The 3rd Annual NewCoast Cup was held at Pacific Dunes GC on Sunday 4th December 2022.
A representative 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 were met with dry, sunny conditions at the challenging Pacific Dunes course.
After the morning session of foursomes, the NHDLGA team were down 2-4 against a very good CCWGA team. Matches won by both teams were of a very similar margin, with two of our losses occurring on the 16th & 17th holes. Unfortunately, Stacie suffered a bad knee injury & after 12 holes, & had to retire hurt & concede their match.
It all came down to the afternoon 12 singles matches, where we required 8 of the 12 points up for grabs to go our way if we were to win & retain the NewCoast Cup. Unfortunately the task proved a little too difficult, and we had to settle with 5 points to add to our 2 from the morning, giving us a total of 7 points. Two of our matches were halved by Jenny Frost & rookie Tracy Baker-Holmes on 18, & one of our other rookie players-Renay Robertson (our reserve), lost 1 down on 18. Great first time effort. Two more of our rookie players, Amy Squires & Angela Smylie, had excellent convincing wins & the experience of Jill Blenkey & Melissa Beavis shone through with gritty wins on the 18th hole.
Congratulations to Jude Tarran & her team with a very good win to take the Cup with an excellent score of 11-7.
We look forward to the challenge of meeting them again in 2023 on their home soil.
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 1.