Bryan Miller had the standout round on Saturday, which was the first event of the Queen’s Birthday Tournament, sponsored by Brown Brothers.
Although he bogeyed the first hole and double-bogeyed the fourth, a birdie on the second helped him to 21 points at the turn and a further 18 on the back gave him a three-point win over a gaggle of players on 36 points.
John Keller won the countback to be runner-up in A-grade, while John Steen won B-grade and Les Nation was runner-up.
Ron Popple won nearest-the-pin on the third hole (Lewis Homes), John Fanning won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Steven Smith won on the ninth (Tatura Engineering) and Dale Clarke won, once again, on the 14th (A-1 Freight).
However, it was Judy Baker who claimed the jackpot.
In the ball rundown, Frank Hill and Graham Meneilly had 36, John Fanning, Brad Deane, Ray Williams, Trevor Allen and Jeff Baker 35, Alex Howson 34 Terry Tisdale 33, Anthony Devine and Fred Andrews 32.
Maria Delaney from Berwick Montuna Golf Club won the women’s competition with an amazing 41 points and Liz Mulcahy was runner-up with 37.
Bev Roberts had 35, Barb Nation and Debbie Reilly 34, Janine Morgan and Judy Baker 33 on count back.
Delaney won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Helen Pascoe won on the sixth, Judy Baker on the ninth and Aija Owen on the 14th.
A good field gathered for the Gentsomes competition, which was played in ideal conditions.
Simon and Julie Evans won the mixed event with 80 points on a countback from runners-up Keith and Kerren Ludlow.
Consolation balls went to Ray and Lyn Flett 79, Angie and Pat Serra 76, Steve Zolich and Yvonne Kartner 75, Frank and Joan Hill 75, Maria and Bryan Delaney 74, Dale Clarke and Sheryl Curran 73, Wilma Saunders and Les Nation 73, Terry Tisdale and Liz Mulcahy 73, Baden and Gillian Thorsen 72 on countback.
Susan Flint won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Peter Baird and Yvonne Smith won on the sixth, Roger Stephens and Helen Pascoe won on the ninth while Aija Owen won on the 14th.
Darren Carter and Shane Ohlsen won the men’s competition with 80 points, Peter Muma and Drew Curtis were runners-up with 76 while Tim Balfour and Scott Carter won a ball each in the rundown.
Ohlsen birdied two of the par-threes on the front nine, parred the other and, despite wiping on the eighth, he scored 23 points for the nine.
Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Drew Curtis and Darren Carter.
Playing off a 21 handicap, Frank Hill won Tuesday’s stableford competition on a three-way countback.
He failed to score on the first hole, but managed 16 points at the turn.
A solid back nine gave him 19 points and enough to beat Trevor Allen and Mike Downs. He also won nearest-the-pin on the ninth hole.
Frank Hill played Thursday’s stroke event off a 22 handicap to his, and everyone else’s, surprise — he had never in his whole golfing career been on such a high handicap.
He did not waste the opportunity and won the day with a nett 65.
Bob Wildes was runner-up with 67 off a 23 handicap, Bob Hunter won nearest-the-pin and in the ball rundown, Fred McMahon had 68, Graham Meneilly 70, Tom McConchie 71, Trevor Allen and John Steen 72.
Mat Miller parred the back nine holes and won the IGA Chook Run on Thursday with a nett 33.
Noel Gorrill was runner-up with 35, Dale Clarke won nearest-the-pin on the 14th hole and consolation balls went to Bev Roberts, Jeff Huddle and John Mapson with 37s.
John Fanning is sponsor for Saturday’s stroke competition which is the second qualifying round for the Winter Cup.
There was a strong contingent of golfers from Traralgon at Hill Top on the weekend and they got off to a flyer on Friday evening at happy hour.
Bob D received some applause when he won a lucky chook ticket (in reality, a $10 voucher), louder applause when he won $25 off the lucky board, derisive cheers when he won a further $25 and utter disbelief when his wife won a meat tray.
When Bob then won another meat tray voucher there were strong suggestions that Bob D be barred from further raffles or sent home by priority post.
Judging by the noise and banter in the clubhouse over the weekend, there is no stopping the Gippsland crew returning next year.