Sport

Baird scores monthly medal

By Tatura Guardian

The GMCU Monthly Medal was won on Saturday by Peter Baird with a round of 82-14-68.

His 40 on the front nine holes included four pars and it took until the 18th for him to have a double-bogey.

Fred Andrews was runner-up in A-grade with fine round of 78-8-70.

Tim Dickinson won B-grade with 94-26-68 and Michael Downs was runner-up with 87-19-69 on a count-back.

Graham Meneilly won nearest-the-pin on the third hole (Lewis Homes), Fred Andrews won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) but Brad Deane cleaned up the rest, winning both the sixth (Tatura Post Office) and the ninth (Tatura Engineering) with the jackpot as a bonus.

In the ball run-down, Scott Lye had 69, Darren Carter 70, Dave Roberts, Drew Curtis, Steve Haigh, Trevor Allen and Anthony Devine 71, Colin Barlow, Jeff Huddle and Bill Ashcroft 72 on count-back.

Bec Jeffers won the women’s stroke event with a net 70 and Heather Long was runner-up with 74.

Barb Nation won nearest-the-pin and consolation balls went to Sheryl Curran and Robyn Butler, each with 76.

Victorian four-ball qualifier

On Sunday Hill Top was the venue for a qualifying round of the Victorian Four-Ball Championships.

A large field from far and wide took to the course in the event which was played as a Stableford competition for men, women and mixed pairs.

Hill Top players acquitted themselves well to take most of the major prizes.

In the men’s section Glenn Newton and Tim Balfour won the Bushnell’s GPS watches with 46 points, ahead of Michael Downs and Colin Barlow 45, and Col Bashim and Shane Myers from Shepparton in third with 44 points.

In the women’s section the winners were Megan Carr and Bobbette Wilkinson from Tocumwal who claimed their watches with 45 points, one point clear of Deb Reilly and Jan Coe 44, on count-back from Renae Dickens and Lynne McLean from Kyabram.

In the Mixed section Bev and David Roberts returned the day’s equal best score of 46 points to win the Bushnell’s GPS watches ahead of playing companions Peter Baird and Mary Dewis 42, and Mike and Sharon Jeffers 41.

The winners now go on to play in the finals at Cape Schanck and Sorrento in two weeks’ time. Well done to all who took part and to Hill Top for hosting the event.

Midweek

Lou Villani continued his dominance of white-marks golf at Hill Top, winning Tuesday’s par competition with +5.

Glen Pearce was runner-up with +3 and collected nearest-the-pin as well.

Ron Popple returned from recent cycling exploits to win a ball for his +2 as did Steve Haigh while Barry Dennis sneaked in for a ball with +1.

Bob and Elaine Hunter sponsored the medley stableford four-ball on Thursday which attracted a field of 50.

Gary Hopcraft paired up with Richard Maxwell from Shepparton and they amassed 49 points to beat Jarrod Taylor and Brian Coe by two.

Elaine Dunk won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Steve Haigh won on the sixth, Matt Miller on the ninth and Tom McConchie on the 14th.

Consolation balls went to Barry Dennis/Peter Hutton 47, Ray Flett/Mick Mulcahy 46, Joe De Ieso/Joe Kawalko 46, Barry Williams/Tom McConchie 46, and Alex Howson/Graham Meneilly 46.

Twilight

Twilight golf was sponsored by Matt Langley. Pat Davies was the best of the 44 players on Thursday, winning with a net 24.5 while Mark Jenkins was runner-up with 26.5.

Tom McCormick won nearest-the-pin, and line balls went to Noel Gorrill and Jack Mark 26.5; John Dellar 27.5; Ryan Lindsay 29; Jan Coe 29.5; Phyl Fiddes and Charles Lawson 30; Ryan Butler, Janette Hayward and Les Walsh 30.5; Gail Wootton 31; and Ty Guiney 31.5.

Coming events

Although Saturday and Sunday of this weekend’s Labour Day Tournament are four-ball with trophies for the best 36-hole scores, golfers may enter just one day if they choose.

Some may prefer to play on Saturday and Monday rather than two days in succession.

Whatever you choose, please enter as soon as possible, online or at the clubhouse. Entries close at 9pm the night before each event.

Golf carts

Golfers, bowlers and other members who drive golf carts on the course are now required to register their cart at the clubhouse and abide by rules on their use.

There are many carts in use at the club and the Board now feels that rules for their use are needed to ensure the safety of all and the maintenance of the course.