A CRAFTY chip from Luke Brosolo helped Thurgoona seal a thrilling 4-3 victory over Howlong in the opening round of Murray District golf action yesterday.
Brosolo edged out Daniel Krause at the No. 6 spot to record a decisive 1-up victory, courtesy of an eight-iron chip from almost 15 metres out on the final hole.
Thurgoona star Danny Mills said it essentially proved the difference in the result.
“It was a great contest,” Mills, who was convincingly beaten by James Gordon at the No. 1, said.
“Luke’s shot luckily enough got us over the line. We didn’t know at the time but it was probably the deciding factor in the end.”
Despite losing at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, Mills said the club was confident it had a strong enough top order to challenge for the title.
Former junior and Murray District star John Barfoot was beaten by Dylan Pool in his first pennant hit-out since returning from Commercial Albury.
Head-to-head wins from Josh Hayes, Dave Porter, Mark Emmerson and Porter at the three, four, five and six was enough to get Thurgoona across the line.
Meanwhile, Commercial Albury charged to the top of the table with a crushing 6-1 win over Corowa in yesterday’s other clash.
Zach Murray, Nathan Boehm, Anthony Toogood, Adrian Miller, Neil Boehm and Andrew Maggs all recorded victories while Troy Macpherson was the home side’s only winner on the day.