Pennants 2024 Report

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Photos Division 2 team, Andrew James, Alex Gale, Jayden and Steve, Flapper and Steve, Jacob Lamb, Jody Parker, Shane Best and Steve Dury,


Welcome to this years 2024 Pennants. The report will encompass 6 weeks of play with reports from team Captains on how their Divisions faired. So as the weeks go by scroll down for the latest results

Division 2 where the only team in action last weekend travelling to balmy Cowra for the 1st Rd clash against Dubbo. Alex Gale led the team out on his debut in div 2 and he got off to a nervous start dropping the first hole. Alex rallied on the second to win that hole, then settled and played some nice golf to never be headed winning 4/3

Tony Wilds at 4 never looked in control of the driver and was hitting a lot of shots from the rough ( not ideal) he hung around most of the day eventually going down on the 15th

Jody Parker played the match of his life, up and down all day, it was decided on the last hole, both players hit there approach shots into the front right bunker, both blasted out to the top of the green (awful spot to putt from) with 2 putts to win Jody hit his first putt to hard and left a 5 footer to win right to left on the tricky 18th green didn’t phase him though and he calmly drained it to win the team the match.

Ben Hamer drove the ball perfectly off the tees, on the greens though it was a different story never coming to terms with the speed of the greens which cost him the match going down on the 15th

Andrew James is a new name to the Pennants team and has improved so much this year that he anchored the division 2 squad and wouldn’t look out of place in div 1 he didn’t have it all run perfectly his young opponent played some nice golf himself and pushed Andrew all the way to the 17th hole giving Bathurst a 2/1 result win, well done, now to win at tricky Mudgee next week good luck



Division 1 Rd1

We travelled to Parkes for its first round clash against Parkes. Hot temperature’s  greeted the team but the course looked a treat and the greens appeared perfect. Inspired tactical decision or a clerical error you be the judge, the team played in reverse order.

Jayden Every is a new face this year and he lead the team out. He played beautiful golf all day and easily defeated  Raill Harrison 4/3 playing at times what looked professional golf, well done Jayden

Steve McDonald played as 4 and has been a little out of form with a arm injury. Steve nudged ahead early against Anthony Riach and was never really tested 3/2

Reece Hodson went out as 3 against Robert Hey his power game was to strong for his opponent, running out a comfortable win 4/3

Rory Elphick found himself at 2 for the team he went down 5/4 against Jack Elliott, I spoke to Jack after the match and Jack was full of praise for Rory who he thought played quite well. Jack made a bunch of birdies late in the day and killed of any chance of a fight back. Rory will be better for the run

Darryn Bruce went out as the teams number 1 against Aaron Wilkie made a nice par on the first after missing the green Aaron knocked in a 30footer for birdie

and just like that 1 down, par 5s proved the difference Aaron easily reaching in 2 and he ran out a comfortable winner 4/3

The Team won 3/2 and now heads to Duntry next Sunday to play Mudgee

Division 3 Rd1

Report Captain David Clews

Bathurst Vs Forbes 4-1 victory

5 Stephen Finnerty  won 3 and 2 he was even up to the 13 hole and then he got same lucky shots to get home

4 David Clews 2 down early. Fought back in a see sawing match and after finishing 18 holes it was all square. Played 5 extra holes in the 35deg heat but both players started cramping up and decided to toss a coin. Unfortunately I lost.

3. Terry Staines had a good start and traded hole for hole on an absolutely beautiful golf course, but managed to tame the Kikuyu and a gentleman who hadn’t lost a Matchplay game in a very long time (6 years I think he said)

2  Peter Morgan Started off slow against a very young opponent thinking this could be bad, but 5 pars in a row got his confidence back, just missed a few chances to close it out early, 5&4 on a very very hot morning

1  Matt Lester after winning the first hole had his opponent respond by taking the next two. That was the only time he led and when Matt won the next two holes he was always playing catch-up and Matt ended up winning 3 & 2.

Division 4 Rd 1

report Captain Steve Dury

Unfortunately we did not prevail in the first round of this years pennants.
In oppressive conditions we went down 3-2.
Simon Dundon and Shane Best were the stalwarts of the team and won their matches. Grant Ledingham put up a valiant effort playing in the number 1 position but went down 4/3.
Scott Kay managed to take it most of the way but went down 3/2.
Stephen Dury was up early but ran into a player that was in top form and ended up getting done 5/4.
There is plenty of room for improvement within the team and we hope to show that in the next round
Division 2 Rd 2
Report Captain Matt Bennett

Bathurst wins 5 nil and scores a bonus point

Division 2 travelled to Mudgee to take on Cowra in the second round of matches.

Alex Gale lead the team out against a formidable young opponent who kept the ball on the fairway all day. Even with an off day with the driver Alex rallied to claim his match 2&1.

Tony Wilds was in control of his match from the outset, his Cowra opponent never getting into the game, Tony enjoyed a well deserved early drink in the clubhouse with a 5&4 victory

Match number 3 saw Matt Bennett go 4 holes down early to his Cowra opponent, determined not to suffer a loss he scrapped away all day to be only one down on the 18th. A green finding shot put the pressure back squarely on his Cowra opponent who pushed his tee shot wide, Matt took advantage with two putts to win the hole sending it to the 19th. An errant tee shot from Cowra saw the advantage swing to Matt who was putting for birdie and Cowra putting for bogey, the Cowra combatant picked up the markers and handed the win to Matt 1up

Ben Hamer was in absolute control of his match from the get go. His formidable Cowra opponent had no answers for Ben’s game. An emphatic 9&8 victory, which lifted the other 4 matches still underway once word got around.

Jody Parker anchored the team in the last match, a tight match all the way through. Jody got his nose in front in the closing holes and shut the door on his Cowra opponent , winning 2&1 giving the team the maximum amount of points with a 5 nil clean sweep The team will travel to Wellington to take on Duntryleague and will be striving to drive home the advantage created in Pool A, with strong performances in the first two rounds.

Division 1 Rd2 Bathurst vs Mudgee at Duntry

Darryn lead out the team this week and aside from a messy double bogey down the 1st played well making birdies at 7and 8 to lead by 3 at the turn Terry Ford made a unlikely birdie at the 10th from under the trees to narrow the margin but that’s as close as he got, Darryn winning 3/1

Jacob Lamb played 4 and just watching his warm was enough to know he was going to have a comfortable day on the course. Jacob got off to a good start against Ryan Bannerman and play like a pro to the end 6/4 and a early finish.

Justin Sutton loves Matchplay and Mark Bennie found that out and some, the relentless pressure of never say die and holing long putts to square holes can play with an opponents head,  Mark who played well found himself shaking hands early Justin’s putting to good 3/2

Steve McDonald at 2 never really got going and Tim Loneragon took full advantage and towards the end surged and gave Steve his first defeat in quite awhile 2/1 loss

Jayden Every at 1 this week, has everyone talking about Bathurst’s new player and for good reason, his game is well suited to Matchplay with intimidating length from the tee and stellar putting on the greens the score was close at the end 2/1

Division 2 report Matt Bennett Rd3 Bathurst vs Duntry at Wellington

 First match out for the day Dean OBrien relished the opportunity of a late call up and did not disappoint, his Duntry opponent pushing the match all the way to the 18th hole, all square standing on the tee box. Duntry had the opportunity to putt for the win, the ball finishing half a roll from dropping. Dean took his opportunity and drained the winning putt taking the match 1up
Tony Wilds took on a very flamboyant opponent, however even with the help of a caddy for the day Wildsy very quickly extinguished any confidence his Duntry combatant had, absolutely steam rolling him with a 7&6 victory
Third match saw Matt Bennett take on a newcomer to pennants, it was a up and down match seeing the lead swing either way throughout . All square on the 16th hole, Duntry drove the ball out of bounds, a solid 4 wood, approach shot and two putt sealed the hole for Matt going one up. Squaring the last two holes saw Matt win 1up
Ben Hamer fought hard all day in his match, a seasoned Duntry pennant opponent keeping the pressure up all game. Down by a few holes throughout the match, Ben pushed hard taking it all the way to the 18th eventually finishing his match 1 down
Jody Parker again playing in the number 1 spot, faced a young big hitting opponent. Staring down the barrel of an opportunity on the 16th the Duntry opponent sunk a 35ft putt to win the hole, a solid up and down from Jody saw the match square walking onto the 18th tee. Both on the green putting for birdie, the young lad from Duntry left himself a 3ft for Par. Jody having the opportunity for a long range birdie missed the edge of the cup narrowly and left a dangerous 5footer for his par. The par putt was missed and the Duntry opponent coolly dropping his par putt winning 1up on the last
A solid 3&2 win see’s the Bathurst team sitting a top Pool A with one round to go vs Wentworth in Dubbo, a win in Dubbo will secure a finals birth. A very exciting weekend ahead.
Division 3 Report David Clews Bathurst vs Dubbo at Duntry
 1. Matt Lester after going hole for hole for most of the match his opponent took the lead, with a lucky bounce off a tree and a solid putt he got up and down to win. Loss 3/1.
2. Peter Morgan had a close game all day never more than 1 up on either side.  Peter managed to be 1 up with 2 to play almost chipping in for birdie, the young bloke from Dubbo calmly knocked in a birdie to square the match . Peter played the next 2 holes poorly to lose on the 19th.
3. Terry Staines had a up and down battle with both players swapping the lead on a number of occasions, but beaten by a better player on the day a loss 2/1
4. David Clews got out to a 5 hole lead after 5. Putting was the difference. Lost the 6th then won next 2. 7/5 win
5. Stephen Finnerty. lost 3 and 1 lamenting his poor putting performance. So a 4/1 loss for the team and will need a big performance next week.






Pennants Team 2024
First Name Last Name Home Club Division HCP
Jayden Every Bathurst 1 -1.3
Reece Hodson Bathurst 1 -1.3
Stephen McDonald Bathurst 1 0
Justin Sutton  © Bathurst 1 0.5
Jacob Lamb Bathurst 1 2.5
Darryn Bruce  © Bathurst 1 2.6
Cooper Starkey Bathurst 1 3.7
Rory Elphick Bathurst 1 5.1
Andrew James Bathurst 2 6
Ben Hamer Bathurst 2 6.3
Jody Parker Bathurst 2 7.4
Tony Wilds  © Bathurst 2 7.8
Matt Bennett  © Bathurst 2 8
Alex Gale Bathurst 2 8.4
Blake Arthur Bathurst 2 9
Dean OBrien Bathurst 2 9.4
Stephen Finnerty Bathurst 3 11.5
Matt Loxley Bathurst 3 11.6
David Clews  © Bathurst 3 11.7
Peter Morgan Bathurst 3 11.8
Sid Chidiac Bathurst 3 12.1
Terry Staines  © Bathurst 3 12.3
Brandon Lloyd Bathurst 3 12.4
Matt Lester Bathurst 3 12.9
Mitch Kirk Bathurst 4 19.6
Steve Dury © Bathurst 4 20.1
Scott Kay Bathurst 4 21.4
Shane Best   © Bathurst 4 25.1
Grant Ledingham Bathurst 4 25.2
Peter Harris Bathurst 4 25.7
Samual Gale Bathurst 4 26.9