Josh and Blade Gadd


Josh and Blade Gadd produced a record performance to spread-eagle a strong field and claim the 2021 Penrith Golf Club foursomes championship last Saturday.

The Gadd brothers blazed their way around the course with matching rounds of 69 for a 36-hole total of 138, six under par, and a seven-stroke victory over former club champion Dale Hughes and reigning champion Daniel Smyth.
Hughes and Smyth shot 72 and 73 for a 145 total, one that would have secured the title comfortably most years but it paled in comparison to the Gadds’ relentless charge.
The Gadds led by three through 18 holes, with the par round 72 of Hughes and Smyth matched by Colin Stockley and David Bishop. Peter Morris and Matthew Munce were next best on 74. Any chance of the chasing pack reeling in the Gadds quickly became a fruitless pursuit as they continued to pile on the birdies and were four under par through eight holes in the second round. Bogeys on the 9th and 11th holes stalled their momentum as conditions became blustery and cool but they soon steadied and charged home.

Stockley and Bishop stayed in contention for the runner-up position, with a second-round 75 leaving them on 147, two strokes behind Hughes and Smyth. It was enough to secure Stockley and Bishop the 36-hole net title.

Chris Lawler and Alex Platts made up for an opening round 78 with a 73 to finish fourth on 151, followed by Morris and Munce (74,78-152).

For the Gadd family, it continues a terrific year, highlighted by dad Jeff’s brilliant course record-equalling 63 in the Penrith Open in March. And it sets the stage for an enthralling club championship starting this Saturday with the Gadds vying for family bragging rights and also facing strong challenges from Hughes and Smyth and also Will Arnold among a long list of high-calibre challenges for the club’s primer title.