Conditions smile on golfers

February 06, 2018

Ron Popple was undaunted and chipped out of a tree.

With Hill Top’s woman deciding to play their February Monthly Medal on a Saturday and a good field of men enjoying the comfortable weather conditions, there were 80 golfers on the well-prepared course hooking, slicing and even hitting straight from time to time. Barb Nation won the first Womens Saturday monthly medal with a round of 102-31-71 and Liz Mulcahy was runner-up with 98-24-74. Janette Hayward won NTP on the third hole, Elaine Dunk won on the sixth and Julie Gregg won on the 14th. Consolation balls went to Janette Hayward and Joan Hill 75, Wilma Saunders and Lyn Flett 76 on countback.

Garry Reese was the clubhouse leader in the men’s competition for most of the day with a round of 79-10-69 but Shayne Young came in late with a round of 89-23-66 to win B-grade and the monthly medal shirt. Reese won A-grade with David Roberts runner-up with net 70 while Ross Kelly was runner-up in B-grade with 93-24-69.

Ron Popple won NTP on the third hole (Lewis Homes), John Dellar won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Allen Gale won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) and Graham Meneilly again won the jackpot and NTP on the ninth hole which is sponsored by Tatura Engineering.

Ball winners: Bill Ashcroft 71, Darrell Whitley, Glenn Newton, Jody Webber, Peter Caldow and Peter Hutton 72, Bryan Miller, Trevor Allen, Terry O’Brien and Drew Curtis 73, Bob Hunter, Mick Mulcahy and John Keller 74 on countback.

MIDWEEK: Joe De Ieso has been playing excellent golf these past weeks but kept running second to Ross Kelly as he went on his streak. Kelly did not play on Tuesday and De Ieso made the most of the opportunity, winning the stroke competition by five shots. Playing off a 20 handicap, De Ieso had a 40 on the front nine but, perhaps because of the unseasonal rain, struggled home with a 47 for a nett 67. Matt Miller, tidy as ever, was runner-up with 74-2-72 while John Keller 76 and Jack Risstrom 77 each won a golf ball.

Colin Barlow interrupted the regular winners on Thursday by winning the stableford competition with 39 points. Barry Dennis was runner-up with 38 on countback and Joe De Ieso 38, Angie Serra and Frank Hill 37, Lou Villani 36 each won a ball in the run-down. Barry Dennis completed a good day by winning NTP on the ninth hole.

TWILIGHT: Aiden Maher won on Thursday with a nett 29 and Ryan Lindsay was runner-up with 30.5 in a good field of 58 players. Les Nation won NTP and line balls went to Noel Gorrill 31.5, Scott Carter and John Dellar 32, Jamason Daniels 32.5, Danyel Dryden 33, Lee Warnett 33.5, Simon Marshall 34, Jeff Huddle 34.5, Mark Peacoulakis and Dylan Burls 35, Trevor Wootton and Casey O’ Donoghue 36.

COMING EVENTS: Saturday’s event is a medley multiplier stableford (two-person) where golfers get to test their relationships with their golfing partner. When one golfers scores well but the other fails to score, no points accrue and there can be a little tension in the air; but probably not! At presentations, the vouchers for Order of Merit (sponsored by Tatura Family Butcher) will be given out.

On Monday, the GV veteran golfers play at Numurkah.

PENNANT: Hill Top Tatura took on Greater Western Rochester with Rochester endeavouring to win their first match but, alas, it was not to be with the Tatura boys taking a 3-2 win. Newer golfers, Dryden and Taylor led Hill Top away and, while being down early, gathered momentum to defeat Willis and Feuk 3-2. Hill Top then fielded two "old-young" combinations which saw Keller and Risstrom defeat Anderson and Lawford 2-1 with young Jack Risstrom’s shot on the second hole finishing just 5cm from the hole for a pennant hole-in-one. (Bad luck Jack) Old Roberts and young Miller held off Severino and Malley to win one-up which gave Hill Top three wins in the first three groupings. This was lucky as Rochester’s Wright and Major defeated Webber and Barca 3-2 while Hicks and White defeated Cornelius and Hunter two-up.

SHOCKERS: Ron Popple birdied the ninth with a fine four metre putt on Saturday but his third shot on the 10th hooked into the huge peppercorn tree on the left of the green. Undaunted, Ron climbed into the tree and bravely chipped out. It landed at the foot of the tree and a chip and three putts later, Ron had an eight which, after his birdie, maintained the universal equilibrium. (accompanying photo shows the Popple tree shot)

Meanwhile on the 16th, Mick Mulcahy played a wedge shot to the green that, not only fell short, but landed directly on a magpie enjoying the sunshine. Seemingly dead at first, the warbler eventually struggled to its feet and meandered off to the safety of the trees where it rested and planned revenge on all humans next nesting time.

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