Navy defends Victorian golf title

Published on WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): Melbourne, Point Cook, VIC

Topic(s): Golf

Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell of the Navy's Inter-service Golf team chips towards the flag, during the Victorian Inter-service Golf Competition held at the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)
Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell of the Navy's Inter-service Golf team chips towards the flag, during the Victorian Inter-service Golf Competition held at the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Victoria.

Navy's golfers defended their interservice 2014 title during the Victorian championships held at the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, in October.
 
The team of 15 took on Army and Air Force in singles and foursome matches on the challenging course.
 
Navy team captain Chief Petty Officer David Houston said his team went into this year’s competition without some of their strongest players.
 
“Last year we had our strongest ever team compete and completely dominated the competition,” Chief Petty Officer Houston said.
 
“However this year we lost five of our top eight players due to postings and service commitments, meaning all three service teams this year were more evenly matched.”
 

The Navy representatives at the Victorian Inter-service Golf Competition held Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Victoria.

The Navy representatives at the Victorian Inter-service Golf Competition held Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Victoria.


During the three days of competition, Navy only lost to one other service, Army, in their singles going down 7.5 to 5.5 points.
 
Navy’s standout player this year was Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Ashley Correa.
 
Last year he played as number 12 in the 12-player team, but this year he had to step up into the unfamiliar number two position for three games and to number one for the final game. He has only been playing golf for four years.
 
“When I first started I had a handicap of 24 and I was terrible,” Leading Seaman Correa said.
 
“I knew I could play better than that and that’s where I got the bug from.
 
“During the competition we played the foursomes in the morning and then the singles in the afternoon. We had some very long days when players from both teams were playing well.”
 

Leading Seaman Ashley Corea of the Navy's Inter-service Golf team chips towards the green, during the Victorian Inter-service Golf Competition held at the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Victoria.

Leading Seaman Ashley Corea of the Navy's Inter-service Golf team chips towards the green, during the Victorian Inter-service Golf Competition held at the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Victoria.


The course was the most challenging aspect of the event for Leading Seaman Correa.
 
“It was quite long and was very tough when the wind got up in the afternoon for the singles matches,” he said.
 
“I’d never played there before, but it was an enjoyable course to play on and being familiar with it would definitely be an advantage.
 
“I felt like I played pretty well during the event, but the thing with golfers is good is never good enough.”
 
Chief Petty Officer Houston said the main reason his team performed so well was due to the foursome player combinations.

“We matched our foursome teams up really well, which showed in their results,” he said.
 
“This gave us a huge advantage going into the singles, which proved decisive against the Army, as we lost the singles to them, but had more points overall to take the win.”
 
Scoring was 1 point for a match win and 0.5 for a draw.


Monday morning (fours) Navy 4.5 to Army 1.5 
Monday afternoon (singles) Navy 5.5 to Army 7.5
Tuesday morning (fours) Army 3 to RAAF 3
Tuesday afternoon (singles) Army 11 to RAAF 2
Wednesday morning (fours) Navy 4.5 to RAAF 1.5
Wednesday afternoon (singles) Navy 7 to RAAF 6


Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20152931.