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    2018 - 07.03

    Clubs at the ready: Michael Car (Buninyong), Kyle Haase (Midlands), Luke Murray (Ballarat) and Tim Steele (Mount Xavier) all have their eyes on this year’s Ballarat District Golf Association division one pennant shield. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCEONLY four clubs will compete in the Ballarat District Golf Association’s division one pennant season in 2015.
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    Defending champions Midlands GC, last year’s runner-ups Mount Xavier, Buninyong and Ballarat will renew battle ties at Beaufort in the opening two rounds on Sunday.

    However, Bacchus Marsh will be absent from this year’s calendar after switching associations, as will Chalambar, which has elected out of the top level following the loss of several key players.

    The omissions have Midlands golfers expecting a close tussle for back-to-back shields, and division one member Kyle Haase expects one of the tightest pennant seasons in recent memory.

    “Now we’re just stuck with the four teams, but they’re high- quality teams and it will be a good challenge,” he said.

    “You don’t go into any week thinking you’ve got a pretty easy round and it will (probably) be the complete opposite.

    “Being defending champ-

    ions, you always go in hoping to claim the title again.”

    A demanding first week of action will see the top division play two matches over 36 holes at Beaufort this Sunday.

    Play will resume at Mount Xavier on April 12, followed by Forest Resort on April 19, Ballarat on April 26 and Midlands on May 3, then a one-week break before the finals at Buninyong on May 17.

    Divisions two to five will also contest the 2015 season, alongside the veterans and women’s pennant, as well as women’s midweek pennant on Mondays.

    Midlands has dominated the pennant scene in recent seasons, drawing for the division one title in 2010 and winning it in 2011, 2012 and in 2014.

    Haase said the side would be similar to last year’s championship outfit.

    “Our side’s going to be pretty similar,” he said.

    “Corey Haase will be in the side and he’s only 17, but who knows how long we’ll have him for because he’ll probably end up in Melbourne at some point.

    “Craig (Boucher) is always pretty good. You can always count on him to be the anchor in there, but our seven guys are all pretty solid.

    “We try and get everyone on Saturdays now to have a hit and make sure they’re in form.”

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