Course perfect, scores low

September 01, 2017

Dan Miller is presented with the Privilege Cup by Geoff Coolahan.

Sponsors Jeff and Judy Baker on either side of winners Liz Mulcahy and Bryan Miller.

Bob Wildes hits on the eighth green.

Hill Top Golf

On Saturday a field of 56 competed for the Privilege Cup, sponsored by Shepparton BMW.

Although the course is in excellent condition, scores were subdued with Dan Miller winning the cup with 35 stableford points on a countback. He struggled on the front nine and could only manage 15 points but three pars, and a birdie on 14, enabled him to score 20 more points on the back nine despite a wipe on the 16th.

Matt Miller, who now plays off a one handicap, was runner-up in A Grade with 35 points, Peter Caldow won B Grade with 35 and Geoff Kerr was runners-up to Caldow with 35 also.

In the ball run-down, David Cornwall, Ross Kelly, Rocco Barca, Geoff Coolahan and Bryan Miller had 34s, Colin Barlow, Ian Elders, Ty Guiney, Dave Roberts, Lindsay Ryan and Anthony Devine 33s, Jody Webber and Paul Berg 32s on a countback.

Fred Andrews won nearest the pin on the third hole, sponsored by Lewis Homes, Bob Oliver won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Dan Miller won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) and Bob Wildes won nearest the pin (Tatura Engineering) and the jackpot on the ninth.

Taking into consideration Carlton’s unexpected win over Hawthorn last week, it may be some time before Bob comes back down to earth.

Sheryl Curran won the women’s competition on Saturday with 36 points, Janine Morgan was runner-up with 33 on a countback, Pat Serra won a consolation ball for her 33 and Joyce Baird won nearest the pin on the ninth hole.

Order of Merit

August saw some new winners with Rebecca Jeffers taking the Tatura Family Butcher voucher with 132 points, ahead of Sherryl Curran 109 and Janine Morgan 104.

In the men’s event, Rocco Barca will be visiting our sponsor Brady Bourke to skite about his victory on 150 points, with Ross Kelly second on 145 and Clive Merrigan 143. Thanks Brady for your continued support for this special monthly competition.


The fourball best ball mixed competition, sponsored by Jeff and Judy Baker, was the qualifying round for the Hill Top Mixed with the best two scores to play off for the title.

Bryan Miller and Liz Mulcahy were the winners with 46 points and they will play Mike Jeffers and Rebecca Jeffers who were runners-up with 45.

Jeff and Judy Baker came third with 43 and nearest the pin trophies went to Michael Downs and Julie Gregg.

Balls down-the-line went to Col Barlow-Josie De Ieso 42, Ron Popple-Elaine Dunk 42, Fred Andrews-Mandy McGrath 42, Michael and Robyn Downs 42, Fred Andrews Jnr- Debbie Reilly 41, Peter and Joyce Baird 41, Darren Carter-Heather Long 39 and Steve Zolich-Yvonne Kartner 39.

Mid Week

While Tuesday of the previous week had been wet and miserable, this week was picture perfect which allowed Clive Merrigan yet another opportunity to notch up a win.

With a score of 95-26-69, he won the stroke competition from runner-up Ron Popple who had 89-17-72.

George Kitto, Jeff Baker and Trevor Allen all had 74s and were rewarded in the ball run-down while Baker also won nearest the pin.

Angie Serra won Thursday’s stableford competition on a countback with 39 points off an 18-handicap while Bryan Miller (13) was runner-up.

Serra had a birdie, seven bogeys and one double on the front nine, two pars and another birdie on the back nine for 20 points.

Graham Meneilly had 37 points while Fred McMahon, Bob Hunter and John Fanning each won a ball for their 34s on a countback.

Dave Cornwall won nearest the pin on the ninth hole.

IGA Chook Run

There were 18 starters on Thursday and warmer weather will encourage even better fields in the future.

Bev Roberts was the winner with nett 25, John Mapson was runner-up with 27 and line-balls went to John Bunn 28, Jeff Huddle 29, Mandy McGrath 30, Matt Miller 31 and Norman Elliott 32 on a countback.

Matt Miller won nearest the pin and his father Bryan had a hole-in-one on a make-shift hole of 80 metres on the 18th.

Unfortunately for Bryan, the ace will not be formally recognised.

Coming Events

The stroke competition on Saturday September 2 is for the monthly medal, sponsored by GMCU, and that evening Bogan Bingo will be held with fancy dress, games and a disco. Bookings may be made at Links Bistro.


Foozle was in trouble again on Sunday when his group searched for his ball on the fourth hole for the full five minutes only to discover it under his golf cart.

There was no denying that he had watched where his ball had gone very carefully and had gone straight to the spot. When will they bring out a ball that beeps when you are close to it?

-  Foozle

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