The selection of Kyle Michel in the Victorian Country team was one of few bright spots for the Goulburn Valley team at Men's Country Week.By Hannah Driscoll
Kyle Michel’s selection in the Victoria Country team was the upside of an otherwise disappointing Country Week campaign last week.
Goulburn Valley District Golf Association was relegated to the plate division of Men’s Country Week after facing extreme weather conditions last week.
Goulburn Valley’s final team match against Ballarat decided its fate, but its opponent also had plenty on the line, with the eventual 5-4 win securing Ballarat the shield.
The Men’s Victorian Country Championship opened the week on Monday and Tuesday and competitors faced wind gusts reportedly up to 90
Cobram-Barooga’s James Zappelli finished with a 72 after day one, which put him one shot behind the leaders, while Michel (76), Vogel (76), and team manager Matt Jean (78), from Kyabram Parkland, also broke 80.
The poor weather continued at Royal Melbourne on day two, with Rich River’s Adam Burdett (73) firing the best score for Goulburn Valley, followed by Shepparton’s Luke Dixon (75), Mooroopna’s Ben MacGibbon (76), Michel, Vogel and Jean (all 77).
Those scores helped Michel and Vogel finish in a three-way tie for ninth, with Burdett finishing tied for 12th, Jean tied for 15th and MacGibbon tied for 19th.
Dixon (equal 23rd) and Zappelli (equal 29th) rounded out the Goulburn Valley players in the top 30.
The Men’s Country Week matches began last Wednesday at Victoria Golf Club in what were again arguably some of the toughest the competition had seen.
Goulburn Valley was defeated by the defending shield champion Peninsula, 6-3, and in the afternoon’s round it squared with Bendigo.
The weather conditions began to improve on the afternoon of the second day of team matches at Keysborough and so too did Goulburn Valley’s fortunes.
It scored a 5.5-3.5 win against West Gippsland in the afternoon, having been defeated 6.5-2.5 by North Eastern earlier that day.
GVDGA captain Ross Campbell said it had been a while since Goulburn Valley had been in the plate division, but it was a good experience for the new players and also the young caddies the team took with it.
‘‘We had a couple of new guys from some of the clubs play, they might have only played one or two games and there was mixed results for them, but it was a good chance to get some new people to play,’’ he said.
‘‘We took down some juniors who acted as caddies .
‘‘We had a lot of new blood right across the whole scope of things, and then we had regulars like Terry and James Zampelli and Kyle Michel.’’
Michel’s Victoria Country team will play South Australia Country at Portland on November 2 and 3.
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