THE Leongatha Golf Club has come from the clouds to win the South Gippsland Golf Association’s Division 1 pennant, defeating Wonthaggi 4-3 at Foster on Sunday.
The team lost its first two rounds and sat at the bottom of the table before storming home to take the title.
The course was in great nick and Foster were great hosts for the Division 1, 4 and 5 finals.
Leongatha Golf Club had teams in each of those finals with the Division 1 team playing Wonthaggi, Division 4 playing Phillip Island and Division 5 playing Welshpool.
Division 1 won their contest 4/3 with Captain Tom Sorrell winning with a solid 4/3, Michael O’Keefe in dazzling form winning 5/4 with two eagles, Michael McGrath in nice touch winning 6/5 over the Wonthaggi captain, and Leory Sharrock bringing home the shield with a 5/4 win.
Russell Williams and Matt Bowey both got pipped on the 19th and Chis Leaver in a hard battle losing 4/3 to his opponent who was red hot with the putter.
Michael McGrath was named Pennant Player of the Season for seven wins in Division 1 from seven games. Clearly the best player in the District Pennant this year.
Leongatha’s Division 4 team took out their title over Phillip Island 6/1 in what appears to be a convincing win, but the scores show how tight the contests were.
With Rod Mackenzie winning 1 up, John Wheatley winning on the 19th, Nathan Wardle winning on the 20th and captain Chris Indian winning on the 21st shows the contests were a tight battle.
Brendan Simon won 3/2 and Grant McRitchie was solid with a 7/6 win to complete the contests.
Tom Williamson lost on the 18th in what was another exceptionally close match.
To make it a clean sweep for Leongatha Golf Club, Division 5 defeated Welshpool 5/2 with Craig Hams solid with a 7/6 win, Alex Hill winning 5/4, Denis Wallace winning 4/3, Andy Horvarth winning 3/2 and Tim McCarthy winning 2/1 to secure the shield with Garry Rotteveel and captain John McLennan missing out on a win.
Andy Horvarth was a close runner-up in the player of the year title, having won his six matches from six contests.
The Leongatha Golf Club hosted Divisions 2, 3 and 6.
Division 2 was an epic contest with Phillip Island just getting the win when Lucas Piera drained a 5m putt for birdie on the 19th (1st) to defeat Mark Carruthers.
With all other matches complete, a large crowd watched the play-off hole.
Carruthers sent his tee shot down the middle, while Piera went longer and to the left, opening up the pin.
Carruthers had to clear the bunker and pull up short of the pin which he did superbly.
Piera’s approach was also top notch, but he was the first to putt and nailed a ripper, putting the pressure back on Carruthers whose birdie putt just missed.
In the other divisions, Meeniyan had a hard-fought win against Lang Lang in Division 3, while Phillip Island shocked a previously undefeated Woorayl to take Division 6.
Division 1 at Foster Golf Club: Leongatha 4 def Wonthaggi 3.
Division 2 at Leongatha Golf Club: Phillip island 4 def Woorayl 3.
Division 3 at Leongatha Golf Club: Meeniyan 4 def Lang Lang 3.
Division 4 at Foster Golf Club: Leongatha 6 def Phillip Island 3.
Division 5 at Foster Golf Club: Leongatha 5 def Welshpool 2.
Division 6 at Leongatha Golf Club: Phillip Island 6 def Woorayl 1.