Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Kellow claims championship

Two consistent rounds from Mooroopna's Brett Kellow has sealed the Goulburn Valley District Golf Association championship at his home course.

GREGOR MACTAGGART August 27, 2014 3:15am

Mooroopna’s Brett Kellow played consistent golf to win the Goulburn Valley District Golf Association championship.

Local knowledge proved decisive for Brett Kellow on Sunday.

The renowned Mooroopna golfer thrived in familiar surroundings to secure victory in the Goulburn Valley District Golf Association Championships, played at his home course.

Kellow trailed clubmate Ben MacGibbon by two strokes at the halfway mark of the 36-hole event, but an even-par round of 73 in the afternoon session propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

His final score of one-over par 147 (74, 73) helped Kellow finish one shot clear of Shepparton young gun Kyle Michel.

Michel, fresh from winning his home Open earlier this month, had to be content with a runner-up effort following rounds of 73 and 75 (two-over par 148).

Goulburn Valley District Golf Association captain Ross Campbell said Kellow was a popular and deserving winner.

‘‘Our defending champion Adam Burdett was unable to play this year because he is now a trainee professional,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘So it set the stage for a different winner and Brett played some quality golf to win the title from Kyle Michel.

‘‘The tournament was of a high quality, we had 40 players from all over the district in action and the conditions were near perfect.

‘‘The forecast had looked ominous, but it proved to be a fine day for golf.’’

Mooroopna member Zak Ginevra took out the A-grade handicap with a score of 147 nett.

The next generation of golf in the Goulburn Valley certainly made an impact on the day, with Michel again showing his promise in the elite A-grade competition and the B-grade division taken out by Kialla rising star James Bicknell.

The teenager shot 163 to take out the scratch competition, while Cooper Gentle and Jamie Scapin proved other emerging talents to impress.

The B-grade nett prize went to Kyabram Parkland’s Jake Gascoyne on 148 nett.

An 18-hole afternoon event was held in conjunction with the championships and Cobram-Barooga golfer Jordan Bovalina took the honours with a nett score of 74.

The next GV event is the Sandscrape Championship at Rushworth Golf Club on September 14.

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