John Steen was the sponsor for Saturday’s stableford competition and Glen Pearce won B-grade with the day’s best score of 43 points.
Pearce finished his front nine holes par, par, birdie for a total of 23 points, followed by another birdie on the 10th.
By this time, Pearce was no doubt considering a change of employment and looking forward to joining the tour.
Clive Merrigan put in yet another good performance with 40 points to be runner-up on a count-back from Frank Hill.
Trevor Scheppers from Rosebud Country Club won A-grade with 40 points and Garry Reese was runner-up with 39.
Playing off a five handicap, Scheppers shot 36 on both nines for a one-over total of 36.
Ryan Butler had 39 points, Mark Wursthorn 38, Les Nation, Brian Coe and Alex Howson 37 and John Mapson, Rocco Barca, Colin Barlow, Peter Hutton and Jack Risstrom 36 to win a ball apiece.
Terry O’Brien won nearest-the-pin on the third hole (Lewis Homes), while Brad Deane won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office) and the 14th (A-1 Freight) but missed out on the money hole, the ninth (Tatura Engineering), which was won by David Scheppers.
Lyn Flett continued to shine, winning again on Saturday with 35 points on a count-back from runner-up Bec Jeffers. Barb Nation won a consolation ball for her 33 and Lyn Flett won nearest-the-pin on the 14th hole.
Hill Top scramble
The generous trophies and hospitality offered by Northlinks on Sunday for the four-person elimination ambrose attracted more than 90 golfers who enjoyed a splendid day’s golf.
The barbecue was provided on the course, refreshments were available and afternoon tea topped off a great day.
Darryl Twitt Volkswagen offered a VW Golf 92TSi for a hole-in-one on the ninth hole and Mick Hooper was kept busy selling raffle tickets while Horrie and Lou cooked the barbecue nearby.
The team of Drew Curtis, Michael Mulcahy, Jono Kerrins and Peter Muma each won a voucher for one night’s accommodation at the RACV Goldfields Resort in Creswick and 18-holes of golf there.
Their 12 birdies helped them to a score of 52 which was 1.87 ahead of runners-up Peter Hutton, Darren Carter, Darrell Whitley and Trevor Scheppers.
Paul Ranson, Adam Supple, Craig McIntyre and Jason Sherlock were third with 54.87 and the generous ball run-down saw most players thrown a ball.
There were two longest drive vouchers and eight nearest the pin vouchers but most interest centred around the jackpot on the 14th which hit three figures and was taken out by Steve Zolich with a shot just a couple of metres behind the pin.
All of the entry fees to the event went to the club which benefited greatly from the generous sponsorship of Northlinks and its associates.
Allan McGrath won Tuesday’s stableford competition with 40 points, while Bob Hunter was runner-up with 38 on a count-back from Barry Dennis.
McGrath had a regulation 18 points on the front nine holes but came home strongly with three-pointers on the last four holes for a further 22 points.
Dale Clarke won a ball for his 36 points and Graham Meneilly won nearest-the-pin.
Clive Merrigan continues to win both Saturday and mid-week competitions regularly and on Thursday he won the stroke event with a round of 90-23-67 with Jeff Baker once again bridesmaid with 90-21-69.
Both Merrigan and Baker had 44 on the front nine holes and 46 on the back, with Merrigan’s two-shot handicap advantage the deciding factor.
John Keller once again played an impeccable round of 74-4-70 to win a ball, while Frank Hill and Barry Williams also won a ball for their 71s on count-back.
There was another excellent field on Thursday with 55 golfers turning out to enjoy the beautifully prepared course and the pleasant conditions.
Rocco Barca won the day with 47-16-31 and Jeff Huddle was runner-up with 33.
Glen Pearce warmed up for his Saturday charge with 33.5 and Michael Mulcahy had 34.5.
David Roberts and Lou Villani had 35, Trevor Wootton and Norm Elliot 35.5, Jamie Coolahan 36, Ashleigh Blake, Bec Jeffers and Darren Carter 37. Carter also won nearest-the-pin.
Saturday’s four-ball stroke is the qualifying round for the Summer Cup and on Monday the Goulburn Valley Veterans play the third round of their championships at Numurkah.
John Keller and John Fanning have helped Hill Top golfers dominate this event in recent years and Frank Hill took out the B-grade last year.
On Sunday, November 26 there will be a gentsomes event for two men or two women with trophies valued $1000. There will be an on-course barbecue and afternoon tea as well.
Entries can be made at the clubhouse or by phoning Glen Pearce on 58242103.
While playing the seventh hole on Thursday, Darryl Phillips found himself near the water halfway down the eighth fairway.
Fortunately he could see the flag on the seventh green.
Or so he thought.
As he lined up to play a long iron to the green, the flag moved off to the right and settled on the eighth tee.
It turned out the flag had been removed from the 10th green and dropped on the sixth tee, where Barry Dennis found it and wedged it on to the back of his golf cart.
It is difficult enough to hit to a stationary flag let alone one that keeps moving.