Royal Adelaide win Women’s A1 pennants

Defending champions Royal Adelaide have won the 2011 Women’s A1 pennant title, defeating Kooyonga 3 & 2.

As was the case last year, the final proved to be a cliffhanger with the match hanging in the balance at 2-all after Rebecca Sykes and Jovanna Bozanic for Royal Adelaide, and Lyn McGough and Ebony Heard for Kooyonga had won their respective matches.

Royal Adelaide: 2011 Women's A1 Pennants winners Royal Adelaide: 2011 Women’s A1 Pennants winners (Credit: Golf SA)

The title result hinged on the penultimate match pairing of Caitlin Roberts (Royal Adelaide) and Emma Ash (Kooyonga), with the match sitting all-square after the 16th hole.

It was Roberts, who was to take a vital lead on the 17th however, with Ash finding trouble off the tee and being forced to take a penalty drop. Unable to recover, Ash conceded the hole and the match headed to the last with Roberts 1-up.

Both players safely found the fairway and the green on the 18th, with Ash being unable to convert a tricky birdie putt to take the match into extra holes.

Royal Adelaide’s other points came courtesy of Rebecca Sykes, who was too strong for Rachel Fry winning 3&2, and Jovanna Bozanic, who defeated Amy Zhou 2&1.

For Kooyonga, Lyn McGough recorded a comfortable 6&4 win over Meegan Bleeze while Ebony Heard again showed her class in a 4&3 victory over Sarah King.

The Pennant win was Royal Adelaide’s second consecutive title after defeating Glenelg 3&2 in last year’s final.

Source – Golf SA