Competition first for Creigiau in centenary year
WALES: Friday Sept 17th
FORMAT: 6-round knockout foursomes (best of 3 per match)
Creigiau won the Ping Welsh Mixed Foursomes for the first time with their dream team of mother-and-son Jackie and Adam Stamenkovic delivering the knockout blow in a keenly-contested final with Pontardawe at Mold.
The deadly duo have been representing their club in the competition since 2017 and have never been beaten. They won all six matches when they reached the final that year and repeated the feat this time around as the club went one step further. In 2018 and 19 they also won every tie despite the team losing in earlier rounds.
And the Stamenkovics held their nerve superbly when it was clear the outcome of the title was resting on their shoulders. The win was all the more special as it is the club’s centenary year.
Having gone one up at 15, Pontardawe’s Karl Lewis holed a 20-footer for par at the short 16th. In response Jackie made sure of matching his score from three feet.
It was then Adam’s turn to drive and he unleashed a monster effort up the hill leaving his mum with just 60 yards to the pin. In reponse the Pontardawe pair struggled and they conceded when they were ten feet away in five while the Creigiau duo were within tap-in range in three.
“We’ve had a lot of supportive messages and lots of the Creigiau members were obviously following us on the live scoring on the Wales Golf website,” said Jackie.
“National wins for our golf club don’t happen often and it was also special because we played the same six players in all six matches.”
Having beaten holders Green Meadow in the quarter-finals, Creigiau tackled Swansea Bay in difficult conditions on Sunday morning. Top pair Sian Jones and Owain Lewis coped well with the wet conditions to deliver a 2&1 victory before the Stamenkovics sealed the final spot, again on the 17th.
Later that afternoon in the final, the soon-to-be champions lost the top match but husband-and-wife duo Jackie and Kelvin Jones came to the party, rattling up a 6&5 success before the anchor duo did what they always do.