A WARRNAMBOOL golf trio is this week celebrating a memorable state title victory.
David Holscher, Chris White and Kain Walker made a trip to Nhill worthwhile by winning the Victorian country golf teams’ championship.
They scored 292 stableford points from nine rounds on Saturday and Sunday to claim a two-point triumph.
A Mortlake trio of Alistair Clarke, Peter Palmer and Gary Shalders was equal runner-up with 290 points.
Mornington Peninsula club Cerberus — Geoff Smith, Edmond Kennedy and Peter Molloy — also finished with 290 points.
Holscher said the win, the highlight of his golf career, was “unexpected but pleasing”.
“After the first round, we were all consistent, all around the same mark but we thought we had plenty of improvement left in us,” he said.
“Overnight (after the second round) we didn’t think we were too far away. But it was definitely unexpected.”
Warrnambool was well down the standings after earning 86 points in round one but stormed into contention with 105 in round two.
The trio took that form into round three, finishing with 100 in testing conditions to secure the championship.
Holscher, who plays off seven, finished with 98 points from his 54 holes, while White, off four, added 90 points.
But Walker, off 13, was the star of the weekend, contributing 104 points — the second-highest of the tournament.
Highlighting their efforts was each scored an eagle on the par-five 18th — White in round two and Holscher and Walker in round three.
“I had a bit of luck. I had to chip out of the trees to get back on the fairway and hit it from 135 metres,” Holscher said.
“But we had plenty of bad luck so you take it when you can.
“Chris was on in two and made a good putt and Kain chipped in from the edge of the green.”
The trio qualified for the championships by winning the Currie Cup, a Corangamite District Golf Association teams’ event in May.
The result, Warrnambool ahead of Mortlake, delivered the CDGA a rare quinella in the annual event.
A second Mortlake team of Steve Hubbard, Richard van Diemen and John Moore was 25th with 234 points.