Ball tampering at Hill Top?
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.
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.
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.
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.