Gillin cleans up with title win No. 21

ALISTAIR Gillin credited a steady performance for his 21st Timboon Golf Club men’s championship win.

Gillin finished 20 shots clear of Neil Gowland on Saturday.

The Nullawarre dairy farmer fired a final round two-over-par 74 for a four-round total of 296. Gillin combined Warrnambool and Timboon championships this month, finishing third in the Warrnambool tournament.

“I am happy to get another (Timboon) one and happy they are both over,” he said. “It was very hectic and hard to work, time-wise.”

Gillin, who thanked Timboon for allowing him and Justin to play early during the Warrnambool championships, entered the final round of his home tournament 16 shots clear.

“I made a lot of regulation pars, there were no real standout holes on Saturday,” he said.

Barry Cook (B grade) and Mark McKenzie (C grade) were other Timboon title winners. 

Meanwhile, Ash Couch celebrated his second Cobden Golf Club men’s championship win on Saturday.

Couch finished four shots clear of a fast-finishing Jarrod Schill. The 2011 winner carded a final round five-over-par 77 for a four-round total of 310. 

Couch, playing off a handicap of four, shot 78, 80 and 75 in the first three rounds.

Schill, playing off scratch, carded three consecutive rounds of 80 before finishing with 74 to bridge the gap on Couch.

Teenager Henry Green finished nine shots further back in third. Green created Cobden Golf Club history in 2012 when, at 15, he became the youngest A grade winner in 75 years.

Couch credited consistency for his win.

“I was leading after nine holes by 10 but then Jarrod had a two-under card on the back nine and put pressure on me,” he said.  “I was lucky enough to hold on.” 

Couch said the win was reward for effort. “It was good to get some consistent rounds and I practice golf a fair bit so it means a fair bit to have a win,” he said.

Marty Darcy won Cobden’s B grade crown with a four-round 346, while Geoff Davis collected the C grade title with 366.

Dave Absolom hit a total of 385  to take out the D grade honours. 

Carol Bennett won the women’s title.

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