COBDEN is celebrating its first division one women’s district pennant triumph in seven years.
The Cobden combination of Faye Rundle, Carol Bennett, Sherine Healey, Thelma Green and Jo Hammond secured a three-and-a-half to one-and-a-half win over Terang in yesterday’s Women’s Golf Western District eastern division handicap grand final at Port Fairy.
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Rundle, who had the job of anchoring the bid, squared her match with Terang number one Judy Carmody to cap the victory.
She revealed less than 24 hours before the final she was contemplating withdrawing after suffering a back injury last Wednesday. But she defied the discomfort.
Rundle, Healey and Green were part of Cobden’s 2005 triumphant side. “By hell I’m happy,” Rundle enthused after the win. “This is the pinnacle. This is what we play for. We are all pretty excited.”
Rundle paid tribute to the side’s captain, Healey.
“I’m so excited for her. She puts a lot in. She rings everyone on a Sunday.”
Rundle said she believed her side had entered yesterday’s 18-hole matchplay final as underdog despite beating Terang at Cobden during the season, three matches to two. Both sides had tied at the top of the standings but Terang had only suffered the one loss.
Healey defeated Heather Holmes 2-up, Hammond defeated Maureen Bond 2-up and Bennett had a three and two win over Marion Venn. Terang’s Kate Cornelissen had a three and one win over Green.
In division two, Warr-nambool 4 scored a big upset, defeating the previously unbeaten Warrnambool 3 four matches to one.
It was a similar story in the division three final where host Port Fairy 3 inflicted Terang 2’s first loss of the season in claiming the title four-and-a-half to a half.
The win for Port Fairy capped a triumphant eight days for the club, which won all five men’s pennant grades.
Captain of the day, Di Robinson, said strong north-west winds had made conditions challenging for players.