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The 2018 Sunshine Coast Junior Pennants season came to a thrilling conclusion at Gympie Golf Club on Sunday, as defending champions Noosa were knocked out of 2nd place by Maroochy River, who will now face season-long leaders Mt. Coolum in the finals at Cooroy Golf Club next Sunday, April 29. Noosa’s slim hold on......………….

 

2nd place entering the day meant they needed to equal or better Maroochy River’s results at Gympie in order to advance to the final. But a very strong team from Headlands, led by Ethan Vong (off 23) & Pat Walsh (22), proved too much for the younger and less experienced Noosa boys, who managed a single win against two losses.

 

Meanwhile, Maroochy River, playing Nambour in the final three matches of the day, showed guts and determination to grind their way into the final, winning their first two games to seal the deal. Daniel Robson (9) and Tom Flaskett (22) led the way for Maroochy, who now have the opportunity to avenge their finals defeat in 2017.

 

This will be a tall order against the boys from Mt. Coolum, who have been virtually unbeatable this season. Their fairy-tale season, however, did not end well at Gympie, as they went down to the happy hometown crew, losing 2.5 to .5 in three close matches. Alex Wheatley’s half point against Wilson Foster ended up vaulting Gympie past Noosa into third place overall, a fantastic finish for the underdogs on their home turf.

 

Speaking of which, Gympie Golf Club has never looked in better condition, thanks to plenty of recent rain and the efforts of the club’s members who look after maintenance around the course. The fairways were lush and the greens rolling smoothly, and the kids were greeted by sunny skies and pleasant temperatures to add to the enjoyment. The hilly, open layout at Gympie is a nice change for many of the juniors, who are more accustomed to flatter, tree-lined fairways found at most of the other courses in the District.

 

While individual highlights from the day were numerous, one special mention goes to Caloundra’s Liam Dawson. One down on 18, and watching Noosa Springs' Will Rothwell chip it close to virtually close out the match, Liam was next to the green and had to hole his chip for the tie. He nailed the heroic final shot – a magical ending and a great example of the fun and excitement that match play can offer.

 

Thanks to everyone at Gympie Golf Club for hosting the juniors, especially Gympie Ladies Captain Robyn Jackson for coordinating the matches. It was a great day of golf and we all look forward to coming back soon.

 

Good luck to Mt. Coolum and Maroochy River next weekend at Cooroy (The teams tee off at 7:00 am) where it promises to be an exciting finale where everyone's more than welcome to come along and support their Tour team mates!!

 

Article courtesy of Duncan O’Brien.

 

Ladder and results courtesy of:
http://www.sunshinecoastgolf.org/

 

The following team photos are in ladder order.

 

MOUNT COOLUM MAROOCHY RIVER GYMPIE  

 NOOSA

2018 Pennants Mt Coolum 01 2018 Pennants Maroochy 03 2018 Pennants Gympie 04 2018 Pennants Noosa 02

L - R: Jack  Elsley - Wilson Foster

- Bailey Koch

Alicia King - Daniel Robson

Blair Green - Tom Flaskett 

Catlyn Weatley - Rebecca O'Neill

Zoe Powell - Alex Wheatley

Tama Stana - Brendan O'Brien -

Kyden Allen 

NOOSA SPRINGS HEADLAND

NAMBOUR 

CALOUNDRA
2018 Pennants Noosa Springs 07 2018 Pennants Headland 05 2018 Pennants Nambour 08 2018 Pennants Caloundra 04

Will Rothwell - Jasmine Lena

Nathan Rothwell

Patrick Walsh - Keita Griffin - Kiazema

James Daniel

Matt Bryan - Rhett Rosenius

Mickey Schimak -  Orrell

Liam Dawson - Will Stringer

Jonathon Drechsler

 

The Tour wishes both Mount Coolum & Maroochy River Golf Clubs and their juniors the very best in your quest to become the Sunshine Coast Pennants Champions for 2018.

 

2018 JUNIORS Round 7 Ladder

2018 JUNIORS Round 7 results