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What is the Sydney Metropolitan Encourage Shield?

The Encourage Shield is an annual handicap match play competition for teams of juniors from Golf Clubs in the Sydney Metropolitan Region.

The objective of the Encourage Shield is to provide young golfers with the opportunity to test their skills and learn match play competition in an environment that is fun, supportive and free of undue interference.

The competition is handicap match play over 18 holes.  Each contest will comprise of six individual matches. Each Individual match counts for one point.

Boys and girls are eligible to play and may play off their current daily handicap which has a maximum for boys at 36 and maximum for girls at 45.

The Encourage Shield is an excellent opportunity for those juniors who are not yet at Junior Pennant level.  It gives them a chance to learn the art of Matchplay so in the future when they are taking the step into Junior Pennant they are prepared.

2020 Metropolitan Encourage Shield Final

The 2020 Encourage Shield final was played in glorious weather at Brighton Lakes on Sunday 6th December. Ten years ago Woolooware Golf Club won the event, but had not since played in the final and it was the first time that Pennant Hills Golf Club had made it this far. Both teams were young, with no much match play experience, particularly at this level. But, they had won their division and their semi-final, so were keen and excited to be in the final.

As they players approached the 10th hole, the Woolooware team were leading in 3 matches with 2 square and the Pennant Hills #4 was just in front. Very close but plenty of holes still to play. The Woolooware #6 got the first win after 10 holes but the other 5 matches were very close. The next win came at the 16th hole when both teams claimed a win each making it 2-1 to Woolooware. Managers were getting nervous. Then Pennant Hills #5 won her match at 17, making it 2-2 with the  #1 and #2 players hitting off 17th tee. Each team had a player at 1 up so it was very even. At the  17th hole the Pennant Hills #2 won the hole for a 2/1 win and the #2’s were square, so 18 would be a crucial hole. The mid length par three was slightly across the dam, hitting straight into a slight breeze. A large spectator crowd watched as the Pennant Hills #1 tee shot started out over the water but drifted back to clear the penalty area, only to bounce back off the slope into the water. Point of entry beside the green. The Woolooware #1 then pulled his tee shot too much and got it wet, the point of entry way back near the tee. His 3rd shot was similar but it cleared the water only so bounce back into it as had his opponent. He took his 2 club length drop and deftly chipped to about 30cm for a gimmee 6. The Pennant Hills #1 had chipped just through the green and chipped to about 1m for 4, so had to sink that putt for a 5 and the win. He took his time and carefully sunk the putt to give Pennant Hills their first ever Encourage Shield win.

Pennant Hills Golf Club – James Dailly, Brian Wu, Riley Lam, Matthew Nathan, Wenxin Wang, Agatha Hui

Manager – Andrew Lam

2020 Event Dates:

The dates for the 2020 Metropolitan competition will be as follows:

Round 1 - 11th October

Round 2 - 18th October

Round 3 - 25th October

Round 4 - 1st November

Round 5 - 8th November

Quarter Final - 15th November

Semi Final - 29th November

Final - 6th December




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