Heroic final stand delivers pennant to Rich River

March 09, 2018

The Rich River four-ball pennant team recently won the GMGA summer competition thanks to a mix of youth and experience.

A HEROIC seven-hole stand forged by club vice captain Joel Watson and young gun Aaron Loader won the Goulburn Murray Golf Association (GMGA) summer pennant for Rich River Golf Club.

Having had a strong run in the Goulburn Murray Golf Association’s summer pennant all season long, the club topped it off by winning the division one title.

Playing Hill Top Golf and Country Club Tatura in the final, and found themselves two points down with as many holes remaining in the day’s play.

Knowing they needed to win the final two to push the match into play-offs, Watson and Loader played a blinder and did exactly that.

From there, the duo halved the next four holes with their Tatura opponents, before putting the game to bed on the fifth play-off hole, winning the title for Rich River.

It was the club’s second title in as many years — a record that pennant captain David Cockroft is particularly proud of.

‘‘Aaron Loader, he’s a young gun he really is, I think he’s 15,’’ Cockroft said.

‘‘But he and Joel Watson were in the finals and played right up to the 23rd hole, with five extra play-off holes and they won it for us.

‘‘Throughout the year though it was a really good effort,’’ he said.

Cockroft said although his own game was not on point on the day, the rest of his side was.

‘‘We were done and dusted before the others so we were watching them with a couple of holes to go, and to see them come back with two holes to go . . . they pulled it out of the bag.

‘‘Myself and Mark (playing partner Mark Lynch) went down pretty badly. Overall it was a great effort and I was really happy and actually relieved to have won,’’ he said.

Cockroft said the congratulations should be directed to the whole side, each of whom pulled their weight on the day to bring in the trophy.

‘‘It was really great to have their support throughout the year. It was a thoroughly deserved win for the team,’’ he said.


Jayden Dixon and Tyson McCoomb: won 6-5

Jason Scott and Andrew Tewhata: won 3-2

Joel Watson and Aaron Loader: won 5th play-off hole

David Cockroft and Mark Lynch: lost 4-3

Peter McLaughlin and David Whytcross: lost 4-3

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