NewCoast Cup

December 1, 2024

The 4th NewCoast Cup was run at Wyong GC hosted by the CCWGA.  The team of 12 players from the Newcastle District went head to head against the Central Coast team in a two session format of match play. The morning session was foursomes match play, followed by singles match play in the afternoon.

Players had great conditions for the 6 morning foursomes matches. The NHDLGA team had a terrific start & won the session 4-2. The teams of Helen Haynes(Hawks Nest) & Katrina Skinner-Oyston (Maitland), Theresa Lonergan (Newcastle) & Deb Plummer (Waratah), Carol Knox (Merewether) & Kylie Tape (Belmont),  Denise Sainty (Hawks Nest) & Mandy Dickson (Hawks Nest) all had excellent wins. The teams of Dom Kelly (Merewether) & Jill Blenkey (Newcastle), Jenny Frost (Nelson Bay) & Fran Giudes (Nelson Bay) were unable to add to the tally. This put NHDLGA in a good position leading into the afternoon session of 12 singles matches.

In near perfect conditions, the NHDLGA team put up a brave fight but could not match the Central Coast opponents, losing the afternoon session 7.5 – 4.5. Denise Sainty, Jenny Frost, Katrina Skinner-Oyston & Theresa Lonergan had great wins. Deb Plummer had a tie with a great match that went right to the 18th. It finally came down to the last two matches between the top two seeds of both teams. NHDLGA needed a win or a tie in one of these matches to win or force a sudden death playoff.

Helen Haynes vs Kim Burke & Dom Kelly vs Georgie Clune. It was a great battle for both matches & both went to the 17th hole. Helen fought so well against a top opponent in Kim, with Kim’s putting in particular, causing Helen many problems. In the end, Kim was too good & she won the match.  Dom Kelly fought back from being 4 down in her match early on, to being all tied, going up the 13th.  By the end of the 16th, she was 1 down. On the par 3, 17th, both players were not on the green with their tee shots, but both chipped close, which required a must make putt for Dom to keep the match going. Unfortunately for her, the ball sat agonisingly on the edge of the hole & would not drop. This left Georgie with a putt to win the match & win the NewCoast Cup, which she did. This resulted in the CCWGA winning the NewCoast Cup 9.5-8.5.

Congratulations to Jude Tarran & her team. We look forward to the challenge of meeting them again in 2024 on home soil.

Event History

The NewCoast Cup is a relatively new event in the NHDLGA calendar. Started in 2020, the tournament mirrors a “Ryder Cup” format with top golfers from the CCWGA taking on the best of the NHDLGA. With the conclusion of the 2022 competition the results stand at NHDLGA 2 and CCWGA 2.

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