Round 6 vs Nowra at Nowra Golf Club
What do the whispering Poplars whisper?
For those of our members who have never played the picturesque Nowra course one of the features is the elegant whispering Poplars that line many of the fairways. Standing beneath their spread, with the occasional golf ball entrapped within their narrow branches, one wonders, what is it that they whisper?
After the enforced rest week due to the rain last weekend, and the consequent, unfortunate elimination of our gallant B Pennant team, the expectations of the club fell directly on the C pennant team. Leading the division by 0.5 of a match the pressure was well and truly. Nothing short of a 7-0 victory would ensure victory in the division. What made it even more difficult was that we were playing the home team on a rain-affected 9-hole composite course. As I have previously stated, it is a great advantage to play at home, and so it proved to be with our team recording a sad loss, 4-3.
Excellent wins were recorded by Tony McRae, 2/1; Steve Oppert, 1 up; and Tom Zimmerman 5/3. Those less fortunate were Warren Joannou, Wayne Griffiths, Chris Leckey and Chris Goodwin.
Tony again made his famous back nine charge to win a great victory, Steve winning the last hole to withstand his strong Nowra opponent and Tom again playing very solidly to record an easy victory.
Chris G and Wayne both tasted the bitter pill of defeat for the first time, 6/5 and 6/4 respectively, finding their opponent’s local knowledge too much to overcome.
Warren tried very hard and several times played some brilliant golf to surge back into contention in his match. Unfortunately his opponent refused to buckle under the pressure and saw Warren off on the 16th hole.
Chris L trailed early, and was 3 down at the turn. Despite the captain putting extreme pressure on him, saying that his was the key game, and he had to win, Chris responded exceptionally to win 3 holes in a row. The momentum had changed. Unfortunately his opponent took advantage of some lucky breaks, changing the momentum back his way, and closed out the match 2/1.
And I know what those Poplars whisper. They whisper, “I’m not giving your ball back!”, but more importantly they shout, “I hope to see you back again, well played mate, better luck next year”.
Until that time arrives, yours in golf,
Dave Ransom (Captain)
B Pennants and White Horse Cup
The rain prematurely ended what was a very good year for the B Pennant squad. A final round washout meant they finished just one point behind the section leaders.
The White Horse Cup team have had a washout and a bye in the past two weeks but if conditions allow will be back in action this weekend against Wollongong at The Links Shell Cove. Their final match is the following week against Kiama at Kiama.