Junior Country Regions & Kay Mahlook Shield Day 2 Wrap
The Goulburn Valley girls have successfully defended the Kay Mahlook Shield for the second year running. On the final days play South Western went head-to-head with Goulburn Valley for the 2014 title but it was Goulburn Valleys experience that prevailed. Goulburn Valley displayed steady form throughout the tournament with both Steffi Vogel and Alysha Booth undefeated.
Meanwhile Murray Darling and Western battled off for third position. It was extremely close with Sophie Crouch nailing a seven foot putt on the 18th hole to secure the two match points for Murray Darling and overall third.
In the Junior Country Regions, following relegation last year Peninsula District bounced back with a commanding win 22 shots clear of West Gippsland District in second position. Captain Riley Stevens solid form helped his team to victory and also earnt him the overall individual gross title. In the nett section Corangamite/South Western defended their 2013 title successfully which was hightlighted by Matthew Heard’s 140 nett score also crowning him the overall individual nett title.
At Heathcote Golf Club the conditions where perfect and at the beginning of the round Ballarat led Goulburn Valley by just 3 strokes.
The Ballarat team led by Matt Ryan carded 4 scores in the 70’s including a 73 from Corey Haase.
Ballarat are the first team to win 3 division A titles in the events history, beating Goulburn Valley by 14 shots. The Ballarat team have worked hard and under the guidance of previous team manager Chris Lysaght and current team manager Ivan Cato they have been able to comfortably win the last two of the three titles. They will need to find some new local talent to top up for next year as Captain Matt Ryan, Joel Anstis and Daniel Staples won’t be eligible for next years event.
Goulburn Valley won the handicap championship by 14 shots from North East, all of the Goulburn Valley boys are eligible to play in next years event so if they can keep playing better than their handicaps they may be one to watch.
Corey Haase took out the individual honours with 73,73 146, Haase led after the first round in 2013 though wasn’t able to continue his good form. When asked what had changed this year for him to back it up after the first round joint lead he said that having more experience and being that little bit older helped him get through.
Rhys Rigoni from North East won’t be on a 27 handicap for too long after having nett scores of 63 and 64 for a nett total of 127.
Golf Victoria would like to thank all the district team managers for their support of the event and all the Kyneton and Heathcote Golf Club committee members and volunteers for preparing the courses so magnificently and providing all the delicious food!
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Junior Country Regions Division B & Kay Mahlook Shield Day 1 Wrap
Seven districts travelled afar to make up the boys field in the 2014 Junior Country Regions (Division B). Following a healthy lunch snack beautifully prepared by volunteer Kyneton members, the boys were ready to tackle the well presented Kyneton Golf Club. Following relegation last year, Peninsula District were consistent posting a team total of 489. Riley Stevens a member of the Peninsula team also carded the best stroke score of the day of 73. Wimmera and West Gippsland District are within striking distance only 13 and 14 shots back respectively.
Other highlights include a nett 68 from Josh Reiter from West Gippsland District.
In the Kay Mahlook Shield, defending champions Goulburn Valley had commanding wins in both rounds. Equally as strong were the South Western District who are only one individual game behind Goulburn Valley. It will be an exciting finale to the 2014 Kay Mahloook Shield with Goulburn Valley and South Western set to battle head-to-head for the title in round three.