In what have been uncertain, and enormously difficult times, it was great to see the plan set in place by Eric King and Graeme Finn (Sunshine Coast Golf Zone) and diligently supported by the parents, team managers, our juniors and our host club (Peregian Golf Course) who did everything in their power to respect each-others space and guidelines “via the Federal Government” that enabled us to get a result in the Semi Finals of the Sunshine Coast Zone Junior Pennant matches, matches that saw……..
Caloundra 1 and Caloundra 3 teams go through to the Finals that will be hosted by Gympie Golf Club, Sunday the 29th of March.
As mentioned last week, these are enormously exciting times for Caloundra given that just three short years ago, they couldn’t field a team, to now where they have two teams in the finals, which is a massive endorsement and recognition of a lot of hard work and dedication put in by the keen team at Caloundra, led by Jason Looker (Manager) and in particular Tom Arnott (Head Professional) and his team in Mike Dawson and Isaac Cavanagh who were ably supported by the parents who have done a brilliant job turning things around!
There is no doubting, that some of the major highlights during the season (and junior golf in general) is in the way in which our juniors represent themselves and their clubs at events.
To say our juniors have grown in stature, confidence and self-esteem over the pennants season would be a massive understatement.
The Caloundra and Maroochy River 2 teams did a fantastic job representing their clubs and should be proud of their performances.
Their effort in taking both their matches to the eighteenth hole to get a result was testament in just how close the 2020 season has been.
|A very proud Caloundra squad that’s looking forward to a very competitive and positive future!|
Back Row – Ben Doolan, Craig Jansz, Jordan Speare, Brady Mann, Liam Dawson, Mike Dawson,
Front Row – Marley Arnott, Zac Doolan, Tom Par, Miles Romagnoli, Sam Cavanagh, Adam Jansz, Riley Bell
As Eric King (Director of Golf - SCGZ) said at presentations, it is an absolute pleasure to be out on course witnessing the skills and attitudes of our young men and women.
Our older members could learn a lot from the way they play the game and from the way they present at presentations.
If what I have seen over the past six weeks is anything to go by, where in for some very exciting times ahead, Eric said.
I and the Sunshine Coast Committee were enormously impressed and appreciated the effort put in by Liam Dawson, Jordan Speare, Luke Barnes and Tama Stana who all chose to compete in the junior ranks to support and mentor the young players coming through.
The above combined the camaraderie, banter, sportsmanship and friendships that are on display, and the spirit in which they play the game, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone with the joy and satisfaction we get out of being involved.
Some of the many highlights witnessed during the Semi Finals were: The match between Adam Jansz and Jordan Speare (Caloundra 3 & 2) was probably the highlight match up, where both boys played out of their skin and with a result that doesn’t really portray the match as it unfolded.
Jordan “giving away six shots” came up against a red hot Adam, who couldn’t put a foot wrong and went on to win 4/2 even after Jordan rolled off three birdies in a row through 13, 14 and 15 after three putting for par on 12 to finish two under off the stick, which was a brilliant effort, but what was really impressive was the spirit in which the match was played. The banter, feedback and sportsmanship that was on display between the juniors, parents and organisers was exceptional.
Particularly in the way Jordan played the game, using his own words “I didn’t do a lot wrong out there” Jordan said, I played as well as I could, so all credit to Adam, he really played a great game at the right times and deserved his win.
I knew I was in for a long day, when Adam putted in from off the green on four for birdie and my ball sat on the lip (also for birdie) but not to be and that’s pretty much how the day unfolded, Jordan said.
Other highlight included: Miles Romagnoli’s approach to the 4th that was world class, witnessing the Maroochy River squads present to support their No1 team, Ellandi Findlay’s tee shot to set up her birdie on 8, and Brady Mann’s brilliant tee shot on 12 to within a foot for a tap in birdie and the support that was on display from the captains, coaches, and managers, which were just a few of the many highlights on display during the day.
There is always a lot of talk in relation to handicaps and strokes given, but once again, it is interesting to note that on Sunday, the low markers or those with equal handicaps took out 4 of the 6 matches?
Many thanks and congratulations to the team at Peregian Golf Course for having their course and facilities in excellent condition to host the day, but most importantly, for making everyone feel so welcome.
On a high note: It was fantastic to witness our Junior Captains or representatives give their thankyou speeches at presentations, it’s always an appropriate way to finish an event, which is a vital part of sport in general that give our juniors the opportunity and experience in public speaking and how to handle the media.
The Finals: will be hosted by Gympie Golf Club, Sunday March 29 from 7.30am!
To keep up with results in all divisions of the 2020 Zone Pennants Season please click on the link below: http://sunshinecoastgolf.org/
Sunshine Coast Zone Junior Pennants Ladder
JUNIOR BLUE JUNIOR RED
|Caloundra (1 - Finalist)||Caloundra (2)|
|Caloundra (3-Finalist)||Maroochy River (2)|
|Maroochy River (1)||Headland|
|Noosa Springs||Noosa (3)|
|Noosa (2)||Maroochy River (3)|
Ladder and results courtesy of Sunshine Coast Golf Zone!