Sunday had mixed results for the Pennant teams with the A-Grade going down in a tough contest against Millicent and the Handicap team getting up on the last shot of the day against Blue Lake.
The A-Grade were a little undermanned but were still a chance of beating arch rival Millicent if results went their way. The team didn’t begin well with Greg Hutchesson going down without tackling the last third of the course. Leo Price and Nathan Williams were competitive but went down with a few holes remaining. Jock Agnew had recently returned to form, but it was always going to be a tough ask against Mark Pretty. He was competitive for the first 10 holes before a horror patch cost him a few holes and he eventually went down 3&2. The only shining light was Don Ferguson, who won his grudge match against Greg Cook. Having defeated ‘Cookie’ many years earlier in a club championship final at Millicent, Ferg was determined to repeat the result and did so with a 3&2 win. The team went down 4-1 and will be looking to finish the season on a positive against Mt Gambier 2 in a fortnight’s time.
The Handicap team ventured to Naracoorte to take on Blue Lake two., With both teams struggling for numbers it become a best of three event. Matt Stephenson continued his good form from the previous week winning 3&2, giving the Rosellas the perfect start. Andrew Hutchesson lost against the undefeated Rod Morris squaring the ledger. It all came down to the last match; and to add to the tension, the match was all square going to the 18th. Paul Harmer was looking down the barrel after having to chip out from the trees for his third. However a phenomenal approach from 85 metres went straight at the pin and rested 3 inches from the cup for a ‘gimme’ par. His opponent was clearly rattled, and bogeyed the hole giving Harmer and Penola the win.
Despite the win, Penola are seemingly out of finals contention, but will also be looking to finish the season with their third straight win.