Ju­nior golfers dom­i­nate

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Foo­zle

Hill Top’s Easter Tour­na­ment was blessed with per­fect weather, which al­lowed the many vis­i­tors to en­joy the well-pre­sented course.

Ju­nior golfers dom­i­nated Satur­day’s sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by John Deere, with Matt Miller the winner in A-grade with 38 points and Jack Ris­strom win­ning B-grade with 39.

Brad Deane was run­ner-up to Miller with 37 points while Ger­ard Wat­son was run­ner-up in B-grade with 39, los­ing on count­back.

Dar­rell Whit­ley also had 39 points, but took home only a con­so­la­tion ball as did Bill Ashcroft and John Di­a­per 37, John Hay­ward, Bryan Miller and Ian Le Lievre 36, Mick Ad­kin, Ron Pop­ple, Trevor Allen and John Map­son 35, Paul Berg and Ray Ni­chol­son 34 on count­back.

Near­est the pin tro­phies went to Matt Miller, Bruce Gross, Bryan Miller and Michael Mulc­ahy, who also won the jack­pot on the ninth hole.

Kym Saun­ders from Cape Schanck Golf Club won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion with 35 points on count­back from Deirdre Kelly (Rose­bud Golf Club) and Bev Roberts and Josie De Ieso each won a line ball.

Deirdre Kelly also won near­est the pin on the third hole.

Sun­day

The Amer­i­can Four­somes was won by Ray Ni­chol­son and Terri Wange­man with a 67.

They had a birdie on the sixth and turned with 38, but fur­ther birdies on 10 and 13 helped them to a one-un­der-par 35 on the back nine and a win by 0.25 over Steve Zolich and Yvonne Kart­ner.

Alan Treves and Lor­raine Smith won con­so­la­tion balls as did Ian Frost and Tris­ten Wearne, Fred An­drews and Heather Long, Matt Miller and Julie Gregg, Tim Ni­chol­son and Pat Serra, Si­mon and Julie Evans.

Near­est the pin tro­phies went to Matt McLean, Ray Ni­chol­son, Matt Miller, Julie Evans, Tracy Lowry, Terri Wange­man, Shirley Thomas and Michael Suster.

A sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tion for pairs of­men was won by Peter Baird and Colin Bar­low with 67 and Alan Kel­lock and Ryan But­ler each won a con­so­la­tion ball.

Good Fri­day

A Mul­li­gans event al­lows the golfer to re­play a poor shot with­out adding to his score.

The Good Fri­day Mul­li­gans Day was a char­ity day to raise money for the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and each Mul­li­gan cost the player $1.

MichaelMulc­ahy spent $8 to win near­est the pin on the ninth hole and a whole lot more to win the event with 72-21-51.

Drew Cur­tis was run­ner-up with 58 on a count­back from Ger­ard Wat­son and con­so­la­tion prizes went to Jono Ker­rins 61, Michael Suster 62, Re­becca Jef­fers, An­thony Mel­ton and Jack Ris­strom 64, Sharon and Mike Jef­fers 65. Near­est the pin tro­phies went to Jack Ris­strom, Ger­ard Wat­son, Drew Cur­tis, Dy­lan Moncur, Shirley Thomas and Judy Baker.

There was $700 raised over­all and every­body had an en­joy­able day.

Mid­week

Trevor Allen won Tues­day’s sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tion with 40 points and Clive Mer­ri­gan was run­ner-up with 35 on a count­back.

Rocci Vil­lani and John Freuden­stein had 35 points, Barry Dennis 34 and Clive Mer­ri­gan won near­est the pin.

Jeff Baker played with Gary Hopcraft and Ron Pop­ple on Thurs­day and they came in first, sec­ond and third in the sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tion.

Baker had 42 points, Hopcraft beat Pop­ple on a count­back with 40 points and Baker birdied the ninth af­ter claim­ing near­est the pin.

Ray Flett won a ball for his 36 as did Lance Lancaster from Woorayl who is part of the Gipp­s­land con­tin­gent that ar­rive each year at this time.

Mar­tyn Wil­liams made a re­turn af­ter a six months break and scored 29 points, his best score to this point.

Com­ing Events

Davrod are spon­sors for Satur­day’s event, which is a com­pe­ti­tion not played pre­vi­ously at Hill Top.

It is called Par Plus and al­lows golfers who have a win on a hole with a shot still to spare to claim a dou­ble-plus.

If you score two bet­ter than nett par, you claim three plusses but you can­not score worse than one loss.

Full marks go to David Roberts and Rod Schu­bert for giv­ing this game an air­ing.

The Gray Bar­ton is a club teams event played at Co­bram-Ba­rooga on Sun­day and the club cham­pi­onships be­gin the fol­low­ing Sun­day.

Goul­burn Val­ley vet­eran golfers will play at Val­ley View on Mon­day, April 24, and the fol­low­ing day, on Anzac Day, a four­ball sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tion, gen­er­ously spon­sored by NL Drainage, will be played at Hill Top.

Smooth style: Harry Maxwell, one of the Gipp­s­land golfers who play Hill Top’s Easter Tour­na­ment each year.

Keep­ing ev­ery­one hy­drated: The re­fresh­ment tent on Sun­day, staffed by Hank and Mar­i­lyn Pop­ple­stone, Bill and Judy Ashcroft.

Su­per ef­fort: Win­ners of the mixed on Sun­day, Terri Wange­man and Ray Ni­chol­son.

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