TWO new champions emerged at last weekend's Northern District Golf Association (NDGA) Championships in Kerang.
In perfect conditions, and on a well-prepared course, Murray Downs members Chris Warburton and Sean Baumgurtel were crowned victorious in the Ladies and Men’s divisions respectively.
Baumgurtel, who has recently moved to Swan Hill from Sunraysia, carded a score of 72 on his first round at the course, which will hold him in good stead when he joins the Country Week team in a fortnight’s time.
He finished one stroke ahead of Andy Graham (Murray Downs) and two in front of Luke Merritt (also Murray Downs) — both players who will will also be representing NDGA at Country Week in Melbourne.
In the ladies division, Warburton had only one shot to spare over Pyramid Hill’s Kate Bartels.
It was the first time that two championships, which were well attended with more than 80 players on course, have been played as a combined event following the merger of the men and ladies committees in 2015.
NDGA president Gary Napier said that two years on, the merger has been a smooth transition and that combined events would become the norm in the future.
In the other events on show, the Champion of Champions playoffs saw Don Ross, on his home course, score 77 to win the men’s event while Kate Bartel’s 86 was the winning score in the Ladies.
The Northern District representative teams for next month’s Country Week and Country Teams contests in Melbourne have been selected.
The ladies will play in division two and play at Rossdale on Monday, October 2, Cranbourne the following day and Long Island on the Wednesday.
The men will play at Kew, Settlers Run and Rossdale.