CORANGAMITE District Golf Association will contest the elite level of Victorian Country Week in 2014.
The eight-member squad yesterday wrapped up second spot in division two by defeating South Western at Eynesbury Golf Club.
Corangamite started the day in second, level on points with third-ranked Geelong.
Both sides had a win, a draw and a loss after three rounds, with just 0.5 contests separating the pair — 11.5 to 11. The standings meant Corangamite had to match or better Geelong’s result on day four — a feat successfully achieved by 1pm.
Corangamite outclassed South Western 5-2. Geelong, needing six wins to snatch second, could only beat Dalhousie 5-2.
Sunraysia and Corangamite will promote to division one in 2014, at the expense of North Eastern and Goulburn Vallely.
Corangamite golfer Andrew Keane was stoked with the result.
“The boys are rapt, absolutely rapt,” he said yesterday.
Keane said Corangamite hoped to at least stay in division two. “We thought it might be a struggle to get into division one,” he said.
“And we didn’t want to get relegated to division three.
“The boys have rallied and we’ve done it.”
Cobden golfer Jarrod Schill and Birregurra champion Tim Farquharson led the way against South Western.
Schill defeated Noel Groves 7/6 and Farquharson beat Jason Chandler 6/5.
Keane beat Gary Hawker 3/2, Troy Richardson beat Graham Rentsch 2/1 and Chris Dunn beat Julian Gollasch 3/2.
Alistair Gillin and Shane Gurnett suffered Corangamite’s only defeats.
Gillin went down to Daryl Stalker 2/1 and Gurnett was outclassed by Simon Goggin 7/6
“Today was pretty critical for us,” Keane said.
“If we had lost one more game we were going to stay where we were.
“It’s been a great week for the whole lot of us.”
CDGA secretary John Snowden said the promotion meant the squad would contest division one in its last season as “Corangamite”.
“We’ll be part of a bigger district with South Western from January 1, 2015,” he said. “It’s going to be one big district from Camperdown to the South Australian border.
“The name we’ve decided on is Western District Golf Association.
“That’s why we were saying all week ‘wouldn’t it be great to finish with Corangamite in division one’.”
Corangamite lost to Sunraysia 5.5-1.5 and beat Dalhousie 6.5-0.5 in its two matches at Eynesbury Golf Club on Wednesday.
But a 3.5-all tie against Geelong at Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club on Thursday was arguably the most important result of the week.