In a historic first for Goulburn, the NSW Country Championships took place at the Goulburn Golf Club across last Saturday and Sunday.
Over 120 amateur golfers from across the state took part, and in the end, the event was won by Gold Creek Golf Club’s Josh Armstrong, who finished the weekend at eight under par.
“It does feel good,” Armstrong said following his victory.
“It’s good fun to come out here with the ACT boys and have a little team aspect as part of it.
“It’s good confidence leading into the rest of the year with a few events coming up.”
Media and Digital manager for Golf NSW, David Tease, praised the Goulburn Golf Club for putting on a great event.
“Over 100 golfers from across NSW turned up and played, the event was an outstanding success and we got a wonderful champion in Josh Armstrong,” he said.
“Goulburn Golf Club was a great venue and the field in general was just raving about the greens.”
Armstrong’s won by a single shot, and was closely followed by Jordan Ayre of Royal Canberra Golf Club who finished on seven under par.
A key factor in Armstrong’s victory was the hole-in-one he scored on the par three 15th, which he then followed up with an eagle on the par five 16th to overtake Ayre, who was the overnight leader.
"The cheeky ace helped," Armstrong said.
“I hit a little-half eight iron trap-draw into the wind. It didn’t leave the flag, landed about two feet short, popped up, and trickled in.
“I got to a point about halfway through where I felt I was struggling a little bit, so that got me back to where I needed to be.”
Among the field for the final day of golf, 10 Goulburn players were present, but none finished higher than Jarred Hunt with four over par in 24th position.
The tournament also featured an Interdistrict Teams competition, which was won by The Central West, who secured an eight-shot margin between themselves and second-placed Hunter River District Golf Association and the ACT Monaro.
The Central West team of James Conran, Joshua Campbell, Lachlan Jones, Mark Hale, Nicholas Coggan and Robert Payne finished with a combined total of 553.