GOSNELLS Golf Club has taken out the Men’s Division 1 Pennant title after a thrilling 4-3 win over Joondalup Country Club.
The win in the 36-hole final at WA Golf Club was secured by a 9-metre birdie putt by Jose De Sousa on the 37th hole after the match went to extras against Jordan Lambert.
De Sousa was one down heading down the final of the prescribed 36 holes but the 16-year-old birdied the par-5 18th, and sunk his spectacular birdie putt on the 37th to secure the win.
It was Gosnells third title in the 90th running of the competition, but also its third title in the last six years after wins in 2011 and 2012.
A “stoked” De Sousa said he initially did not consider the contest was alive.
“On 17 Jordan and I were square and he hit this outstanding shot in,” De Sousa said.
“It felt like it was over…when I made birdie on the last I was looking forward to the playoff holes but I didn’t know if there was any point to it. When I heard that Jamie Warman won, I just realised how much we had to play for and it gave me a sudden boost of energy.”
Gosnells’ win was set up in the dramatic final stages after Joondalup held a 5.5 to 1.5 lead at the halfway point, with the scores fluctuating between square and a Joondalup lead.
Joondalup’s lead was established with wins in matches six and seven through youngsters Connor McKinney (six and five) and Josh Greer (three and one), while Tony McFadyean held a comfortable advantage through his match defeating Gosnells captain Andrew Woods four and three.
While Joondalup’s wins were comprehensive, Gosnells clawed its way back and took all four of the remaining matches that went to the 34th hole and beyond.
Ryan Jones (two and one) and Simon Payne (three and two) got Gosnells on the board, and teammates Jamie Warman and De Sousa had the pressure on to the same.
In a dramatic period on the closing holes, Joondalup’s Lambert almost holed out for eagle into 17 to go one up against De Sousa while Gosnells’ Jamie Warman found disaster in the trees against Jamie Aitken, negotiating a horrible lie by breaking his club as he hacked out into safety.