The first round of the Masters Pennant was played on Sunday, 28th April. The Admark Camden Masters team had a home game against a very strong Glenmore team. We were a little fortunate to sneak an 8-7 win, with 4 of the 8 matches going to the last hole (all of which were helpful to us). Team managers Brian Thorn and Ray Byles were biting their fingernails by the end. However, a home win is a positive, but we know that playing Glenmore away in a few weeks time will be very tough.
Best wishes to Chris Zanoni who suffered a nasty wrist injury during play and had to withdraw after 9 holes. Unfortunately, this injury will keep Chris out of action for at least one month meaning all players are going to have to step up.
Best wishes also to Life Member, Neville Smith who had come to the game as the official starter, photographer and general helper unfortunately, he received a terrible thumb injury whilst moving a score board, requiring medical treatment, hospitalisation and surgery later in the week. We wish Neville a speedy recovery!
- Chris Zanoni - injury loss
- Neville Hoskin - 1 up win
- Peter Nonnenmacher - square
Our first away game at North Ryde was without regulars Peter Nonnenmacher and Chris Zanoni, so we expected it to be a tough ask. The return of Joe Smuk and Steve O'Donnell showed our team's depth.
Unfortunately, what seemed to be a strong position on the leaderboard after 9 holes, did not continue on the back 9. An 8-7 loss was the end product, again, with a number of matches going down to the last hole.
With North Ryde being the weakest team in our group, it must be said that an away win was essential for our chances in the competition.
An away match against Penrith is our next challenge. Players will need to be on their best behaviour to avoid a $2 fine for breaching the uniform code, (such as the wrong belt), or the $4 fine for not hitting their tee shot past the ladies tee (known as a Joey), or the $10 fine for hitting a bunker shot across the street into oncoming traffic on the final hole, (known as a Gary). Ray Byles keeps a close watch on all misdemeanours.
- Neville Hoskin - 2 Up win
- Steve O'Donnell - 2/1 loss