MEREWETHER co-captain Craig Jones had just finished putting when he turned around to see two golf carts racing down the 17th fairway with players hanging out the side yahooing.
Instantly, he knew Merewether's 37-year wait for another A-Grade pennants title was over.
Merewether edged out Toronto 5-3 in a tense final at Shortland Waters on Sunday to win their first A-Grade pennant since 1982.
"It was the best feeling I have experienced on a golf course," Jones said. "I was on the 16th green and playing in a group with Josh Greenwood (Toronto) and he said 'I think it's all over'. We turned around and there were two carts coming down the 17th. I have won club championships before, had hole in ones but that was the pinnacle. We have been building for a couple of years and it was a great sense of relief to get it done."
After losing the final last year to Waratah, Jones said they were mentally stronger second time around.
"We didn't get caught up in it," he said. "We finished the rounds on top of the ladder and knew we were good enough. We just went out and played golf. We looked at the trophy on Sunday and 1982 was the last time Merewether's name appeared on it. We have the taste for it now and don't want to let it go."
Merewether's middle order set up the win.
Aaron Duffy, playing as the number seven, edged out Brett Porter on the 19th hole, Matt Lister overcame Tim O'Reilly 2 and 1, David Cook pipped Craig Avery 1 up, Luke Ferrier accounted for Jake Dundas 1 up and Scott Telfer beat Dave Alexander 5 and 3.
"It was players seven to three who really stood up and got the job done for us," Jones said. "That shows the depth of the team. Everyone is off a handicap of one or better. We had 13 in the squad and the last three years we have built a really strong camaraderie."
Jones paid tribute to Toronto and the "great spirit" in which the final was played and praised hosts Shortland Waters.
"The new holes are really good," Jones said. "They are links-style holes and they were presented really well."
* Newcastle plan to be a force in the top tier next season after sealing promotion with a 5-3 win over Muree in the division two final.
Chris Turnbull, Josh Robards, Ben Hawes, Bruce Hill and Greg Frazer were the winners for Newcastle.
Turnbull was the stand out. Playing No.1, he was down four holes with six to play and won on the 18th.
"We will be stronger next year with the amount of good juniors coming through," captain Bill Tonkin said.
* Waratah young gun Caleb Bromley will take on Jack McLeod (Bonnie Doon) in an 18-hole play-off for the Charlestown Cup. The pair fired two-under par 70s to finish tied on Saturday.
Former Charlestown member Robert Payne (Duntryleague) was a stoke back. Jye Pickin was fourth at even par.