THERE was some serious golf played and loads of fun and laughter at the Champions of the Murray final played at Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club. 

More than 50 finalists from the qualifying partner clubs took part in the final with Cobram Barooga Golf Club’s Carolyn Huggins and Margaret Rhode edging out Kristine Geary and Nicha Moore (Yarrawonga GC) on a countback after both pairs returned 40 stableford points.

In the men’s event, Corowa Golf Club’s Ryan Glare and Justin Lewis scored a resounding victory.

Men’s champions Ryan Glare and Justin Lewis.

They carded 49 points to finish six points clear of runners-up Peter Griffin and Rob Webster (Corowa GC).

Prior to the event teeing off, the players were welcomed by the Golf on the Murray committee at a delicious buffet breakfast with each player receiving a GOTM (Golf on the Murray) goodie bag including a sleeve of Callaway golf balls.

“While it was a foggy start to the day, it wasn’t long before the sun came out and the players hit off on the Captain’s Course,” a spokesperson told Inside Golf.

Following the golf, the evening festivities began with a cocktail party and canapés. 

Carolyn Huggins and Margaret Rhode won the Champions of the Murray women’s event.

That gave the golfers the chance to mingle and discuss their golf technique (or tales of woe) for the day – although everyone was asked to keep their scores a secret. 

The delicious main meals were served followed by official presentations. Rich River Golf Club CEO Shane Gloury highlighted the achievements of Golf on the Murray and the importance of working together to promote the region. 

Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club boss Paul Gemmill concluded the proceedings by announcing the winners, which included a five-way tie for the women’s event resulting in a countback.

Kiralee Davis (Yarrawonga), Kate Bartels (Barham) and Kristine Geary (Yarrawonga) won the nearest the pins on holes 2, 8 and 17 respectively.

For the men, sharp-shooter James McClean (Murray Downs) won the NTP on holes two and eight while Rob Webster (Corowa) won the 14th and Corowa’s Ryan Glare was closest to the pin on the 17th hole.

A great weekend was had by all the teams from along the river! 

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