Mer­ri­gan wins medal

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

Clive Mer­ri­gan won the GMCU monthly medal and B-grade with a round of 94-25-69 on a count­back from Jeff Baker at Hill Top on Satur­day.

Mer­ri­gan parred the 17th hole to fin­ish with a score of 46 on that nine and thwart the group snap­ping at his heels.

Paul Cor­nelius won A-grade with 81-11-70 on a count­back from Garry Reese and in the ball run­down, Michael Downs had 70, Terry O’Brien, Col Bar­low, Ross Kelly and John Keller had 71, Jody Webber, John McCal­lum, John Fanning, Bruce Gross and Frank Hill had 72 and Al­lan McGrath had 73.

Cor­nelius scored 39 on the front nine, which in­cluded birdies on the fourth and 16th to help him to 42 on the back nine and a very tidy round of golf.

Cor­nelius was near­est the pin on the third hole, spon­sored by Lewis Homes, Matt Miller on the sixth (Tatura Post Of­fice) and Mick Trevaskis on the 14th (A-1 Freight), while Dan Miller won on the ninth (Tatura En­gi­neer­ing) and claimed the jack­pot. John Keller won him­self a sleeve of balls for his ea­gle three on the par-5 fourth hole.

Hill Top mixed

The fi­nal of the Hill Top mixed was played on Sun­day when fa­ther and daugh­ter team Mike and Re­becca Jef­fers de­feated Bryan Miller and Liz Mulc­ahy 3-up with one to play. A great ef­fort and now the club his­to­rian will need to check the records to see if a fa­ther and daugh­ter pair­ing has ever won this event pre­vi­ously.

Rolling Pin Day

The an­nual Rolling Pin Chal­lenge in which men take on women in a sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tion was also played on Sun­day for the 20th year.

David and Bev Roberts spon­sor the day and, as usual, David made some al­ter­ations to the course so it was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than usual to add to the fun fac­tor of the day.

The in­di­vid­ual women’s win­ner was Mandy McGrath with 43 points ahead of Heather Long 39. In the men’s in­di­vid­ual event, rel­a­tively new player Danyel Dry­den won with 44 points, just ahead of Fred An­drews with 43.

Julie Gregg and Matt Miller won the long­est drives, with Elaine Dunk and Frank Hill win­ning the near­est the kitchen sink in their cat­e­gories.

Near­est the pin shots went to Lyn Fanning and Peter Baird on the third, Sue Turn­bull and Col Bar­low on the ninth and Elaine Dunk on the 14th.

When the scores of the best 10 men and best 10 women were added, the women scored 368 and the men 372 in one of the event’s clos­est scores.

The men are the hold­ers of the rolling pin for an­other year.

Coun­try Week

The Goul­burnMur­ray Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s women’s team won di­vi­sion one last week in an in­spired per­for­mance when look­ing at its tal­ented op­po­si­tion. It was the team’s first year in di­vi­sion one, hav­ing won di­vi­sion two last year, and Hill Top’s Terri Wange­man gave great sup­port while cad­dy­ing.

The GV men did nearly as well, go­ing un­de­feated to claim di­vi­sion two and was pro­moted to di­vi­sion one for next year.

Hill Top ju­nior Matt Miller was se­lected to play one match, which was at The Na­tional. He lost to a player whose round was un­der-par but was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to mix it with tal­ented play­ers.

Mid-week

Ju­nior mem­ber Char­lieMur­doch blitzed the field on Tues­day when he scored 42 sta­ble­ford points off a 36 hand­i­cap. Mur­doch parred the first and sev­enth holes on the way to 26 points on the back nine holes and fol­lowed it up with 16 on the back nine. He and his brother Harry make a wel­come ad­di­tion to the club’s ju­nior ranks.

Barry Den­nis was run­ner-up with 40 points and con­so­la­tion balls went to Lou Vil­lani 39 (ap­par­ently play­ing left-handed), Clive Mer­ri­gan and Mike Downs with 37 on a count­back. Mer­ri­gan was also near­est the pin.

Peter Cal­dow played the round of his life (his words) when he won Thurs­day’s stroke event with 84-19-65. Ross Kelly was run­nerup with 91-24-67.

Cal­dow had five pars on the front nine and an­other four on the back, which en­sured a broad smile on his face back in the club­house.

Matt Miller was near­est the pin and con­so­la­tion balls went to Bob Hunter and Clive Mer­ri­gan with 69 and John Keller with 70 on a count­back from two oth­ers.

Twi­light

The new sea­son got off to a flyer on Thurs­day with 48 golfers keen to get started.

Trevor Woot­ton had the best card with 42-10-32, beat­ing Col Bar­low (41-9-32) on a count­back. Peter Hut­ton won near­est the pin and con­so­la­tion balls went to Alex How­son, Char­lie Mur­doch and Tracey Lowry with 33, Brian Coe with 331⁄ 2, Ryan But­ler, Jeff Hud­dle and John Map­son with 34 and Jar­rod Tay­lor, Matt Miller, Jan Coe

and Anthony Devine with 341⁄ 2.

Vale

Hill Top found­ing mem­ber Beryl Gray passed away last week and her fu­neral will be on Wed­nes­day.

Beryl played both golf and bowls at the club for many years and her hus­band Stan was a life mem­ber and ded­i­cated com­mit­tee man.

Their house, be­side the 18th green, was one of the first built on the es­tate in the 1960s and was the re­cip­i­ent of many er­rant golf balls.

Shocker

Peter Baird was al­ter­nat­ing his tee-shots on Satur­day, one long and up the mid­dle and the next a scream­ing hook into the trees. At the 17th it was the turn of the scream­ing hook, which quickly dis­ap­peared into trees head­ing for the 16th fair­way (Peter IS left­handed). When his ball could not be lo­cated, Peter re­turned to the tee while his com­pan­ions waited down the hill, hop­ing ‘long and straight‘ would take over. Jeff Baker parked his golf cart be­hind a huge eu­ca­lypt that should have pro­vided ad­e­quate cover, but no! Peter’s ball flew into the cart just be­low the wind­screen, knock­ing over Jeff’s GPS. The ball fin­ished un­der the GPS, which mirac­u­lously was still work­ing. Peter got to drop his ball where the cart was parked and golfed on to make a dou­ble-bo­gey. Just an­other day on the golf course.

Win­ners from the week­end: Mike and Re­becca Jef­fers (cen­tre) won the Hill Top mixed ti­tle, while Danyel Dry­den and Mandy McGrath were the top scor­ers on Rolling Pin Day.

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