Mick Trevaskis completed a rare double on Saturday when he won the GMCU Monthly Medal — a week after winning the Privilege Cup.
These two events are contested every month and are much sought after but it is rare for anyone to win them on consecutive weeks.
Trevaskis began unpromisingly with a triple-bogey seven on the first hole but a birdie on the par-three third hole retrieved the situation and he completed the front nine holes in 43 strokes.
Another disastrous seven on the par-four 12th hole was a setback but a couple of pars and a few bogeys enabled him to bring in a 90-21-69 card and relegate Peter Hutton (92-22-70) to runner-up in B-grade.
John Fanning won A-grade with 79-8-71 and Fred Andrews was runner-up with 81-9-72 on a count back.
Fanning parred holes four to nine to turn with a 39, birdied 12 but limped home with bogeys to miss out narrowly on medal contention.
In the ball run-down, Glenn Newton and Rocci Villani had 72, Trevor Allen 73, Michael Downs, John Mapson and Matt Miller 74, Dan Miller, David Roberts, Brad Deane, Terry White, John Keller and Geoff Kerr 75.
Mick Trevaskis won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, sponsored by Lewis Homes, Trevor Allen won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office) but Matt Miller, now playing off a three handicap, cleaned up nearest-the-pin on the ninth and the 14th while snapping up the jackpot once again.
Janine Morgan won the women’s competition with 102-29-73, Josie De Ieso was runner-up with 76, Pat Serra won a ball for her 76 and for her nearest-the-pin on the ninth, while Heather Long won nearest-the-pin on the 14th.
Hill Top’s Division 2 team lost 3-2 to Numurkah at Shepparton with two close losing results.
Drew Curtis won 2-up and Matt Miller won 1-up but Fred Andrews lost -1, John Fanning lost on the 20th and Brad Deane lost 5-4.
Hill Top’s Division 4 team defeated Tocumwal 3-2 when they played them at Hill Top on Sunday.
Dan Miller had a strong 7-6 win (reversing his result from the previous week), Bryan Miller won 4-3 and Brian Coulston won 6-5 while Tim Balfour lost 5-4 and Michael Mulcahy lost on the 20th.
The team has won one round and lost two as they prepare to play Rich River at Tocumwal this week.
It was a morning when the temperature never even approached double figures but eight determined golfers played the stroke competition on Tuesday.
Seven of them struggled with the cold and their private demons but Rocci Villani sailed around with 88-22-66 to win by nine shots from Jeff Baker.
Michael Downs won a ball for his 76 and Ron Popple won nearest-the-pin and a ball to ease the pain of a difficult round.
It was better weather on Thursday and Bob Wildes beat Garry Russell on a countback with 36 stableford points. Trevor Allen had 35, Michael Downs 33, Ron Popple 32 (count back) and Freddo McMahon won nearest-the-pin.
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Competition organiser Dale Clarke won Thursday’s event with 33 and Matt Miller was runner-up — a shot behind. Jeff Huddle, Barbara Nation and Sheryl Curran won a ball apiece for 35s and Huddle won nearest-the-pin on the ninth hole.
The competition remains popular with unseasonally fine days to date but the loyalty of regulars will be tested as we head into the dark times.
The four-ball versus par competition for men and for women on Saturday will be sponsored by Ross and Lyn Kelly. The Goulburn Valley Veterans play a four-ball at Shepparton on Monday, July 10.
Golf: A game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood — Samuel Johnson.
Steve Ballesteros: ‘‘I would like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me.’’