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The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - —Foo­zle

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.

Mid-week

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.

Twi­light

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.

Coming events

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.

Shocker

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.

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