In­au­gu­ral memorial event

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

On Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25 a four­ball stable­ford event was played at Hill Top for the first time: the Bruce Dow­ell Memorial Golf Day.

Bruce was a mem­ber of Hill Top for more than 50 years — win­ning many events in­clud­ing the Sum­mer Cup five times — but passed away 16 months ago.

His widow Veron­ica de­cided to spon­sor this day each year to hon­our hi­mand fam­ily and friends trav­elled to show their sup­port for this ges­ture.

Bob Hunter (19 hand­i­cap) and Dave Corn­wall (14) scored an amaz­ing 50 points with Hunter on the card 12 times as they av­er­aged close to three points per hole.

The un­lucky run­ners-up, Steve Zolich and Col Bar­low, had 49 points, usu­ally enough for a com­fort­able win.

Third place went to Steve Haigh andMichael Downs who al­so­must have fan­cied their chances with 48 points while con­so­la­tion balls went to good scores of 47 (Ross Kelly and Bob Wildes) and 46 (Allen Gale and Gary Hopcraft).

A vis­i­tor from Phillip Is­land, Ian Huther, won near­est-the-pin on the third hole, Bruce Gross won on the sixth and Paul Cor­nelius won on the ninth.

Two other spon­sors have stepped up and will of­fer gen­er­ous tro­phies at a sim­i­lar time in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber which might lead to Su­per Thurs­days be­com­ing the norm.

Satur­day

Gra­ham Meneilly’s and Michael Dono­hue’s 39 stable­ford points kept them com­fort­ably on top of the leader board un­til the end of the field when Ross Kelly handed in a card with 41 points.

Play­ing off a 23 hand­i­cap, Kelly had 20 points on the front nine, de­spite a wipe on the ninth, and fol­lowed up with a solid 21 on the back, win­ning him the Priv­i­lege Cup which is spon­sored each month by BMW Shep­par­ton.

Dono­hue won A-grade with Steve Zolich run­ner-up with 37 on a count back and Meneilly was run­ner-up in B-grade.

Al­lan McGrath won near­est-thepin on the third hole, spon­sored by Lewis Homes; Alex How­son won on the sixth (Tatura Post Of­fice); Mike Jef­fers won on the 14th (A-1 Freight); and John Keller won the jack­pot and near­est-the-pin on the ninth, spon­sored by Tatura En­gi­neer­ing.

In the ball run-down, Bruce Gross had 37, John Keller and Peter Col­li­son 36, Alex How­son and Scott Lye 35, and Frank Hill and Brian Clay 34 on count back.

Some golfers from Phillip Is­land are mak­ing Hill Top their sec­ond home and one of them, Kaye Huther, won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day with 37 points off a 28 hand­i­cap de­spite wipes on the fifth, sixth and 16th holes.

Heather Long was run­ner-up with 35 points and Julie Gregg won a ball for her 31.

Olympic Cup

The fi­nal of the Olympic Cup was de­cided in dra­matic fash­ion on Satur­day when Steve Haigh and Michael Downs took on Allen Gale and Joe De Ieso for the ti­tle. Haigh and Downs seemed well in con­trol af­ter 16 holes when they were twoup with two to play.

How­ever, their op­po­si­tion dug deep and when De Ieso put his wedge shot less than a me­tre from the pin on the 18th, the match went into ex­tra holes.

Allen and De Ieso then won on the first to snatch vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat and win one of the club’s old­est ti­tles.

Vic­to­rian Play 9 Cham­pi­onship

A re­gional fi­nal was played at Hill Top on Sun­day with the top three men and women to play at Royal Mel­bourne next Sun­day.

Mark Corn­dan and Fred Bar­ton from Co­bram-Ba­rooga and Si­mon Do­herty fromMer­rigum will rep­re­sent men while He­len Fro­stick (Nathalia), Ronda Ret­tke (Co­bramBa­rooga) and He­len Emery (KyVal­ley View) will be there for women. Un­for­tu­nately, Hill Top’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives were un­able to qual­ify.

Tues­day

Mike Jef­fers won Tues­day’s stable­ford com­pe­ti­tion with 41 points on a count back from Gra­ham Meneilly, de­spite hav­ing three wipes on his card.

The ball must be rolling fur­ther in the warmer weather with ex­cel­lent scores earn­ing only a line ball.

Steve Haigh had 39 points off a four hand­i­cap, Bob Hunter and Rocci Vil­lani 38 and Les Na­tion added a near­est-the-pin to the con­so­la­tion ball he won for his 37 on a count back.

Twi­light

Rocky Barca won Thurs­day’s event with a nett 28 and Pat Davies was run­ner-up with 31.5 on a count back.

Phyl Fid­des won near­est-the-pin on the 14th and line-balls went to John Hay­ward and Mitch Tri­carico 31.5, Travis Worm and Phyl Fid­des 32, David Mur­ray, Mick Jef­fers, Bill Ashcroft and James Young 33, Jody Web­ber and Charles Law­son 33.5, Les Walsh, Brady Bourke and John Map­son 34.

Once again there were more than 50 starters for this pop­u­lar Thurs­day com­pe­ti­tion which has hit-off times from 3 pm.

Com­ing events

Men’s mid­week events will have hit-off times be­tween 8 am and 9 am now that day­light sav­ing has be­gun. It may be a bless­ing with tem­per­a­tures fore­cast to be in the mid-30s on Thurs­day. No doubt it will take a cou­ple of weeks for golfers to adapt to the change.

It is GMCU Monthly Medal on Satur­day and on Sun­day Col Bar­low is spon­sor­ing a med­ley four­player am­brose. The fol­low­ing Sun­day, North­links is spon­sor­ing the Hill Top Scramble, a twop­er­son am­brose for men and women, but not mixed.

Memorial day win­ners: Veron­ica Dow­ell with Dave Corn­wall, Steve Zolich and Col Bar­low.

Satur­day win­ners: Joe De Ieso, Ross Kelly and Allen Gale.

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