Inaugural memorial event
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.