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ALBURY’s Nathan Boehm has pulled off a rare Border double with victory in the Murray District Golf Association strokeplay title at the weekend.

The win comes just a week after the 25-year-old claimed the prestigious Inland Classic at his home course.

Boehm was two shots off the pace after the opening round of the championship but scorched around the Thurgoona layout on Sunday in five-under 67, missing only two greens in regulation.

“I certainly hit the ball better on the Sunday but I found my pace with the greens as well,” he said.

“The greens at Thurgoona are a little slower but much larger than Albury. Most of the time you have a short putt or a chip but, at Thurgoona, you can have monster putts.

“It’s my first win in both tournaments so it is all a bit of a shock.

“But it feels like I have been waiting all year for this to happen so now I have to cash in and play as many tournaments as possible.”

Thurgoona pennant player and recent winner of the Schweppes Classic in a sudden-death play-off Mark Emerson was equal leader with Mike Warburton after shooting 73 on the opening day.

Emerson’s 75 on the second day left him in second place, six shots behind the winner.

Boehm was also announced as the MDGA’s scratch player of the year for his recent wins and as part of the Albury pennant winning team.

MDGA president Kelvin Gilder said the championship would be pushed forward in the golfing calendar next year.

“This is as late as we have had it and I think we will look to go back into the season next year,” he said.

“There is a log jam of events at this time of year and it affects numbers.

“But one of the pleasing aspects of all the tournaments and the pennant season has been the emergence of the region’s next generation of golfers.

“We have a group aged 15 to 20 who really are going to turn into outstanding golfers in the years to come.”

Thurgoona’s Tim Purtill was the MDGA’s junior player of the year.

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