HORSHAM captured the Nell Smithett Memorial Trophy on Friday with a last-ditch comeback.
With 15 clubs contesting this year’s trophy – two more than last year – it looked as if it would come down to a battle between Naracoorte and Warrnambool for the win.
Both clubs were tied on 229 points but the Horsham team snatched the trophy with solid play at the end of the day.
“One of our Horsham girls was in the last group and came in with a net 72 and won it for Horsham,” women’s club captain Julie Wirth said.
“It was great but it was a bit of a nail-biter.”
Horsham’s Trish Mills shot the best scratch score of the day with 82, but it was team-mate Julie Neumann who won the division one handicap with a 72 net score.
Horsham eventually won the day with 219 points, with Naracoorte claiming second place from
Warrnambool on countback.
It was the second time in five years Horsham won the shield.
The club has won six since the competition started in 1970.
Red Cliffs player Di Metcalfe won the division two section with a 74 net score, while Horsham’s Shirley Quick was the best in division three with a 77 net on countback.
Nearest the pins were Alison Sinclair, Jenny Leach, Tracey Hywood and Kate Underwood on holes two, four, 11 and 17 respectively.
Wirth said the club was pleased with the outcome and the amount of teams that competed.
“We had 20 teams this year, which is up a couple from last year,” she said.
“Hopefully with the new clubhouse we might get it up higher in the future, but we’ll see.”
Wirth said the conditions were good on Friday after strong winds made play on Thursday a struggle.
“It was very successful and the women were very happy with how it went,” she said.