Coffey erases two-shot deficit to win sixth Wimmera championship

Stawell golfer Tim Coffey continued his domination of the Wimmera at the weekend, taking home his sixth consecutive Wimmera and District Golf Association championship.

Coffey was forced to work hard for his sixth championship victory, with Adam Tribe and 17-year-old Mitch Thomas proving to be quality opposition. 

After the first 18 holes, Edenhope’s Thomas held the lead after a strong round of 68 on a “good looking” Nhill course.

Coffey was two shots behind Thomas with a par first round while Tribe was two back from Coffey.

Inexperience crept in for Thomas as he blew out with a round 78 in the afternoon session, with Coffey remaining level-headed to hold on for the win.

Coffey shot a one-under-par 69 to finish with 139 for the day.

Tribe was consistent, shooting 71 in his second round to finish second with 143. Thomas finished third with 143.

“I was pretty happy with how I played. One under par for two rounds is not bad,” Coffey said.

“It is nice to get my name on the trophy again.

“It is also good to see some young up and comers show their talent too.”

Coffey said the course at Nhill was great to play on.

“The course was in great condition which is a credit to everyone at Nhill for the work they put into it,” he said.

Libby Lacey was the best of the ladies once again, shooting 162 to win her 12th Wimmera championship.

It was a good weekend for Stawell’s golfers at Nhill, showing their prowess in multiple divisions.

Josh Kelly had the best handicap score in the afternoon session, while his father Michael finished the day as the B Grade scratch winner, shooting 79 from 18 holes.

Kyle Dignan had the best C Grade handicap score while his mother Tania had the best handicap score in the ladies’ morning session.