Western District golf team sweeps division two at Melbourne Country Week

WOMEN’S Golf Western District is celebrating a Melbourne Country Week promotion.

The Alison Sinclair-skippered side earned a call-up to division one next year after collecting its sixth division two crown yesterday.

Sinclair said Western District needed to win one individual game in its final match to secure the division two title.

It recorded a five-matches- to-two win against Ballarat District at the Peninsula North course to go through the three-day tournament undefeated with four wins.

“We’re absolutely thrilled, it was a terrific team effort,” Sinclair said.

“We had young Jo Flaherty in as our number one, which was lovely.”

Sinclair said it was Western District’s first division two win since 2009 and complemented its 1977, ’86, ’91 and ’05 wins. 

She said the chance to play in division one again was one the region would grasp.

But she admitted it would be a tough ask.

“It’s nerve-racking,” Sinclair said. “It’ll be great if we keep the same team as this year, keep Jo and Debbie Rix, that’d be fantastic.

“There are probably more low markers at the top and their longer markers are off shorter handicaps.”

Western District started its campaign on Monday with a 4-3 defeat of Goulburn Valley at Spring Valley.

It backed up the result with two wins on Tuesday at Woodlands, overcoming Northern District in the morning 5½-1½ and crushing South Gippsland in the afternoon session 6-1.

Sinclair said heavy fog delayed play yesterday.

“(Tee off) was meant to be at 8.45am and we hit off at 10.45am,” she said.

But Sinclair said golfers were afforded perfect weather conditions thereafter. 

“It was beautiful, very sunny,” she said. “Short sleeves (weather).”

Western District took a team of 10 golfers, nine of whom played, five caddies and a team manager to Country Week. 

Sinclair, Flaherty, Rix, Di Robinson, Anne Dwyer, Ellen Zeunert, Sandy Stewart, Jeanette Sandeman, Lyn Crow and Marion Venn made up the team.

Tricia Sullivan, Lauren Higgins, Vicki Johnstone, Robyn Holcombe and Sue Holcombe were caddies and Sue Wilton team manager.

Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Terang, Cobden, Terang, Portland and Hamilton golf clubs were represented in the expanded squad.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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