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2018 GMGA Winter Pennant for Men and Women

 Monday, July 30, 2018

Rich River Win Three Pennants Shepparton take home Bart!

Last Sunday at an excellently presented Cobram-Barooga Golf Club the finals of the Goulburn Murray Golf Association (GMGA) inter-club pennant were played.   Nine clubs which represented seventy five percent of the clubs who fielded teams in the home and away competition were represented across the seven divisions which is a very pleasing result and a real plus for the evenness of the competition and club involvement. 

In summary of the season the GMGA President David Roberts highlighted the fact that the Association added a Division for women players in addition to their normal mid-week pennant, which allowed working women to participate and enjoy the match play interclub competition which they have not been able to do until this year.  This was certainly highlighted by the Captain of Rich River team who spoke the quote of the day with “This competition is a small step for women but a giant step for women’s golf.”  

To keep with the women first, Rich River played Cobram-Barooga and a very tight result with close matches saw Rich River defeat Cobram-Barooga 4/1 in which four matches were extremely close.  In the end the low handicappers of Cobram-Barooga just could not hang on against the Rich River team.   Well done to all the teams in the history making women’s division.   While on the subject of the women’s golf congratulations are due to Steffi Vogel from Cobram-Barooga who won the Victorian Country Championships played at Yarrawonga earlier this week.

In Division Six, which was the tightest Division of the season Merrigum played Kyabram Valley View and the closeness reigned supreme.  After the completion of four completed matches both teams registered two wins each.  Then final match was still out there and going on until Bruce Brown from Merrigum was the hero when he managed to defeat Peter Blackmore on the twenty second hole.  The longest match of the day.  The historians are now searching the record books to see when Merrigum last won a winter pennant.     

Division Five saw Shepparton take on Rich River which were the strongest team during the season and Rich River proved their strength with a 4/1 win.  Four of the five matches were close, going to at least the sixteenth hole.  In the conclusion and joy of victory Rich River completed the season undefeated and gracefully accepted the flag.  At this stage of presentations for the day Rich River had collected two flags

In Division Four Shepparton who were the strong team during the home and away season; although they staggered a little last week.  Kialla finished the season strongly, but faced a couple of selection issues at the last minute.  Shepparton started well and had two match victories in the first three matches with the other going down the nineteenth.  Two big wins to Kialla in the final two pairings made it two all.  However Shepparton’s team Captain Gavin Mears dug in hard to win on the extra hole and secure Shepparton a 3/2 win and the pennant to take home.

Division Three was the other close Division for ladder positions and finals berth.  Kyabram Valley View finished on top and took on Rich River who squeezed into second.  This turned into the great upset of the day when Rich River, who fielded by far the youngest team of the completion, stormed through the rubber with a 5/0 victory to leave Valley View in shock.  This not only registered Rich River their third pennant of the day and all victories from three finals, but gave wonderful praise to their junior program and the enthusiasm of the players.  One of the highlights of the final day was when all three Rich River teams gathered for a photo of all players and highlighted their support for each other.   

Division Two, a scratch division (no handicaps used) was played between the strong Numurkah club and Hill Top Tatura home Club players.  On paper it looked like a big win to Numurkah but Hill Top put on a great effort to push the Numurkah team to the wire.  John Keller from Hill Top managed a win on the nineteenth but then Numurkah notched up two big wins. Steve Haigh got Hill Top back in with a 2/1 win over David Booth.  However, Brett Wildes for Numurkah was just a little too good for Matt Miller to win 2up and secure Numurkah the Division Two win.

Division One best described as the competition between the best players of the District came down to a contest between the across river clubs of Shepparton and Mooroopna.  Lincoln Ferrari set up a great start for Shepparton with a 5/3 win over Michael Barca.  Ben McGibbon struck back for Mooroopna with a 5/4 win over Daniel Adem.  Luke Dixon of Shepparton scored a win over Jamie Scapin on the eighteenth and in the contest of two of the District’s best players Leighton Lyle ofg Shepparton defeated Brett Kellow 2/1.  This was enough to give Shepparton three wins and hence Jordan Geisler and Jeremy Rath who were in a tight tussle were called in from their twentieth hole for an agreed draw.  The final result recorded as Shepparton win 3.5 to Mooroopna 1.5.

Division 7 Handicap. Rich River Women defeated Cobram Barooga 4&1

Division 6 Handicap. Merrigum defeated Valley View 3&2 on the 20th hole

Division 5 Handicap. Rich River defeated Shepparton 4&1

Division 4 Handicap. Shepparton defeated Kialla 3&2

Division 3 Handicap.  Rich River defeated Valley View 5&0 and remained undefeated for the seasion.

Division 2 Scratch Numurkah defeated Hilltop 3&2

Division 1 Scratch Shepparton defeated Mooroopna 3.5 to 1.5 to win the Bert Larson Trophy