Top week of golfing action

By Tatura Guardian

John Mapson sponsored the medley multiplier stableford competition on Saturday which was won by Darren Carter and Rocco Barca with 91 points.

Mappo claims he sponsors this particular event because nobody else will and, once again, there was plenty of angst as one player scoring three or four points on a hole was let down by a partner scoring none for a product of zero.

Scores fell away quickly with Lou Villani and Bryan Miller runners-up with 82 points while Geoff Coolahan and Dale Clarke were third with 73.

In the ball run-down, John Fanning and John Keller had 72, Col Barlow and Michael Downs 70, Steve Whitting and Garry Reese 70, Terry O’Brien and Graham McIntosh 68, John Freudenstein and John Mapson 67, Matt Miller and Paul Cornelius 67, Scott Carter and Daniel Opyrchal 64 on a count back.

Jono Kerrins and Judy Baker won nearest-the-pin on the third hole (Lewis Homes), Jono Kerrins and Bec Jeffers won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Jody Webber and Bec Jeffers won on the ninth (Tatura Engineering), Ian Elders and Bev Roberts won on the 14th (A-1 Homes) and Jody Webber also won the jackpot on the ninth.

Eagles will only be rewarded on Saturdays with one ball added to the nest weekly courtesy of Mick and Sharon Jeffers.

First out of the blocks was Garry Reese who eagled the fourth on Saturday although his bounty was small.

Dave and Marita Cornwall are sponsoring a Crow’s Nest on the 14th hole for a tee-shot within 75cm of the hole on Saturdays.


The Hill Top/Merrigum team will play in the final this Sunday after a 3-2 win against Mooroopna at Hill Top.

Col Barlow/Danyel Dryden won 6-5, Ash Sanders/Andrew Wood won 4-3 and Ryan Lindsay/Dave Cornwall won 4-3 while Ty Guiney/Travis Worm and Bruce Brown/Greg Hall both lost one down. Congratulations to the team for making the final and the whole club will be behind you when you play Shepparton in the final this week.

Summer Cup

Matchplay specialist Terry O’Brien was unable to bridge the gap in handicaps when playing Michael Downs in the final last week.

Downs was one up after nine holes and despite O’Brien parring the back nine, he still succumbed to be two down at the 18th.

Congratulations to Michael Downs and all of those who qualified for finals.

Coming events

Bob Hunter will sponsor a special Thursday medley four-ball stableford on February 28 and Sunday, March 3, a qualifying round for Golf Victoria’s men’s and women’s 4BBB nett stroke championships, to be played at Hill Top.

The following weekend is our Labour Day Tournament with a two-day four-ball on Saturday and Sunday and single stableford events on the Monday.


Mark Britain from The National played off a 10 handicap on Tuesday and had a creditable 40 stableford points but could not quite catch local Trevor Allen who won the day with 41 points off a 19 handicap.

Allen had a miss on the first hole but still turned with 19 points and added 22 on the back nine with 42 off the stick.

Steve Haigh won nearest-the-pin and consolation balls went to John Freudenstein 39, Steve Haigh, Bruce Gross and Alex Howson 38 points.

Bryan Miller returned to the winner’s rostrum on Thursday with 80-11-69 to beat visiting Canadian John Robinson on a count back. John Keller won nearest-the-pin and consolation balls went to Mick Mulcahy, Steve Haigh, Ron Popple, John Keller, Frank Hill 70.


The competition, which is sponsored by Mat Langley Electricians, had 63 starters and was won by M. Mulcahy with a nett 28.

Brendan Calder was runner-up and Bev Roberts won nearest-the-pin.

Line balls went to Linc Wellington 30.5, Garry Reese 31.5, Jarrod Taylor 32.5, Ty Guiney, Scott Carter and David McGrath 33, John Freudenstein, Phyl Fiddes and Simon Marshall 33.5, Les Nation, Brian Cole, Francie Mark, Jody Webber and Bev Roberts 34.

Excuses for a bad golf shot

1. I always have trouble focusing on the ball when the sun is setting.

2. The carpet in my living room doesn’t break like this green.

3. This green isn’t fair. It’s surrounded by bunkers.

4. My ball must have hit a sprinkler head. It ended up in the water. I never go in the water.

5. I don’t have a sand wedge. I lost it in the lake last time I played.