Merrigan wins medal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.