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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

Coming Events in the District

 Tuesday, July 24, 2018

2018 Nathalia Men's Annual Tournament

Sunday 19th August

For a full list of coming events, go to the webpage

GMGA Delegates Meeting 20th August 7pm, Shepparton Golf Club

Vogel and Michel win GMGA District Championships

 Monday, July 09, 2018

Vogel and Michel win district championships


The Goulburn Murray Golf Association (GMGA) golf championships were played on the superbly presented Tocumwal course in conjunction with the Tocumwal Open event, over the weekend (7 & 8 July).  In a good and strong field of players from clubs of the District, the early favourites and lowest handicap players did not disappoint with Stephanie Vogel of Cobram Barooga club and Kyle Michel, Shepparton taking the women’s and men’s championships.

Vogel returned rounds of 77 Saturday and 74 Sunday for a scratch score total of 151 for a big win over runner up Bobbette Wilkinson of Tocumwal.  In the Men’s event Kyle Michel starred on Saturday with a 68 to give him a four shot lead then with 72 on Sunday for a total of 140 he cruised through ahead of Blair Christie of Rich River who returned scores of 77 and 72 for 148.  Great golf from the winners and runners up.  Michel left Tocumwal to head to the airport for a flight to the USA to play in amateur qualifying events over the next six weeks.  The GMGA wish Kyle well and recognise the quality of golfers in the District.

In the handicap events Julie Daniels of Numurkah won the A grade women’s event with net 157 just ahead of Sue Pappas of Tocumwal 158. In B Grade Megan Carr put Mooroopna on the map with net 156 ahead of Sue Lawson of Tocumwal 158.  Balls down the line went to Petra Wilmot 159, Julie O’Brien 162, Bobbette Wilkinson 163 and on 164 Jenny Bauerle, Helen Emery, Anne Beveridge and Janie Hills.  

In the men’s handicap divisions Peter Bolt from Tocumwal won A grade with 146 to just pip Matt Miller of Hill Top Tatura 147.  In B grade Andrew Nunn of Tocumwal with the best net score of the tournament of 141 won with Jordan Bovalina of Cobram Barooga on 150 runner up. Balls down the line went to Sam Bates 150, Dylan Grandyl, Mel McKenna 153, Andrew Storer 156, and Michael Cooper 157 and on 158 Caleb Bovilina, Ben Kerr and Mark Corridan.

Next week GMGA Winter Pennant returns with only a couple of rounds to go before the final on 28 July and then the Sandscape championships will be played at Rochester on 12 August