The McMillan Shield was at home this week on what can only be described as horrific conditions between the mercury reaching close to 36 degrees and a hot northerly blowing, our young ones had their work cut out for them just to make it around. Watermelon, wet towels, and cold water seemed to help and hats off to all players and caddies for making it through the day.
We came up against Grange this week in a hard fought battle victorious in the end 4/1. Number one this week was Zac Goers (13) in his first match for us coming up against Nate Yuan (11) from Grange. Zac was down early but battled hard to take the lead after 9 holes. Some solid golf through the early stages of the back nine saw the lead extended and he eventually got it done on the 17th to win 2/1. Great debut Zac.
Cooper Lessue (17) played Brock Bezzina (15) at number two this week. Cooper jumped out of the gates to an early lead but Brock fought back in a neck and neck tussle. A strong finish winning the 16th and 17th with putts that did a quick 360 before dropping in – he managed another 2/3 win for the team.
Steady as always Gareth Thien (19) played Bill Holland (18). Standing side by side there was around a two foot height gap with Bill at 6’3” and that also translated into driving distances. New to golf Bill can hit it a country mile but found a lot of trouble off the tee while Gareth continued his methodical fairways and greens games to easily take victory 5/4.
Another newcomer this week, we had Adele Wang (24) playing Genna Taufa (30). The two had a very intense battle with both girls making a lot of pars. Showing amazing perseverance and despite the heat, she hung in there and cruised home with a 4/2 win. Hopefully she will be a future ladies Pennant player.
We had another newcomer at number 5 with Ben Yin (32) playing Kaylah Tran (50). Ben was without a caddy to begin with and found the going tough having to give so many shots. Despite an early lead the heat began to take its toll and he was back to all square at the turn. A huge shout out to Narelle (Cooper’s mum) for volunteering to caddy for Ben on the back nine, I don’t think he would have been able to finish without her help. Ben eventually lost 3/1 to Kaylah, but a great first effort.
Due to a late cancellation, we called on Damia Muadz (54) to fill in as reserve. She played Benji Goodridge (24). Despite the tough conditions Damia put in an excellent effort. Despite a 5/4 loss she always had a smile on her face and is becoming a valuable part of a very close – knit team.
Next week we tackle Tea Tree Gully at Royal Adelaide. The kids are very excited about playing at such a prestigious course.
Well done team!