State pennant to Launceston

LAUNCESTON Golf Club's division 1 pennant team is the new state champion after defeating the Tasmanian Golf Club in the state final played at Mowbray yesterday.

Launceston won the 36-hole contest, 4-3, in a thrilling final, which went down to the last hole _ denying the reigning champion Tasmania a sixth-straight title.

In individual results yesterday, Launceston's Greg Longmore defeated Tasmania's Andrew Phillips 11 and 10, Cam Bell lost to Mark Schulze 8, and 7, and Mitch Van Noord overcame Richard Kube 7 and 6.

Brett Churchill beat Stuart Bonnitcha 5 and 4, Josh Molendyk defeated Craig Christie 2 up, Chris Sayer lost to Josh Spaulding 2 and 1 and Matt Marston went down to Paul Faulks 3 and 2.

Molendyk held his nerve at the end in a tense finish with the final tied up at 3-3 and the result in the balance.

He won the 35th hole against Christie to go 1 up and followed up by winning the final hole to give his team the state title.

In the division 2 state final, Mowbray emerged victorious defeating Royal Hobart 5-2.

Mowbray's Daniel Murray finished square with Mark Goodman, Lachlan McDougall defeated Andrew Hetjmanek 4 and 3 and Curt Mathews finished square with Justin Smith.

Joel Harwood defeated Dieter Jones 2 and 1, Scott Johnson beat Mark Guy 7 and 6, while Mark Stubbs lost to Paul Collins 2 and 1.

George Waller defeated Gus Burrell 3 and 2.

Ulverstone rounded out a Northern trifecta defeating Tasmania 4-3, to take home the division 3 title.

Launceston division 1 pennant team. BACK: Cameron Bell, Josh Molendyk, Brett Churchill, Mitch Van Noord, Andrew Wright. FRONT: Chris Sayer, captain Greg Longmore and Matt Marston.  Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Launceston division 1 pennant team. BACK: Cameron Bell, Josh Molendyk, Brett Churchill, Mitch Van Noord, Andrew Wright. FRONT: Chris Sayer, captain Greg Longmore and Matt Marston. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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