Last Monday was the final day of the Queen’s Birthday weekend of golf at Hill Top.
The men’s best ball stableford was won by Ross Kelly and Bob Wildes with an incredible 49 points, well clear of runners-up Michael Downs and Peter Baird on 45 points.
The women’s best ball event was won by Yvonne Smith from Pakenham partnered by Hill Top’s Di Ballantyne with 41 points on a countback from Robyn Downs and Lyn Fanning.
Nearest-the-pins went to Tim Balfour and Sue Turnbull on the third, Tim Balfour and Sherryl Curran sixth, Col Basham and Robyn Downs (with jackpot) ninth and Peter Baird and Elaine Dunk on the 14th.
At the conclusion of presentations, life member David Roberts was called upon to present the ‘‘big donger’’ award to the best total weekend score of the large group of caravanners from Trafalgar.
This was won by Kerren Ludlow, one point ahead of Ray Williams and Keith Owen determined by their special points system across the three days of golf events.
The major event of the week was stroke for president’s day sponsored by John Fanning. It was also the second qualifying round for the winter cup knockout.
The winner of the president’s trophy in A-grade was Drew Curtis with 68 net, five shots ahead of Geoff Coolahan with 73 net.
In B-grade Peter Heathman took the president’s prize with 71 net, just ahead of Les Nation on 72.
The ladies winner was Janine Morgan with 69 net, well ahead of Di Day on 76.
Nearest-the-pins went to Brad Deane and Sherryl Curran for the Lewis Home ball on the third; Peter Collison and Josie De Ieso for Tatura Post Office sixth; the sponsor John Fanning took the Tatura Engineering ball and the jackpot on the ninth; and Matt Miller and Di Day with great shots for the A1 Deliveries ball on the 14th.
Those who received a ball down the line were Pat Serra, Peter Collison, Jack Risstrom, Matt Miller, Jeff Huddle, Anthony Devine, Bob Wildes, and Ron Popple.
The best four to qualify for the Winter Cup are Drew Curtis with 140 net across the two rounds, and he will play fourth qualifier Geoff Coolahan (146), while Matt Miller (141) will play Peter Baird (144).
The first of these matchplay knockouts are to be played by July 9. Well done and best of luck to these four players as they try to get their name on the honour board.
Terry White won Tuesday’s stroke competition with 70 net ahead of Trevor Allen 73 and Jeff Baker 74.
On Thursday it was Bob Hunter who returned +4 in the par competition, with Brian Coulston on +3, balls to Ray Flett and Michael Downs square and Allen McGrath took home the nearest-the-pin prize.
IGA chook run
It is getting dark early, so the chooks are roosting and getting harder to see, but that did not deter Les Nation who was first off and returned a fantastic 30 net to win the IGA voucher.
Scott Carter and Bill Ashcroft 35, John Bunn and Daryl Phillingham 36 were the ball winners and David Roberts played at least one good shot and won nearest-the-pin on the sixth.
Sunday was the start of Goulburn Valley District winter pennant with Hill Top fielding teams in division two (scratch) and division four (handicap).
It was an opposite ends of the scale start for Hill Top.
Division two playing at home defeated Shepparton three matches to two.
Fred Andrews after being well down early fought back to only lose 2-1.
Drew Curtis, in a tight game all day, also lost 2-1.
Brad Deane, who was square after nine, won two-up followed by Joseph Thomas who was three-up after nine and maintained his lead to win 3-2. Team captain Matt Miller, who got off to a great start, also posted a 3-2 win.
Division four team is comprised of a couple of golfers who have never played pennant before and who will benefit from the matchplay format.
Playing at Rich River, Hill Top were outclassed by the more experienced Shepparton team 4-1.
Michael Mulcahy in his first pennant game was all square after 18 holes, but got pipped on the 19th.
Les Nation lost on the 18th.
Dan Miller, playing his first pennant game, lost 7-6.
Tim Balfour, in a tight contest all day, lost 3-1 and Bryan Miller reversed the first game score to clinch a win on the 19th.
Saturday’s event is stableford for the Privilege Cup, sponsored by Shepparton BMW and on Sunday there is a mixed 4BBB event for which entries can be made on the sheet in the golf shop.
‘‘There are a lot of old buildings in Europe’’ was the amazing observation by John Bunn on his return from a recent trip around the Mediterranean, but good to have John back playing.
Although Peter Heathman won B-grade, and there was much talk at presentations about a 10 being recorded on the seventh hole, Peter was evasive about this in his prize acceptance speech.
— Foozle’s apprentice