MT Lawley has begun its Women’s Pennants Division 1 title defence in the best possible manner after a resounding 5-2 victory over Royal Perth in the opening round on Sunday at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
The champions, who are in search of a three-peat in 2018, had far too many weapons for Royal Perth, with their top 3 all gaining narrow victories to gift the side the upper hand.
Kirsten Rudgeley was at her brilliant best to defeat WA Amateur finalist Yeah-Jin Lee 2&1, while WA Girls’ Junior Squad Member Eve Cohen stole victory over fellow teammate Brooke Price.
Danielle Dunn pulled the tie back for Royal Perth with a 4&2 win, but comfortable victories for Alice Chang Vanessa Benci sealed the fixture for the title favourites.
Elsewhere, Cottesloe fought hard to grind a narrow 4-3 first-up win over Wanneroo. In a tight contest for all of Sunday morning, late victories to their number 6 and 7 were enough for Cottesloe.
Georgia Shears showed her class early to easily account for Chandler Pyke 4&3; however Cottesloe’s Lisa Taylor levelled the tie with a 4&3 win over Loraine Metcalfe.
Karl Marzec and Jasmine Luck became the difference in the end, with victories over Sonet Coetzee and Jan Plaisted respectively enough to win the tie.
WA Golf Club were the other big winners of the first round with a resounding 5-2 victory over Royal Fremantle.
Abbie Teasdale won the battle of the young guns over Claudia Pisano 1up, while Janine Northrop needed extra holes to defeat Candice High on the 19th.
Isabell Utama kept Royal Fremantle in the contest with a 4&2 win over Sue Mack, but wins to Shanara Patman and Nola Hackman proved too much, the WA Golf Club running out 5-1 winners.