Hill Top ran a Mulligans event on Good Friday again this year and raised $532 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.
Graeme Kelsell from Lang Lang plays every year and can not speak too highly of the club and this event. He spent $28 on extra shots (Mulligans) to win the day with nett 57.
Mike Jeffers was runner-up with 60 and spent $45 to win back many of the trophies he had donated earlier that day, while Drew Curtis was third with 61.
Sharon Jeffers won the women’s competition with 62, Pauline Lancaster was runner-up with 65 and Joan Hill was third with 67.
Hayden Young won three nearest-the-pin trophies and Glen Laity, Pauline Lancaster and Sharon Jeffers claimed one each. The money raised on the day helped the total raised in Tatura reach $10388.25.
Matt Miller played a blinder in the stableford competition sponsored by John Deere when he shot two-under par off a three handicap to win with 41 points. He had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and two more birdies on the back to win by three shots over Terry O’Brien and four others who had 38 points. Brad Deane was third, David Roberts fourth and the ball run-down went to scores of 33 on count back.
Steven Haigh won nearest-the-pin trophies on the third and 14th holes, Brad Deane won on the sixth and Bill Ashcroft won on the ninth. Ashcroft forgot to enter for the jackpot which was won by Lincoln Ferrari.
Sheryl Curran won the women’s competition with 41 points, with Janette Hayward runner-up on 40. Consolation balls went to Yvonne Kartner 38, Heather Long 35, Josie De Ieso and Shirley Thomas 34 on count back. Sheryl Curran won nearest-the-pin trophies on the third and ninth holes, Sue Turnbull won on the sixth and Bev Roberts won on the 14th.
The mixed american foursomes was won by Frank and Joan Hill with 70.25 on a count back from Robert and Jenny Coleman. Bill and Judy Ashcroft were third with 70.375, Fred Andrews and Heather Long had 70.675, Jonathan Ford and Jenny Jeong 70.875, Brian and Christine Simmons 71.375.
Men’s nearest-the-pin trophies went to Graeme Kelsell, David Roberts, Ross Graham and Bob Wildes, while Amanda McCallum, Sharon Jeffers, Jenny Jeong and Heather Long won the women’s trophies. Presentations were made outdoors after the players enjoyed a barbecue prepared by Bob Hunter.
The tournament, sponsored by John Deere, ended yesterday with a four-ball event which will be reported next week.
The final was delayed for some weeks while one finalist recovered from a broken arm. But recover he did and beat David Roberts one-up in the final. Congratulations to all who took part and to the winner, Michael Downs, in particular.
Steven Haigh has just joined up at Hill Top and has made an immediate impression. Playing off a handicap of two, Haigh won Tuesday’s stableford competition with 37 points and picked up a bonus three balls for his eagle on the par-4 eighth hole. He bogeyed the third, sixth and 16th holes but finished with just one-over par 72 and is likely to be right in contention come championship time. Frank Hill was runner-up with 36 on a count back from Bruce Gross who won a consolation ball.
Bryan Miller and Rocci Villani demolished their opposition on Thursday when they won the four-ball stroke event with a round of nett 57, four clear of runners-up Trevor Allen and Graham Meneilly. John Hayward and Joe Fe Ieso won a ball apiece for their 62 and Bryan Miller won nearest-the-pin.
Thursday saw the last of the twilight events as the sun set for the final week of daylight saving. Brendan Calder, for the third time of the season, won the event with 32 nett, just ahead of Dylan Moncur on 332.5 and Jono Kerrins 33, with another 10 players taking balls with scores down to 36.5 and Geoff Kerr winning the final nearest the pin.
In the summary prizes, Scott Carter won the crown for full attendance in not missing a week of twilight from October to the end of March, closely followed by Rocco Barca and Jody Webber.
It has been a great season which has set a new record of attendance with 1290 rounds of twilight golf played, surpassing last season’s previous record of 1250. Well done to all players and special thanks to Scott Carter and Alex Howson for the diligent efforts of organisation and administration in the six-month season.
Next week the ‘chook run’ starts for the winter season. The twilight competition returns when daylight saving starts again in October.
With the end of daylight saving, mid-week golfers will now hit off at later times, between 10am and 11am, with 10.30am generally the most popular time. Saturday’s competition will be stroke, playing for the GMCU monthly medal.