Golfers prefer golf to finals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.