A delightful day for golf on Saturday but it is interesting that the scores on the longer blue course cannot match those of the shorter white course played mid-week. Michael Downs won A-grade (much to the despair of attendees’ ears at presentations) and Ron Popple won B-grade, both with 39 points. Paul Berg Jnr was runner-up in B-grade with 38 points and Darren Carter finished with 37 points to be runner-up in A-grade.
Rocci Villani and Glen Pearce lead the hunt for the ball pool with 36 points and then the run of 35 points for all the following players: Steve Zolich, Ray Coleman, Peter Baird, Frank Hill, Rocco Barca and James Ibbotson. Special mention must also be made of James Ibbotson who has taken up golf relatively recently and is very keen to learn. James recorded a golfing highlight when he shot an eagle two on the 11th hole on Saturday.
The sharp shooters for the nearest-the-pins went to Gary Reece for the Lewis Homes third, Bruce Gross for the Tatura Post Office sixth, Anthony Devine on the A1 Freight fourteenth. Then Darren Carter took the Tatura Engineering ball and the jackpot on the ninth.
On Tuesday with the shorter white course and great conditions, a larger field than usual saw Bob Hunter return a 66 nett to pip out Travis Worm, 67; then followed Allan McGrath 70, Michael Downs and Lou Villani 71, Graham Meneilly and Peter Hutton 73 completed the ball pool. Meneilly also won nearest-the-pin on the ninth.
Thursday was another great day for golf and many players had a problem choosing between the full game and the later chook run. For the earlier starters Clive Merrigan coming back after injury had a wonderful day with 44 Stableford points, two shots ahead of Joe De Ieso, 42. Ray Flett and Lou Villani returned 40 points and Joe Kawalko took home a ball with 38 points. A good-as-you-hope-for shot on the ninth won Bob Wildes nearest-the-pin.
IGA chook run
A warm later afternoon saw a field of 25 players tackle the back nine holes. Scott Perry was too good on countback from Jeff Huddle with nett 34. Then a charge was on for a golf ball with John Bunn, Ty Guiney, Geoff Coolahan, Michael Downs and new player Peter Bevan all with 35 nett. Michael Downs also won nearest-the-pin on the 14th to prove it is amazing what you can do with a driver on a Par 3 hole.
On Sunday the match play semi-finals of the Club and Grade championships took place. In C-grade Les Walsh snuck home 2-up with 1 to play against Allan McGrath and Scott Perry, who showed on Thursday that he is in good form, was too good for Clive Merrigan, 6 and 5. In B-grade the handicap difference and the giving of shots seemed to make a difference which saw Michael Downs defeat David Cornwall, 3 and 2. At least this will leave Club Captain David free for duties during the finals next week. Danyel Dryden stormed home with an 8 and 6 win over Peter Baird. For the Club Championships, current holder Matt Miller proved too good for determined Paul Cornelius, with a 5 and 3 victory. The other semi-final between John Keller and Steve Haigh will be played during the week having been delayed on compassionate grounds. The Seniors Championships have commenced and Michael Downs, who has featured prominently this week defeated Allan McGrath, 2 and 1. John Keller and Peter Hutton are scheduled to play when John’s Club Championship commitments are finalised.
While all this was happening at Hill Top the other big weekend event was the Victorian Junior Boys Teams Championships which was conducted at Cobram-Barooga Golf Club. The local Goulburn Murray District side finished third, well behind the strong South-Western District (Geelong to Warrnambool) but was supported by Hill Top stalwart David Roberts as team manager and new Hill Top recruit Blair Christie who returned the best scores for the Goulburn Murray Team over the two day event.
A recent visit to Canberra by a couple of members saw them return home with a tourism brochure for a music festival in Exhibition Park ‘‘with a stellar line-up including Hilltop Hoods’’. There have been several suggestions of Hill Top members who could be classed as hoods.
Next Saturday Mappo will lose his run with the Privilege Cup as all punters believe he can’t win it two months in a row. Then as we head into June Monthly Medal, the first round of the Winter Cup will be played the first Saturday and the following week is the Queen’s Birthday Weekend with three days of a great variety of events. Please get your entries in early.