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    TRIUMPHANT: A happy Natimuk team celebrates on the 20th hole after winning the 2021 Wimmera District Golf Association men’s pennant title. Pictured are team members, from left, Matt Treacy, Steve Leith, Jack Landt, Darren Scott and Sam Leith.

Natimuk wins Wimmera District Golf Association men’s pennant in thriller

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Shane Grover’s initiative in resurrecting the Wimmera District Golf Association men’s pennant this year was well rewarded on Sunday when a thrilling finale was played at Edenhope Golf Club.

Teams completed the last of the five competition rounds with an 8am start Sunday morning, which resulted in the following final ladder positions: 1, Natimuk; 2, Horsham 2; 3, Nhill; 4, Moor Park; 5, Horsham 1 and 6, Edenhope.

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It was then up to the top two teams, Natimuk and Horsham 2, to battle it out for 2021 premiership honours.

Matches began after lunch with four pairs delivering a two-all score. 

At this stage the two number-one players, Sam Leith playing off seven, Natimuk, and Jezza Schmidt playing off two, Horsham, were finishing the 14th hole with the score Horsham, two up. The 15th hole was then halved; the 16th was also halved making the score Horsham two up with two to play. 

Leith then won the 17th – the score, one up and one to play, Horsham’s way. 

He then won a nail-biting 18th hole, making the game all square.

Starting again on the first hole, both players took on the dog-leg corner and trees and finished only a chip away from the pin – the hole was halved. 

On the second hole, Schmidt had a magnificent drive and put his second shot about eight feet from the pin – unfortunately he missed his putt, but was in for four. Leith had a shot on this hole and was nicely placed for three shots about six feet from the pin. He held his nerve and sank a great putt for four and the win, for himself and the Natimuk team. 

Congratulations both players, it was great to watch these golfers play to such a high standard, while at the same time keeping their cool and also playing the game with such wonderful sportsmanship.

Other players and results for the final two teams were: Matt Jakobi, Horsham d Steve Leith, Natimuk 7-6; Jack Landt, Natimuk d Trav Patten, Horsham 2-1; Brent McIntyre, Horsham d Darren Scott, Natimuk 4-3; and Matt Treacy, Natimuk d Andy Joyce, Horsham 6-5.

At presentations, Shane Grover congratulated all players on the way they had made themselves available and played during the series. 

He also gave a big thank-you to Edenhope for the presentation of the course and the hospitality received.

A huge thank-you must go to Shane for his initiative in organising and pushing ahead with Wimmera pennant in 2021 – a great success.

– Liz Kealy