Castle Hill become reigning S.S. Pennant Champions for 2020

Finals day Thursday 10th December at The Lakes Golf Club saw a beautiful day, temperature around 27 Degrees with a slight breeze. An early lead of 6/2 after 3 holes was established by the Castle Hill team with Gerry Power and Lindsay Verdon for the Sydney team going 2 and 3 up. Forster Tuncurry, not to be denied fought back to 5/3 after 7 and by the 9th, matches were 4 all. The stage was set for a thrilling finish on the back nine with a southerly buster making itself very prominent by the time players reached the 10th tee. By the 14th Castle Hill had recorded 2 matches in with their opposition for the 1 and 2 positions. It was then left to the 5,6,7, and 8 players to decide who would take home the Pennant and the Shield. Tony Reed (F.T.) continued his consistent play all season with a 2/1 win over Graham Hann (C.H.), while Rob Pedersen (C.H.) whose putting was a stand out on the well-manicured, true greens proved too good for Geoff Proctor (F.T.) 8/7. Castle Hill clinging to 3/2 lead increased their position to 4/2 with a 1 up win to David Andrews over Paul Matthews at the 18th. It was then left to the numbers 7 and 8 to decide who would prevail at the testing 16th hole played into the teeth of the southerly. Ian Cochrane, number 7 for Castle Hill being 2 up hitting off 16 came to the green needing to sink a 1.2 metre putt over his rival Peter Chatillon. Silence prevailed from the many spectators as Ian proceeded to make the putt… as it fell into the cup the Castle Hill boys erupted with cheers for their number 7. Castle Hill had notched 5 matches, with the other number 8's result being declared halved, although Paul Connell (F.T.) has his opponent dormie 3.

Players, spectators and Supporters then proceeded to the Banksia Room in the clubhouse for the Presentation where Graeme Phillipson from Golf NSW presented Captain of Castle Hill Bob White with the trophies.

It must be said that all players who participated in the 2020 Pennant were over the age of 65 and considered by NSW Health extremely vulnerable to Covid 19. However, it was shown throughout the Pennant that the virus did not interrupt proceedings and to that the Association would like to thank all those who took part in the 2020 Pennant for their vigilance and responsible behavior shown throughout the year.

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