Feature Hole winners
NTP 4 Steve Podolczak
NTP 10 Chez Caban
NTP 12 Phil Wallace
NTP 17 Todd Farmer
D/chip 18 Todd Farmer
L/drive 9 Michael Brecko
Interstate Champion - Todd Farmer - 38 pts
Melbourne Champion - Mike Lesiw - 33 pts
Sydney Champion - Roman Kaban - 30 pts - on count-back to Michael Brecko
A Grade winner
Winner - Steve Kohut Jnr - 31 pts
Runner-up - Michael Brecko
B Grade winner
Winner - Roman Popowycz - 28 pts
Runner-up - George Bulyk
Sydney team Melbourne team
Todd Farmer Mike Lesiw Jerry Cymbalak
Roman Kaban Steve Kohut Jnr Steve Kohut Snr
Michael Brecko Alex Mazur Gerry Romanyk
Chez Caban Roman Popowycz Lydia Lesiw
Phil Wallace Lou Karfut
George Bulyk Steve Podolczak
Interstate & Pennant Challenge 2014
Club Captain Melbourne's report
That time of year had come around again when we from Melbourne met with our fellow golfers from Sydney for the annual challenge. This year it was held in Albury NSW. At the Commercial golf resort.
The course was in very good condition and the weather was bright and sunny not a cloud in the sky on both days. For those that met on the Saturday to play for the pennant that was introduced last year they received a taste of the course. Six players from Melbourne being Wally Kolody, Jerry Cymbalak, Lydia Lesiw, Mike Lesiw, Roman Zachariak and Roman Popowycz played against five players from Sydney being Michael Brecko, Todd Farmer, Steve Brecko, Phill Wallace and George Bulyk. This was a 9 hole competition in a match play format, and Sydney was triumphant again this year.
The Sunday Melbourne vs Sydney Challenge was played in great friendly spirit with good healthy, friendly rivalry between the states as all events between Victoria and New South Wales have been like this for over a century.
And on this occasion I have to congratulate the Sydney Golf club on their victory of the perpetual shield -- I believe that it is now 13 wins for Sydney and 13 for Melbourne.
A great night was had by all at the presentation that was held at the golf club bistro where a large number of partners and wives attended.
I am looking forward to the next Sydney / Melbourne Challenge and we are awaiting details from the Sydney club as to a new venue and a change of season for next year.
At the beginning of the snow season, the Ukrainian golfing community from Sydney & Melbourne gathered in Albury (which is about 3hrs north of Melbourne, bordering the 2 states).
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon the Pennant Challenge commenced just after midday, with 6 players from Melbourne & 5 players from Sydney contesting the Pennant for only the second time (inaugural winner - Sydney). With a mixture of great drives & sprays on a challenging opening par 5 it looked like a serious competition was to be contested. The banter had already started before tee-off & continued throughout. This was a day for fun and socialising, with golf at the forefront. On completion of this round the scores were close, with SYDNEY edging out Melbourne 3 to 2½ & taking out the Pennant for a second year running.
Waking up after a few drinks the night before to a frosty winter’s morning in Albury, we soon met up with the rest of the players & after a brief introduction from Melbourne’s captain we were underway. The first four players all hitting down the middle of the fairway some 200m or more. It showed the rest of us it’s not all that hard a game? Or is it?
The banter once again started before the first tee & continued throughout the round. As the morning wore on the sun began to shine & warm up. For some, this meant the start of a great round, for others it was all about hanging in there. We were playing the course at it was designed to be played, off the back plates & although this sounds tough it was only an average 6m behind the daily tees. 13 players from Melbourne & 8 players from Sydney were contesting the Challenge.
With some fantastic shots to be seen alongside hilarious ones, the heat was being turned up in each group, with it all to play for. Most players felt confident they had done their bit to contribute to the winning team, even though most stableford scores were below handicap, it was still a great day out.
The presentation was held that evening at the Commercial, Albury Golf Club attended by players & partners alike. With prizes & trophies being handed out to those who played exceptionally well, it was time to announce the overall winners. Congratulations to SYDNEY for tying up the challenge 13-13 & to Todd Farmer the new Interstate Champion.
A great weekend was had by all, & looking forward to next year, possibly in Merimbula/Eden.
Compiled by a member from the Sydney Golf Club