Pen­nant cham­pi­ons

Finley Golf Club claims third four­ball win in four years

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

There were plenty of cel­e­bra­tions at the Finley Golf Club on Sun­day af­ter its pen­nant team re­turned home vic­to­ri­ous from the 2017/18 Mid Murray sea­son grand fi­nal play­off.

Finley de­feated old ri­val De­niliquin 3/2 in the four­ball pen­nant de­cider played at Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club.

The Mid Murray Four­ball Pen­nant is con­tested each year by Corowa, Yar­ra­wonga, Co­bram, Tocumwal, Finley and De­niliquin.

This was the third win in four sea­sons for Finley af­ter claim­ing the 2014/15 and 2015/16 grand fi­nals and fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in 2016/17.

The win­ning Finley team con­sisted of five pairs — Trevor McCaw and Barry Wil­son, Colin McNa­mara and Wayne Peasley, Grant Wil­son and Si­mon Fuller, Matthew Daniel and Rodger Sut­ton, and Ian Armer and Dale Pyke.

For­mer pen­nant cap­tain Barry Wil­son said the win came down to the last hole.

‘‘Trevor McCaw and my­self were the last pair play­ing and our match was tied and the teams were squared at two each.

‘‘We needed to com­pete in a play­off hole to win.

‘‘I was lucky enough to par and Trevor bo­geyed but the two De­niliquin play­ers both bo­geyed, giv­ing us the win.

‘‘It’s al­ways a grudge match against Deni, and beat­ing our big­gest ri­vals was spe­cial.

‘‘As it was a hand­i­cap event it boils down to who was the best on the day,’’ Wil­son said.

This year saw Ian Armer take over the team cap­taincy af­ter Wil­son re­tired from the po­si­tion.

Wil­son said Armer has been a great leader for the club.

‘‘Ian has been a great cap­tain, bring­ing through younger play­ers and that has helped us win.

‘‘The team played well to­gether (on Sun­day) and there was a fair bit of ex­cite­ment, par­tic­u­larly at the end.’’

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