Medley of golfers compete
Golfers were not deterred by the heat on Saturday and a good field teed-off in the medley stableford competition.
Players found hitting off the blue tees a much harder task than the white tees mid-week golfers had been using, and taking advantage of, with par more like 65 than 71.
Josh Pell, handicap 18, won the day with 39 stableford points on a count back from Ray Flett (19) and consolation balls went to Scott Perry, Ryan Butler and Ian Elders 38; John Keller, Paul Berg, Dave Cornwall and Simon Russell 37; Jarrod Taylor, Drew Curtis, Colin Barlow and John Dickinson 36; with Paul Cornelius, Dylan Burls, Joe Kawalko, Garry Reese, Ray Nicholson and Mick Mulcahy 35 on a count back.
Phil Panting won nearest-thepin on the third hole (Lewis Homes), Garry Reese was successful on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Alex Howson won the jackpot and nearest-the-pin on the ninth (Tatura Engineering), and John Dellar won on the 14th (A-1 Freight).
Order of merit
Michael Downs followed up his historic win of the Privilege Cup by winning the Order of merit for December with 147 stableford points at an average of 36.75 over the four Saturdays.
Alex Howson was second with 141 points and Anthony Devine was third with 138.
Sheryl Curran was the best of the women with 132 points and Sue Turnbull was second with 111.
The winners will receive vouchers which they can spend at Brady Bourke’s Tatura Family Butcher, the sponsor for this award.
GMGA 4BBB pennant
In the second round of summer pennant, Hill Top/ Merrigum defeated Shepparton 3-2 at Numurkah, giving them one win and one loss.
Hill Top’s women’s team defeated Mooroopna 2-1 at Tocumwal with an early start to avoid extreme heat. Bec Jeffers and Wilma Saunders won 3-2 as did Jan Coe and Phyl Fiddes but Janette Hayward and Sheryl Curran were -2.
There was some sensational scoring during the week as golfers took advantage of the forward tees, the clear air and magnificent fairways that allowed every opportunity to play good shots.
Rocci Villani, playing off a 19 handicap, scored a sensational 44 stableford points which included seven pars on the front nine and three more on the back.
Steve Haigh must wonder what he has to do to win an event as, once again, a brilliant round of golf went unrewarded.
His five birdies on the front nine and further four on the back gave him 43 points which, off a two handicap, meant a round of 66 but still no chocolates.
Still, everyone except Matty Miller would probably swear off chips and their drink of choice for a week to be able to play a similar round and feel like a real golfer.
Barry Dennis scored 41 points, Scott Carter 39 while Bob Hunter also had 39 and won nearest-the-pin.
Results on Thursday were similar with Allan McGrath bringing 91-27-64 to do some damage to his handicap.
John Steen (89-22-67) was runner-up on a count back with Scott Carter, Joe Kawalko had 68, Drew Curtis and Bob Hunter 69, while Lou Villani won nearest-the-pin on the ninth.
The Thursday afternoon game continues to be popular with 60 entrants last week.
John Dellar won with a net 27 and Scott Carter was runner-up with 28.5.
Judy Ashcroft had 29, S. Perry 29.5, D. Maher, Dale Clarke and Phyl Fiddes 30, Trevor Wootton and J. Danaher 30.5, Charlie 30, Steeny, Bec Jeffers and John Bunn 31 and Sheryl Curran won a ball for her 31.5.
Scott Carter also won a ball for nearest-the-pin.
There is a stroke event on Saturday for men and women and on Monday, January 21, the GV veteran golfers begin their year at Ky-Parkland.
There have been quite a lot of rule changes from January 1 and it is sure to take time for everybody to be confident in applying them.
It was generally thought that the rule regarding out-ofbounds and lost balls meant that, instead of hitting a provisional ball, the player would hit from the area where the ball was thought to be lost or OOB.
This, however, is subject to local rules and the GMGA (and most clubs in Victoria) have rejected the option meaning that players should play a provisional ball to save time should the original ball not be found.
Search time has also been reduced from five to three minutes.
Please study the new rules and also Hill Top’s new Local Rules.