won the next 4 holes to square the match after 10 ensuring a close match for the rest of the day. Both players held a 1 hole lead at some stage on the back 9 and went down the last all square. Both made par and the match was squared.
Harry Burner at no. 3 was up against Darren Baynes in a match that was very tight all day. Harry was 2 down early but was back to square at the turn and 1 up after 15. Darren birdied 16 to win the hole but Harry returned the favour on 17 to go down the last 1 up. Harry bombed his drive right down to the front of the par 4 18th and chipped perfectly to set up a likely birdie. When Darren failed to make his birdie putt the hole was declared halved and Harry the 1 up winner.
The last two matches were rather more one sided. Kade Bryant was up against his former state junior team mate Nick Siegmund but Kade was far too strong winning 8/7. Jack Buchanan got off to a flyer against Ross Steedman. A 5 under front nine saw him 5 up at the turn and that remained the margin when the match finished on the 14th.
This was a very pleasing and very important win for the team in the context of the season. A 2 – 1 record leaves us in 4th place on the table behind Kooyonga, Royal Adelaide and Tea Tree Gully who are all undefeated.
Thanks to the caddies David Brand, Glenn Sterrey, Adam Bryant, Emma Sutton and Ryan Faggotter. Thanks also to the parents, ladies Sanderson team and club members who came out on a cool, drizzly day to support the team. Your support really is appreciated.
Next week we are playing Thaxted Park at Flagstaff Hill from 12.10 pm.
Steve Weeks and Gary Thompson
It was always going to be a challenge playing Kooyonga on their home turf. Add that to persistent drizzling showers, it was a hard day.
Zoe Manton at no.1 fought hard and made it to the 15th.
Sarah Crocker remained steady as usual just going down at the end .
Chrissie Trimmer showed her self composure and years of experience playing pennant golf and overcame her opponent on the 17th. Well done Chrissie, our only win for the day.
Bec Hardy tried valiantly also but just lost towards the end.
Maiya at no. 5 had 2 terrific shots, a long chip she holed on 6 and another long put she holed on the back 9, before going down at the end.
All the girls tried so hard and represented GGC admirably.
Thanks to all of the caddies today, especially my other pennant manager, Fiona Eblen who stepped up to caddy for Sarah, as her husband Chris was home looking after Elsie who was sick.
I also received a number of compliments about our distinctive uniform with our immediately recognizable hat.
Well done team and we are all looking forward to next week.
Sanderson Cup co-manager with Fiona Eblen.
Glenelg v. The Grange @ Tea Tree Gully
Sitting top of the table after 2 rounds our undefeated team took on the 2022 champions The Grange on Sunday. Inclement weather earlier in the day (ask the Pike Cup girls) softened the greens and set the course up for a great clash in calm but cool conditions.
Fletch Ryan got us off to a bright start but was eventually run down to lose 1 down. Then followed a run of tight matches all of which either went our way or were tied with the team eventually returning a great 51/2 matches to 11/2 victory to consolidate our top spot.
Matt Jacquier was square or 1up all day but eventually toughed out a great 2up win. Similarly, Harry Edwards was in a tight battle all day but eventually emerged with a 3&2 victory.
Will Starkey again playing well, was up all day and returned an excellent 4&3 result.
Ben Winton played steadily all day but had trouble shaking an opponent who, it is fair to say, had his share of breaks and eventually holed a 3 metre down hill putt on the 18th to square the match for Grange.
Nick Wake, welcomed to the group from Simpson Cup duties, played well in a high quality match and eventually returned a 1 up victory on the 18th.
Finally, Zac Bray maintained his great form at No. 1 with a solid 3&1 win.
All things considered, a great win for the Bonnar team against a quality opposition and it does not get any easier next week when we are at home to Royal Adelaide in a 1st v. 3rd match. We hit off at 7:30 and hope to have some great support at home next Sunday.
Thanks as always to the caddies Jason Bray, Wayne Humphries, Dave Rosie, Leanne Edwards, Steve Jacquier, James Bridgen and all those who came out to support.
The Pike Cup Team started the Season very well winning 5 matches to 0 against Mid North at Tea Tree Gully
Louise Pike playing at number 5 started well, being 3 up after 4 holes to go on to a convincing win of 7/6
Sam White also started well to be 4 up at the turn and held this position to win 4/3
Bec Hughes had a slower start being one down after two holes but eventually winning 4/2
Jill Hodge also started well to be 5up after nine holes after a superb birdie on the 9th hole after her eight iron finished twelve inches from the hole. Jill went on to win 7/5.
Eliza Baker also had a great start being 5 up after nine holes and eventually won 6/5.
Thank you to our caddies, Ben Chinner, Cathy Johnson, Hannah Green, Elysia Yap and Nick Eblen. Their services were much appreciated due to the inclement weather.
Sharp Cup began on the weekend, a later start than most of the other pennant grades. First up, we were at Grange GC playing against Royal Adelaide, who were fielding a strong, experienced team (RA’s line-up: 1. Alice Cho; 2. Inyoung Kim; 3. Lewis Antell; 4. Isabelle Watson; 5. Hudson Haynes).
We had two Sharp Cup debutants playing – Grace Ferrier at 4 and Jay Rudrappagari at 5 – who were both nervous and excited for the opportunity and challenge that lay ahead. Additionally, we had Sharp Cup stalwarts Jack Leonard at 1 and Anthony Wang at 2. Rounding out the team was Indie Danger at 3.
The course (Grange East) was in excellent nick, I am unsure what all the complaining has been about post LIV. Our matches started from the 10th tee (so for those picturing the holes when reading below, keep that in mind). We were lucky that conditions were excellent for our time on the course.
After 5 holes:
- Jay was 1 up on reaching the 5th green, unfortunately he lost this hole, with a couple of uncustomary mistakes, so the match was squared up heading to the 6th tee.
- Grace halved the fifth hole and steadied the ship after a nervous start, she was 4 down in her match at this stage
- Indie’s match was tight, he and his opponent were going shot for shot and the 5th was halved to keep the match all square
- Anthony was playing well, but the putter just wasn’t working, he missed a 6 footer for a loss on the hole to go one down in the match
- Jack was up by 1 in his match and holed a clutch 6 footer to halve the hole and remain leader
After 8 holes:
- Jay’s opponent made an outstanding mid distance bunker shot to half a foot, the tap in gave him the win and put Jay one down in the match
- Grace hit a monster drive (roughly 40m past her opponent), she parred the hole and won it, reducing the deficit in the match to 3 down
- Indie came to the green 2 down and unfortunately lost the hole, moving the score to 3 down
At the turn:
- Anthony had hit 7 GIR through 9 holes, but his putts just weren’t dropping. However, on the 9th hole he sunk a 5 footer to win the hole and get the match back to 1 down
- Jack had a long bunker shot to the green and put it to 2 feet for a tap in par to win the hole, making his match all square at the half way mark
After 12 holes:
- Jay halved the 12th, keeping him at 2 down in the match
- Grace and her opponent both made nice pars in regulation on 12, leaving Grace at 4 down in the match
- Indie hung in there and halved 12 leaving him 3 down
- Another hit another GIR and tapped in a 1 footer for par, his opponent sunk an 8 footer to halve the hole, which meant the match remained all square
- Jack got up and down from the left side of the green, sinking a 12 footer for par, meanwhile his opponent left her long putt for birdie 10 feet short, but then sunk the next putt for par to halve the hole and keep the match square
After 16 holes:
- Jay’s opponent chipped in from 20m on 16 to go one up in the match
- Anthony had a long lag putt on 16, with a 3 footer for the win, he made that and moved to 1 up with 2 holes remaining
- Jack hit an incredible 80m bunker shot on 16 to 4 feet. His opponent played second from the same bunker and couldn’t match it, requiring an extra shot to get on the putting surface. Amazingly, she holed the long downhill putt to keep the hole alive. It ended halved, leaving Jack one adrift with 2 to play
- Indie’s driving was excellent all day, but unfortunately other parts of his game let him down, his match finished on 14 with the score at 6 and 4.
- Grace’s match finished on 15, with both girls parring the hole for a half, but making the match 4 and 3 in her opponent’s favour.
- Jay halved 17 and 18, leaving him 1 down for the match. Jay had a couple of crucial putts lip out that on another day could’ve won him the match
- Anthony dropped 17, which squared the ledger. He and his opponent then halved 18, which gave him a half in the match
- Jack fought hard all day, but lost his match on 17 after hitting a long approach wayward, he finished down 2 and 1.
It was a great effort by the entire team, unfortunately not a lot went our way in a closely contested tie. None of the players gave an inch and the newcomers gained some valuable experience. We will look forward to next week’s match against Grange at Willunga GC.
Week four of the Pennant season saw another close match with the A3s unfortunately on the wrong side of a 3-2 result. Our opponent this week was top-of-the-ladder West Lakes who were able to draw on their seasoned players and experience to take out the win.
Imelda Lynch at number one battled hard against a formidable opponent whose game was on point with an incredibly accurate short game which was difficult to counter (loss 6&4).
At number two, Tonia continued her winning streak with great form. She got off to an early lead and played consistently throughout to take her match 3&2.
Jo Ricourt was in at number three for her first pennant match of the season after returning from overseas on the weekend. Unfortunately, she found herself down early in the match and whilst able to steady the ship mid-round was not able to turn it around and lost 5&4.
At number four, Wendy Vaughan played a close exciting match. Finding herself five holes down at the turn, Wendy fought back valiantly to get within one hole at the 17th. Unfortunately, a wayward shot found her lodged between tree roots left of the fairway losing the hole and the match 2&1. A great effort!
Juliet Culley at number five played good consistent golf and led right through her match to take it out 3&2.
A thank you to our caddies this week – Louise Pike, Anne Hooper, Jill Gehling, Oscar Vaughan and Jan Dale-Harris.
Next week we will be taking on Mt Osmond on their home course. A tough ask but no doubt our team will be up for the challenge.
Women’s Cleek 2
On 22nd May, Glenelg played Grange at The Grange.
Playing conditions were perfect and the team were prepared for a difficult task ahead.
The day began badly when Cathie Molloy injured herself during her warmup and Jo McCarthy (our reserve) had to step into number 1 spot at the last minute.
Jo, normally a strong competitor, did not have a good day and she finished her match 5/3 down on the 15th hole.
Maureen Watson at number 5, played very well throughout the day only to find herself 3 down after the 15th. However she rallied strongly to finish only 1 down on the 18th.
Des Carey at 2 and Julie Gobbie at 4, each played a fine match going to the 18th hole and finishing square.
Our win for the day belongs to Jen Carlaw who played very steadily to win 3/2.
Congratulations to the team for a great effort and a big thankyou to all our caddies with special thanks to Heather Bedson and Thyra Oakley who kindly stepped in to caddy today.
The final result: Glenelg lost 3 matches to 2.
Junior Division 2
We were in the Grange Golf Club this week against Kooyonga. The weather was perfect for golf despite rain in the morning. We had the privilege to play in a Greg Norman redesigned East course with its variety of long and short holes. Each team fielded 4 players today with both sides short of a player.
Gareth Thien led us off this week, his first Pennant match this season. He played against Ava Giles, who had a 6-shot advantage. Despite playing a decent first two holes, he had a bad run with bunkers and eventually lost to a more consistent player finishing at 8 & 6.
Jayden McGrath was our 2nd player to tee-off, he was neck-to-neck with Daniel Wang and was even by the 17thhole. It was a hard-fought, nail-biting match lasting 4 hours. He succumbed on the 18th with some bad luck, one of his shots hitting a tree. When trying for the green, his ball unfortunately landed in the bunker.
Holly O’Connell was our 3rd player to tee-off, also her first match for this season. Her opponent Liam Wang proved too good this afternoon, with a score of 10 & 8.
Hunter played at 1 this week, against his opponent Jake Lewis, both with similar handicaps. Despite his best efforts, he lost to a better player on this day with a score of 8 & 7.
Overall, Kooyonga was too strong this week, victorious 4 to 0. Despite the loss, it was a very good experience for all players and I believe they learnt a lot on the day. The team displayed excellent attitude and sportsmanship.
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