Just a couple of weeks ago, the Hill Top committee decided to raise money for the Bushfire Appeal and settled on a nine-holes event on Sunday, following pennant in the morning. Donations poured in and so did local people, eager to contribute to the cause. The golf event, which attracted a field of 80, was shaky with lightning sending many in early, but many non-golfers arrived later to contribute to the raffles and auctions. Bidding was spirited and generous and the combined efforts on the day raised more than $15 000, showing the generosity of the members.
Jack Ballantyne won an event here recently with 53 stableford points and on Saturday he floored golfers when he brought in a nett 55. A member at Cape Schanck, he somehow still played off a 30 handicap although his new GA handicap is 25, so there may be hope for others sometime soon. Colin Barlow followed up on his Thursday win by winning A-grade with 79-12-67 and Garry Reese was runner-up with 69 on a countback. Bob Wildes was unlucky to miss out on a win after scoring 66 off a 19 handicap, but he made up for it somewhat when he won NTP and the jackpot on the ninth hole.
Mike Jeffers was NTP on the third hole (Lewis Homes), Ross Kelly won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office) and the 14th (A-1 Freight). Glen Pearce and Matt Miller shared the Eagle's Nest and, while Miller’s eagle on the 10th was no surprise, members have been scratching their heads as to how Horrie could have made a two on the fourth hole. While some of the suggestions were not flattering, the balls are out of the nest and into the pockets.
Ball winner: Tim Dickinson 68, Col Saunders and Mike Jeffers 69, Michael Mulcahy and Jeff Huddle 70, Brad Ciavarella, Ray Nicholson and Phil Panting 72, Peter Collison, Dave Roberts, Brian Coe, James Ibbotson, Geoff Lipshut and Glen Pearce 73.
Joyce Baird won the women’s competition with 92-24-68, Judy Baker was runner-up with 72 and Joan Hill won a ball for her 74. Jan Coe won NTP on the third and sixth holes and Judy Baker won on the ninth.
Pennant: Hill Top Red defeated Nagambie 4-1 at Hill Top on Sunday. Ty Guiney-Travis Worm won 2-1, Matt Miller and Dale McNair won 4-3, Ray and Tim Nicholson won 5-4, Jody Webber won 2-1, but Scott Carter and Hamish Roberts lost one-down. They are top of the ladder with 10 points.
At Shepparton, Hill Top Blue lost 4-1 to Tallygaroopna-Cosgrove. Jono Kerrins-Jacob Chessells and James Peck-Scott Perry squared, but Dan Miller-Dan Maher, Dylan Burls-Tony Hicks and Michael Mulcahy-John Dellar lost.
Summer four-ball knockout: The final between Alex Howson-Leigh Thornton and John Deller-Mark Jenkins was played on Saturday with the Howson-Thornton pairing winning the major event 3-2. Congratulations to all who qualified and played off.
Midweek: Hamish Roberts continued his winning streak by scoring 42 stableford points off an eight handicap on Tuesday. He won both midweek events the previous week comfortably and might have repeated the feat had he played on Thursday. Ron Popple was runner-up on Tuesday with 40 points, James Ibbotson won NTP and line-balls went to Peter Martin 38, James Peck 37, Bob Wildes, Garry Reese and Bryan Miller 36 on countback.
Colin Barlow won Thursday's stroke competition with 80-12-68 on a countback from Barry Dennis who had 85-17-68. Garry Reese had a 69, Michael Downs, James Peck and Allan McGrath 70. NTP went to Barry Dennis.
Mat Langley twilight: Scott Perry won on Thursday with a nett 29.5 with Col Saunders runner-up on 30. Wilma Saunders won NTP and consolation balls went to Tanz Dellar and Wilma Saunders 31.5, Jake Chessells 33, Trevor Wootton 34, Jack Mark and Mick Mulcahy 34.5, Brian Coe 35, Ty Guiney, Josh Danaher, Alex Howson, Joe De Ieso and Glenn Newton 35.5.
Coming events: The GV Veterans’ season got under way at Parkland on Monday with their AGM and a competition. Their next outing will be at Numurkah on February 10. Saturday’s event will be stableford for the Privilege Cup and sponsored by Peppermill Shepparton. Monday 27 is the Australia Day holiday and there will be a stableford competition with hit-offs from 8 am until noon.