Round Four of the 2018 Golf World Cairns FNQGA Pennant was hosted by HMBGC with another hot day for weather and in some cases golf. The Drinks Cart and the Bar were kept pretty busy, thanks to Greg Ferry and Clubhouse staff and Grant and his course staff, greens were rolling nicely.
Gordonvale versus Cairns
In A Grade, Matt Spilsbury’s return to form and the winners circle with a 7 holes to 6 win over Ty Williams also came with the impressive showing of results for a 4 matches to 1 win by Cairns. The number of holes won by in each of their wins will also boost their standing in the end of season tally if placings come down to a count back situation.
Gordonvale’s Lee Dunn was again Mr Consistent, salvaging their only win against former Gordonvale member Jamey Redman 4 holes to 2.
In B Grade, Gordonvale comfortably accounted for Cairns 3 matches to 2, and sees them tied at the top of the points table with HMBGC but running 2nd on matches and holes.
In C Grade, Cairns took a clean sweep 5 matches to nil, and ties them with Mareeba, Atherton and Gordonvale on 2 points, but sitting 4th on matches and holes
Mossman versus Innisfail
After having a few lean years in A Grade, Mossman GC have put together some steady scoring to be tied with Cairns and Atherton on points but sitting 3rd in A Grade on matches and holes after defeating Innisfail 4 matches to 1. It’s also great to see that 3 of their current A Grade Team are former Club and FNQ Junior reps in Elijah Boon, Wade Duncan and Nick Scomozzon.
Innisfail’s win in B Grade sees their finals chances kept alive, tied on 2 points with Cairns and Atherton but sitting in 5th spot on matches and holes. Mossman’s B Grade father and son combo of Matty and Couper Smith couldn’t put a combined win on the board today with Dad taking win and Couper losing 3 holes to 2. (Although Couper did take out the Ravenshoe Millstream Country Club Junior Open on Saturday)
Mossman’s win in C Grade 3 matches to 2 has them now sitting outright 2nd in behind HMBGC however a loss to Atherton in the last round could actually see them miss the Finals Series altogether.
Atherton versus Mareeba
In the Tableland Derby, it wasn’t just about local bragging rights for this year but results today could make or break Finals Series spots.
In A Grade, Mareeba were obviously on a high after last weeks defeat of Cairns (And Gordonvale GC as mentioned above bore the brunt of that this week) and whilst 2 of Atherton’s wins were very strong, it a took a loss for Mareeba’s Alex Hodi playing in the last A Grade spot on the 20th hole to break the tie and hand the Grade to Atherton after Mareeba’s Michael Cade and Mick Benjak won the first two matches with Atherton’s Kenleigh Mather and Des Riggs winning the next two.
The loss drops Mareeba to 5th on the table and whilst they get a point for the bye next week for hosting, the outcomes of the Cairns v HMBGC and Atherton v Mossman have a direct impact on their Final Series participation.
In B Grade, Atherton’s middle three of Roo Brown, Steve Bakss and Hollywood Flynn got them comfortably across the line with 4 holes to 3 wins in all of these matches. Like A Grade, next week’s round at Mareeba has the potential to make or break for Cairns, Atherton and Innisfail and even a potential outside chance for Mossman GC.
C Grade saw Mareeba sneak through on a last hole win from Peter Johnston, and sitting 3rd in the C Grade standings on Matches and Holes.
Go to the Pennants page for the draw for the Mareeba round next week along with the current points standing.