Birdies put icing on the cake

August 16, 2017

Tom McConchie wind up for his shot.

Terry White hits to the green.

Bill Ashcroft presents trophies to Ross Kelly and Clive Merrigan.

The four-ball stroke competition on Saturday, sponsored by Alex and Cheryl Howson, was the qualifying round for the Olympic Cup, with the top four pairs to go to match play to decide the winner of this major club event.

The estimated score of 64 needed to qualify proved well wide of the mark with some sensational scores recorded.

Shane Ohlsen (18 handicap) and Darren Carter (10) went around the front nine holes in 29 nett with Ohlsen on the card six times.

He bettered that on the back nine with seven contributions but Carter put icing on the cake with a birdie three on the 18th for a score of 30 and a total of 59.

Clive Merrigan had a successful week golfing with a win on Tuesday and a ball on Thursday.

He continued his roll on Saturday, teaming up with Ross Kelly to score nett 61, and the pair was also runners-up on a count-back from Bob Wildes and Peter Heathman who were in the same playing group.

They will now play each other in a semi-final while John Dellar and Brendan Ryan, who scored 62, will play Ohlsen and Carter in the other semi-final.

Glen Pearce and Tim Dickinson (63) were unlucky to miss qualification, as were Dan Miller and Drew Curtis, (64) but they were all consolation ball-winners.

Shane Ohlsen won nearest-the-pin on the Lewis Homes third hole, Tim Dickinson won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Geoff Kerr won on the 14th (A-1 Homes) while Simon Russell won nearest-the-pin (Tatura Engineering) and the jackpot on the ninth.

Joyce Baird won the women’s stableford competition with 36 points.

Julie Gregg was runner-up with 34 on a count-back from Jan Coe, who won a ball, and Gregg also won nearest-the-pin on the ninth.

Mid week

At last a sunny day but it was a small field on Tuesday for the stableford competition which was dominated by Clive Merrigan who won with 43 points off a 27 handicap.

With one par and eight bogeys on the front nine holes, he turned with 23 points and continued in the same vein until the last two holes which he double-bogeyed.

Some would claim that the handbrake had been applied but Merrigan denied all and pointed to the scoreboard.

John Keller was runner-up with 36 points, Jeff Baker won a yellow ball for his 32 and Mike Downs won nearest-the-pin.

New member Allan Smith won Thursday’s stroke round with 100-29-71 on a count-back from runner-up Garry Russell.

Tom McConchie 72, Andrew Parker 72 and Clive Merrigan 73 (count-back) each won a ball and Allan Smith also won nearest-the-pin.

IGA Chook Run

Better weather this week saw a field of 15 for the Thursday afternoon nine-hole competition which was won by Steve Zolich with 36 on a count-back from Les Nation.

Fortunately the computer decides count-backs these days and claims of malpractice, favouritism and nepotism go unheeded.

Dave Roberts 38, Dale Clarke, Jeff Huddle and Bill Ashcroft 40 were the ball winners and Matt Miller won nearest-the-pin on the ninth hole.

Coming events

There will be another four-ball competition this Saturday with Dawes Vary Riordan sponsoring the stableford event for men and for women.

The GVDGA Championships will be staged at Hill Top on Sunday with a 36-hole scratch competition and an 18-hole handicap event.

This will be the last championship under the auspices of the GVDGA as it will be replaced by the Goulburn Murray Golf Association, which combines the men’s and women’s associations.

Goulburn Valley musician Nigel Parsons will be performing at Hill Top on Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm.

There will be an all-you-can-eat buffet from noon and the cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children.

Bookings are required.

The Dargalong Cup will be played at Murchison on Sunday and the GV Veterans will play at Nagambie the next day on Monday, August 21.

Bogan Bingo was popular when last played at Hill Top and it is returning on Saturday, September 2.

The comedy show based on the 1980s and 1990s combines bingo and disco and guests are invited to dress accordingly.

The charge is $25 and meals may be bought at Links Bistro.

Make a booking, or better still, make up a table.

Rolling Pin Day has been moved from October 15 to October 8; please note the change in your syllabus.


‘‘Golfers play golf to prove that they can mentally overcome the pressures that golf puts upon them.

‘‘The fact that if they didn’t play golf at all they would not have to endure or overcome its pressures may not occur to them.’’ — Peter Gammond

— Foozle

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