Hill Top golf notes

By Tatura Guardian

The GMCU Monthly Medal for October was won by John Steen with a round of 87-22-65. Competition was fierce with six scores in the 60s and 72 needed to win a consolation ball.

Bob Oliver was runner-up in B-grade with 89-23-66, while A-grade was won by Terry O’Brien with 72-6-66 and John Keller was runner-up with 71-5-66.

Line balls went to Michael Downs and Hamish Roberts 69, Dale McNair, Les Walsh and Paul Cornelius 70, Steve Zolich and Keith Stockdale 71, Daniel Opyrchal, Ray Flett, Steve Whitting, Fred Andrews, Drew Curtis, Jacob Chessels, Ian Le Lievre and Mark Jenkins 72 on countback.

NTP trophies went to Terry O’Brien in the third (Lewis Homes), Shane Ohlsen on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Daniel Opyrchal on the 14th (A-1 Freight), John Keller the jackpot and NTP on the ninth (Tatura Engineering).

Sunday: The qualifying round for the Hill Top Mixed, sponsored by Jeff and Judy Baker, was won by Sheryl Curran and Tim Nicholson with a 4BBB score of 48 stableford points. Playing off a 21 handicap, Curran was on the card seven times on the front nine, where they accumulated 23 points, and a further four times on the back.

Paula Wills and Glenn Newton were runners-up with 47 points. As well as Newton played, he struggled to get on the card on the front nine when Wills conceded him just one hole.

He managed to feature five times on the back nine, but Wills will find her 43 handicap rapidly dwindling as she improves with each round.

Wills and Newton will play Curran and Nicholson in match-play for the title next week and others will play another 4BBB stableford event.

NTP trophies went to Heather Long and Keith Stockdale on the third, Debbie Reilly and Les Nation on the sixth, Larysa Phillingham and John Steen on the ninth, Paula Wills and Michael Downs on the 14th. Line balls went to scores of 42 and better.

Midweek: It was the Charlie Murdoch show on Tuesday when he won the stableford competition by six shots.

Playing off a 23 handicap, he parred four holes and birdied one on the front nine for 24 points and a further 19 on the back nine left three players on 37 in his wake.

Bruce Gross was runner-up, while Peter Caldow and Bob Oliver each won a consolation ball. Alex Howson won NTP.

Garry Reese had a superb round on Thursday, driving 260m regularly and knocking in some outrageous putts.

He brought in a nett 65 off an 11 handicap and rightly assumed that he would be handed the winner’s chocolates.

Unfortunately for Garry, Barry Dennis played just as well (without the long driving) and also brought a nett 65 to win on a countback.

Despite having an eight on the fourth hole and a seven on the seventh, Dennis carded 43 on either nine and received the benefit of the countback.

John Fanning had a 68 off an eight handicap and John Keller shot 69 off a five handicap to win consolation balls and Fanning also pocketed NTP.

IGA chook run: On the final day for the season, Charlie Murdoch had a win with nett 33 on a countback with three others. Drew Curtis was runner-up, John Hayward and Patrick Davies won a consolation ball each as did Noel Gorrill, Yvonne Kartner and Graham Smith 34, Dale Clarke, Rocco Barca, Jan Coe and Norm Elliott 35.

Coming events: Twilight golf starts on Thursday with Matt Langley once again sponsoring the Thursday afternoon competition each week.

On Saturday there is a two-person Ambrose for men and for women sponsored by a group of electricians. There is a shotgun start at 8am and another at noon.

Bookings should be made online by 9pm on the Friday. The final of the Hill Top Mixed will be played on Sunday in conjunction with another 4BBB event and another night golf event will be played on Friday, October 18.

Shockers: Sunday provided three items of interest. Darryl Phillingham had a hole-in-one on the sixth but, unfortunately, it was with his second ball after the first went into the water.

Graham Smith had a Brett Ogle moment when a shot rebounded from a tree and struck him on the leg while Heather Long, playing without a partner, scored 37 points and is likely to be handicapped after being on the card 18 times.