Umbrellas at ready on links
Rain on Saturday morning deterred many golfers from playing in the Baden Hill Perpetual fourball and those that played before noon soon had their brollies up.
Despite the withdrawals, 52 men and 16 women took part in one of the club’s major events, being staged for the 49th year.
A club founder, Baden Hill presented the plate as a perpetual trophy but unfortunately died soon after. His family has continued to sponsor the competition every year since.
Jody Webber and Les Walsh played early and their score of 43 stableford points sat atop the leader board until the last group, John Keller and Joe Kawalko, brought in the same score and won on a count back.
Kawalko was particularly useful on the par-3s, parring three of them and bogeying the ninth.
They were only three-over on the back nine which gave them a winning 23 points in the count back.
In the ball rundown, Les NationJohn Steen and Bruce Gross-James Ibbotson had 42, Rocco Barca-Tim Dickinson, Steve Zolich-Col Barlow, Scott Lye-Michael Downs and Kelly Cheong-Ian Rathjen all had 41 points.
Rocco Barca won nearest-thepin on the third hole, Bryan Miller won on the sixth, Kelly Cheong on the ninth and Phil Panting on the 14th.
Sheryl Curran and Yvonne Kartner won the women’s event with 44 points and Julie Gregg and Elaine Dunk were runners-up with 37.
Bev Roberts won nearest-thepin on the third, Julie Gregg won on the 14th but Jan Coe cleaned up the rest with wins on the sixth and ninth and the jackpot as well.
There was no competition on Tuesday due to inclement weather but on Thursday, Ross Kelly won the stableford competition with 43 points with Joe De Ieso runner-up with 41 on a count back.
While Kelly’s front nine was solid with 19 points, his back nine was inspirational. Seven for one on the 10th did not signal what was about to come.
A five on the 11th with two shots gave him three points and a birdie three on the 12th, once again with two shots, gave him a five. Yes, a five.
Pars on the 13th and 14th and more three-pointers on 17 and 18 and there was no stopping him short of appealing to the handicapper.
John Keller won nearest-the-pin and line balls went to Bob Hunter 41, Ray Flett, Mick Mulcahy and Barry Williams 38.
There was an amazingly good field of 67 golfers on Thursday for the event now sponsored by Matt Langley Electrical, once again showing administrators everywhere what form of golf is now popular.
Peter Fiddes won the day on a count back with 46-17.5-28.5 and Tom McCormack was runner-up with 43-14.5-28.5.
Ashleigh Blake won nearest-thepin and consolation balls went to Gary Reese and Scott Carter 29.5, Bill Ashcroft 30, Ryan Butler, Rita Fairchild, Rocco Barca and Norm Elliot 31, Dylan Burls and Bev Roberts 31.5, Mike Jeffers and Bryan Miller 32, Rob Montgomery, Pat Davies and Tom Miller 32.5.
There is a new event on the calendar and it is a mid-week competition for a change.
On Thursday, the first staging of the Bruce Dowell Memorial Golf Day will be held with a 10 am assembly for a 10.30 am hit-off. It is a four-ball stableford event and golfers can enter online if they choose.
It is a stableford round for the Privilege Cup on Saturday, sponsored by BMWShepparton, and on Sunday the GMGA is conducting the regional finals of the Golf Victoria Play9 competition at Hill Top (originally to be played at Mooroopna).
The top two men and top two women from each club that took part in Play9 will hit off at 10 am with winners to go on and play in Melbourne.
Hill Top’s AGM will take place on Monday, October 29, with many executive places already filled but director positions to be determined by ballot.
Members are asked to support the functioning of the club by attending and enjoying. The reports seem sure to show a successful year for the club.
On November 5 a Calcutta for the Melbourne Cup will be held and the next day the lunch, with sweeps, raffles and prizes will be held. Be there or be square.
How to kill a good round. Kelly Cheong and Ian Rathjen teed-off on the 18th hole on Saturday with 41 stableford points already on their card and a win firmly in their sights.
The 18th can be a tricky hole but it was not the geography that brought them undone. The winners of the day won with 43 points and just two on the last hole would have put Cheong-Rathjen right in the hunt.
Havingmade it onto the green in three, one putt would give them43 points and a good chance of a win.
Two putts for two points, even three putts for one would have saved face but, four putts! No wonder the heads were down at presentations.
Congratulations: Frank Hill with the Baden Hill Perpetual Trophy winners John Keller and Joe Kawalko.