Golfers pre­fer golf to fi­nals

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - — Foo­zle

The ex­cite­ment over the in­volve­ment of Western Bull­dogs and Rich­mond in pre­vi­ous AFL grand fi­nals was not matched this year, with many golfers opt­ing to play in the af­ter­noon.

Still, the clear win­ner for the day and win­ner of the Priv­i­lege Cup, spon­sored by Shep­par­ton BMW, was James Ib­bot­son, who played early and amassed 45 stable­ford points to win by five shots.

He went around the front nine holes in just 42 and around the back nine in 44, which would have given him a stroke round of 86-24-62.

Dave Corn­wall won A-grade with 38 points, Jeff Hud­dle was run­ner-up with 37 and Michael Downes was run­ner-up in B-grade with an ex­cel­lent 40 points off an 18 hand­i­cap.

John Dick­in­son won near­est­the-pin on the third hole (Lewis Homes), Steve Haigh won on the sixth (Tatura Post Of­fice), Colin Bar­low won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) and Gary Hopcraft won the jack­pot and near­est-the-pin on the ninth, which is spon­sored by Tatura En­gi­neer­ing.

Hopcraft’s tee-shot landed on the right side of the green and kicked left, struck the flag and fin­ished 45 cm from the pin for a tap-in birdie.

Although the rest of his round was not mem­o­rable, Hopcraft was rightly chuffed af­ter the round with the mem­ory of a near hole-in-one.

Ball win­ners: Frank Hill, Jody Web­ber and John Dick­in­son 38, Colin Bar­low and Ge­off Coola­han 37, Ray Flett, Dar­ren Carter, Matt Miller, Bob Hunter and An­thony Devine 36 on count back.

Mandy McGrath won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion with 35 stable­ford points off a 34 hand­i­cap, Sue Turn­bull was run­ner-up with 33, while Jan Coe won near­est-thepin on the 14th hole and a con­so­la­tion ball for 30 points on count back.

Mid-week

Gra­ham Meneilly had a nett 69 off a 20 hand­i­cap on Tues­day to win the stroke com­pe­ti­tion, while John Keller was run­ner-up with 77-7-70.

Rocci Vil­lani, John Steen and Ian El­ders each had 72 and Bob Wildes won a ball for his 73 on a count back.

Ross Kelly scored three-point­ers on his first three holes on Thurs­day, then an­other three holes later and then a four-pointer to turn with 21 stable­ford points.

A reg­u­la­tion 18 points on the front nine gave him 39 and a win on a count back against Steve Haigh.

Lou Vil­lani had 38, Bob Hunter 37, Garry Reese and James Ib­bot­son 36, John Keller, Kelly Cheong and Michael Han­d­ley 35 on count back and Rocci Vil­lani won near­est-the-pin.

IGA chook-run

There was a field of 26 on Thurs­day and Les Na­tion won the choco­lates, fig­u­ra­tively, with a nett 33 and John Steen was run­ner-up with 35 on a count back.

Drew Cur­tis and John Bunn also had 35, Michael Downes and Travis Worm 36, Sh­eryl Cur­ran, John Map­son and Scott Carter 37 and Sh­eryl Cur­ran won near­est­the-pin on the 14th hole.

Com­ing events

It is the fi­nal IGA chook-run on Thurs­day and on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 the Golf Aus­tralia Play9 com­pe­ti­tion will be held on the front nine holes with a hit-off from 3 pm.

The top two men and top two women will ad­vance to a re­gional Play9 fi­nal at Mooroopna and the win­ners there will play at Royal Mel­bourne.

The win­ners there will then fly to Syd­ney and play at The Lakes Golf Club on day three of the Aus­tralian Open. They will also re­ceive gift packs and can at­tend the Cham­pion’s Cock­tail Func­tion, all cour­tesy of Golf Aus­tralia. There is a $10 ini­tial en­try fee.

It will be monthly medal on Sat­ur­day, spon­sored by GMCU, and on Sun­day the AHS Tatura Phar­macy is spon­sor­ing a mixed 18 holes gentsomes com­pe­ti­tion. En­try is $40 a pair and there is an 11 am shot­gun start.

Hill Top’s Matt Miller

is in Mel­bourne this week as part of the Goul­burn Mur­ray team play­ing in Coun­try Week in di­vi­sion one.

Terry Wange­man will also be there cad­dy­ing and sup­port­ing the GM’s women’s team. Re­sults will be avail­able daily on the GV web­site.

Vale

Hill Top’s flag was at half-mast this week in mem­ory of Judy Dowell, who passed away last week.

Judy was a long-time mem­ber, as were sev­eral mem­bers of the Dowell fam­ily, in­clud­ing her hus­band Max who passed away some years ago.

Her fu­neral will be held at Mooroopna to­day.

Fan mo­bile: Jeff Baker showed sup­port for his two grand fi­nal­ist teams.

Fore: Clive Mer­ri­gan tees off on the 18th.

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