Dalhousie Golf District player of the year winners Barny Hearnden, Helen Howard and Mary Campbell with David Atkinson from Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford Bendigo Bank branches.

Helen Howard from Marysville and Broadford’s Mary Campbell shared the Dalhousie Golf District 2023 Player of the Year award, tied on 24 points each.

It was Ms Howard’s first win but for Ms Campbell, it was her third – a testament to longevity.

The player of the year competition began in 1994 and Ms Campbell joins two other players – Jenny Coleman and Glenda Woods – as a third-time winner.

The men’s player of the year was first-time winner Barney Hearnden, from Woodend.

Dalhousie District includes 15 golf clubs stretching across central Victoria from Trentham in the south, to Euroa in the north and Eildon and Marysville across the east.

Both men and women play in several club-organised events throughout the year including bowls and tournaments, where they accrue points going towards becoming player of the year.

At the first district event of the following year, winners are acknowledged. To win the awards players need to both play well and travel to the many events.

Bendigo Bank has sponsored this event for the past few years and David Atkinson, a director of the Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford Bendigo Banks, was on hand on Australia Day to present the 2023 winners with their trophies.

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