Strong winds played havoc with Saturday’s stableford competition, making ball-striking difficult and covering the greens with leaves, twigs and gumnuts.
Terry O’Brien won A-grade with 32 points, which is the lowest winning score most could remember, and Col Barlow was runner-up with 31.
Sam German was the exception on the day, winning B-grade with 40 points, while Joe De Ieso was runner-up with 34.
Playing off a 32 handicap, German scored 19 points on the front nine holes, including a birdie two on the third hole, and then 21 on the back with a wipe on the 14th.
Nearest-the-pin on the third hole, sponsored by Lewis Homes, was won by Sam German, while Terry O’Brien won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Fred Andrews won the jackpot and nearest-the-pin on the ninth hole (Tatura Engineering) and Alex Howson won on the 14th (A-1 Freight).
In the ball run-down, Bill Ashcroft had 33, Les Nation and Jeff Baker 32, Ian Elders and Glenn Newton 30 and Bruce Gross even won a ball with 29 on a count back.
Sharon Jeffers was the best of the women with 35 points, while Deb Reilly had 30 and Bec Jeffers 26.
Perhaps the most festive day on Hill Top’s calendar occurs each year at this time when the Villani family provides the prizes and catering.
The sun was shining in contrast to the day before and golfers enjoyed a barbecue at the ninth tee and pizza and nibbles later in the clubhouse.
The two-person gentsomes gave golfers the choice of drives on each hole and the winners received hand-crafted glass cheese plates made by Marina Villani (Myriad Glass Studio), glass coasters and a bottle of wine.
Judy Baker (34 points) and Gail Meneilly (43) won the women’s event and Beryl Home and Lyn Flett were runners-up with 75 points. Sharon Jeffers and Gail Wootton had 74, Julie Gregg and Elaine Dunk were in the ball run-down and nearest-the-pin trophies went to Robyn Downs on the third, Judy Baker on the sixth, Elaine Dunk on the ninth and to Sue Turnbull on the 14th.
Jack Risstrom (43) and Michael Suster (42) won the men’s event, while Jody Webber and Bryan Miller were runners-up with 81.
Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Jack Risstrom on the third hole, Steve Whitting on the sixth, Darren Carter on the ninth and Glenn Newton on the 14th.
Ball winners: Ryan Lindsay-Ty Guiney 80, Richard Ballantyne-Garry Reese 79, Brendan Ryan-John Dellar 78, Mike Jeffers-Trevor Wootton 77, Bob Hunter-Bruce Gross 77, James Stevens-Ron Popple 76.
It was a great honour for Hill Top and Shepparton to host the Golf Victoria Senior Amateur Championships on three days last week.
Entries came from all over Victoria and from other states and invariably golfers were complimentary of the courses. Results may be found on the Golf Victoria website.
Lou Villani played early on Tuesday and was the clubhouse leader until the last group came in, when Ron Popple’s 81-17-64 trumped his 93-25-68.
Popple scored 10 pars in what must have been one of his best-ever rounds and the round will, no doubt, affect his handicap.
Michael Downs had 70, Joe De Ieso and Bryan Miller 72 on a count back and Steve Haigh again won nearest-the-pin.
It was Lou Villani’s brother Rocci who had a day out on Thursday, scoring 45 stableford points to win by eight against runner-up Steve Haigh.
Villani had four pars on the front nine and five more on the back and Haigh excelled himself by scoring an eagle three on the par-5 fourth hole.
Ball winners: James Ibbotson had 36, Frank Hill and Bryan Miller 35, and Ron Popple and Joe De Ieso 34, while Allan McGrath won nearest-the-pin.
Colin Barlow won Thursday’s event with 35 nett and Josie De Ieso was runner-up with 36.
John Bunn won nearest-the-pin on the 14th and consolation balls went to Brian Coe, Heather Long and Les Nation 37, Di Day 38 and Jeff Huddle 39 on a count back.
Members will suffer some inconvenience this week as renovation of greens begins.
While there are no plans for special events this week, on Thursday, September 27 the Dowell family is sponsoring a day with $200 in trophies.
Others have put up their hands and similar events will follow in October and November.
Hill Top members attended the funeral service for Terry White at Sacred Heart Church on Friday and were reminded of what a loss his passing will be to family and friends.
Terry was a member at Hill Top for nearly 40 years when he was works supervisor for Rodney Shire, and was a committee member at Hill Top and for Goulburn Valley Veteran Golfers for many years. He was noted for his integrity and was always a pleasure to play with. We offer our condolences to Carmel and their family.