North Adelaide Golf Club

2022 Pennants Report

North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant report – July 3rd and 4th

Unfortunately, this will be my last report for the Pennant season. Our men’s team lost in their semi-final, the ladies A grade team lost their grand final, but the our B grade ladies gloriously won their final and bought home the GA Cleek 1 pennant.

The details follow:
The B grade ladies were pitted against Mount Osmond at Flagstaff Hill and came away with a mighty fine 3.5 to 1.5 win. Merrilyn Middleton led the way with a 8 and 6 demolition job on her opponent and then watched on as Joy Shin halved her match and with Di Cocks (4 and 3) and Dee Bennett (clinching her victory on the 18th hole, winning 2 up), victory was assured. Susan Bywaters made up the team, narrowly losing her match. The photo accompanying this report shows how delighted the ladies were. A huge thank you to all the supporters that were there, I know Laifong was there because of the photo. A stupendously fantastically wonderful effort from our ladies.

Our A grade ladies, playing in the ladies GA A3 were up against West Lakes also at Flagstaff Hill, unfortunately lost 3.5 to 1.5. Sarah Russell was our only victor (5 and 3), Mi Park had a halved match and Young Mi Ko, Di Biebrick and Carolyn Coleman made up the team. Again, thank you to the members that came out and supported the team.

Our men’s team took on The Vines at Glenelg. After a glorious regular season, where we probably punched above our weight, the team lost 5.5 to 1.5 when it came to the semi-final.
The rules of final golf depict that once has a team has four wins, all other matches on the course are deemed to be halved. Bad luck on Shaun Dawson who was dormie four at the time of the match ending. The photo is after the defeat and depicts the team spirit we had during the season. Thanks to all the caddies (every player had one), and the supporters who were there in support.
In summary, it was a great season for our club. The team spirit we had was a pleasure to be a part of.

Roll on next year!

Next up it’s the senior pennant season which starts on Sept 19th. If you qualify by being over 55 years of age, get in touch!

Finally, thank you to Dan Cole who uploaded the reports wherever he was, whether in the U.S. with a 16 hour time difference and even before Tuesday golf at 5am. Thanks Dan!

North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant report – June 26th and 27th

What a glorious couple of days for NAGC!

With the men already qualified for the semi-finals regardless of the result on Sunday, it was the ladies who had work to do to get through to their finals, playing their semi-finals. The A graders versus Glenelg at The Grange and the B graders pitted against West Lakes at Blackwood. The fantastically wonderful results follow:
Our A ladies playing in the A3 section of the GA Pennants, had a tough match against the ladies from the Bay who had finished the regular season on top of the ladder. Our ladies came out on top with a fine 3-2 win. Mi Park and Di Biebrick lost on the 18th green both one down, but Young Mi Ko (3 and 2), Carolyn Coleman (5 and 4) and Sarah Russell (1 up) proved to be the ladies that won for the team and so into the final. A great team effort.

The final is versus West Lakes and is at Flagstaff Hill with a 9:00AM start. Please be there if you can. A big thank you to all the supporters that were there cheering our team on.

Our B ladies playing in Cleek 1 were up against West Lakes and came away with an excellent 4-1 win. None of our ladies were beaten with Merrilyn Middleton and Dee Bennett halving their matches. With Joy Shin (3 and 2), Di Cocks (3 and 1) and Susan Bywaters (1 up) it resulted in a resounding victory for the team. Many thanks to Jason Shin, Deet Carmody and Laifong for caddying duties. According to Captain Di Cocks, it was they who got the team over the line. Di also said that “we (the team) are all thrilled and excited”. A truly great result for our team.

Our men, with the knowledge that regardless of the result in Sunday’s match against Glenelg, which was played at The Vines, we were through to the semi-finals. The team lost 5-2. No matter! Alex Martinson was our only victor, a fact that he pointed out after in the bar. He went four up after five and held his opponent from the Bay at bay, to win his match 4 and 3. Chantha Kong and Atila Koca halved their matches. Barry Smith, Chris Watson, Shaun Dawson and Steve Darch made up the team. The team move on to the semi’s, where they play the men from The Vines at Glenelg next Sunday, it’s an 11:15AM start.

Head down to the Bay if you can to support the team. They deserve it. Thanks to John Filmalter ( a reserve for the day), Paul Haines and Peter Adams for caddying duties.
In summary …. a great couple of days for NAGC. Players, caddies and supporters should rightly feel very proud of themselves. Let the story continue to be success for our club.


North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant Report – June 19th and 20th

Following a week’s break in our Pennant season for the Queen’s long weekend, all our teams resumed their quest for finals qualification. The men with the penultimate round, and the ladies in the final round of the regular season. All of our teams prior to this round had the possibility of making the finals. Not giving too much away, read on to find out the almost delightful set of results.
Our men took on Tea Tree Gully at The Grange knowing that the team were almost guaranteed finals golf prior to the match. We confirmed our finals place with a narrow 4-3 win over the men from TTG. With Atila Koca, Chris Watson and Shaun Dawson leading the way with a 1 up, 2 up and 3 and 1 victories respectively, defeats for John Filmalter, Barry Smith and Alex Martinson meant that the match score was 3-3. Step up Chantha Kong, two up with two to play, Chantha hit his 17th tee shot to the far side of the 16th fairway. His second shot was a superb recovery that finished 30 metres short of the green. The halved hole that followed, meant Chantha had won 2 and 1.

With all the team and caddies watching from the green side, there were great celebrations. Better was to come, because of other results, it meant that regardless of the final round results next weekend we will finish on top of the ladder. Our record this season is now, played six, won four and two halves. Many thanks to our caddies on the day, Steve Darch, who was also a reserve, Peter Adams, Wally Majko and Paul Haines. It was also Paul’s wedding anniversary, so a special thank you to Mrs Haines for loaning out Paul for a few hours to support the team on their special day. Both the team and Mr and Mrs Haines.

Our A grade ladies ventured to take on Glenelg on their own turf. A resulting 3-2 loss meant our ladies dropped down to 4th on the ladder (the top four qualify). There was a nervous wait to see if other results would go their way, and sure enough they did!. The glorious ladies from Blackwood, who were in the wooden spoon position, had an unexpected win against the ladies from Kooyonga. It means that our ladies qualify for the finals in 4th spot. Di Biebrick (3 and 2) and Sarah Russell (2 and 1) were our victors, Young Mi Ko, Mi Park and Carolyn Coleman made up the team.

Our B grade ladies were at home to West Lakes, a halved match 2.5 to 2.5 proved enough to secure 3rd spot and qualify for the finals. Four matches went to the 18th hole, Joy Sin and Merrilyn Middleton lost their matches, Laifong halved her match and Di Cocks won 1 up. Susan Bywaters, fresh from her week’s win in the NAGC footy tipping competition, showed no mercy by defeating her West Lakes opponent 8 and 7.
Our C grade ladies despite thrashing Thaxted Park 5-0 at Mount Osmond, lost out on a finals position, agonisingly finishing in third spot on the ladder with the top two qualifying. Westward Ho on the same number of games won pipped us to the finals by more holes won over the course of the season. Nat Potter (3 and 2), Judy Burton (3 and 2), Lyn Woolford (5 and 4), Maria Wight (7 and 6) and Gill Harris (5 and 4) were the victors. Interestingly, Gill was playing against another G Harris, Gail from Thaxted Park.

So, with three teams out of four qualifying for finals, it has so far been a great season for us. Long may it continue!

Next up for the men is a match versus Glenelg at the Vines this Sunday with a 12.10 tee off.

Our A grade ladies take on Glenelg in the semi-final next Monday at The Grange with an 8.30 start.

Our B grade ladies are up against West Lakes in their semi-final at Blackwood with a 9.00 start.

Heading into the finals, any support you can offer our teams is most welcome.

As always, all the results and ladders are available to be viewed on the GA website.


North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant report - May 29th and 30th

In the last game before the Queen’s birthday weekend where we get a week off from Pennant golf, our men ventured into the hills to Tea Tree Gully where we were to play The Vines. After the previous 48 hours of rain, 30 minutes before play was due to start, the heavens opened and the practice putting green looked more like a children’s paddling pool than a green.

All matches were abandoned before a ball had been hit. This meant we would get a halved match and retain our place on the top of the ladder. A team bonding session followed the abandonment in the TTG bar!

Next game for our men is versus Tea Tree Gully at the Grange (West) on Sunday June 19th with a 12:10PM start.

24 hours later, our ladies matches all took place, albeit in difficult conditions. Our A graders defeated Blackwood 3-2 on our home patch. Young Mi Ko led the way with a fine 6 and 4 victory, ably supported by Sarah Russell and Merrilyn Middleton who both won 2 and 1. Di Biebrick and Mi Park made up our victorious team. A special mention for Merrilyn who was a late replacement for the team. The win propelled the team into 3rd spot on the ladder and a chance of making the finals with one round to go.

The ladies take on Glenelg next, playing at Glenelg on Monday June 20th with an 8:00AM start.

Our B graders, also playing against Blackwood at Thaxted Park, bettered the A graders result by defeating their opponents 4-1. Joy Shin got the team off to a good a start by winning 2 and 1. Dee Bennett and Di Cocks both won 4 and 3 and Susan Bywaters won 4 and 2. Laifong made up the team.

As the A graders, the victory means that the team are in 3rd spot on the ladder and with a home tie to come in the final round versus West Lakes, a real chances of making the finals. The tee time is 8:00AM if you like to come and support.

The ladies from Blackwood, playing on their home course, took revenge for Blackwood’s A and B grade losses, by defeating our Hickory Stick team 5-0. Susan Lewis, Lyn Woolford, Maria Wight, Judy Giersch and Gill Harris were our team members.

All the results and ladders are available to view on the GA website. Future fixtures are also there, so get along and support the teams if you can.

North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant report - May 29th and 30th

Our men’s team, after last week’s success against Royal Adelaide on their home turf, headed off to Kooyonga to take on The Grange, who previously had a 100% record winning three out of three. Our boys did us proud by winning 4.5 to 2.5. Our top three of Alex Martinson, Chantha Kong and Barry Smith all won, Alex by 4 and 3 and both Chantha and Barry by the narrowest of margins, 1 up.

As all the other matches had finished, a large gallery had assembled by the 18th green to see both Chantha and Barry triumph in their matches. Shaun Dawson won his match 2 and 1, and Atila Koca got the halved match. John Filmalter and Chris Watson lost their matches narrowly, 1 down and 3 and 1 respectively. Chris was resplendent in his white sleeves and long pants that covered his exposed skin and Alex wore white socks, Kooyonga were happy!

A big thank you to Steve Darch, our reserve and who caddied for Chantha. Caddies for Atila, Barry, John and Shaun were Paul Haines, Wally Majko, Jonathan Gravenor and Shaun’s hockey mate, Toby. Thanks to you all. The ladder has a very nice look about it, North Adelaide on top and should be destined for the finals, the top four qualify. Still work to do though.

Next up, we take on the Vines this Sunday at Tea Tree Gully with an 11.15 start from the 10th tee.

Our A grade ladies, playing in Golf Australia A3, got a halved match 2.5 to 2.5 versus West Lakes. After heavy overnight rain, the course was deemed unplayable, hence the tie. As West Lakes are currently on the top rung of the ladder, our ladies won’t be too disappointed with the match being cancelled. The ladies sit in 5th place on the ladder with a home tie to come against bottom club Blackwood this Monday (6th), with an 8am start. A win will see the ladies surge into the top four.

Our B grade ladies, playing in GA Cleek 1, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Mount Osmond, 4.5 to 0.5. Susan Bywaters was our only halved match, with Merrilyn Middleton, Sunjeo Lee, Judy Wakeling and Carla Hirst coming second in their matches.

The ladies next match is this Monday with a 9.30 start at Thaxted Park, where Blackwood are the opposition, a win will put the ladies into the top four.

Our ladies Hickory team, just like our men’s team, defeated The Grange. A fine 3-2 win with Susan Lewis (3 and 2), Maria Wight (also 3 and 2) and Judy Giersch (5 and 4) being our winners. Lesley Denny and Carolyn Woolford made up the victorious team.

All the results and ladders are on the GA website, please have a look and if you want to come along and support your fellow members, you are most welcome.


North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant Report – Round 3

May 22nd and 23rd Our men’s team took on the mighty Royal Adelaide in the third round of this season’s GA Bonnar Cup. Our North Adelaide golf family defeated the Royal family 4.5 to 2.5. The fantastic details are: Alex Martinson, playing in his usual number one position, was two down after four holes with his opponent starting par, birdie, birdie, par.

Undaunted Alex hung in there and won his match 4 and 2. It was a great that Alex could celebrate his 16th birthday with such a great win. Atila Koca played an excellent round of golf to win 6 and 4; John Filmalter defeated Frank’s boy, Jed Ballard 2 and 1 and Chris Watson won 1 up, holing a 7-8m putt on the last green to clinch victory.

The hard luck stories follow: Steve Darch lost 1 down on the last green. Steve told me to tell you that he was three down after seven holes. Shaun Dawson was four up with four to play and ended up all square. Chantha was a little hooker all day and lost narrowly 2 and 1. Individual hard luck stories do not matter when the team wins.

Thanks to Jonathan Gravenor who was the reserve and also caddied for John, Tim Haskett for caddying for Chantha. Murray O’Neill and Wally Majko were there as supporters. Frank Ballard was there supporting whichever team won! A win is a rare thing in Frank’s life, he’s a West Adelaide supporter!

With team spirit building week by week, we move on to Kooyonga this Sunday (29th) to take on The Grange who so far have a 100% record. Any supporters are most welcome, tee time from the 1st tee is 10.15. We currently sit second on the ladder. All the results are on the GA website if you would like to have a look.

Our ladies teams didn’t fare quite so well though, the gory details follow:

Our lady A graders lost 3-2 to Kooyonga at West lakes. Young Mi Ko and Di Biebrick won their matches by the same margin, 6 and 5. However, Mi Park lost by the same margin and Sarah Russell and Merrilyn Middleton both lost their matches on the 17th green, 2 and 1 and 3 and 1 respectively. The result puts our ladies 5 th on the ladder, still with a great chance of qualifying for the finals.

Next up it’s West Lakes at the Vines, this Monday (30th) with a 9.30 start.

The B graders lost to Flagstaff Hill, playing on their own course, this was always going to be a tough ask. And so it proved to be. The ladies lost 4-1. Maureen Thomson was the lonely winner, 3 and 2. Joy Shin and Dee Bennett lost on the 17th green, 2 and 1 and 3 and 1. Both Carla Hirst and Susan Bywaters lost on the final green, both 1 down. The result meant our 100% record was no longer intact, but we sit 3rd on the ladder and play the ladies from Mount Osmond next at the delightful Royal Adelaide, Monday May 30th, with a 9.30 start.

Our Hickory team also suffered a defeat at the hands of Mount Osmond, losing 4.5 to 0.5. Our only success was the halved match from Judy Giersch, the ladies that came second in their matches were: Nat Potter, Judy Burton, Susan Lewis and Lyn Woolford. After two rounds, the ladies have won one and lost one, still a great chance of making the finals. I’m not sure which other members go along to support the ladies teams, but thank you!

Get along to support your fellow members if you can, they will really appreciate it!

North Adelaide Golf Club Pennant Report - Rounds 1 & 2

A message from the four teams that are representing your club: We would like to advise our membership that after three rounds of the Ladies GA Pennant, two rounds of the Men’s GA Pennant and one round of the Ladies Hickory event, all of our teams remain unbeaten.

So far, a fantastic achievement for our club. The details as follows: Our Men’s team are competing in the Bonnar Cup, which is the third division of SA Pennant golf and we started on Sunday May 8 th with a halved match 3.5 to 3.5 on our home turf versus Blackwood. Chantha Kong (5 and 4), Shaun Dawson (1 up), John Filmalter (1 up) were our victors. Making up our team were: Simon Welsh, Steve Darch and Chris Watson. Alex Martinson got the important half to ensure we didn’t lose at home. A big thank you to Peter Norman for his refereeing and bunker raking duties. Thanks also to Frank Ballard for helping out with the BBQ afterwards.

Last Sunday, May 15th, we ventured into the hills to visit Blackwood and take on the mighty Kooyonga. The ‘mighty’ fell to our boys 4-3. A great victory for us. Alex led the way with a fine 2 and 1 victory, lucky player Chantha played OK smashing his opponent 6 and 5, Atila Koca making his debut for the club, won 1 up as did Chris Watson. The team was made up of Shaun Dawson, Steve Darch and John Filmalter. Jonathan Gravenor was there as a caddie for John, thanks Jonathan.

Next match for the Men is this Sunday versus Royal Adelaide at Royal Adelaide, with a 7.30 start, not such an easy task but we’ll give a good old go. Any support would be most welcome.

The Ladies A Grade team are taking part in the A3 division, which is also the third division in SA golf. We started with a match versus The Grange at Mount Osmond and had a halved match. Our winners were Mi Park (4 and 2), Carolyn Coleman showed no mercy and won 8 and 6 and Young Mi Ko halved her match. Di Biebrick and Sarah Russell both lost narrowly.

Round two saw the ladies heading off to Blackwood where we recorded a fine 3-2 victory over Mount Osmond. Di Biebrick, Mi Park and Sarah Russell were our successes, 4 and 3, 2 up and 1 up respectively. Making up the victorious team were Young Mi Ko and Wendy O’Connor.

Round three the ladies played The Vines at Kooyonga and kept their unbeaten run going with a halved match. Mi Park made it three out of three wins by defeating hr opponent 5 and 4, Di B won 3 and 1 and Young Mi Ko got the half. Sarah R and Coley came second in their matches.

The Ladies B Grade team, taking part in the Cleek 1 division have started with three wins out of three. Well done girls! Round 1 – versus Royal Adelaide at The Vines, we won 3-2. Joy Shin (3and 2), Judy Wakeling (3 and 1) and Susan Bywaters (1 up) were our shining lights. Other team members in the winning team were Di Cocks and Sunjeo Lee.

Round 2 – versus The Vines at West Lakes, what can you say, our girls won 4.5 to 0.5. Susan Bywaters was the halved match, meanwhile Maureen Thomson (1up), Joy Shin (5 and 3), our lady Captain Laifong (3 and 2) and Dee Bennett (4 and 2) made sure of victory. Poor Susan, her golf must have been as average as her footy tipping. Susan is in the lower reaches of the NAGC footy tipping competition at the moment.

Round 3 – the ladies took on Thaxted Park at Mount Osmond and came away with a fine 4-1 victory. Maureen Thomson was the only one missing out on a win, losing on the 18th green. Our winners were Merrilyn Middleton (5 and 3), Joy Shin (4 and 3), both Dee B and Susan B won their matches on the 18th green, 2 up and 1 up respectively.

Next matches for the Ladies are: A Graders versus Kooyonga at West Lakes next Monday with an 8.30 start. B Graders versus Flagstaff Hill at Flagstaff Hill next Monday with a 9.00 start. Our ladies Hickory team had a home tie versus Westward Ho and produced a fine 3.5 to 1.5 win. Our winners were Nat Potter (2 up), both Judy Burton and Maria Wight won 4 and 3, Lynette Woolford got the half and Lesley Denny made up the winning team.

Laifong and Kerry would like to thank all the ladies that played and all the lady members that contribute to all the teams successes. Thank you to Helen Silvy for her refereeing duties.

Published 19/05/2022

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