The Labour Day Weekend Tournament was a great success with strong field and beautiful golfing weather. Regular visitors from Gisborne and Lang Lang and others from The National, Centenary Park, Rosebud and other Goulburn Valley clubs were all full of praise for the course and the organisation.
Julie Gregg and Elaine Dunk were responsible for arranging sponsorship and the match committee and many volunteers saw that everything ran smoothly.
Daniel Opyrchal and Scott Carter won the 36-hole four-ball competition run over two days with two scores of 46 stableford points.
They beat Jono Kerrins and Brendan Calder on a count back, although they had the same scores on both days.
Marg Ivory and Adrienne Fievez won the women’s event with 94 points and Mandy McGrath and Bev Roberts were runners-up on 88.
On the Saturday, Paul Berg and Mike Jeffers won the four-ball stableford event with 48 points.
While Berg was on the card six times on the front nine holes, it was Jeffers who dominated the back nine with eight card entries which gave them a winning 27 points.
Jack Risstrom and Mike Suster were runners-up with 47 and in the ball run-down, Brendan Calder-Jono Kerrins and Scott Carter-Daniel Opyrchal had 46, Bruce Gross-Joe De Ieso, Ron Albany-Brian Coe, Ray Flett-Angie Serra and Laurie Nicholson-Ken Baxter 45, Darren McIntyre-Trent McCrae 44, Ian Almond-Mark Young and Darrell Whitley-Peter Baird 43 on count back.
Trevor Scheppers won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, John Fanning won on the sixth, Mick Trevaskis on the ninth and Michael Suster on the 14th.
Laurie Nicholson scored a three on the par-5 10th hole for an eagle.
Mandy McGrath and Bev Roberts won the women’s competition on Saturday with 45 points on a count back from runners-up Marg Ivory and Adrienne Fievez.
Line balls went to Sue Turnbull-Francie Mark 44, Samantha Scheppers 44, Di Day-Phyl Fiddes 44 and Judy Baker-Joan Hill 42 on count back.
Francie Mark won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Robyn Downs won on the sixth, Sue Turnbull on the ninth and Di Day on the 14th.
Dave Roberts and Bill Ashcroft won on Sunday with 48 points while Fred Andrews and Col Barlow were runners-up with 47.
Balls went to Scott Carter-Daniel Opyrchal 46, Jono Kerrins-Brendan Calder 46, Michael Suster-Jack Risstrom 45, Les Walsh-Jody Webber 44, Clive Merrigan-Ron Popple 43, Darren Carter-Bryan Miller 43, Peter Bolt-Keith Stockdale 43.
Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Matt Miller, Mark Wursthorn, Peter Baird and Mick Trevaskis.
Marg Ivory and Adrienne Fievez won with 49 points and Tanya Nightingale-Di Madill were runners-up with 46. Balls went to Heather Long-Josie De Ieso 45, Judy Trimble-Marg Barker 44, Jan Coe-Janette Hayward 44, Mandy McGrath-Bev Roberts 43 on count back.
Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Libby De Hey, Di Day, Adrienne Fievez and Cheryl Stockdale.
There were 126 Goulburn Valley veterans playing at Kialla on Monday of last week and Hill Top was well represented.
As a result, the field next day at Hill Top was small with many staying home to lick their wounds and devise new strategies.
Allen Gale scored 40 stableford points to win the chocolates, with Trevor Allen runner-up with 38 on a count back from Bruce Gross who won a consolation ball.
Allen had three wipes on the front nine holes and still scored 17 points while, on the back nine, he scored 23 points with a wipe on the 15th.
Is he about to embark on a killer run? Watch this space.
Andrew Speed won Thursday’s stroke event with 86-17-69 on a count back from Ange Serra who had 74-15-69.
Ross Kelly may have come last in the field but he did take home a ball for nearest-the-pin.
In the ball run-down, Ron Albany from Gisborne had 71, Frank Hill 72 and Bob Hunter and Mick Mulcahy had 73 with an unlucky Clive Merrigan missing out on the count back.
There was an even 50 players on Thursday for the competition which was won by Phyl Fiddes with a nett 27.
Sheryl Curran was runner-up with 28; Mark Peacoulakis won nearest-the-pin; and consolation balls, provided by Mooroopna Golf Professional Ashley Blake, went to John McCallum and Dick Barker 30, Col Barlow 31, Jan Coe and Glen Pearce 31.5, Mark Jenkins and Marg Barker 32.5, David Roberts, Bob Oliver and Keith Fox 33, Bryan Miller 34.5 and Jeff Huddle 34 on count back.
The stroke competition on Saturday will be sponsored by Brendan Spittles and there is a medley Ambrose event on Sunday with an 11am shotgun start.
It will then be less than a fortnight until our Easter Tournament kicks off with the Mulligan stroke event, which raises money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
There is a stableford competition on Saturday, mixed on Sunday and a four-ball on Monday for those still standing. Please submit entries online or hand them in at the club.
Memo from Dave: When alighting from a car, turn off the engine, put into PARK and apply the handbrake. If the stop is momentary, at least put into PARK and apply handbrake otherwise car will run away and you will have to chase it. And you may tear a hamstring in the effort and then require a golf cart to play golf. It’s elementary.
— Jeffrey Baker