CORANGAMITE District Golf Association is well-positioned to return to the elite level of Victorian Country Week.
That’s the verdict of association secretary John Snowden, who yesterday put full faith in the eight-member representative team.
Corangamite will contest division two of country week, the plate competition, in Melbourne from October 2 to 4.
Snowden said the team was capable of claiming victory and finally returning to division one, the shield competition.
“They’re capable of lifting us back up there if they play to their expectations,” he said.
The team includes four Port Fairy golfers — Chris Dunn, Shane Gurnett, Troy Richardson and Nelson Williams.
Alistair Gillin (Timboon), Andrew Keane (Warrnambool), Tim Farquharson (Birregurra) and Jarrod Schill (Cobden) are also bound for Melbourne.
Williams and Schill will represent Corangamite for the first time.
Corangamite meets South Gippsland, East Gippsland, North Eastern and South Western over the three days.
It will play at Kooringal Golf Club in Altona, Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club in Point Cook and Eynesbury Golf Club, near Melton.
Snowden said the team was not the strongest Corangamite could put together, but selectors had to choose from golfers who made themselves available to play.
“There are a few players who don’t put their names down,” he said.
‘‘That’s up to the individual.
“You never get your best team from the district, you can only pick from the people who are available.”
The 36-hole Victorian Country Championships, for individual golfers from the bush, will go ahead on September 30 and October 1.
The courses are Settler’s Run Golf Club, near Cranbourne, and Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Cheltenham.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Golf Western District representative team yesterday finished its Victorian Country Week campaign on a low note.
A 7-0 defeat at the hands of title-winning Mornington Peninsula meant Western finished in third spot in division two.
The three-day campaign finished with two wins and two losses.
Western beat Dalhousie 6.5-0.5 and South Gippsland 6-1 but lost to Ballarat 4-3 and Mornington Peninsula 7-0.