Ball tam­per­ing at Hill Top?

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - — Foo­zle

Tim Dick­in­son left the field in his wake on Satur­day when he won the GMCU monthly medal with a round of 92-27-65, three shots clear of B-grade run­ner-up Rocco Barca, who had 101-33-68.

Dick­in­son strug­gled on the front nine with two triple-bo­geys and a dou­ble but a birdie on the sixth saw him able to turn with a 46.

A stead­ier back nine and a par on the last hole gave him an­other 46 and a com­fort­able win.

Of­ten it is some­one from A-grade who rel­ishes the soft con­di­tions and brings in a win­ning score but on this oc­ca­sion the two best scores came from B-grade.

Glenn New­ton (78-6-72) beat Dave Corn­wall (87-15-72) on a count­back to win A-grade and in the ball run-down Michael Mulc­ahy had 72, Fred An­drews, John Keller and Jody Web­ber 73, An­thony Devine, Bruce Gross and John Steen 75 and Leo McGrath 76 on a count­back.

Sur­pris­ingly, no-one hit the third green but Fred An­drews had near­est-the-pin on his favourite par three — the sixth, spon­sored by Tatura Post Of­fice.

An­drews has had three holes-in­one on the sixth and seems to know just what it takes to win the choco­lates there.

John Fan­ning won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) and Brad Deane won near­est-the-pin on the ninth (Tatura En­gi­neer­ing) and the jack­pot.

Ja­nine Mor­gan won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion with 99-27-72, Bec Jef­fers was run­nerup with 100-24-76 and Mandy McGrath won a ball for her 80.

Or­der of Merit

Dar­ren Carter scored the equiv­a­lent of 177 sta­ble­ford points in the five Satur­day rounds in July to win the Or­der of Merit spon­sored by Tatura Fam­ily Butch­ers.

Brad Deane was run­ner-up with 173 and David Roberts was third with 170 points.

The win­ners re­ceive hand­some vouch­ers to be used at Brady Bourke’s fine butch­ery.

Mid-week

There was lit­tle golf dur­ing the week for men due to a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors.

Many reg­u­lar golfers trav­elled north to De­niliquin on Mon­day to play in the last Goul­burn Val­ley Veter­ans’ com­pe­ti­tion there and took Tues­day off to re­cover.

On Thurs­day, the win­try con­di­tions saw no play in the morn­ing or the IGA chicken run in the af­ter­noon.

Bob Hunter won the Tues­day stroke event with 91-21-70, Michael Downs was run­ner-up with 88-15-73 on a count­back from David Corn­wall and Rocci Vil­lani won a ball for his 75.

Com­ing events

Satur­day’s four-ball stroke com­pe­ti­tion is the qual­i­fy­ing round for the Olympic Cup, spon­sored by Alex and Ch­eryl How­son.

This event has a long his­tory, be­ing played since the 1956 Olympic Games in­Mel­bourne, and is an hon­our board event.

On Sun­day, Au­gust 20, the GVDGA Cham­pi­onships will be played at Hill Top with a choice of 36 holes scratch or 18 holes hand­i­cap events.

If that does not take your fancy, the Dar­ga­long Cup will be played at Murchison on the same day.

Shocker

Clive Mer­ri­gan usu­ally writes a large ‘C’ on his ball with a black marker but on Satur­day he chose to use a ball with a red ‘C’ on it af­ter los­ing a ball on the sixth.

Moses re­put­edly parted the Red Sea to al­low the Is­raelites to es­cape from Egypt and Mer­ri­gan very nearly parted with his red ‘C’ on Satur­day when he was un­able to find his ball as he pre­pared to hit off the 12th tee.

Lost balls have later been found in un­usual places but Mer­ri­gan fi­nally lo­cated his on the end of his put­ter which he had used to re­trieve his ball from the hole on the 11th green.

When John Fan­ning re­turned to Mer­ri­gan the black ‘C’ ball he found near the wa­ter on the sixth, or­der was once again re­stored.

Above: Glenn New­ton re­ceives his tro­phy from David Corn­wall.

Right: Bill Ashcroft winds up for a big drive.

Be­low right: Ross Kelly fin­ishes his tee-shot with a flour­ish.

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