Despite the impact of the torrential rain, the Metropolitan Major Pennant semi-finalists for 2017 have been decided - albeit in some very wet conditions.
In Division One, St. Michael’s will meet Concord in semi-final one, while The Australian will meet Moore Park in semi-final two.
St. Michael’s had little trouble against opponents Macquarie links away from home, winning 5/2. Mike Hammond led the way with a 3&2 win. Sam Costa, Travis Smyth, Adam Micallef and Ben Harding all grabbed wins for the Eastern Suburbs team, which allowed them to complete the home-and-away series with a perfect six from 6 record.
Concord will be St. Michael’s opponent in this Sunday’s semi at Riverside Oaks after their slated match against Pymble at home was declared a washout.
The strong Australian Golf Club side sent a warning out to the remaining teams in the division with a dominant 6/1 result over opponents Bankstown. The Kensington outfit had little trouble around their home course highlighted by the dominant win of Zachary Mullins over Cody Riley, 6&4. Joining Mullins in the winner's circle was Kevin Yuan, Blake Windred, Justin Warren, Nicholas Crews, and James Brownlow.
Moore Park grabbed the half a point they needed to ensure their semi-final spot with a 3 1/2 all draw at home against a determined Avondale outfit. Hayden Gulliver and Jack Poutney grabbed wins for the City team, while Logan Toms secured a half against Jye Pickin.
Stonecutters Ridge will Meet Cabramatta while Bayview will meet The Lakes this Sunday in the Division Two semi-finals on the Bubngool course at Riverside Oaks.
Stonecutters Managed a 3 1/2 all draw at Royal Sydney which was enough to secure the semi spot by a half a point after Twin Creeks lost to North Ryde. Ryan Suckling and Mark Hancock led the way for Stonecutters, with 4&3 and 3&2 wins.
Cabramatta progressed on matches won after grabbing a vital 4/3 away win at Cromer to finish the round-robin equal on points with Fox Hills after ‘the Hills could only manage a half against Muirfield. Cabramatta middle order did the damage on Sunday with wins coming from Mark Conrades, Miklos Nagy, Andrew Marsh, and Matthew Smith.
The Lakes needed a big result against their closest rivals Cronulla and delivered in the best possible way with a 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 away win down in the Shire. The Lakes no.1, Josh Armstrong was again dominant with a 6&5 win. Armstrong was helped by wins from Sam Beck, Anthony O’Rourke and Evan Kargas.
Bayview, already assured of their semi spot, didn’t need to get the clubs out on Sunday, with their match against Monash abandoned.
Manly will meet Penrith and Dunheved will battle it out against Lakeside in the Division three semis at Ryde-Parramatta.
Manly was too strong for Carnarvon winning 5/2 at Carnarvon. Finlay Bellingham led the way for Manly with a 6&% win. Their opponents this week, Penrith, secured their spot with a 5/2 win at home against Massey Park. Chris Lawler has the bragging right out at the mountain after a 6&5 win.
Lakeside thumped their neighbours Wallacia 6/1 with Matthew Brinkworth the standout after a 6&5 win. Their opponents this week, Dunheved, found the wet weather tough going at Glenmore Heritage, however, going down by 4 1/2 matches to 2 1/2. The bright lights on an otherwise dull day for the St Mary’s club were the wins of Dilyn Burazin and Cain Fitzsimons.
Palm Beach will take on their neighbours Warringah while Campbelltown will face Asquith in semi-finals this week at Glenmore Heritage Golf Club.
Palm Beach have dominated their pool all year, finishing with a six from 6 record. They had little trouble against Leonay at home winning 4 1/2 to 2 1/2. Matthew Gordon led the way for the Peninsula side with a 6&5 win. Ollie Hugill, Mark Upton and Kieran Clough joined in with wins for Palm Beach. Their opponents in next weekend’s semi, Warringah, had a solid 5 1/2 to 1 1/2 win at home against Bexley Ciaran MacMillan led the way with a 7&6 win.
Campbelltown got the win and the exact number of games required to edge out Northbridge for bragging rights in pool two. Gene Cruickshank led the way for the South Western side with a 5&4 win; he was joined in the winner's circle by Simon Keith, Craig Lawson and Andrew Six. The halved matches of Michael Fowler and Glen Evans proved crucial to the home team. Their opponents this week, Asquith, had little to do, progressing due to a washout.
Bardwell Park will meet Strathfield at Riverside Oaks while Randwick will meet Chatswood at Glenmore Heritage this Sunday after the final round of play. Barnwell Park walloped Bondi, seven/ nil while Strathfield was too good for Kareela 4 1/2 to 2 1/2.
Randwick had a big 6/1 win away fro home against Macarthur Grange, while Chatswood had an easy win against neighbours Gordon on Saturday, 6/1.