Golf Victoria’s Country Week was dominated by the Goulburn Murray Golf Association, with both the men’s and women’s teams claiming stirring victories.
The women last won the division one competition in 1980, but the weight of history was no match for the region’s best golfers who completed an outstanding double to back up last year’s division two victory with a win at the highest level last week.
‘‘We had a ripper week, it was a great success for us and the first time since 1980 that we had won division one,’’ captain Anne Beveridge said.
‘‘It was seriously tough, but to come down from the country and knock them (metro teams) off on their own courses was amazing.
‘‘To be promoted and then to be cleaning up in division one I think we really snuck up on everyone, going into it all I wanted was to not be relegated, so we’re just so proud of all the players and caddies for putting in such a team effort.’’
Steffi Vogel claimed the final hole of the tournament to hand Goulburn Murray a tense triumph over Golf Peninsula by squaring her match, resulting in a one-point overall (20-8 to 19-9) win after both sides had won three and lost one clash during the competition.
The men’s team completed the clean sweep with an undefeated run in the Plate (division two) competition, dominating proceedings from the outset and securing promotion for next season in the process.
‘‘The guys had some pretty convincing wins and went through undefeated as a team,’’ team assistant Ross Campbell said.
‘‘It was astronomical what we did in the last few games to only lose a couple of games out of 21.’’
After defeating Murray Darling 4-3 in the first match, Goulburn Murray won its last three clashes by a combined total of 18-3 to convincingly claim the title.
This year was the first time the women’s and men’s competitions had been staged at the same time, and with both Goulburn Murray teams set to compete in division one next season it could make for another amazing week.
‘‘It was a fantastic outcome for both teams, next year we will both be in division one and under the new structure will both play at the same venues,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘It will be great.’’