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Tuesday 17 March 2020

The first round of the men's SWGA 2020 season was held on the weekend and men's Pennant Manager, Gary O'Brien, has supplied commentary and photos of the Division 1 team's efforts. Graeme Swinton, Captain of his team has done the same for Division 4.

Women's Sunday Pennant has already begun (Deb Fowler's report below) and the regular women's Friday pennant season begins on the 27th March.

At this stage the Club has not been made aware of any plans to cancel SWGA pennant. All SWGA pennant results and fixtures can be views on the SWGA website.

men's pennant

round ONE

division two at Colac

Sunday 15th March saw the first round of SWGA men's pennant kick off for 2020.

The Firsts (Division 2) travelled to Colac to play Curlewis where it was quite cool and drizzly to begin, but things picked up after a few holes and the day turned out very pleasant.

We were the second group off after winning the toss. First player away was Tony Light, who after a very tense battle halved his match on the 18th after being 2-down after 15.

Next was young debutante Tom Thiele who was up against the wily and experienced Greg Bishop. Tommy played some great golf but after an unlucky lip out on 15 went down 2 &1.

Playing at No.5 was our former pennant player of the year Billy Flinn; but unfortunately for Billy his opponent didn't miss a putt all day on the treacherous Colac greens, which had everybody mesmerised.

Our No. 4 was the in-form player at the moment (veteran) Graeme Mathers. Right from the start GM didn't give his opponent a look-in and Graeme had a convincing 4/2 victory.

The No.3s saw Mick Terrington play his great mate Cam Bowers. This match was a cracker and went down to the last putt on the 18th, with Cam winning 1-up.

Captain Barry T played his usual you're not going to beat me game and didn't give his opponent a look in either. Baz should have wrapped the match up on the 15th but a three-putt took the match to the 16th for a 3/1 win.

At No.1 we welcomed back Jack Wood, returning to pennant after a six or seven-year hiatus. This match was the game of the long bombers with drives reaching 300 meters regularly. But Jack came up against former Pro, Matt Walkenhurst, who since being in the district has taken some very big scalps so it was not to be for Jack on Sunday - but keep an eye on him during round two at 13th Beach.

So, the wash up was we went down 4.5 to 2.5, but we believe we took a lot out of the match and everybody is looking forward to the rest of the season.

Well that's our report for this week, stay tuned for next week's news...


Gary O'Brien

Men's Pennant Team Manager

Divison 2 team above (L-R): Tom Thiele, Barry Tippett, Michael Terrington, Tony Light, Jack Wood, Billy Flinn, Graeme Mathers.

Division 4 at  THe Sands

The Division 4 team had a tight match against Lonsdale with three up-and-coming juniors in their team.

The team assembled at 8.15 am at The Sands for an 8.30am hit-off under overcast skies and intermittent rain. The showers remained until most matches progressed to the back nine.

At the turn, many of the matches were tight but seemed to favour Barwon Heads. Paul Klein playing at No. 7 secured the team's first win finishing 3/2 on the 16th green against Lonsdale junior Ben Waterson.

Doc Swinton at No. 6 had a tight match all day, turning 1-up and eventually winning 3/2 on the 16th green against Ian Warren. Mark Hefford at No. 5 turned 2-up, but Lonsdale junior Luke Adam was able to get his nose in front on the back nine, eventually winning 2-up on the 18th green.

Nic Power at No. 4 controlled his match all day with a good win of 5/4 against Gary D'Arcy. Brett Purchase at No. 3 was 2-down with two to play against Jeff Nicholson but salvaged an excellent and most satisfying squared match on the 18th green.

Adam Charleston at No 2 had a very tight match against up-and-coming Lonsdale junior Rex D'Arcy. One-down playing the par five 16th, a par was not enough to halve the hole where Rex got up and down from the green side bunker for birdie. The 17th hole was halved and thus Adam's result was a 2/1 loss.

Joe Raimondo at No. 1 was under the pump all day playing Richard Lewis, eventually losing 4/3.

In the end, Barwon Heads halved its match against Lonsdale 3.5/3.5. Thanks to Alan Burton (pennant group member) and Club Captain Pat Lockie for braving the inclement weather and providing visual support to the Division 4 team.

Graeme Swinton

women's pennant

sunday pennant - March 15th

Our team of Serena Chirnside, Deb Fowler, Margie Blair, Amanda Derham and Alice Gubbins set out for Anglesea golf course to play a match against a combined East Geelong / Barwon Valley team. We were in high spirits meeting first for a coffee in Anglesea and then a warmup at the golf course.

Unfortunately, that was about as warm as we got - except for Serena who showed us the way.  Serena was a fill-in and played in the No.1 spot.  She had to give 12 shots to her opponent but that did not deter her from winning.  Thank you to Serena for being our bright spot today! 

Our whole team had to give a total of 47 shots on Sunday - a pretty stiff task. The rest of us did not manage to climb that mountain.  A big shout out to Amanda and Margie for filling in and to Alice for playing her first ever game of pennant without a caddie. No mean feat!

On the upside - we didn't hit any (many) kangaroos (well, OK, we didn't kill any kangaroos), it didn't rain after the first half an hour, and our playing companions were very pleasant company.

So, all-in-all a good day...

 Deborah Fowler


Barwon Heads Golf Club

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