Rain­ing on golfers’ pa­rade

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

Such was the threat of a del­uge over the week­end, golfers may well have thought to fill in their time build­ing a boat big enough to hold their earthly pos­ses­sions as well as their an­i­mals.

Al­though the amount of rain did not reach the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s es­ti­ma­tions, more than 100 mm fell and closed the course on Satur­day, with com­mit­tee mem­bers search­ing the syl­labus for a day to re-sched­ule De­cem­ber’s monthly medal.

No doubt the ben­e­fit of such rain­fall to the course will out­weigh the in­con­ve­nience of one golf-less Satur­day.

To make mat­ters worse, Mooroopna can­celled the GV Veter­ans’ event and Christ­mas din­ner on Mon­day, an event ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated with a cheap meal and free drink coupons sup­plied. This event is not to be resched­uled, which will cause fur­ther angst among the reg­u­lar at­ten­ders of vet­eran golf events. There is sure to be an in­crease in the fields of mid-week golf com­pe­ti­tions as veter­ans chan­nel their frus­tra­tions this week.

Mid-week

Lou Vil­lani con­tin­ued to leave fields in his wake when he won last Tues­day’s stroke com­pe­ti­tion by eight strokes.

Play­ing off a 30 hand­i­cap, Vil­lani shot a 91 for a nett 61 with run­nerup Frank Hill 88-19-69.

Bob Hunter, Rocci Vil­lani, Gra­ham Meneilly and Ge­orge Kitto each had nett 70s, but Kitto was the one to miss out in the ball run­down.

John Keller once again de­nied Lou Vil­lani by win­ning near­est the pin on the ninth hole.

Bob Wildes and Mike Downs won Thurs­day’s draw-for-part­ners Amer­i­can four­somes with a score of 66.5.

While many in the field strug­gled with the sel­dom-played four­somes con­cept, Wildes and Downs quickly found their groove with 39 on the back nine and 41 on the front.

Gra­ham Meneilly and Bob Hunter were run­ners-up with 70.875, while Barry Den­nis and Clive Mer­ri­gan won a ball each for their 72.375.

Twi­light

Brendan Calder won on Thurs­day with 45-16-29 in a field of 44. Dale Clarke was run­ner-up with 32 on a count-back.

Matt Miller won near­est the pin and con­so­la­tion balls went to Michael Downs 32, Norm El­liot 33, Josie De Ieso 33.5, Danyel Dry­den and Scott Carter 34, Jan Coe, Janette Hay­ward and Rocco Barca 34.5 and Drew Cur­tis 35.

Com­ing events

The monthly medal round for De­cem­ber will be played this week af­ter rain washed out play on Satur­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion is also the first qual­i­fy­ing round for the Sum­mer Cup, with a sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round day to be de­ter­mined.

Gary Hopcraft’s Christ­mas split 6s (med­ley four-ball sta­ble­ford) on Sunday has a 9.30 am as­sem­bly and the $20 en­try in­cludes lunch. There is a max­i­mum of 64 in the field, with en­tries to the club on 5824 1689 or on­line.

For the first six holes, the bet­ter points score of the two play­ers is recorded. For the next six the sta­ble­ford points are com­bined and for the last six holes the sta­ble­ford points are mul­ti­plied to­gether.

There are ham­pers for the win­ners and run­ners-up, near­est the pin tro­phies on the ninth and 14th holes, near­est to the Santa and the rein­deer prizes, as well as prizes for the best dec­o­rated cart and buggy.

Hoppy will surely have us all get­ting into the Christ­mas spirit on Sunday.

Shock­ers from the vaults

The mem­bers’ draw has been build­ing each Fri­day un­til $700 was up for grabs last week and there was stand­ing room only around the bar. Fi­nally, af­ter months of no-re­sult, num­ber 30 came up and Ross Kelly ex­ulted. His hand was shaken un­til it was sore but when the ex­cite­ment had abated, Ross turned to his dear mate Bob, held out his glass and said ‘‘Your shout, Bob’’. Bob’s re­sponse is not print­able.

It didn’t hap­pen to a golfer and it wasn’t at the golf course but, if you were at Tatura’s Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tion on Tues­day you would have heard Dr Shar­man Stone in­tro­duced as ‘‘the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Money’’. For­tu­nately, Dr Stone en­joyed the tongue slip as much as any­one and Jill Clap­per­ton went only a very faint shade of pink.

Win­ners: Mike Downs and Bob Wildes were two of the stars on Thurs­day when they com­fort­ably won the four-ball event.

Skill: John Keller demon­strates how to play out of a bunker.

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