Golf: Helen Pascoe claims another state title

HELEN Pascoe is the latest Buninyong Golf Club member to impress at a state level.

She claimed her maiden Victorian Senior Women’s Golf Championship last month at the Curlewis Golf Club on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The three-day tournament consisted of two stroke rounds and two match play rounds, with Pascoe shooting scores of 78 and 74 to qualify first in the championship division.

She subsequently eased her way to victory with winning match play scores of 6-4 over Alison Sinclair in the semi-final and 7-5 over Mandy Buckley in the final.

“It was the third year that I’ve played in it so I was really pleased to win after three goes,” Pascoe said.

Pascoe is also the reigning Women’s Victorian Sandscrapes champion, but is by no means the only Buninyong player to have impressed on the big stage over the past year.

Thirteen-time club champion Chris Tatt currently holds the Male Victorian Seniors Championship and John Ciezki wears the mantle of reigning back-to-back Australian Veterans Champion.

Ciezki will attempt to make it three in a row this November, while Kevin Robertson won the men’s Open Victorian Sandscrapes title back in 2012.

Buninyong captain Frank Nolan said it was “remarkable” for the club to have such a high success rate in state and national championships.

“It’s remarkable to have three state or Australian champions in a small Victorian country golf club like Buninyong,” Nolan said.

“We’ve only got about 400 members and one wonders why it would be a case to get that much success.

“While it’s not a long course it’s very tight with small, fast greens and if you can learn to play there you can learn to play anywhere.”

The club will host the 21st annual Buninyong Junior Masters on April 15, 16 and 17, with entries to close on April 11. The prestigious tournament has twice been won by US PGA professional Marc Leishman.

Midlands golfer Kelly Lyle is a two-time defending champion.

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