Junior golfers dominate
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.