Med­ley of golfers com­pete

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - — Foo­zle

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.

Mid-week

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.

Twi­light

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.

Com­ing events

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.

Rules

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.

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