Round 2 of Masters Scratch Pennants, held over holes 10-27 at Royal Canberra, had what may be an unprecedented result. All three encounters finished in a 3-3 draw.
As a result, the competition has three teams on top – Federal, Royal and Queanbeyan each on 3 points and each with an aggregate score of 7 matches to 5.
Murrumbidgee vs Yowani
With Murrumbidgee leading the encounter against Yowani 3 matches to 2, everything came down to the Gerry Dempsey vs Ross Oakton match.
Gerry got off to a flyer being 4 up after 4 holes. Ross steadily pegged him back to be square after the 10th. Gerry edged ahead by 2 before Ross won the par 3 26th.
The two came up the 27th with Gerry leading by one. With Ross 6 feet below the hole for 4, Gerry had to get up and down from 10 feet over the back of the green.
But when Gerry left his fourth shot 6 feet above the hole, Ross saw his chance and rammed home his putt for par.
All the pressure was on Gerry who calmly rolled in his putt to square the hole, take the win one up and ensure a 3-3 draw for his team.
Federal vs Queanbeyan
In the top pairing, Stephen Dunn of Federal played solidly but could not withstand Queanbeyan’s Colin Lamb, a quality golfer originally from Goulburn, 2 and 1.
Federal’s Robert Moten defeated Queanbeyan’s Peter Solway 3 and 1. And Tim Brunton of Federal gave them a 2-1 lead when he overcame a dogged David Elliott of Queanbeyan, 3 and 2.
Federal veteran Alan Harrison narrowly went down to Queanbeyan’s Robert Drew 2 and 1. Queanbeyan’s Russell Kirkpatrick spent a little too much time in the trees going down to Federal’s Wally Gregory, 6 and 5.
The encounter came down to the match between Federal’s Robert Correll and Queanbeyan’s George Christou. Robert had a very good ball striking day but was unable to get much to drop. For the second week in a row, George held it together to play a crucial role for his team winning one up and securing the 3-3 draw.
Royal Canberra vs Gungahlin Lakes
Facing Royal Canberra on their home turf is about as daunting a task as there is in the Masters Scratch competition.
The Gungahlin Lakes brains trust decided their best chance would be to re-shuffle their line up. Their top players were slotted into positions 3 and 4. The strategy paid off handsomely with Gungahlin’ Les Molloy at number 4 defeating Royal’s Ross Rees 4 and 3 and Gungahlin’ Simon Dunstone at number 3 defeating former Lakes player Jeff Le Fevre, 2 and 1.
At numbers 1 and 2, Royal’s Darryl Whitehead defeated Gungahlin’ Ivan Madandzic 4 and 3 while Gungahlin’s Ken Wark was brave against Royal’s John Mihaljevic eventually going down 3 and 2.
Royal’s Geoff Coulson led Gungahlin’s Tony Murcutt for most of the day running out a 3 and 2 winner.
The close tussle was between yours truly and Royal’s Steve Wallace. Neither of us at any stage secured a lead of anymore than one. I eventually fell in one up on the last securing the 3-3 draw.
The full results are here.