The new green of the 12th hole that has been developed over the past couple of years was officially given the okay last Wednesday from members of the Erwen family.
Hill Top was extremely fortunate when the estate of past member, the late Kath Erwen financed the construction of the new green.
Keith Forbes (nephew of Kath), his wife Fran, Lyn Ward (niece of Kath) and her husband Jeff visited Hill Top on Wednesday to play the course and to celebrate the new green, fairway bunker and other improvements of the 12th.
During dinner at Links Bistro on Wednesday night Keith thanked the club for the work and tribute to Kath and added how impressed the family were with the club in total.
This high praise was acknowledged by president John Fanning, especially given that the Erwen family visitors are members of Kingston Heath and Sorrento Golf clubs.
The major event of the week was the stableford mid-winter challenge generously sponsored by Geoff and Robyn Lipshut.
The ladies event was won by Liz Mulcahy with 38 points with Sue Turnbull runner up on 36 points.
Balls down the line went to Sherryl Curran, Pat Serra, Robyn Downs and Bec Jeffers all on 33.
Nearest-the-pins were Julie Gregg on the third and the ninth including the jackpot on the ninth, Bev Roberts on the sixth and Sharon Jeffers on the 14th.
For the men Brad Deane won A-grade with 38 points ahead of Scott Carter 36.
In B-grade Jono Kerrins won with 41 points just ahead of Paul Newman on 40.
Balls down the line went to Mick Trevaskis, John Fanning, John Keller 35; John Dickinson, David Roberts, Les Nation 34; Peter Heathman, Peter Hutton, Peter Baird, and Trevor Allen all on 33 points.
Nearest-the-pins were John Fanning on the third, Darren Carter sixth, Graham McIntosh ninth and Simon Russell on the 14th.
At the completion of the day’s play all participants enjoyed an afternoon tea of frankfurts and chips and drinks for all those who bettered sponsor Geoff’s score. Thanks to Geoff and Robyn for a great day.
On Tuesday Matt Miller played a scorching round to score 42 points off a handicap of three — a great score. Runner up to Miller was Rocci Villani 39, Bob Hunter 38 and Trevor Allen 36.
On Thursday a draw-for-partners Ambrose was played with the two Ks (John Keller and Ross Kelly) winning with a net score of 65 followed by Tom McConchie and Clive Merrigan 67, David Cornwall and Rocci Villani 67.5 with Trevor Allen taking nearest-the-pin on the ninth.
IGA Chook run
Organiser Dale Clarke used one of his tricks again on Thursday evening and conducted a ‘secret draw for partners’ at the conclusion of play.
While the participants played their normal individual nine holes, Dale arranged a draw of cards at presentations which saw John Bunn and John McCallum take the IGA first prize vouchers with 33 points, Paul Newman and Sherryl Curran were runners-up on 32, followed by Les Nation and Scott Carter 31 taking a ball, and David Roberts won nearest-the-pin on the third hole.
Sunday was the final round of the home-and-away season, which saw Division Two team play ladder leaders Mooroopna at Rich River .
The Mooroopna team with much lower handicaps was too strong and Hill Top was soundly defeated 4.5 games to 0.5 games, but well done Hill Top in battling out the season.
Division Four matches were played at Shepparton where Hill Top, with a team of three debutantes, were trounced by Valley View.
A sad ending for results but a good season for introducing new players to pennant and its match play format.
Saturday’s events are separate men and women two-person Gentsomes; please note change from four-person team.
Friday, July 28 is a big day for ladies with the Jan Dunlop 4BBB open sponsored by Tatura Pharmacy to honour Hill Top legend Jan Dunlop.
The following day is Shepparton BMW Privilege Cup which will end the July competitions as we head into the last of winter.
‘‘Don’t drop a match’’ was the scream of Jeff Huddle on Saturday as his ball swerved toward the bonfire, however a fiery outcome was averted when his ball was deflected by a tree and as Dale Clarke pointed out, ‘‘it’s too damp for a fire anyway’’. As happens in golf, Jeff recovered and hit a ‘screamer’ down the 16th.