Tat Chat: Hill Top Golf

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Huge Ambrose Day

On Saturday the special Courier Ambrose Day sponsored by Tatura’s two leading delivery businesses Newton Parcel Service and A1 Deliveries attracted players from far and wide to create the largest multi tee same time start field that anyone can remember.

As one profound golfer stated “you can’t get a bigger field than a full field”.

A barbecue on the ninth added to the atmosphere and fun of the day.

Sponsor prizes were very generous and numerous, however, this report will only describe the main ones.

In the women’s event, Heather Long and Lynette Phillips won with 69.5 on a countback from Robyn Downs and Sue Turnbull with Jan Coe and Janette Hayward third on 70.25.

Nearest the pins went to Heather Long on the third, Sue Turnbull on the sixth, Jan Coe on the ninth and Heather Long on the 14th.

In the men’s event, Darren Carter and Bryan Miller won with 60 nett.

Club captain then highlighted how much the visitors liked the Hill Top course as the following paraded for prizes.

Steve Usher and Ed McQuienn from Kyabram were runners-up with 60.5, Ymet Mehmet and Keith Rae from Shepparton 63.25, Ian Richardson and Mark Corridan from Cobram-Barooga 63.25, claimed prizes before locals David Cornwall and Andrew Wills 63.75 and Matt Miller and Drew Curtis 64 got the Hill Top members back among the prize list. Balls down the line continued to 66 nett.

The sharp shooters for the nearest the pins went to captain David Cornwall third, Steve Usher sixth, Jody Webber 14th. Matt Miller took the ball on the ninth and the jackpot.

No doubt the total day was not only a great golfing success, but also an enjoyable format and fun for all participants.

MIDWEEK: Tuesday had Bruce Gross star with 68 nett ahead of Garry Reese 70. Ball winners were Ron Popple 71, Peter Hutton 72 and John Keller 73 and Allen Gale won nearest the pin.

On Thursday the cold wind made scoring difficult. The stableford competition was won by Trevor Allen with 37 points ahead of Peter Hutton 36, Lou Villani, Travis Worm and Garry Reese all on 35. Ian Elders won nearest the pin.

Interesting to note some of the same names in the prizes circle Tuesday and Thursday which may indicate a purple patch for a couple of golfers.

IGA chook run: Another great field had players contest the front nine and Norm Elliot was yet again too good for the rest of the field with 35 nett. This is Elliot’s fourth win in six weeks; now that is a purple patch! Alex Bell was runner-up for the second week in a row with 36 nett, followed by Sherryl Curran, Scot Carter, and Bill Ashcroft all on 38, Brian Coe 39 and John Hayward 40. The high nett scores indicate the tough cold conditions late Thursday afternoon

Shockers or fun: The final prizes on Saturday were for encouragement and relatively new golfers Robyn Butler and Paula Wills took the women’s prize and that was fun.

However Peter Caldow and Geoff Lipshut took the men’s prize and that was for a shocker of a round.

Coming Events: Saturday is Monthly Medal for men and women. Then we get a couple of weeks of special events of President’s Stableford Day on Saturday, September 14 which will incorporate the Jarrod Lyle charity day; and the Mixed Gentsomes Sunday, September 22 sponsored by Tatura Pharmacy. These are two great events to enter to have fun.

Hill Top Ladies Golf 

Ladies golf was contested by a good field of players last Wednesday with the day starting in sunny conditions before the wind and rain arrived and impacted on scoring.

The day’s competition was stableford and the sponsors for the day were members Colleen Johns and Gail Wootton. New sponsors for this year and we really appreciate all our sponsors.

Lois Rogers had a good round with 36 points to win B-grade. Seven players finished with 33 points the next best score for the day.

Sue Turnbull had a good back nine winning A-grade on a countback form Deb Reilly with 33 points. B-grade runner up was Roylyn Harris who was also part of the 33 group.

Balls down the line were won by Janette Hayward, Colleen Johns, Bev Roberts and Robyn Downs all with 33 points.

Jan Coe won nearest the pin on the third for the Blossoms with Love voucher. Nearest the pin on the 6th for the Tatura Hot Bread voucher was Bev Roberts. Terri Wangeman won the Café Alofa voucher on the ninth. Mandy McGrath took the One4One breakfast voucher for nearest the pin on the 14th

Wednesday’s competition is stableford and the Kath Flanagan Teams Day where there is a secret draw for teams of four at the end of the play. It will be sponsored by Trish Warnett.

Monthly Medal sponsored by Drummond Golf and Newton’s Parcel Service, will be played on Saturday. It would be great to see lots of ladies out playing as a follow up from the successful Courier day on Saturday.

There are lots of special weekend golf events on the horizon. The first is on Saturday, September 14 Hill Top is having a “Doing it for Jarrod” (Lyle) Day where money is being raised for Challenge — supporting kids with cancer. As part of this event the ladies will run a Yellow Day on Wednesday, September 11.

Pharmacy Fun Day is being held on Sunday, September 22, it is a mixed gentsomes event with lots of prizes.