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What is the State Junior Pennant and the State Encourage Shield?


The State Junior Pennant and State Encourage Shield have been introduced to provide an opportunity to all Junior Golfers in NSW to participate in a competitive match play team event. Each District Golf Association has the opportunity to enter a team in both events each year, for the chance to become the NSW Champion Junior Match Play Team winners.


In 2009, Jack Newton Junior Golf conducted the first State Encourage Shield event involving the finalists from Sydney and winners from Central Coast and Illawarra Districts. By 2013, there were more than 100 clubs, from 13 districts, involving more than 600 junior boys and girls participating in the knockout rounds and finals. In 2013, the first State Junior Pennant was conducted with 32 clubs from Sydney and 5 Districts participating. 

Year NSW Junior Pennant Winners NSW Encourage Shield Winners
2009   Hurstville
2010   Woolooware
2011   Kareela
2012   Port Macquarie
2013 Central West DGA Concord
2014 Avondale Toukley
2015 Kiama  Bega
2016 Federal Northern Rivers DGA
2017 Bexley GC Moore Park GC
2018 Lower North Coast DGA Moore Park GC
2019 Asquith GC Lynwood CC
2020 Illawarra DGA Far South Coast DGA

2020 State Junior Pennant Winners Illawarra DGA & State Encourage Shield Winners Far South Coast DGA

2020 NSW State Junior Pennant and State Encourage Shield

Horizons Golf Resort in the Port Stephens area was the challenging venue for the 8 teams vying for the coveted title of State Junior Pennant Champions and State Encourage Shield Champions. They came from as far south as Narooma and down from Port Macquarie to compete against two Sydney teams and two from the Central Coast area.

Semi-finals were played on Monday 11th January and then the finals the next day in perfect weather. The golf course looked great with greens and fairways excellent. Some bunkers were still a little wet, and there were a few temporary water areas after very heavy rain over the previous few weeks, but overall the course was a picture.

One highlight was a hole in on by Maddison Butterfield on the 4th hole. Well done Maddie, it was her first.

Encourage Shield

The first semi was between Pennant Hills (Penno) and Shelly Beach (Shelly). Penno had a young team (ages from 10 – 12) and found the length of Horizons a bit challenging. They fought hard to keep up with the longer hitting Shelly players and at the turn had 2 matches leading and they were down in 4. The back nine saw one match that was down come back to square the match, but Shelly had 3 wins in at that stage and won a very close contest 3.5 – 2.5. The other semi was a very close contest between Far South Coast DGA (FSC) and Lower North Coast DGA (LNC) At the turn FSC was up in 4 matches and square in 1 and were “cruising” to victory. Their manager was not getting over excited but was confident. The back nine saw a resurgence from LNC and with the last 2 matches playing the 18th it was 2-2 and both matches square. It finished 3-3 and so the nominated players (both No. 1’s – Maddison and Bailey) started the hole by hole decider. Both players bogied the 1st and went on to the 2nd, a par 5 for girls and par 4 for boys. Bailey was on for two and Maddie played a great 3rd shot to be just off for 3. Bailey made a good 2 putt from 12m for par, and unfortunately Maddie missed her par putt to give FSC a win, progressing to the final.

The final between Far South Coast and Shelly Beach was not as close as the semi and FSC were ahead in 4 with one match square after 9 holes. They went on to win 4-2. The playoff for 3rd place went to Pennant Hill 6-0.

Junior Pennant

Shelly Beach also had a team in the Junior Pennant Semi-finals and came up against Lynwood Country Club. After 9 holes Shelly had 2 matches leading +1 one square and were trailing in 3. By the 17th hole they had won 2, Lynwood had 3 wins in and the No.1’s were square hitting off 18. Riley from Shelly was beside the green for 2 while Ti from Lynwood had hit his 3rd shot on but was about 8 m from the hole. Riley’s chip shot was stone dead and Ti gave it to him meaning that Ti had to sink the putt to half the match and win the contest 3.5-2.5 for Lynwood. About 30 spectators gave him little chance and were planning for the play off at 3-3. He was as cool as could be as he lined it up and sunk the putt. His team members swamped him with congratulations and cheers and they progressed to the final. Golf Illawarra played against Lower North Coast in the other semi and were just ahead after 9 holes, leading in 3, one square and down in 2. The back nine at Horizons has several long narrow holes where a stray ball will not be found. This evened up the contest with the 3 girls from LNC hitting straighter than the big hitting Golf Illawarra boys. As the No.1’s hit off the 18th they were square and it was 3-2 to Golf Illawarra. Will from Illawarra hit his 2nd shot into the penalty area beside the green and took 6. Fletcher was on for 3 and made the 2 putt for the win making the contest level at 3-3. The 1st play off was halved with both Ethan and Fletcher making par. The tee shots off the 2nd playoff hole saw Ethan in the middle of the fairway and Fletcher clipped a tree and finished on the cart path. He had to punch low toward the green and was in the greenside bunker. Ethan’s 2nd shot landed in a small swale beside the green but remarkably spun back up the slope on to the green. He made a good 2 putt leaving Fletcher needing to hole his 2m par putt to continue on. Unfortunately, he missed it giving Golf Illawarra the contest win.

On paper, the final between Golf Illawarra and Lynwood looked a bit one sided with the 1 and 2 players, playing scratch match play, having 4 stroke lower handicaps but with the 3,4,5&6 playing handicap match play and Lynwood getting several shots each, anything could happen. After 9 holes there was only 2 holes difference between 4 matches but Golf Illawarra lead comfortably in the other two. The length of the back nine holes didn’t help Lynwood and the Golf Illawarra players kept the ball in play along the tight fairways to secure the win 4.5 – 1.5. In the 3rd/4th playoff Shelly Beach defeated Lower North Coast 4-2.


Junior Pennant Format - Team of 6 – 2 scratch and 4 handicap match play – boys and girls. Boys Maximum Handicap - 27 Girls Maximum Handicap - 36

Encourage Shield Format - Team of 6 – all handicap match play – boys and girls. Boys Handicap Range is 7 to 27 Girls Handicap Range is 7 to 36

Common Conditions - Age is under 18 as at 1st day of the DGA event, or as at 1st January in that Year. No caddies allowed. Distance measuring devices are allowed.

Region 1 - Sydney Metropolitan

Region 2 – Northern NSW – New England, Northern Rivers, North West, Mid North Coast, Central North, Lower North Coast

Region 3 – Southern NSW – Murray, Riverina, ACT Monaro, Illawarra, Far South Coast, Western Riverina, South West

Region 4 – Central NSW – Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Central Western, Western, Lachlan Valley, Hunter River, Newcastle

One team from each Region will progress to the State Finals after a Knock Out series. DGA event winner qualifies for either JP or ES. DGA may select a team to enter the other event. If there is no DGA event the DGA may select a team to represent in either or both events. Note:- If the DGA event winner has a player below handicap of 7 during their event, that player is still eligible for the state ES event. If there are two or more players under 7 handicap, the team must enter the state JP event.




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