Ross and Lyn Kelly were sponsors for the four-ball par event on Saturday that was won by Matt Miller and Jack Risstrom with +8.
While Risstrom (26 handicap) was a useful contributor, Miller (three handicap) shot another beautiful round with four birdies and nine pars.
Somehow they both floundered on the 17th for a loss but their score was good enough to relegate Michael Mulcahy and Steve Whitting to runners-up with +7.
Dave Roberts and Dale Clarke had +6, Ross and Brian Coulston +5, Ray Flett and Clive Merrigan +4 while Brad Deane and Dan Miller won a ball on count-back with +3.
Scott Carter won nearest-the-pin on the third (Lewis Homes), Steve Whitting won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Dave Roberts won on the 14th (A-1 Freight) as he is accustomed to do and Matt Miller earned his weekly pocket money by again winning nearest-the-pin and the jackpot on the ninth hole (Tatura Engineering).
Joyce Baird and Gail Wootton won the women’s competition with +4, Sheryl Curran and Bev Roberts were runners-up with +1 on count-back and Barb Nation and Wilma Saunders won a consolation ball.
Julie Gregg won nearest-the-pin trophies on the third and sixth holes while Joyce Baird won on the ninth.
Order of Merit
Competition was intense for vouchers from Tatura Family Butcher with five golfers separated by just three points over the four Saturdays in June.
Brad Deane and Les Nation tied with 128 points at an average of 32, Ron Popple had 127 points, Geoff Coolahan 126 and Col Barlow 125.
It’s a pity the members have fled the state and now miss the opportunity to enjoy such choice meat.
Hill Top’s Division 2 team had an exciting 3-2 win over Rich River at Numurkah which keeps its pennant title hopes alive.
In-form golfer Matt Miller had a 5-3 win, John Fanning did even better with a 6-5 win and Fred Andrews had a one-up win after being one down with two to play.
John Keller had a two-down result after his opponent birdied the last hole and Brad Deane went down 4-3.
This week they play top team Mooroopna at Rich River which should decide their fate.
Division 4 defeated Rich River 4-1 at Tocumwal with a strong team performance.
Dan Miller won 5-3, Tim Balfour won 4-3, Bryan Miller was one-up and Scott Carter won on the 19th hole while Jack Risstrom was unlucky to go down on the 19th.
This week the team plays Valley View at Shepparton.
Michael Downs won Tuesday’s stroke event with 85-14-71 and Matt Miller was runner-up with 78-3-75.
Downs was a model of consistency with a birdie on nine, pars on 13 and 14 and nothing worse than bogey elsewhere.
Jeff Baker and Terry White won a ball each for their 76s and Downs won the nearest-the-pin, of course.
There was fog and it was 4°C on Thursday but the regulars turned up anyway.
Hand-warmers and beanies were popular accessories but the standard of golf remained surprisingly high with most of the field able to crash the magic 30 stableford points marker.
Bryan Miller was best on the day with 18 on both nines for 36 points.
Ray Flett was runner-up with 35 on a count-back from Peter Caldow while Jeff Baker and Trevor Allen won a ball each for their 33s and Rocci Villani won nearest-the-pin.
IGA Chook Run
Supporters of this event are hanging in with 15 turning out last Thursday despite the approaching gloom.
Sheryl Curran won with nett 33 on a count-back from Michael Mulcahy, Matt Miller won nearest-the-pin on the 14th hole and line balls went to Barb Nation 34, Scott Carter and Matt Miller 36 and to Geoff Coolahan 37.
Thursday’s competition this week is two-person Ambrose and the stableford event on Saturday will be sponsored by Geoff Lipshut who offers golfers a free drink if they can better his score.
As Geoff’s golf has been irregular of late, this is an opportunity few can ignore.
Sunday, July 16 — Mixed Ambrose: cancelled.
Saturday, July 22 — Four-person gentsomes: changed to two-person gentsomes.
Sunday, September 3 — Mixed Canadian Foursomes: cancelled.
Saturday, September 9 — Two-person Ambrose: sponsors Peter Collison, Col Saunders and Fred Andrews (Electricians’ Day).
It must have been very cold on Thursday but Mappo did not realise just how cold until he arrived to enter the Chook Run and noticed Geoff Coolahan in long trousers for the first time this year.
That was enough for Mappo. He decided that the weather was even worse than he feared and went home and made a cup of tea instead.
Forget the BOM, Coolas is now the official weather forecaster.