Raining on golfers’ parade
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.
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.
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.
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.