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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

2019 Winners Asquith GC and Lynwood CC

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.




If you require further information please contact Greg Watkinson on 0407 422 112 or