Shock­ers aplenty on green

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - — Foo­zle

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.

Cham­pi­onships

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

ar­ranged time.

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.

Mid­week

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.

Chook run

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.

Shocker

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.

Shocker two

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.

Com­ing events

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.

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