The Brisbane Golf Club’s Men’s Pennant team has designs on winning back-to-back Brisbane District Golf Association Division One Pennants, which get underway this coming Sunday (July 15).
But while remaining positive and confident the team can repeat its historic success of 2017, Club Captain and team member Stephen Deane is also mindful of the club’s meagre record in the top division.
Last year’s win was momentous because it was the first Division One Men’s Pennant for the club in almost eight decades. But it was also significant for the fact the club had been promoted to the elite division for the first time since 2000. Previous to that TBGC was in Division One just once before – in 1980.
“But, both times we were relegated after just one year in the top grade,” Mr Deane revealed.
“So, while it is important to the club for the team to again play well and bring home the Pennant again, that alarming record of past years must not be forgotten. No-one here wants that yo-yo ride to continue and this past record provides the perfect motivation.”
The rise of TBGC Pennant team has been remarkable. Three years ago the club was one loss away from being relegated to division four.
“We won that particular game, retained our place in division three and then the following season we won that division,” Mr Deane explained.
“We were subsequently promoted to division two in 2016, won that Pennant and were ultimately victories in our return to Division One last year. It has been a remarkable achievement and an outstanding effort from all concerned.”
Four clubs – Brisbane, Nudgee, Keperra and newly-promoted Royal Queensland – will contest the Division One Pennant in 2018. Each team consists of 21 players – five Juniors (under 18 years of age), five Masters (over 50), and 11 Opens, who are traditionally the best in the club.
Again heading the list of open-age players for TBGC will be Queensland State Team members Lawry Flynn and Louis Dobbelaar, current Club Champion and former State Team member Steven Cox and six-time Club Champion Cameron Powell, who has recently returned from an overseas sabbatical.
In the Masters, the club welcomes the availability of member Phil Melksham who recently relinquished his professional status on the Legends ProAm Tour. Also, the depth of the Juniors is encouraging with BGC having 10 members contesting the Queensland Amateur at Bargara Golf Club last week.
In the first Pennant match on Sunday Brisbane will play Royal Queensland at RQ, a team Mr Deane believes will provide very tough opposition.
“I believe the competition this year will be a little stronger, with RQ providing very tough opposition,” he said.
“As well, both Nudgee and Keperra are multiple winners of Division One and once again both clubs will be extremely competitive and provide tough opposition.”
BGC will play three times at home against Nudgee (Sunday, July 22), against Royal Queensland (Sunday, July 29) and against Keperra on (Sunday, August 19).
And members and guests are once again encouraged to come attend and support the team in its quest for back-to-back titles. The first tee time each morning is 7am. – TONY DURKIN