01 Jun 2021 | Amateur golf |

Riverside reigns supreme

by Contributor

Riverside Golf Club is the toast of the North after taking out division one of the state men’s pennant finals on Sunday. The 36-hole contest at Tasmania Golf Club saw the Riverside crew defeat Kingston Beach 4-3 in a thrilling encounter. Kingston Beach started favourites after defeating Tasmania 4-3 in the Southern play-off on May 16 and claimed early wins in the lower order. Playing at numbers five, six and seven, Kingston Beach’s James Pyke routed Simon Rossiter 7&5, Peter Leary defeated Brady Squires 4&2 and Nik Johns beat Matt Johnson 6&5. However, Riverside fought back with numbers four and five, David House and Isaac Roberts respectively defeating David Pretyman and Steve Lucas 2up and 3&2. Riverside tied the match when Andrew Hendry claimed the club’s biggest win of the day defeating Andrew Isles 8&7. Riverside sealed victory for the club when Andrew McCarthy defeated Matthew Glover in a close battle 1up at the 37th hole in fading light. Riverside’s victory on Sunday is the club’s first division one title since 1987 and sixth since the state finals commenced in 1952. Royal Hobart won back-to-back titles in division two with the boys from Seven Mile Beach defeating Launceston 4½-2½ in the 18-hole final. For Royal, Matthew Blackburn defeated James Lord 1up, Kyle Spruce beat Adam Smith 5&4, Adam Neal bested Zac Bird 5&4 and Curt Page defeated Daniel Hillier 6&5. Launceston’s victories were through Joel Harwood defeating Alex Bigg 2&1 and Sonny Whiting beating Peter Shaw 2&1. Royal Hobart Golf Club Captain Justin Smith and Launceston’s Adam Ring halved their number one encounter. Huon Valley Golf Club bounced back from their loss to Launceston in 2019 to win the remaining division three title 4-3 over Ulverstone. Best for Huon Valley in the 18-hole encounter were Mat Howe, Seb Griggs, Mat Keough and Mark Keough. While Paul Almond, Rod Edwards and Scott Van Essen were the best for the defeated Ulverstone division three team. Huon Valley dedicated the win to the memory of the late Bill Wellington who passed away in March 2020.

Riverside Golf Club is the toast of the North after taking out division one of the state men’s pennant finals on Sunday. The 36-hole contest at Tasmania Golf Club saw the Riverside crew defeat Kingston Beach 4-3 in a thrilling encounter. Kingston Beach started favourites after defeating Tasmania 4-3 in the Southern play-off on May 16 and claimed early wins in the lower order. Playing at numbers five, six and seven, Kingston Beach’s James Pyke routed Simon Rossiter 7&5, Peter Leary defeated Brady Squires 4&2 and Nik Johns beat Matt Johnson 6&5. However, Riverside fought back with numbers four and five, David House and Isaac Roberts respectively defeating David Pretyman and Steve Lucas 2up and 3&2. Riverside tied the match when Andrew Hendry claimed the club’s biggest win of the day defeating Andrew Isles 8&7. Riverside sealed victory for the club when Andrew McCarthy defeated Matthew Glover in a close battle 1up at the 37th hole in fading light. Riverside’s victory on Sunday is the club’s first division one title since 1987 and sixth since the state finals commenced in 1952. Royal Hobart won back-to-back titles in division two with the boys from Seven Mile Beach defeating Launceston 4½-2½ in the 18-hole final. For Royal, Matthew Blackburn defeated James Lord 1up, Kyle Spruce beat Adam Smith 5&4, Adam Neal bested Zac Bird 5&4 and Curt Page defeated Daniel Hillier 6&5. Launceston’s victories were through Joel Harwood defeating Alex Bigg 2&1 and Sonny Whiting beating Peter Shaw 2&1. Royal Hobart Golf Club Captain Justin Smith and Launceston’s Adam Ring halved their number one encounter. Huon Valley Golf Club bounced back from their loss to Launceston in 2019 to win the remaining division three title 4-3 over Ulverstone. Best for Huon Valley in the 18-hole encounter were Mat Howe, Seb Griggs, Mat Keough and Mark Keough. While Paul Almond, Rod Edwards and Scott Van Essen were the best for the defeated Ulverstone division three team. Huon Valley dedicated the win to the memory of the late Bill Wellington who passed away in March 2020.

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