30 Apr 2023 | Amateur golf |

The National's history-maker denies Commonwealth hat-trick

by Australian Golf Media

The National pennant team image
The National's historic women's Victorian Pennant division one team celebrate.

The National won its first division one state final and simultaneously denied Commonwealth a remarkable hat-trick of victories when the 2023 Victorian Pennant season reached its climax today.

Commonwealth had teams in all three major finals at Cranbourne Golf Club, and duly won both the men’s title and the youth title.

But The National’s women’s team triumphed 4-3 to write a little piece of history for that club, which was only admitted to Victorian Pennant in 2015.

The victory was clinched by Emily McLennan who had a titanic battle with Commonwealth’s teenager Olive Spitty before winning at the 19th hole, but The National’s team ranged in age from the astonishing 10-year-old Fuyu Yang to the multiple national senior amateur champion Sue Wooster at 61.

Both those players won their matches in the final.

Commonwealth’s win over Victoria in men’s division one was hard fought as well.

Victoria fell 6-1 down at the turn, only to launch a spirited fightback. It came down to Commonwealth captain Caleb Bovalina's win over Ben Steven at the 18th hole to seal the victory for his team.

Pennant winners in 14 divisions were decided today at Cranbourne, Southern and Club Mandalay, while the women’s Friday Pennant finals were decided last week. Royal Melbourne stunned Huntingdale, which had been unbeaten all season, in that competition. Main results Friday Women's Pennant

Div 1 Royal Melb d Huntingdale 4.5-2.5 Div 2 Southern d Peninsula Kingswood 4-3 Div 3 Woodlands d Keysborough 5-2 Div 4 Spring Valley d Patterson River 4.5 -2.5 Youth Pennant

Div 1 Commonwealth d Riversdale 3-2 Div 2 Cranbourne d Victoria 3-2 Div 3 The National d Northern 4-1 Div Kooringal d Kew 4-1

Women's Pennant

Div 1 The National d Commonwealth 4-3 Div 2- Kingston Heath d Sandhurst 5-2 Div 3 Kew d Riversdale 4-3 Div 4 Medway d Latrobe 4-3 Men's Pennant

Div 1 Commonwealth d Victoria 4-3 Div 2 Peninsula Kingswood d Riversdale 6.5 - .5 Div 3 Southern d Northern 4-3 Div 4 Heidelberg d Sandhurst 5.5 --1.5 Div 5 Heritage d Box Hill 4-3 Div 6 Melb Airport d Yering Meadows 4-3

For all detailed pennant results click here

Commonwealth men's pennant team image
Commonwealth's men's division one team won for the fourth time in six seasons.
Commonwealth Youth pennant
Commonwealth's Youth Pennant team gave the club two major wins today.

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