Defending champs miss their chance

THE big story over the next few weeks will be Gold Coast District Golf Association pennant and unfortunately the news is not so good.

After going down in week one, defending champions Coolangatta Tweed Heads were beaten in a close match 3-4 by last year's finalists Arundel Hills at Burleigh Heads Golf Club on Sunday.

This loss will make it all-but impossible for the team to defend the pennant with only three rounds left to play.

Colonial had a good 4-3 win, over home team Gold Coast Burleigh to remain undefeated.

Southport bounced back from its 6-1 loss last week to record a 6-1 win over Surfers Paradise.

The ladder now has Coolangatta Tweed as the only side without a win, and next week they come up against the strong Colonial team at Arundel Hills.

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  • THE final round of the Gold Coast junior interclub pennant is on next Sunday at Tamborine Mountain Golf Club.

After eight rounds, the contest could not be tighter.

Tally Valley again was competitive but a 4-2 loss leaves the side at the bottom of the table.

At the top of the competition is still Coolangatta Tweed Heads, but a loss on Sunday against second- placed Tamborine Mountain has made it possible for two other teams to take out the pennant.

Southport and Emerald Lakes can statistically leapfrog Coolangatta Tweed in a match that I feel will decide this year's champion.

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  • THE Queensland state junior teams for boys and girls have been announced, with a number of Gold Coast players selected.

In the girls, Ali Orchard from Surfers Paradise has been rewarded with state selection in a great result for her and dad Paul Orchard, the club professional at Surfers Paradise.

In the boys, the Coast has both Nathan Kinch and Taylor Coper named in the squad with a third player, Simon Viitakangas as reserve.

When we consider the number of districts and players state-wide, it is a tremendous result for the Gold Coast to have so many juniors honoured with selection.

The interstate series this year is in Alice Springs.

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  • WELL done to Victorian Geoff Ogilvy on his world match play win.

Once again the amateur match play format used in Australia is a great grounding for golfers moving on to the professional rank form this country.

I feel it is the main reason we perform above our weight on the international stage.

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  • I HAVE been contacted by many readers over comments associated with 'veteran' golfer Tracy Dunn in last week's article. (Well to be honest, just Tracy).

He felt I needed to correct some comments made and he is right - he was not nine-times Coolangatta Tweed Heads club champion but won the title 12 times. I guess this is of little importance though when you have the reputation as the 'shank king' of Tweed.

So I apologise for getting the facts wrong, Tracy, end of story and still mates.

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