Victorian Women's Country Championships (inc. Foursomes & Glenelg Cup)

23 - 26 July 2018

Victorian Women's Country Foursomes Championship
The Victorian Country Foursomes Championship (Marion Dwyer Cup) was first played in 1979. The format is 36 holes foursomes Stroke play open to players with an individual handicap of 27.4 or lower.

Victorian Women's Country Championship
The Victorian Country Championship was first played in 1910. Open to country played with handicaps less than 16.4, it is is contested with 36-hole stroke qualifying followed by knock-out matchplay between the 8 highest qualifiers. The player(s) with the best 36-hole gross score wins the Betty Kernot Trophy, a gift from the South Western District Golf Association.

Glenelg Cup
The Glenelg Cup was first played in 1953 and was open to country players with handicaps between 19 - 25. Golf Victoria has since extended the handicap range to 16.5- 34.4 (GA handicap). The trophy was donated by Mrs. A Nash, the event is run over 36 holes stroke with the best nett score claiming the trophy.

Honour Rolls
Country Foursomes Championship, Country Championship, Glenelg Cup, Betty Kernot Trophy

Player Information

Date: Monday 23 - Thursday 26 July 2018
Venue: Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort
Optional: Tournament Dinner - Yarrawonga Mulwala GCR (Tues Evening) - $35pp

Entries Open: Monday 23 April 2018
Entries Close: 5:00pm on Friday 6 July 2018

Event Organisers:
Dylan Grandell (Golf Events Officer)
Phone: (03) 8545 6205

Stephanie Wearne (Golf Events Coordinator)
Phone: (03) 8545 6214

Entries are restricted to female amateur golfers who are a bona fide member of a Golf Victoria affiliated country club in the District they represent OR an individual Golf Victoria affiliated country member, who holds a District Affiliation of the District she wishes to represent, irrespective of residential location. Players must have played a minimum of 10 competition rounds at either the affiliated country club or in designated District events in the preceding twelve months for the player to be eligible.

Format: 18-Hole Foursomes Stroke
GA Handicap Limit: 27.4 (individual)
Entry Fee: $40 - inc. GST

COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP - Tuesday to Thursday
Format: 36-Hole Stroke (Qualifying) and Knock-Out Match Play (Top 4)
GA Handicap Limit: 0 - 16.4
Entry Fee: $75 - inc. GST

GLENELG CUP - Tuesday & Wednesday
Format: 36-Hole Stroke
GA Handicap Limit: 16.5 - 34.4 at close of entry
Entry Fee: $75 - inc. GST

News & Results



Country Championship Leaderboard
Glenelg Cup Leaderboard
Presentation Sheet

Photo Gallery

Victorian Women's Country Championship - Final

Casey Wild & Jessica Pickwick
Jessica Pickwick & Casey Wild

The final match of the 2017 Victorian Women's Country Championship was played in brilliant sunshine with a stiff cold breeze. The course was looking spectacular and staged an exciting final between 2 past champions of the event, Casey Wild and Jessica Pickwick.

The match was a see-sawing contest that saw the lead change on 4 occasions. Wild made consecutive birdies on holes 3 and 4 to go 2 up but Pickwick remained steady and the pair were all square after 9 holes. Pickwick then made par on the next 3 holes and a birdie on the par 5 13th to take a 2 up lead. However, Wild hit back immediately and went on to win the next 4 holes with 3 pars and a birdie to finish with a highly impressive 2/1 win. Congratulations to both players who put on a fantastic show and to all other participants of this year's event.

Victorian Women's Country Championship - Quarter & Semi Finals

Jade Shellback
Jade Shellback (The National) teeing it up into the morning sunshine

The finalists for the Victorian Women’s Country Championships have been decided today at Cobram Barooga Golf Club.

The top 8 qualifiers from the 36-hole stroke play rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday teed it up on the Old course for the first knock-out match play round this morning. Through the turn, matches were up to Jane Wall (3 up vs Deborah Rix), Casey Wild (3 up vs Steffi Vogel), Jade Shellback (4 up vs Johanna Wyllie) and Jessica Pickwick (3 up vs Helen Pascoe). All four players maintained their halfway lead to win their matches 1 up (Wall), 3 and 2 (Wild) and 5 and 4 (both Shellback and Pickwick).

After a short break for lunch players were back out for the semi-finals this afternoon. Top seed Jessica Pickwick of Kilmore faced The National’s Jade Shellback, while Casey Wild (Wodonga) was up against Jane Wall (Barham). Both matches were tight through the turn with Wile and Wall all square and Shellback marginally ahead at 1 up over Pickwick. Steady play by Wild on the back nine results in a 4 and 3 victory over Wall, while Pickwick clawed back for a 2 and 1 win over Shellback.

The final between Jess Pickwick and Casey Wild will commence at 8am on the Old Course tomorrow morning as the pair go head to head for the Championship title.

Victorian Women's Country Championship & Glenelg Cup (Rd 2) – Wednesday 26 July

Pickwick & Marchesi
L-R: Jessica Pickwick (Kilmore) & Janice Marchesi (Newry)

Jessica Pickwick of Kilmore and Newry’s Janice Marchesi have taken home the silverware at Cobram Barooga Golf Club.

Pickwick will need to make room in her trophy cabinet after adding her third Betty Kernot Trophy to the shelf this afternoon. The overnight leader from Kilmore hit the ground running with three birdies out of the gates on the Old Course to finish 2 under par on 34 through the turn. A further three birdies on the back was good for a one under par round of 72 to secure Pickwick the number one qualifying position for the Country Championship match-play and a 36-hole total of 145.

Hot on her heels was an old Tarlteon State collegiate teammate and the 2016 Country Champion, Casey Wild. The Wodonga member carded five birdies for a championship low score of 2 under par 71 to finish two shots back for the second qualifying position. Jane Wall (Barham), Johanna Wyllie (Tambo Valley), Jade Shellback (The National), Deborah Rix (Cobden) and Steffi Vogel (Cobram Barooga) rounded out the 3rd to 7th places for the match-play rounds tomorrow.

A play-off was required for two players tying for the 8th and final position of the Championship following the unavailability of qualifiers Jo Flaherty and Judy Langford for the match play rounds. Foursomes partners Helen Pascoe (Buninyong) and Rebecca Thomas (Leongatha) tied on 165, forcing the clubs out of the accommodation and back on course for a sudden death play-off. Both players started strong with birdies to halve on the first hole and pars on the second forced play to continue up hole 3. A pin-seeking iron shot in from 160m from Pascoe gave her an eagle opportunity, with a tap in birdie good for a win over Thomas and a match-up against the number one seed in the morning.

The best nett score for the two days in the Championship field went to Johanna Wyllie. The leftie from Tambo Valley has showed solid form, backing up her nett 73 yesterday with a round best of nett 70 to finish two under nett par on 143. Jenny Chandler of Cardinia Beaconhills finished close in second place by a mere shot, with rounds of 73 and 71 today for a 36-hole nett score of 144.

Janice Marchesi of Newry has won her first Glenelg Cup title over on the challenging West Course. The 30 marker carded rounds of nett 78 and 75 for a 36-hole total of nett 153 to etch her name on the coveted trophy. Marchesi was thrilled with her victory today following close calls with a runner-up finish in 2012 at Rich River and sitting in the overnight lead after round one last year, also at Rich River. Finishing in second place on a count-back was district neighbour Sue Marsden. The Maffra member posted nett scores of 77 and 79 off a handicap of 19 for a nett 156, with her 79 today edging out Rich River members Marg Mould and Lesley Gray. Marsden also recorded the best gross total, with scores of 96 and 98 for a total of 194 to win by one shot from Helen Amott of Warragul on 195.

Golf Victoria wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to the Cobram Barooga Golf Club, in particular the staff members, women’s committee members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly around the clock providing first class service to all players in a friendly and welcoming environment.

The match play rounds of the Country Championship will all be contest on the Old Course, starting from 8am tomorrow morning with the semi-finals in the afternoon and 18 hole final on Friday morning.

Victorian Women's Country Championship & Glenelg Cup (Rd 1) – Tuesday 25 July

Country Champs Rd 1
L-R: Elizabeth Hatwell, Pam Burton, Jennifer Crawford & Sharon Kelson

Round 1 of the Women’s Country Championship and Glenelg Cup was played in brilliant sunshine today across both Old and West Courses at Cobram Barooga Golf Club. Players were treated to a sunny top of 18 degrees and a mild breeze this afternoon which was a welcomed break from the chill of winter golf.

Clubhouse leader after the first qualifying round for the Country Championship is Jessica Pickwick from Kilmore. The +1 marker started out strong from the 10th hole of the West Course with three birdies on the front nine for one under then came home with two bogeys to finish at one over par 73. The leaderboard is tight at the top, with Pickwick a mere shot ahead of The National’s Jade Shellback on 74 followed by Jane Wall (Barham) and Casey Wild (Wodogna) on 75 and 76 respectively. The best nett scores in the Country Championship were a pair of 72s from Port Fairy’s Kerry Scales and Monique Day of Maffra.

Over in the Glenelg Cup, Marg Mould of Rich River is in the standalone lead on the Old Course. The 26 marker had a fantastic back nine of 47 off the stick (nett 34) for a total of nett 73 to be leading by a single shot from Lynne Templeton (Maffra) and Sharon Pyle (Tocumwal). The best gross score came from Sharon Pyle of Tocumwal with a 94 off the stick followed closely by Templeton on 95. Shot of the day on the Old Course went to Zoe Bandy of Midlands, holing out for a brilliant eagle 3 on the par 5 fourth hole.

The Tournament Dinner is hosted at the club tonight before Round 2 begins again tomorrow morning from 9am.

Victorian Women’s Country Foursomes – Monday 24 July
Marion Dwyer Foursomes - Gross Leaderboard
Marion Dwyer Foursomes Results

Foursomes Champions
L-R: Jo Flaherty & Casey Wild

Cobram Barooga GC welcomed forty-seven pairs this morning for the first event of the Victorian Women’s Country Championship week.

Played since 1979, the 36-hole Victorian Women’s Country Foursomes Championship gives players a taste test of each course before the Country Championship and Glenelg Cup kicks off tomorrow.

Thick fog blanketed the West Course this morning which was reminiscent of the infamous fog delay for the final round of the last championship the club hosted in 2013. It was touch and go as the last group teed off, however following a slow start and a few minor delays the forty-seven pairs completed their first round in brilliant winter sunshine.

It was a dominating display of golf from 2016 Country Champion Casey Wild of Wodonga and 2016 runner-up Warrnambool/Port Fairy’s Jo Flaherty, capitalizing on their 8 shot lead in the morning to be crowned champions. This was an outstanding fourth time in the last five years Wild has etched her name on the Marion Dwyer Cup and a first for Flaherty. The champions carded a solid pair of 74s to finish on 3 over par 148 to win by 12 shots from Johanna Wyllie (Tambo Valley) & Jess Pickwick (Kilmore).

Wyllie and Pickwick were awarded medallist nett honours (as per the tournament conditions pairs can only win a maximum of one trophy) with a 36-hole nett score of 156. The runner-up scratch trophy went to Helen Pascoe (Buninyong) and Rebecca Thomas (Leongatha) on 166.

Best nett rounds went to Trish Rogers and Carmen Lovi of Maffra in round one with Betty McGuinness (Buninyong) and Paula Bandy (Midlands) victorious in the afternoon.

Round 1 of the Country Championship and Glenelg Cup will begin at 11:00am tomorrow morning on both West and Old Courses.

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