Warrnambool golfer Tricia Sullivan scored a hole-in-one. WARRNAMBOOL’S Tricia Sullivan was yesterday celebrating the first ace of her 20-year golf career, but the rare triumph wasn’t enough to secure victory in the Ladies’ Cobden Cup.
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Sullivan’s hole-in-one came on the par-three fourth at Cobden yesterday during the annual teams event that is part of Cobden’s Week of Golf Celebrations.

It was the first ace in competition on the course since 2005.

“I thought ‘that’s a nice shot’,” she said of her three-wood tee-shot.

“I didn’t think it had gone in the hole. My playing partners said it had but I wasn’t so sure. I thought it might have been sitting behind the pin.”

Breaking with golfing traditions, Sullivan revealed she hadn’t shouted the bar.

“One of my playing partners bought me a champagne, which was nice,” she said.

Sullivan, who teamed with Warrnambool’s Di Howland and Sue Wilton, was aiming to claim her second victory in the cup, having triumphed about eight years ago.

But the Cobden side of Margaret Finlayson, who shot 94 off her handicap of 29 for a nett 65, Marie Smith (110-43-67) and Jo Hintum (109-37-72) claimed a four-shot victory with their nett total of 204

They were clear of Sullivan (78-11-67), Howland (82-11-71) and Wilton (85-15-70) and the Terang combination of Heather Holmes (81-14-67), Janet Saunders (95-25-70) and Elaine Hrabar (96-25-71), which finished on 208.

The victory by the Cobden side ensured the cup remained at home after being won by a Warrnambool side last year.

The week of golf continues today with a men’s four-ball-best-ball stableford event.

The women return tomorrow for a three-person ambrose event.

On Friday, a men’s and women’s twilight ambrose stroke is being held, with a 24-hole men’s stroke event on Saturday.

The week finishes with a mixed pinehurst foursomes event on Sunday.

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