The finals of
the A & B grades pennants were decided on Sunday 6 April, 2014, at
the Stonebridge Golf Course. Recent heavy showers had made the
course a bit on the boggy side, but the greens were faultless and
provided a suitable challenge to the top two grades.
Cup for A grade supremacy went to The Vintage, who overcame a
youthful Muswellbrook side 5 matches to 2, and in the nailbiting B
grade final for the Pogonoski Cup, Branxton were victorious, 2 - 1.
year when Maitland dominated the pennant series, this year the
winners have come from 5 different clubs.
Click here for the A Grade
Click here for the B grade
BRANXTON JUNIOR OPEN
14 - 15 APRIL, 2014.
Sentimental favourites Dungog clinched their
first Frame Cup (Seniors) title in a cliffhanger final at Kurri on
Sunday 23 March, 2014.
The final, between The Vintage & Dungog, was
decided on the 18th hole between the number one teams, after the two
preceding games finished one apiece. The victory came down to the
last putt, by Steve Ryan, who nervously stroked in a 12" putt for
Interestingly Dungog won the first hole of the
game to go one up, lost the next and never regained the lead until
the final putt, when it mattered.
As usual, in the Seniors division the match was
played in a friendly spirit. Glen Batty from the losing side
commented after the match, that apart from themselves, if any other
team was to win his preference was that it be Dungog.
Click here for the match
The A & B Grade finals will be
hosted by Stonebridge on Sunday 6 April, 2014. A grade will tee off
at 7.30am followed by the B graders at 8.15am.
The District junior side were victorious in the
annual inter district matchplay series, played at Muswellbrook over
the weekend of 29 & 30 March. The team went through the series
undefeated. Newcomers to the series the New England DGA finished a
creditable third in their first appearance and are already planning
towards 2015, which will be hosted by Central North DGA.
The team is: Hayden Gulliver (c), Billy Fenton,
Khan Gallagher, Lewis Howells, Clayton Small, Josh Stig, Josh Tracey
& Josh Udbinac.
The District junior championship was played at
Muswellbrook on Sunday 16 March, 2014. With many of the District
players absent, participating in a JNJGF event at Wagga, the
remaining players were able to show their wares. Khan Gallagher of
Denman/Muswellbrook won his second district title when he won the
Dave Parkinson Shield, with a terrific 18 hole score of one under
An event for cadets, attracted 7 enthusiastic
golfers, who thoroughly enjoyed their 9 hole bash. Gradually these
players will migrate to the full 18 hole events.
Players were fortunate to finish their round just
in time to beat a severe thunderstorm and torrential rain, as
For the full report and
more photos click here.
BERCINI CUP (C Grade)
Paterson regained the Bercini Cup, lost to
Maitland last year, with a hard fought 2½ to ½ win over the gallant
Stonebridge team at Maitland on Sunday 9 March. 2014.
To read the full report
The 2014 Pennant dinner will be hosted by
Muswellbrook Golf Club on Saturday 10 May, 2014, not on the 3rd as
previously programmed. Please note this in your diary. Further
information will be available closer to the end of the pennant
It just happens to be the evening before Mothers
Day, so with a bit of clever manipulation you can kill two birds
with one stone.
MAITLAND MAKES IT THREE
IN A ROW.
The Junior pennant final was
decided at Kurri, with Maitland overcoming a determined Vintage
"Blue" team to win the Hancock Shield for the third year in a row.
the full report click here.
DAVE PARKINSON AWARDED
Jack Newton Junior Golf held
their annual awards evening on Monday night at the Concord Golf
Golf. The evening is held to recognise the talented junior golfers
in NSW and to celebrate their achievements with parents, sponsors
and friends of Jack Newton Junior Golf.
JNJG also presents a number
of other awards to people and clubs within the golf industry that go
over and above the call of duty to help grow the game at the junior
This year Hunter River
District Golf Association Life Member Dave Parkinson received the
award for Volunteer of the Year. His dedication at the Srixon
International Sub Junior Classic at Kurri Kurri Golf Club was just
one of the many reasons he was recognised with this award. During
this event he is always the first person at the golf course everyday
and the last to leave at night. He works tirelessly to ensure the
juniors are well looked after throughout the event.
He has put in countless years
worth of work for golf in the Hunter Region and served as the
Captain of the Hunter River District Golf Association. He is an
outstanding contributor to the game and well deserving of this
award. JNJG would like to thank Dave for his constant effort to
ensure our event at Kurri Kurri is a success. To all of those
people who give up their time to help junior golf in NSW JNJG would
like to thank them all. Volunteers do what they do because they
love the game and helping others and never seek recognition for
their efforts but JNJG events would not be as successful as they are
without these volunteers and we like to recognise their
The District acknowledges the work Dave puts in
and congratulates him on the well deserved award.
COREY LAMB WINS STATE
Branxton junior Corey Lamb
returned from the School Sport Australia Golf Champs, being part of
the victorious NSW team who defended the "Popeye" (Craig Parrey)
Cup. Played down on the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria, on some of
Australia's better courses, Corey's scores of 81 (Portsea) and 87
(Rosebud), were instrumental in the NSW win.
Highlight of the trip was a visit
to Royal Melbourne to attend the Australian Masters on the Pro - am
round. Corey was selected to play a shot to the par 3 5th by
professional Scott Hend. Corey didn't let him down and calmly hit
the ball onto the putting surface.
Upon his return Corey was
selected to attend a coaching clinic conducted by Rory McIllroy &
Aaron Baddeley at Royal Sydney.
All good experiences for one of
our up & coming juniors.
ADAM SCOTT AT THE OPEN
Local junior from Kurri Lachlan Vasella attended
the Aussie Open at Royal Sydney, last Thursday, and had a chance
meeting with Adam Scott, when they both exited adjoining porta
loo's, at the half way mark of Adam's course record round.
Not being backward Lachlan politely enquired if
there was any chance of a photo, to which Adam obliged. Not too many
pro golfers would entertain such a request mid round, which just
goes to show what a great ambassador Adam Scott is for the game of
If any golfer has a similar photo featuring the
Shark, I would gladly post it on the website.
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