There was an excellent field on Saturday for the Baden Hill Perpetual Trophy four-ball event which has been held since 1970 with Baden’s son Frank and his wife Joan continuing the sponsorship for more than 40 years.
Rocco Barca (33 handicap) and Tim Dickinson (24) notched up 48 stableford points to win the day from Jarrod Taylor and Danyel Dryden who had 47.
Barca started well with a par on the first hole for four points and parred the 14th for another four while Dickinson had pars on the 17th and 18th to seal the deal.
Allen Gale and Ross Kelly had 46, Jack Risstrom and Peter Hutton 46, Trevor Wootton 46, Ron Popple and Clive Merrigan 45, Fred McMahon and John Dickinson 44, Lou Villani and Mick Mulcahy 43, Allan McGrath and Adrian Parsons 43.
Bruce Gross won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Ron Popple won on the sixth, Allen Gale on the 14th while John Keller won nearest-the-pin and the jackpot on the ninth.
The final of the knockout event that has been held since 1956 was played on Saturday with Bob Wildes and Peter Heathman finally accounting for John Deller and Brendan Ryan 3-2.
The two teams battled hole-for-hole and were still square after nine holes when Peter Heathman moved up a gear with pars on 12 and 14 and then delivered the coup de grace birdie on the 16th to claim the match.
As well as enjoying the win, Wildes came within an inch of a hole-in-one on the third and rounded off a good day with a voucher in the club’s raffle.
It was a crowded leader-board on Tuesday but Allan McGrath won the count-back for the stroke competition with 94-26-68.
Mike Downs was runner-up with 84-16-68 and consolation balls went to Barry Dennis 68, Allen Gale and Bob Wildes 69.
Wildes pocketed another ball for his nearest-the-pin on the ninth.
Lou Villani is not sure which side of the ball to stand on at the moment but he got it right on Thursday when he won the stableford competition with 40 points off a 36 handicap.
Barry Dennis was runner-up with 38 and balls down-the-line went to Mick Mulcahy 37, Michael Downs 36 and Rocci Villani 35 on a count-back.
Mick Mulcahy also won a ball for his nearest-the-pin on the ninth hole.
Michael Mulcahy won Thursday’s round with 31 on count-back from John Bunn and added nearest-the-pin to his pleasant afternoon.
Jarrod Taylor and Geoff Coolahan had 32s, John Mapson and Darren Carter 32 1/2, Mike Jeffers 33 1/2, Ashley Blake, John Hayward, Peter Hutton and Barb Nation 34, Mark Peacoulakis 34 1/2 and Dave Roberts 35 on count-back.
There were 44 players in the field of what continues to be one of the club’s most popular competitions.
It will be stableford on Tuesday and a draw-for-partners four-ball par competition on Thursday with a 10.30am assembly.
It will be Privilege Cup time on Saturday, sponsored by Shepparton BMW, but the junior/senior advertised for Sunday has been cancelled with fields affected by pennant in Melbourne.
On Monday, October 30, GV Vets play the second round of their championships at Hill Top and that evening the Hill Top annual general meeting will be held at the clubhouse at 8pm.
On Tuesday, October 31, hit-off for the men’s competitions moves to the earlier time-slot of 8.30am to 9am.
There were several interesting golf incidents on Saturday including Malcolm Hill’s delightful flop-shot from behind the bunker on the 11th that rolled into the cup for par.
Malcolm plays rarely and, until that moment, had rather struggled.
From then he drove superbly and will be keen to play another round shortly.
Even more interesting was Dylan Burls’ par on the seventh which began with a tee-shot into the hazard to the right of the fairway which blocked him from returning to the fairway.
Instead, he chose to play long across the water to the eighth fairway.
Unfortunately his shot was too long and went into the water on the far side from which he had to take a penalty drop. A brilliant shot from there landed on the seventh green and a short putt gave him the most unlikely of pars.
Dylan is sure to be a strong contender to win any cross-country events coming up.