Winners: Matt Miller, Rowena Wallace and Lynley Eadie present the silverware.

A very hot day greeted a good number of golfers on Sunday as they faced off against what has been summed up as a tough course from Shepparton. The Goulburn Murray Golf Association District Championships were contested in conjunction with the Shepparton Open.

The date of the event in mid-December, while probably not the best time of year, was a consequence of changes imposed on organizers due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic during the year. .

The Shepparton Open, which was a Victoria Order of Merit event, brought together players from many golf clubs in the state. However, it was very interesting how well those in the local GMGA district performed.

The result of the women’s championship was extremely satisfying as it was won by Rowena Wallace of Cobram-Barooga. Wallace hasn’t enjoyed the best health in recent months, but is committed to playing in what can only be described as a truly determined and courageous endeavor. Playing well enough for the first nine holes, Wallace got tired on the last few holes but managed a believable finish to win the traditional cup.

Three strokes behind Wallace, GMGA women captain Mandy Faram took second prize.

In the handicap division, Shepparton Visionary of the Year member Lynley Eadie took home the historic silver cup and associated awards with a net of 77. Shepparton’s female captain, Kerryn Pickworth, followed by near to second place with 78.

The men’s championship was won by Matt Miller of Tatura-Hill Top with a raw score of 70, two under the card. Playing with a handicap of plus one, Miller didn’t start well; being three more after his first six holes. He then settled in and started a birdie blitz. Square with the card with three holes to go Miller landed two more birdies, out of his seven for the day, to finish two under.

This is a big achievement for a young man who celebrated his 21st birthday just a few weeks ago and places him in a special class at his home club, being just the fifth man on Hill Top. have won this event since he started in the District in 1931. Miller not only won the District Championship, but he was too good for everyone else in the state to win the Shepparton Open scratch and handicap events .

The championship runner-up was former two-time winner Andrew Storer of Numurkah Golf Club who shot a 74 scratch score and looked a little tired at the end of the day, after three days of golf in the Port Phillip Amateur in the Commonwealth Golf Club over the past few days.

In the men’s handicap division (Miller could only win one event in the GMGA section) Bob Shields of Shepparton won with a net of 72 just ahead of Liam Ridd on 73. Well done to those Shepparton members not only for your results. , but for your support the major event of the club.

The GMGA events for 2021 are now over and dusted off, as we prepare for the start of the Four Ball Sunday Pennant season starting in January.

– David Roberts