Golf: 2018 Junior Pennant season gets underway

Royal Perth’s Amie Phobupa hits the course during div.1 girls round 1 action.
Royal Perth’s Amie Phobupa hits the course during div.1 girls round 1 action.

MT Lawley made the perfect start to its defence of the girls’ pennant title after a dominant display over a second Mt Lawley side in the opening round of the new season on Sunday.

The first weekend of the 2018 Junior Pennant season had six divisions compete, with four competitions in the boys, while the girls took part in two divisions.

In the top division of boys competition played at Lakelands Country Club, Royal Fremantle avenged for their second-place finish last season with a strong victory over defending champions Joondalup 5-2.

Zane Lewis defeated Josh Greer in the big upset of the day 5&4, while Mandurah started their season in division 1 in fine style, cruising to victory over Royal Perth.

Australian Amateur co-medallist Connor McKinney secured a first-up win over Chris Mun 4&3, while his brother Rory McKinney accounted for Les Casserley 2&1.

Cottesloe were the other winners in the top division, finishing 5.5-1.5 over Mt Lawley.

The Mt Lawley Angels stamped their authority as the team to beat in girls division 1, with a 4-2 victory over Mt Lawley Devils.

Erina Tan was too good for Eve Cohen 3&1, with Ai-Leng Lee and Emma Ee also recording wins against their fellow club members.

Royal Fremantle and Royal Perth halved in their fixture 3-3, while Gosnells were dominant over Lake Karrinyup 5.5-0.5.

Defending girls division 2 champions Mt Lawley suffered a shock loss first-up to Melville Glades/South West 4-1, with Joondalup/Sun City doing just enough against Royal Perth 3-2 at Royal Perth Golf Club.

South West/Goldfields were unable to find victory in their debut fixture in boys division 2 against 2017 runners up Gosnells. Jose De Souza and his side were far too strong at Mandurah Country Club with a 6-1 win.

Lakelands couldn’t muster a point against Melville Glades, with Jordan Jung, Aaron Hall and Ethan Lim all recording solid rounds in the 7-0 rout.

The Vines and Lake Karrinyup played out a thriller to round out division 2, with The Vines getting up 4-3.

Mt Lawley, Joondalup and the WA Golf Club were the big winners in boys division 3 at Mount Lawley Golf Club. Sea View/Melville Glades couldn’t get the better of the home team, while Joondalup finished well against Sun City.

In division 4, Kwinana were 3.5-1.5 winners over Pinjarra, while Gosnells narrowly edged out Royal Perth 3-2 at Mount Lawley Golf Club. South West/Goldfields managed their first win of the campaign 4-1.