The 2017 representative season commences on Sunday 30 April when CCDGA will play Hunter River DGA at Gosford for the Artie Mollett Shield.
In 2016 CCDGA agreed to be part of an annual tournament involving 3 other Districts, ACT Monaro, Illawarra and Newcastle. Each year, usually in July, a match between 2 of these DGAs takes place over 2 days and this year we will play Newcastle as part of the rotation.
A match against Newcastle is part of our usual inter district schedule and rather than have 2 separate 1 day events a weekend has been set aside to cover both events. The Saturday will cover the "4way" tournament and the annual event will be played on the Sunday. This has been scheduled for the weekend of 3 and 4 of June at Pacific Dunes.
Lower North Coast DGA will visit the Coast this year over the weekend of 22 / 23 July at Morisset. August will be a particularly busy month for rep players with the Country Championships being scheduled at Goulburn over the weekend of 12/13 August and the following weekend we will travel to Taree for the Regional Championship. It is unfortunate that these events fall on consecutive weekends but Golf NSW altered the date of the Country Championship after arrangements for the Regional Championship were already in place.
The last of the representative events for 2017 is the annual Junior 4Way tournament and this year we will entertain youngster from HRDGA, LNCDGA and Newcastle DGA at Breakers over the weekend of 4 / 5 November.
The selectors have selected a squad based on performances in the 2017 Pennant series, the 2017 District Championship and in open events on the Coast and elsewhere. From this squad the team for each of these events will be selected. Additional players may be added to these squads if the selectors believe that the inclusion of additional players is necessary or warranted based on performances by players in open competition etc.
The squads for 2017 are:
Senior - Darcy Boyd (Tou), Cobie Campbell (MS), James Denniss (Tou), Max Duffy (MS), Ryan Edwards (SB), Ethan Forsyth (Wy), Jason Hyde (KW), Corey Jones (SB), Kieren Jones (SB), Reece Oliver (Tou), Tom O'Regan (SB), Jamie Stephen (SB), James Swanson (SB), Brent White (Tou), David Willett (Tou).
Junior - Kaine Andres (Ev), Shayden Binder (Ev), Liam Gocher (SB), Dylan Grogan (Wy), Jake Kable (SB), Curtis Lanarch (Gos), Chad Mackey (Mor), Eden Middleton (Wy).
CCDGA vs HRDGA
The team to play Hunter River on 30 April is:
Senior - Jason Hyde, Corey Jones, Kieren Jones, Reece Oliver, James Swanson and David Willett.
Junior - Kaine Andres, Shayden Binder, Dylan Grogan, Jake Kable, Curtis Lanarch, Eden Middleton.
The match against Hunter River was tight but CCDGA established a handy lead and with 3 matches still on the course could not be beaten however, a tie was still on the cards and that would have seen Hunter River retain the title as defending champions. The final result came down to the last match to be finished and James Swanson fought back from dormie 2 to halve the match with a birdie on the last hole to halve his match and give give the win to CCDGA. To see the individual match results click here.
CCDGA vs NDGA
CCDGA played Newcastle DGA over the weekend of 3 and 4 of June at Pacific Dunes Golf Club for the David Wood Trophy (over both days) and for the Artie Mollett Trophy (decided by results in the singles event on Sunday).
The team selected for this event was:
Senior - Cobie Campbell, Max Duffy, Kieren Jones, Tim O'Regan, James Swanson and David Willett.
Colts - Shaun Brownlow, Corey Jones, Reece Oliver and Beau Willett.
Junior - Shayden Binder, Liam Gocher, Dylan Grogan, Jake Kable, Curtis Lanarch and Eden Middleton.
A tight competition was predicted and again that prediction proved correct. Play commenced on the Saturday in Foursomes match play format under grey skies which quickly turned to grey, wet skies. Fortunately, for most of the afternoon the rain was quite light but towards the end of play there were a couple of heavy showers which may have dampened spirits somewhat.
At the end of the day the result stood in Newcastle's favour 5 matches to 3 but that could have been reversed as quite a few matches were decided on the 18th hole.
Sunday dawned grey but at least dry and the skies were still overcast when the lads teed off. However, it wasn't long and the sun broke through and the day proved great for golf and the play reflected the change in the weather.
Played in singles match play format our Seniors proved too strong for the Newcastle side and took the honours 4 matches to 2. Unfortunately, the Colts and Juniors could not maintain the pressure and Newcastle took the honours in these Divisions 3 to 1 and 4 to 2 to run out winners of the Artie Mollett Trophy 9 matches to 7. The David Wood Trophy, decided on aggregate wins over both days went to Newcastle DGA 14 matches to 10.
Individual match results can be seen by clicking here.
CCDGA vs LNCDGA
Played at Morisset over 2 days, Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July, the players found the course in great condition with lightning fast greens.
Saturday saw the seniors and juniors paired up to play 4BBB Match Play without the benefit of handicap and at the closure of play CCDGA had opened a handy lead taking 4 of the matches, squaring 1 with only 1 loss. There are 3 Shields contested in this event with cumulative results from both days determining which District will hold the Shields for the coming 12 months and going into the singles on Sunday with a 4.5 lead to 1.5 gave CCDGA a comfortable but nut unassailable lead.
LNCDGA had a little difficulty in filling there junior squad and there were a couple of their players on high teens, early 20s handicaps and it was felt that it would be more equitable and provide a better competition if these young players were to receive handicap allowance in the singles on Sunday. Accordingly, in the Junior competition on Sunday, the first 2 matches were played off scratch with the remaining 4 playing handicap match play. The lower handicapped CCDGA players had to give quite a few shots but not only did it mean a closer competition it was also a great exercise in their development requiring them to grind out a result. All of the boys applied themselves to the task and no doubt have taken something out of the experience.
The matches were, as always, played in great spirit and no doubt LNCDGA will look to win the Shields back in 2018 when we travel north to play them again. Results of the 4BBB matches can be viewed by clicking here and individual results can be viewed by clicking here.
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