Sport

Tatura men’s golf

By Laura Briggs

Dale McNair won the GMCU September Monthly Medal on Saturday with a round of 96-25-71, and Jody Webber was runner-up in B-grade with 94-19-75 on a count-back. McNair had a nine on the par-5 fifth hole and a birdie on the ninth to turn with a 49. His triple-bogey seven on the 15th was offset by pars on 16 and 17, and his 47 on the back nine was enough to win him the medal/shirt.

Paul Cornelius won A-grade with 77-5-72 on a count-back from Dave Roberts, 82-10-72, and NTP trophies went to Darren Carter on the third (Lewis Homes), Ryan Butler on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Paul Cornelius on the ninth (Tatura Engineering) and to Ian Elders on the 14th (A-1 Freight).

Ball winners

Ty Guiney 73; Bryan Miller 74; Fred Andrews, Michael Downs, James Ibbotson, Jeffrey Baker and Ryan Lindsay 75; John Owen and Ryan Butler 76; Ian Elders 77 on a count-back.

Sue Turnbull won the women’s monthly medal with a round of 90-22-78 after a golfer with a lower score failed to sign her card. Julieann Ward was runner-up with 79 on a count-back and NTP trophies went to Jan Coe on the third, Josie De Ieso on the sixth, Julieann Ward on the ninth (plus the jackpot) and Bev Roberts on the 14th. Robyn Downs 79 and Lyn Flett each won two balls while Josie De Ieso 80 and Gail Wootton 81 each won one ball.

Midweek

Garry Reese won Tuesday’s stableford round with 40 points off an 11 handicap. Two birdies on the front nine holes helped him to 20 points at the turn; another on the 10th and four pars were all part of a great round until a double-bogey on the 16th put a dampener on the celebrations. Two pars to come home gave him another 20 points, enough to claim the chocolates. Michael Downs was runner-up with 39, Les Nation won NTP, and consolation balls went to Peter Hutton and Barry Dennis 36 and to Alex Howson 34 on a count-back.

Ian Elders won Thursday’s stroke event with 84-15-69 on a count-back from three others. He shot 43 on the front nine with two pars but improved further on the back with five pars and a 41. Mick Mulcahy was runner-up but Jeff Baker and Bob Wildes had to settle for a line ball. Wildes won NTP with a shot very close to the hole, and consolation balls also went to Graham Meneilly and James Ibbotson 70 on a count-back.

IGA chook run: Warmer weather brought the golfers out, with 21 playing on Thursday. Alex Bell won the day with a nett 26 and Lou Villani was runner-up with 32 on a count-back. Ryan Lindsay won NTP on the 14th, and consolation balls went to Dale Clarke 32, Ryan Lindsay 33, Norm Elliott 34, and Brian Coe 36 on count-back.

Coming events

It is President’s Day on Saturday when golfers playing with an even-numbered handicap play against those with an odd-numbered handicap. As well, the day will be used to raise money for the Jarrod Lyle charity — Challenge: Supporting Kids with Cancer. Golfers are asked to wear something yellow and to make it a special day in honour of Jarrod.

Greens will be cored and sanded this week and on Sunday, September 22 there is a Mixed Gentsomes (two-player) event with an 11am shotgun start.

Shocker

 It’s difficult to keep up with new technology so it shouldn’t be surprising when oldies get confused.

Clive’s phone rang in the golf cart on Thursday and he quickly picked up the GPS and put it to his ear. It could have been worse. He could have filled up the toaster to make a cup of coffee at home.

Graham Smith had a near-death experience while playing the seventh hole on Saturday when a misdirected tee-shot off the eighth sailed over trees and narrowly missed his nose and glasses. That was the lucky part. The unlucky part was when the ball continued on, struck Graham’s golf cart and put a small crack at the base of his windscreen. Better the windscreen than your proboscis, Graham; you can still smell the roses.

Vale: Hill Top has lost three members in the past couple of weeks.

John Freudenstein was a golfing and bowling member who died suddenly a couple of weeks ago; and last week past captain Ian Donaldson and past lady president Margo Kerrins also left us. We send our condolences to their families and friends.

— Foozle