Hill Top holds tournament

By Tatura Guardian

The Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament began on Saturday with a stableford competition sponsored by Ken Muston Automotive.

Robert De Vries from Trafalgar won the men’s event with 40 points off a 23 handicap, while Graham Meneilly was runner-up in B-grade with 36 on a count back.

Steve Whitting won A-grade with 39 points and Paul Cornelius was runner-up with 37.

Whitting also won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Garry Reese won on the sixth, John Fanning won nearest-the-pin and the jackpot on the ninth, and Bruce Gross won on the 14th.

In the ball run-down, scores of 34 and better won a ball, as did some 33s on count back.

Phillipa De Bondt won the women’s competition with 36 points, Sheryl Curran was runner-up with 35 on count back and Helen Pascoe was third.

Debra Reilly won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Sue De Vries won on the 14th and Helen Pascoe won on the sixth and the ninth. Scores of 30 and better won a consolation ball.

The two-person gentsomes event on Sunday was sponsored once again by Brown Brothers of Milawa and attracted teams from far and wide, indicating the growing popularity of the event.

Roger Stephens and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong Golf Club won the mixed competition with 79 stableford points.

Playing off a seven handicap, Stephens brought in 43 points while Pascoe scored 36 off a one handicap.

Grant Duffy and Phillipa De Bondt from Numurkah Golf Club were runners-up with 77, while Tina and Mark Fountain from Seymour were third with 75.

Lorraine Smith won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Helen Pascoe won on the sixth, Yvonne Smith won on the ninth and Judy Baker was successful on the 14th.

Consolation balls went to Frank and Joan Hill with 73, Jeff and Judy Baker 72, Trevor and Gail Wootton 70, Peter Hutton and Tracey Lowry 70, Aileen McNair and Russell Balfour 70.

Ryan Lindsay and Ty Guiney won the men’s gentsomes with two scores of 41 points, Tim Balfour and Jono Kerrins were runners-up with 78 on a count back and Michael Coyne and Ryan Butler were third, also with 78.

Ian Richardson won nearest-the-pin on the third, Peter Nelson won on the sixth, Tim Balfour on the ninth and Robert De Vries on the 14th.

Nearest to the squiggly line on the 10th was won by Barb Nation and Russell Balfour.

The tournament, which is growing in popularity each year, concluded on Monday with a 4BBB stableford. Sponsorship from Ken Muston Automotive, Brown Brothers and Valley Funerals ensured trophies were of a high standard and the enthusiasm of club members to see that visitors enjoyed the weekend ensured they were keen to return.


Trevor Allen won Tuesday’s stableford competition with 40 points and Bryan Miller was runner-up with 37 on a count back.

Playing off a 17 handicap, Allen had four pars on the front nine for 21 points, eight bogeys and one more par on the back nine for a comprehensive win.

Joe Kawalko had 37 points, Rocci Villani and Joe De Ieso had 36 and no-one claimed nearest-the-pin on the ninth.

The stroke competition on Thursday was won by Bryan Miller with 83-13-70.

He birdied the 17th hole to go with his five pars and a total of 39 for the back nine.

Steve Haigh was runner-up on a count back with 75-3-72, which featured an eagle three on the par-5 10th hole.

Glen Pearce, Freddo McMahon, John Keller and Joe De Ieso each won balls for their 72s and Pearce also won nearest-the-pin.

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John Steen drove up from Melbourne in time to win Thursday’s competition with 33 nett and Sheryl Curran was runner-up with 34.

Scott Carter won nearest-the-pin on the 14th hole and line balls went to Josie De Ieso, Dave Roberts and Scott Carter 35, John Mapson and John Hayward 36 and Brian Coe 37 on a count back.

Coming events

Saturday’s stroke round is the second qualifying round for the Winter Cup, after which the vouchers for last month’s order of merit, sponsored by Tatura Family Butchers, will be presented.

In the evening, the club’s presentation night will see winners of major events through the year receive their trophies and recognition.

Members are asked to book a table and help make the evening a memorable one.

Winter pennant begins the next day and Hill Top has entered two teams.

Drew Curtis will captain a division two team and Dave Cornwall will lead a division five team.

They will be hoping to emulate the successful efforts of the women’s division one and four teams recently.


Left-handed golfers hate the fifth hole as any sliced ball invariably runs down to the water.

Allan McGrath hit his tee-shot on to the fairway on Thursday, but it ran down the hill and splashed into the water.

Or did it?

When he arrived at the place where the ball seemed to enter the water, there was a Callaway ball with a blue ring around it — just the same as the ball he had hit.

What to do? Bob Hunter helpfully suggested that a carp may have spat the ball back up on to the bank, but Allan decided he should do the right thing and drop another ball.

At least he had found a ball to replace the one he lost — and it already had a blue ring around it.

— Foozle