Women golfers shine

August 03, 2017

Victorian Country Championship runner-up Jess Pickwick (left), winner Casey Wild (right) and Golf Victoria representative Sue Rea.

Foursomes Championship winners Jo Flaherty and Casey Wild.

It was hard to see when morning fog enveloped the course.

Betty Kernot Trophy winner, Jess Pickwick with Glenelg Cup winner Janice Marchesi.

The Golf Victoria Women’s Country Championships were held at Cobram Barooga Golf Club from Monday to Friday last week.

On Monday, the 36-hole Foursomes Championship was held. The pairs played the West course in the morning and the Old course in the afternoon.

Heavy fog rolled in during the morning, threatening to delay the start, but only the last few groups were affected.

The winners were Casey Wild (Wodonga) and Jo Flaherty (Warrnambool/Port Fairy) with 148 gross.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw two days of stroke play with the field divided into two groups.

The lower handicappers played for the Betty Kernot Trophy for the best gross score over the two days.

This was won by Jessica Pickwick (Kilmore) for the third time.

The top eight players then played match play on Thursday and Friday to decide the Country Champion.

The other group played for the Glenelg Cup, awarded to the best nett score for the two days. This was won by Janice Marchesi (Newry).

The matchplay produced some exciting golf with Casey Wild (Wodonga) defeating Jessica Pickwick (Kilmore) in the final 2/1.

Cobram Barooga’s Steffi Vogel made it to the quarter finals but was defeated by Wild, the eventual winner.

The organisers were relieved that apart from fog and a cold wind, the days remained fine.

The players were delighted with the excellent conditions of the courses and the friendly hospitality shown by members and staff alike.

Held here every four years, the championships are open to any women golfers who are affiliated with a Victorian country club.

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