Sunraysia Academy of Sport golf athlete, Sophie Crouch, was selected to compete in her first state team for Victoria in the Cudmore Cheney Girls Challenge.
The event was held in Horsham on 19-21st January between Victoria and South Australia.
The competition brings with it a wealth of history. The Border Challenge Matches for Junior Girls were first played in 1967 at the Naracoorte Golf Course following a challenge from Mrs Mary Cudmore of South Australia to Victoriaâ€™s, Miss Burta Cheney M.B.E. Both ladies, out-standing golfers in their own right were nurturing a wealth of junior talent in their respective states. Miss Cheney conducted the first junior girlâ€™s golf camp in Victoria to assist in selecting her team.
In the inaugural â€śChallenge Matchesâ€ť, each team comprised 5 players under 21 years of age. SA won the inaugural matches 5/2. The original competition was an outstanding success and was repeated the following year at Horsham Golf Club in Victoria. Teams were increased to 6 players and on this occasion the result was much closer, with Victoria eventually winning 5/4.
The Border Matches have proved a wonderful training ground for promising young golfers for over 30 years. Names such as Jane Crafter, Anne-Maree Knight, Kate MacIntosh, and Jane Lock all appear in the record books of the event in years gone by. Many representative from these teams have gone on to win numerous State and National titles
This year only six girls were chosen state wide to compete at this tournament. Sophie Crouch has been in the Sunraysia Academy of Sport golf program for the past two years. In that time we have seen Sophieâ€™s improvement as a golfer both on and off the fairways. She is a dedicated athlete who has made the most of the opportunities provided through the Academy. The Academy would like to congratulate Sophie on this wonderful achievement.