A WARRNAMBOOL golf team is celebrating victory in a sought-after regional competition.
The six-member squad claimed the honours in 41st Moreton Trophy, contested between women’s teams from eight south-west Victorian clubs at Ballarat golf course.
Warrnambool finished with 24 “aces”, seven ahead of its nearest rival at Ballarat on Monday.
The golfers contested a matchplay fixture against a rival from either Ballarat, Midlands, Buninyong, Chalambar, Colac, Hamilton or Portland golf clubs.
They earned aces for the size of their victory, up to a maximum of five.
Warrnambool women’s captain Rosemary Walters said the side was a convincing winner.
“We had comfortable wins. Five out of the six team members won,” she said.
“A couple of us had seven-up wins. There were four people who scored five aces and one person had four aces.”
The team featured Alison Sinclair, Diana Robinson, Marion Venn, Tricia Sullivan, Lauren Higgins and Walters.
Walters said the Morton Trophy started in 1972 in Warrnambool and had become a “well-contested” event on the regional women’s golf calendar.
“It started as a social event. Honour Wilson, nee Morton, enjoyed golf so much that she wanted to give something back in return,” she said.
“She had the idea of a trophy which she donated.
“Warrnambool must have been her home club, that’d be why it started here.”
Warrnambool takes the title away from Chalambar, an Ararat club, which won in 2011. Midlands took the honours in 2010.
The 2013 event will be at Warrnambool golf course.
Meanwhile, Sinclair holds a four-shot lead after two rounds of the Warrnambool Golf Club women’s championship.
Sinclair fired rounds of 84 and 90 for 174 at the halfway mark of the tournament, to lead Tricia Sullivan, Glenda Clarke and Beryl Drake on 178.
The title continues next Wednesday and the top six golfers in each grade will play the final round on November 4.