The Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament was blessed with pleasant weather and sponsors Ken Muston Automotive, Valley Funerals and Brown Brothers Milawa.
Visitors from Trafalgar have been returning each year for decades and local clubs Shepparton, Mooroopna, Numurkah and Rich River were among those also represented.
The stableford event on Saturday was won by Mike Jeffers with 39 points on a countback from runner-up Adrian Gleeson and Steve Haigh. Brady Mulcahy and Ian Elders had 38 points, Grant Duffy 37, Douglas Osborne 36, Michael Downs, Simon Russell and Jono Kerrins 35, Paul Berg, James Ibbotson and Matt Miller 34, Brendan Calder, John Fanning and Peter Collison 33 on countback for a consolation ball.
NTP trophies went to Ross Kelly on the third, Adrian Gleeson on the sixth but Geoff Coolahan cleaned up the rest with wins on the ninth and the 14th as well as the jackpot on the ninth.
Sheryl Curran won the women’s competition with 38 points with Bec Jeffers runner-up with 36 points on countback. Heather Long and Robyn Downs also had 36 points and Sue De Vries won a ball for her 32 points. NTP trophies were won by Sue De Vries on the third hole, by Bec Jeffers on the sixth and by Philippa De Bondt on the 14th.
The two-person medley Gentsomes on Sunday, sponsored by Brown Brothers Milawa, was won by Keith Owen and Sue De Vries from Trafalgar with an aggregate score of 82 stableford points.
Playing off an 18 handicap, Owen scored 42 points while De Vries, 25 handicap, contributed 40 points. Danyel Dryden and Jarrod Tayler were runners-up with 81 points on a countback from Grant Duffy-Philippa De Bondt and Darryl Phillingham-Larysa Phillingham with Larysa contributing a whopping 49 points even with a wipe on the sixth hole.
In the ball run-down, Matt Miller-John Owen had 81, Glen Pearce-Ian Le Lievre 80, Brendan Ryan-Steve Whitting 80, Bruce and Kerry Gross 79, Adrian Portia-Dominic Cricelli 79, Robert De Vries-Olwyn Balfour 78, Ian Elders-Joe De Ieso 77.
Mick Trevaskis and Heather Long won NTP trophies on the third hole, Ty Guiney and Sheryl Curran won on the sixth, Jody Webber and Debbie Greenwood on the ninth, Matt Miller and Debbie Greenwood on the 14th while Jody Webber won the jackpot on the ninth.
Tuesday’s stableford competition was comfortably won by Bob Wildes with 37 points with Ian Elders runner-up with 34. Graham Meneilly had 33 points, Joe De Ieso 32 and John Freudenstein won a ball with 31 points on a countback. Ian Elders won NTP on the ninth hole.
Ross Kelly struck form on Thursday, winning the stroke competition with 93-26-67 while Trevor Allen was runner-up with 84-15-69. Bryan Miller won NTP and consolation balls went to Peter Hutton 71, Bryan Miller, Michael Downs and Bob Hunter 74.
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Charles Lawson has graced the bottom of the result sheet too many times in this competition but last week he got his revenge by winning the day with a nett 26. Ty Guiney was runner-up with 32 and line-balls went to John Steen, Joe De Ieso and John Mapson 35, Noel Gorrill, Hamish Roberts and Janette Hayward 36 on countback while Hamish Roberts also won NTP.
Saturday’s stroke round is the second qualifying round for the Winter Cup and presentation night is also on that day when winners of major events receive their trophies. Golfers are asked to support this major club event by booking in at Links Bistro.
Winter pennant will start this month and Hill Top is fielding teams in Divisions 1, 3 and 6. Matt Miller will captain Division 1 which begins on the 30th, playing Shepparton at Mooroopna. Ty Guiney captains Division 3 and they will play Ky-Parkland at Numurkah on the 16th. Travis Worm is in charge of Division 6 and they play Nagambie at Shepparton on the 30th. All finals will be played at Numurkah on July 28.
Dave Cornwall is not known as a regular contributor of golf balls into the dam beside the fifth fairway but he made solid contribution on Saturday when his tee-shot dived into the water and he was forced to drop outside the red pegs. Not content with drowning one ball, Dave’s next shot struck the red peg in front and a second ball headed into the deep. Fortunately, the event was stableford and Dave was not forced to try other strategies on that hole.