Golfers prepare for country champs

Mick Hassett, Tom Moran and Tony Cronin are set to represent Camperdown Golf Club at this weekend’s Victorian Men’s Country Championships in Mildura.

Mick Hassett, Tom Moran and Tony Cronin are set to represent Camperdown Golf Club at this weekend’s Victorian Men’s Country Championships in Mildura.

WHEN they won the Edwin Currie Cup by one point back in April, it was the first time Tom Moran, Mick Hassett, Tony Cronin and Peter Fitzgerald had played in the same team.

Now, Moran, Hassett and Cronin will be hoping to recapture that form when they represent Corangamite District Golf Association at the Victorian Men’s Country Teams Championship at Mildura this weekend.

Competing in the three-person combined stableford over 54 holes, the Camperdown men will face 29 other teams at the Mildura Golf Resort, including fellow Corangamite team and defending champion Warrnambool.

Cronin said he was looking forward to the “thrill of the kill” of the high class competition – the highest level any of the three men have competed at.

They are looking forward to the challenge not just of competing at a higher level, but also at a foreign arena.

“We’ve never played the course before (and) we’re against 87 other players,” Moran said.

“Just representing the district (will be good), it’s good camaraderie.”

The country teams championship takes golfers over 36 holes on Saturday and a further 18 on Sunday morning.

Moran, Hassett and Cronin will make the trip to Mildura today and get their first look at the course before they tee-off at 8am tomorrow.

Their teamimate from the Edwin Currie Cup, Fitzgerald, immediately put up his hand to sit out the road trip, with the team needing to be trimmed from four to three for the country Victoria event.

But back on April 26, the team clicked from the outset and posted a thrilling win ahead of a fellow Camperdown team, despite having no idea until the end how they had each fared.

“The course was in perfect condition – we’d just come out of the championships,” Moran said.

“The Edwin Currie Cup is in the lead-up to the pennant finals, so it gives a lot of people who are playing the finals a chance to play the course a week before finals.”

Against quality opposition in the Corangamite district, the men were able to get the job done.

Now, against country Victoria’s best, Cronin said the team will “hope for the best”.

“We hope the form comes at the right time,” he said.

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