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Best golfers set to hit the local fairway for Open

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February 03, 2018

Cobram-Barooga’s Steffi Vogel is again favourite to take out the title as she looks to claim her third consecutive Mooroopna Masters crown.

The highly coveted Mooroopna Masters Open Championship will bring some stirling golf to the region today.

Cobram-Barooga’s Steffi Vogel is again favourite to take out the title as she looks to claim her third consecutive Mooroopna Masters crown.

Mooroopna co-professional Ashley Blake has tipped Vogel, but said some late entries could upset her tilt for the trophy.

‘‘Steffi Vogel is always a good chance, there’s not many that can beat her unless there’s a surprise entrant that comes in late after missing the cut in the Vic Open,’’ he said.

‘‘This is the second biggest event in terms of number and the people that aren’t successful at (Vic Open level) come to the next level to try and win.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of players and we’re happy with the amount and quality in the field (in both men’s and women’s competition).’’

Blake said the men’s division was wide open, given Shepparton ace Kyle Michel was likely to qualify for this weekend’s Victoria Open in Barwon Heads at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Michel has taken out the past three events, with Blake choosing a fellow Mooroopna ace to take charge in a saturated field of talent.

‘‘There’s a few in that boat but it’s hard to know; Brett Kellow is hard to beat and he’s been playing really well,’’ he said.

‘‘On paper he’s the best golfer here at the moment and if Kyle is not here he’ll be hard to beat.’’

But Blake’s co-professional at the club, Reanna Matthews, will be absent from the course and not for the reason she would have liked.

Matthews had built her game and was set to attempt to qualify for the Victorian Open this weekend.

But having injured her foot on a nearest-the-pin marker, Blake said she was spending time at home recovering.

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