WARRNAMBOOL ball striker Simon Goggin is the king of south-west Victorian golf.
Goggin, 37, claimed a convincing win in the Corangamite District Golf Association 27-hole championships at Warrnambool golf course.
The triumph delivered the Hamilton-raised golfer the H. L. Parslow Trophy and earned him a second regional title for 2013.
He also won the 36-hole South West District Golf Association championships, for a second time, in March. “I was pretty happy with the way I played. To win two district championships in the one year is very exciting for me,” he said yesterday. Goggin shot a masterful two-under-par 106 to claim the top honour at the Younger Street course on Saturday.
He started on the 10th, shooting two-under 34 on the back nine to lay the foundation of the win. A round of even-par 72 in the afternoon secured the win from Melbourne-based Port Fairy member Chris Dunn, who shot 113.
Nullawarre’s Alistair Gillin and Port Fairy’s Shane Gurnett were tied for third with 115.
Goggin started playing golf when he was 10, following the lead of his father.
Goggin said Warrnambool golf course was “one of the best courses I’ve played”.
“I played here as a kid and fell in love with it then,” he said.
“Every hole is different, it plays differently every day and it’s extremely challenging.”
Goggin, handicap 1.5, also won the best net score with 104.5.
Port Fairy’s Matthew Cameron took out the best scratch score by a golfer under 21, with 141.
Cameron won on a countback from clubmate Chris Roberts, who was the B grade champion.
Port Fairy’s Rex Grady won the veterans’ title, for golfers over 55, with 132.