Toronto chase pennants redemption

FAMILIAR STORY: Craig Avery playing pennants for Toronto against Waratah in 2012. The two clubs will face off again in this year's final at Newcastle on Sunday morning. Picture: Dean Osland

FAMILIAR STORY: Craig Avery playing pennants for Toronto against Waratah in 2012. The two clubs will face off again in this year's final at Newcastle on Sunday morning. Picture: Dean Osland

Toronto will have another chance to reverse their pennants fortunes against Waratah in the A-grade final after both won last-round match-ups at rain-sodden Muree on Sunday.

Toronto have a sorry history against Waratah in pennants deciders in recent times, although they lost to Charlestown last year. 

Co-captain Craig Avery said his side were “very, very enthusiastic” about getting the club’s name back on the pennants trophy.

“Blake Glennie and Shane Atkins have had a really good year. They haven’t lost yet,” Avery said. “I’ve just told my boys to go out there and play good and win. It doesn’t matter who you play against.”

The final will feature the top three players in last year’s NDGA order of merit in Josh Greenwood, Greg McMillan (Waratah) and David Alexander (Toronto).  

Waratah maintained their perfect record in this year’s series by beating Merewether 5-3 at Muree and Toronto finished a clear second on four wins by dominating Nelson Bay 7-1. Charlestown beat Newcastle 4.5-3.5 to finish level with Merewether on two wins, and promoted Newcastle and Nelson Bay claimed one win each.

Newcastle Golf Club will host both A-grade finals on Sunday morning.

Unbeaten sides Muree and Pacific Dunes both won at Merewether on Sunday to earn a place in the division-two final.

** It is the NDGA’s turn to mourn a loyal servant after life member and former president Paul Cortaville died last weekend after a short illness. Hunter River district stalwart Bob Scarr died the previous week.

** The Vintage is gearing up for two special events in the coming months, starting with its annual Augusta Monday on April 10.

The vineyards club, looking in fine shape after a recent program to upgrade its bunkers, will screen the final round of the US Masters and serve breakfast before players tee off at 9am (shotgun start) in an individual stableford and two-ball best ball.

The cost is $84 for guests.

The club will also host its second Great Events Golf Classic on Friday, May 12, in aid of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance.

Former Knights Michael Hagan, an HPCA ambassador, and Danny Buderus will be among the guests teeing it up in the four-person team stableford. The cost is $150, including on-course lunch, drinks and canapes. Prizes include a $15,000 trip to the US Masters for a hole-in-one.

** Shortland Waters will hold its annual lady members’ charity day on Tuesday, March 28, in aid of Stop Ovarian Cancer. The day is open to men and women, the cost is $20 and entries close today on 4951 4129.

** James Nitties had another strong outing at the Queensland PGA Championship, tying for 11th with Leigh McKechnie on nine under in Toowoomba. Fellow Hunter pro Callan O’Reilly was a shot back.

Nitties was sixth at the NZ Open the previous week and has carded five rounds of 66 or better in his past two tournaments. 

** Waratah postponed the Waratah Cup last weekend until this Saturday. 

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