The Mooroopna Masters Open Championship was destined to have a new men’s winner this year.
As Kyle Michel was attempting to qualify for the Victorian Open, he was unavailable to compete for a fourth consecutive Mooroopna Masters title.
That opened the door for an even competition, as some golfers moved a step closer to potentially being crowned champion at their home course.
But it was not a home hope who claimed the title, with Sandhurst’s Jakeb Dunkley holding up the winners’ trophy ahead of Mooroopna club champion Brett Kellow.
An impressive second round put Dunkley in the prime position for victory, finishing seven-under after shooting three-over in the first.
He finished just a shot ahead of Kellow, who performed consistently across the day to be on par after the morning session and then three-under in the afternoon.
Latrobe’s Matt Sellars finished third.
Mooroopna Golf Club manager Craig Prothero said there was an abundance of talent who travelled up for this year’s event.
‘‘It was great to see so many players from across the state and it was players from all different clubs, which was good,’’ he said.
‘‘Our numbers were a lot higher than previous years and that could be a range of things, obviously we’ve had our course improved over the last couple of years.’’
‘‘Local boy Brett Kellow just missed out, but Jakeb had a fantastic second round.’’
But while there was a new men’s winner crowned, Steffi Vogel lived up to every expectation in the women’s competition.
The Cobram-Barooga ace was the roaring favourite heading into the competition and came through to win her third consecutive title.
‘‘That was fantastic, she’s a fantastic golfer and we had a number of girls enter, which was good,’’ Prothero said.
‘‘It was great to have so many people out there and be part of the great event.’’