North Ryde travelled to Manly Golf Club in the return match last Sunday 4 February. I am happy to report that after being beaten the week prior 4 to 3, North Ryde turned that disappointing result around to defeat Manly 4 to 3 in one of the most exciting matches I have ever witnessed.
After the first 3 holes everything was extremely tight with North Ryde up 1, Manly up 1 and all others square. This changed around by the 10th with North Ryde up in 3 matches, Manly up in 4 matches and a number of our guys 2 and 3 down, Alistair McKie went on to record a great 4&2 win his second comfortable win of the season. Alex Sghabe gave us another point with a 2up win, but in other matches Tom Crockart and Michael Hooper had lost leaving the match 2 all. In the remaining matches both Joseph Lin & Jackson Fennell were 2 down and Luke Cincotta was square so things weren't looking so good. This is when it all changed, Joseph Lin birdied 17 & 18 holing big putts to get a square for the team in a great match, both Joseph and his competitor where well under par for the day, Jackson Fennell won 17 & 18 to also get a square, so we are back in the match at 3 games each with Luke Cincotta square playing 18. Luke went on to win the hole to give North Ryde the 4 to 3 win.
The other match in our division Cumberland hosted Dunheved, Cumberland managed to avenge their loss to Dunheved last week to win 5.5 to 1.5. With Cumberland defeating Dunheved that leaves all teams in our division on 1 point as well as 7 matches each after 2 rounds.
- Luke Cincotta - won 1 up
- Jackson Fennell - square
- Michael Hooper - lost 3&1
- Joseph Lin - square
- Alex Sghabe - won 2 up
- Tom Crockart - lost 1 down
- Alistair McKie - won 4&2
- Res. Michael Spackman lost 1 down
On behalf of the Major Pennant team, we want to thank our caddies for their effort and to those Members that came out to Manly and supported the team. It's much appreciated.
Our next match Is Sunday 12 February at 7am against Cumberland at Cumberland, we look forward to seeing you there.
Ben Brown - Vice Captain