A blistering finish has given Euroa’s Edward Carracher his own slice of golfing history.
Carracher was crowned Victorian men’s sand greens champion for the third time at Wedderburn Golf Club at the weekend, only the second player in history to do so.
‘‘It’s good, I’m pretty happy with myself to be honest,’’ he said.
After winning the event last year and in 2013, Carracher defended his title with four birdies on the back nine — including a chipped birdie from more than 10m on the final hole — to stave off a challenge from two-time winner Nathan Schneider and record a final two-round score of 137 (one under par).
‘‘I was a bit surprised that I played that well actually, I haven’t been playing anywhere near that well really,’’ Carracher said.
‘‘But the course had a lot of birdies in it, you just had to stick to it and luckily I was able to chip the last one in.’’
Ralph Dickerson (1977, 1980-81) is the man Carracher, 27, joins on top of the honourboard, but not for long if he has his way.
‘‘It’s a pretty good feeling, you never set out to get the records and all that, but I’ll definitely be trying to win it next year to be the only one with four,’’ he said.
‘‘That would be pretty special.’’
Next year’s championships are set to be held at Rutherglen, and will once again be a family affair for the Carrachers with father Lance (who won a title himself in 1988) also a regular competitor.
‘‘It’s a bit of a tradition now, Dad and a couple of other blokes all play,’’ Carracher said.
‘‘He (Lance) has probably only missed two of the last 20-odd championships, and he’s pretty proud and always pretty chuffed.
‘‘He’s got a lot more club championships than I do though, so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do there.’’
Carracher’s dreams of turning professional were shelved long ago, but in his current form anything would seem possible.
‘‘I think I’m a bit past that stage now, I would have loved to be a professional golfer,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve always played footy and that always got in the way, and it’s tough, I don’t really have the time to play golf everyday and have to work sometime.’’