Syd/Melb - Albury golf course - 7/8 June 2014

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.


Roman Popowycz





Sydney's report


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