After an absorbing pennant season for our juniors, who represented themselves, their families and their clubs with distinction, the wonderful all-girl team from Noosa Springs played some fantastic golf at Gympie on Sunday to become Zone Junior Pennant champions for 2021. In the process………

 

All competitors gained invaluable experience in matchplay, with the finalists – Noosa Springs 1 and Maroochy River 3 - displaying sportsmanship and composure far beyond their years, making a lot of friends and supporters along the way.
 
Zone representatives Eric King (Director of Golf) and Graeme Finn (President) were thrilled with the way the season unfolded and impressed by the next generation of golfers coming through on the Sunshine Coast.
 
Our commiserations go to the strong Maroochy River 3 team for making it through to the finals, but there can only be one winner.
 
Eric King said: “Like all juniors who contested this year’s Pennants season, they should be enormously proud of their performances and, most importantly, for the spirit in which they took up the challenge of representing their clubs.”
 
The collage of photos in our Gallery section would certainly confirm his thoughts.  
After a couple of rainy days leading into the finals, Sunday turned out to be a perfect day for Gympie Golf Club to host a great day for a group of talented and enthusiastic kids and their families.
 
On behalf of everyone who took part, we would like to thank the team at Gympie Golf Club for having their course and facilities in excellent condition and, like most clubs, for making us feel welcome.
 
The match-up of the day was certainly the one featuring their teams’ Number 1 players - Ionna Muir (Maroochy River) and Sunday Moore (Noosa Springs). Sunday won on the 17th hole, 2&1 after what was an enthralling match.
 
Jasmine Lena (Noosa Springs) was on fire against Marley Haberman (Maroochy River) in their match which Jasmine won 5&4.
 
Little Coco Moore (Noosa Springs) fought hard all day to eventually go down to Cooper Robinson (Maroochy River) when their match finished 4&2.
 
Noosa Springs captain, Jasmine Lena was over the moon with the win. “Coco, Sunday, and I really worked hard out there,” she said. “We really didn’t expect to win given the Maroochy River 3 team is a very strong side. 
 
“It’s funny,” she said. “We were preparing a speech congratulating Maroochy, so to walk away with this win is unexpected, but something we are enormously proud of,” she said.
 
“We know the feeling that Maroochy feels now,” Jasmine said. “We were runner-up to Noosa in 2019 at Twin Waters and it took a little time to get over it.”
 
Maroochy River’s Marley Habermann gave a very impressive speech at the presentation, one she should be enormously proud of given it’s never easy to speak under such circumstances. 
 
1 Zone Pennants 11 1 Zone Pennants 12
 L-R Coco Moore - Jasmine Lena - Sunday Moore
 L-R Ionna Muir – Marley Habermann –
Cooper Robinson
 
To view full results, please click on the link below: 
 
Once again, it was great to see so many professionals and committee members in the gallery supporting their charges where the spirit in which the matches were played gripped everyone’s attention from start to finish.
 
As many expected, Ionna Muir (Maroochy River-p1 below) won the “Player of The Season Award” and rightly so, given she went through the home and away series undefeated.
 
The Zone “Encouragement Award” went to Amy Coates (Noosa -p4) who put in a brilliant effort, particularly when you consider she acquired her handicap only a couple of weeks before the Pennants Season started.
 
1 Zone Pennants 13 1 Zone Pennants 14 1 Zone Pennants 15
 
Due to a little hold up, just prior to lunch and presentations, it was decided by Eric and Graeme that there would be a chip off, which was a load of fun. Harrison Darr (Maroochy River). pictured with Eric King and Graeme Finn p2 above, was the winner.
 
The sportsmanship and friendship on display between competitors and organizers made for a fantastic environment that brought the best out in everyone.
 
“The way in which our juniors represented themselves was a credit to themselves, their clubs, and galleries, which is something they all should be enormously proud of,” Graeme and Eric said.
 
A Major Highlight: was witnessing Callum Misso, Caitlyn Wheatley and Harrison Darr coming along to support their teammates, which sends out a strong message that you care about your friends, and it never goes unnoticed! 
 
A few highlights included: Coco Moore’s up and down from the bunker on 6 for par and the win, Jasmine Lena and Sunday Moore’s up and down from around the green on 9 for pars to win the hole, Cooper Robinson and Coco Moore’s approaches to 12 to set up pars to halve the hole.
 
We would like to pass on our best wishes to all those contesting the Queensland Junior Amateur Championships, from the 29th of June to the 2nd of July, at Bargara.
 
And if you haven’t booked in for the Noosa Springs Junior Classic, you can do so by clicking on the link below: