Shockers aplenty on green
A good field turned out to play in tricky windy conditions and Steve Zolich impressed by winning A-grade with 77-10-67, three shots clear of runner-up John Fanning.
Jeff Baker won B-grade with 92-23-69 and Brian Coe was runner-up with 70 on a countback.
Dale Clarke won nearest-the-pin on the Lewis Homes third hole, Steve Zolich won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Terry O’Brien won the jackpot and nearest-thepin on the ninth (Tatura Engineering) and Rocco Barca won on the 14th (A-1 Freight).
Balls down-the-line went to John Bunn 70, Ray Flett 71, Dominic Cricelli, Terry O’Brien and Mick Mulcahy 72, Bob Oliver, Brad Deane and Anthony Devine 73, Dave Roberts, Geoff Kerr, Bob Hunter, Dan Miller, Tim Dickinson, Ron Popple and Matt Miller 74, and Col Barlow 75 on countback.
Karen Ballantyne won the women’s competition with 96-27-69, Pat Serra was runner-up with 73 while Jan Coe won a ball for her 74 and another for her nearest-the-pin on the 14th.
Matt Miller was top qualifier with rounds of 79-79 and he will play John Fanning in the semifinals on April 30. Laurie Nicholson was second qualifier with rounds of 76-82 and he will play Brad Deane.
Dave Cornwall was top qualifier in B-grade and will meet Col Saunders while Steve Zolich will play MickMulcahy in the handicap match play.
Brian Coe will play Dominic Cricelli and Jeff Baker will play Ray Flett in C-grade and the winners of all the semi-finals will fight it out the following Sunday.
Brian Coe was top qualifier for the seniors (60 plus) and will play Mick Mulcahy while Jeff Baker will play John Fanning at a mutually
Order of merit
Matt Miller continued his domination of this event, winning the Tatura Family Butchers voucher for March with 146 stableford points at an average of 36.5.
Les Nation was second with 143 at an average of 35.75 and Bryan Miller was third with 142 points.
Trevor Allen started the week well with a win on Tuesday when he had 40 points off a 19 handicap to win the stableford competition.
The four pars he had on the front nine helped him to 22 points and another on the 14th enabled him to another 18 points.
Clive Merrigan was runner-up with 35 on a count-back from Rocci Villani while John Freudenstein and Barry Dennis also won a consolation ball.
Ray Flett has returned to golf at the conclusion of summer bowls and is making an instant impact.
He scored 91-24-67 on Thursday to win the stroke competition from John Hayward who had 98-27-71.
Flett started with a triple-bogey, parred the second and fourth, birdied the fifth and turned just five over the card. Reality triumphed when he scored 51 on the back nine but he will still be due for a handicap adjustment.
Frank Hill and Bob Hunter had 72, Brendan Spittles 73 and Ray Flett also won nearest-the-pin.
There were 23 starters for the first event of the season after a record-breaking twilight season where an average of 47 hit off each week.
As well as being a good fundraiser, the nine-hole after-work format appeals to many who are time-poor and often players become members and go on to play 18-hole competitions.
Tony ‘Bones’ Ryan turned up a little late and nearly missed out on a game but, fortunately, found golfers to play with and won the day with 61-30-31 while Scott Carter was runner-up with 33 on count-back.
Dave Roberts won nearest-thepin and consolation balls went to Bill Ashcroft 33, Dale Clarke 34, Malcolm Wallace, Michael Mulcahy, Peter Atkins 35, Paul Newman and Bev Roberts 36.
Alan McGrath made a comeback on Thursday after missing a few months with health issues.
He was delighted to be back and struck the ball quite reasonably except for his putting.
He complained bitterly that he had three-putted seven greens until, on the 16th hole, he played a low 90 m shot under trees to the green.
The ball seemed destined to run off the back until it struck the flagstick plumb centre and dropped into the hole for a birdie.
Little more was heard about his putting blues.
There were plenty of mishaps on Saturday with a tee-shot off the first by Brady Bourke seen rolling down Gowrie St; a duck being struck by a David Robert’s golf shot; four putts inside 60 cm missed by one golfer; and finally, Col Barlow claiming a consolation ball after having an 11-on-one hole.
The Mulligan’s competition on Good Friday is a charity event for the Royal Children’s Hospital appeal and has a 10.30 am assembly time.
Golfers can pay $1 to be able to replay a shot with some prepared to spend quite a bit to win nearestthe-pin.
Donations for trophies can be left at the club.
Saturday’s competition will be a stableford, Sunday will be an American Foursomes for either a male pair or mixed pair while there is a four-ball on Monday.
Winners are grinners: Sponsors Bill (left) and Judy Ashcroft (right) with Saturday’s winners Steve Zolich and Jeff Baker.
Giving it his all: Richard Ballantyne leaves nothing behind as he drives off the tee.
Welcome return: Allan McGrath is delighted to be back playing again.