St Michael’s kick off Eric Apperly defence in style

Defending flag holders St Michael’s Golf Club has opened its 2020 Eric Apperly Shield campaign in style with a solid 5½ to ½ win over Killara Golf Club on Sunday at Stonecutters Ridge Golf course in western Sydney.

St Michael’s top order of Harrison Crowe, Jordan Garner, Aidan Powter (pictured) and Weilang Wang all recorded convincing match wins with Killara’s half being secured on the 18th hole by Harry Heaney at number 5 with Eddie Ward.

Aiden Powter Aiden Powter (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The St Michael’s team includes eight players from its 2019 winning team that won the club’s third flag in the last seven years in a cliff hanger of a final over Pymble Golf Club last September.

Pymble recorded a tie with The Australian (Red) team, with Concord (Silver) team securing an impressive 6-0 win over Monash. Avondale also recorded a strong 5-1 victory over Cumberland with Jye Pickin and William Bayliss recording impressive match win for their club.

Played from July to September, the competition is for female & male golfers who are 21 years of age and under. This year’s format sees an initiative from Golf NSW to include women golfers in the competition who play to a 80-85% reduced layout to their male competitors.

Top women amateurs including Doey Choi (Concord), Belinda Ji (Concord), Sophie Yip (Concord), Amy Chu (The Australian) and Grace Kim (Avondale) are all competing in the new format.

Named after one of NSW Golf’s pioneering greats, the Eric Apperly Shield is considered the State’s pre-eminent inter-club competition for elite junior Golf

The format sees two teams consisting of six individual matches compete over 18 holes of matchplay without the benefit of handicap.

This year’s competition will feature five preliminary round played within two sections, with two playing only 4 rounds and each section’s leading team progressing to the final series.

The preliminary final is scheduled for 16th August with the semi-finals the following week, cumulating in the final on the 30th August at a venue to be confirmed.