Golfers dream of tree change

August 01, 2017

Peter Steinfort winds up for a big drive.

Trevor Allen watches his tee-shot.

Bill Ashcroft presents Anthony Devine with the Privilege Cup.

The stableford competition for the Shepparton BMW Privilege Cup was won by Anthony Devine with 37 points on a count-back from Gary Hopcraft who won B-grade.

Devine parred the first, birdied the second, wiped the third and bogeyed the fourth and eventually turned with 17 points off a nine handicap.

A much steadier second nine holes that included six pars gave him 20 points and a great count-back score.

Brad Deane was runner-up in A-grade with 35 on a count-back and Paul Newman was runner-up in B-grade with 37.

In the ball run-down, Jeff Baker, Peter Caldow and Simon Russell had 36; Jeff Huddle, Darren Carter, Brian Coulston and Matt Miller 35; Drew Curtis, John Steen and Peter Collison 34; and Ron Popple and Graham McIntosh 33 on count-back.

John Dickinson won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, sponsored by Lewis Homes, John Fanning won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) while Drew Curtis won nearest-the-pin on the ninth (Tatura Engineering) and the jackpot.

Bec Jeffers won the women’s competition with 32 off a 24 handicap, Sheryl Curran was runner-up with 29 and Yvonne Kartner won a ball for her 25 points.


On Thursday night at Shepparton Golf Club a historic meeting of the men and women of the Goulburn Valley golf associations took place.

The meeting was chaired by Golf Victoria chief executive Simon Brookhouse and was attended by representatives of nearly every golf club in the district.

The first agenda item was a motion to amalgamate the two associations and this passed unanimously. In doing so, a new association was formed combining men and women in what will now be known as Goulburn Murray Golf Association. The new name keeps the tradition of Goulburn and adds Murray to reflect the extent of the district and the number of clubs and members along the river.

A Hill Top life member, David Roberts, was elected as the first president of the new association and former Hill Top manager Alex Howson was elected treasurer. Other office bearers elected were: Lorraine Healy (Rich River) vice-president, Graeme Stevens (Rich River) men’s captain, Anne Beveridge (Tocumwal) women’s captain and Roslyn Seymour (Tocumwal) committee.

It is a great honour for Hill Top to have two members leading the new association.


The stableford competition on Tuesday was won by Rocci Villani with 39 points off a 20 handicap. Villani had wipes on the sixth and seventh holes but five pars on the front nine gave him 19 points and two more on the back helped him to another 20 points and a comfortable win.

Ross Kelly was runner-up with 37, Jeff Baker won a ball for his 36, Clive Merrigan won a ball with 34 on count-back and Villani topped off a good day by winning nearest-the-pin.

Garry Russell won Thursday’s stroke competition with 84-15-69 and Mike Downs was runner-up with 87-15-72. Russell had just two pars on the front nine and he turned nine over but five pars on the back gave him a 40 and the chocolates.

Jeff Baker won a ball for his 74 as did Bob Hunter who had 76 on a count-back. Ron Popple had a disappointing day but he did win nearest-the-pin on the ninth.

IGA chook run

Matt Miller won the Thursday afternoon event with a nett 34 on a count-back from runner-up John Freudenstein. Jeff Huddle won nearest-the-pin, and consolation balls went to Noel Gorrill 35, Phil Panting and Scott Carter, Sheryl Curran 37.

Coming events

We are now in the last month of winter and on Saturday the stroke competition is for the August GMCU Monthly Medal.


Every golfer has in mind a tree on the course that they would like to have taken out or, preferably, be able to chop down themselves.

Jeff Baker has in mind an ironbark tree on the left of the 11th that comes into play when a golfer’s drive is on the edge of that fairway.

On Tuesday he hit the tree with his second shot and his ball rebounded onto the 12th. On Thursday from a similar position he hit the same tree and it rebounded onto the 11th fairway causing a considerable increase in that golfer’s blood pressure.

Of course it would be ever so much simpler if he just hit his drive down the middle.

— Foozle

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