THE final round of the South Gippsland Women’s Golf Association pennant season was played last Monday with rain threatening all matches.
Section 1 were the only division able to complete their final round before the deluge. All other sections were near completion but a washout was declared and no points awarded.
Meeniyan Golf Club had convincing wins in both Section 1 and Section 3. Celebrations are still continuing as it has been 47 years since Meeniyan have won a Section 1 pennant flag.
Andrea Thorson captained the team of Dot Christie, Irene Holm, Sheila Constantine, Veronica Park and Heather Poletti. Meeniyan Section 1 team finished 6 points ahead of their closest rivals, Leongatha Golf Club.
The Section 3 team of Heather Poletti, Dot Elliot, Sue Hoskins, Jan Trease, Jenny Cope and Nancye Hammet was captained by Faye le Page. They had a clear 8 point lead from Wonthaggi Golf Club.
Wonthaggi Golf Club, however, were successful in Section 2 winning the flag with 4 points to spare, from Lang Lang Golf Club. Team members were Anne Walker, Di Grimmond, Anne Tschiderer, Jan Beaumont (Captain), Jan Jeeves and Robyn Wilkinson.
Leongatha Golf Club won the Section 4 division, finishing 4 points ahead of Foster Golf Club. Marianne Leaver, Loris Clark, Coral Gray, Marg Griffiths, Glenyce Mc Robert, Louise Schache, Shirley Welsford, Helen Mackenzie and Libby Seebeck were captained by Fay Quilford.
This year the South Gippsland district elected to trial a relegation/elevation system between sections for the next three years. Winners of their respective section will be automatically elevated to the next level and teams at the bottom of each section will be relegated to the division below.
Next year the following teams will be in Section 1 – Meeniyan, Leongatha, Foster and Wonthaggi.
Section 2 – Phillip Island, Lang Lang, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Meeniyan.
Section 3 – Phillip Island, Wonthaggi, Welshpool and Leongatha.
Section 4 – Korumburra, Foster, Phillip Island and Woorayl.
The final ladder: Section 1 Meeniyan 22 points 23.5 games, Leongatha 16 points 17 games, Foster 8 points 13 games, Phillip Island 2 points 3 games.
Section 2 Wonthaggi 12 points 14.5 games, Lang Lang 8 points 11 games, Korumburra 8 points 10.5 games, Leongatha 8 points 7.5 games, Foster 6 points 8.5 games, Phillip Island 6 points 8 games.
Section 3 Meeniyan 20 points 16.5 games, Wonthaggi 12 points 13.5 games, Welshpool 4 points 11 games, Korumburra 4 points 9 games.
Section 4 Leongatha 16 points 18 games, Foster 10 points 12 games, Phillip Island 8 points 12.5 games, Woorayl 6 points 7.5 games.
Meeniyan breaks 47 year pennant drought