A wild and windy day greeted the players at Moonah Links Open Course on Sunday for the Quarter Finals of the 2017 Pennant Series. All teams were off the 10th hole, the hardest hole on the course and straight into the wind.
Match 1 saw Fergy’s Fantastic Five (14), fresh off their first outright win of the series, taking on Ken Dodd’s Dog’s Dead (11). The match was decided 2 contests each with FFF winning on a countback for the fourth time in five matches on aggregate. Matthew Wilson (FFF) was never headed in his game against Andy Lloyd (KDDD) getting out to 6 Up after 9 holes, only losing one hole on his way to a commanding 7 & 6 win. The other contest in the group was a lot closer with Jonathan McNamara (KDDD) up against Chris O’Connor (FFF), the former holding on to win 1 Up. Dale Batchelor (FFF) got out to a flyer winning 4 of his first 6 holes turning 3 up against Mark Dand (KDDD), and eventually winning 5 & 4. Frank Jugovic (KDDD) also made a quick start to his game turning 4 Up and eventually beating Noel Boyd (FFF), 6 & 5.
Match 2 saw Voltaradol (5) up against Shag Bags 3.0 (4) for the second time in the series, and Voltaradol were able to repeat their previous performance by winning 3 contests to 1. Tony Gedye (V), won the first two holes of the match, but John Sist (SB3) turned it around turning 1 Up and quickly went 2 Up after the 10th hole. Tony then won 5 of the next 6 holes to take the contest 3 & 2. The second contest between Wayne Franklin (V), and Mark Lawton (SB#3), was close through the first 9 with each sharing 3 holes each. Mark then won the first 3 holes on the back 9, followed by wins on 14 & 16 to run out victorious 4 & 2. Simon Drummond (V), was up against it at the halfway mark against Sammy La (SB3), turning 2 down, but then won 5 of the next 8 holes to take out their contest 3 & 1. In the final match-up of Match 2, Geoff Chapman (V) was pitted against Michael Athanitis (SB3). Geoff won 5 of the first 9 holes turning 3 Up, and a further 3 in the next 6 holes to do enough against Michael winning 4 & 2.
Match 3 had the longest team name, Drive For Show, Putt For Dough (7), up against the Sandbelt Saints (2). This was the closest match of the Quarter Finals with all four matches decided by no more than 3 holes. The first contest away was Jarrod Dawson (DFSPFD), against Sean Wilson (SS), with Jarrod getting out to 3 Up after just 6 holes, but Sean then won on 7, 9, 11, and 12 to find himself 1 Up with 5 to play. But Jarrod found his game again late eventually winning 2 & 1. They were partnered with Anthony Glenn (DFSPFD), and Peter Kennedy (SS). Again, another close contest in which neither was was more than 2 Up all the way through. All Square at the turn, Anthony eventually prevailed 2 & 1. In the other pairings, Scott Dimitriou (DFSPFD) was up against John Caroe (SS). The Match was also All Square after 7 holes after each had won 3 holes, however Scott won 8 & 9 turning 2 Up. John then won 6 of the next 7 holes to win the match 3 & 2. Amazingly there were only two halved holes in this contest all day. The final pairing in this match was Tristan Verhoef (DFSPFD), up against Nam Fernando (SS). Nam was down 1 hole early, but won 4 of the last 5 holes on the front 9 to turn 3 Up. Then Tristan reeled off 5 of the next 8 holes eventually winning the contest 2 Up.
The final game, Match 4, was between High, Soft & Fat (1), and Team Vision (8). The first contest was the only halved game for the day between David Halls (HSF), and Fehan Dunleavy (TV) must have been a beauty. David won the first 3 holes in this contest, however Fehan won holes 5, 6, 7, 8 & 10 to be 2 Up. By the 14th hole, David was again up by 2 holes after winning the next 4 holes in a row, with the last 4 holes going to Fehan, David, Fehan & Fehan to square the contest. They were paired with Brendan Densen (HSF), against Andrew Little (TV). Brendan was never headed in this game at any stage, however Andrew came back from 4 down after 8, to be All-Square after 13, and again at 17, before Brendan won their final hole to win 1 Up. To the final 2 pairings of the day, the first between Peter Lincoln (HSF), and Darren Nixon (TV). A one-sided affair this one with Peter out to 5 up at the turn. Darren managed to pull a couple of holes back on 11 & 12, however the margin was too great with Peter eventually taking out the match 6 & 4. And finally, Rob Greenwood (HSF), up against Geoff Cohen (TV). Rob took the first hole, but Geoff was soon out to a 3 hole lead by the 6th hole. Rob fought back to turn 1 Down after 9 holes. Geoff then won 10, 11 & 12 to be 4 Up, before another fightback by Rob saw him only 1 Down with 3 to play, before Geoff prevailed 3 & 1.
We now turn to the Semi-Finals back at Moonah Links, this time on The Legends Course on Sunday July 16. High, Soft & Fat (1) will take on Voltaradol (5), and Fergy’s Fantastic Five (14), will compete against Drive For Show, Putt For Dough (7).