Golf for charity

Saturday’s stableford competition was a charity day for the Royal Children’s Hospital with a sausage sizzle before the start and a raffle for a hamper with contributions from Campbell Soups and club members.

April 16, 2014 3:45am

Gray Barton winners at Hill Top: Rod Madill, Bob Hunter, Bryan and Matt Miller.

More than $500 was made for the day with the generosity of the golfers and persistence of Marlene Stokes who let no golfer miss out on the opportunity to win the fine hamper on offer.

The winning tickets will be drawn at the conclusion of Easter Sunday’s mixed event.

The best score of the day came from B-grade where Geoff Lipshut had 41 points off a 24 handicap and Matt Miller was runner-up with 36.

In A-grade, Anthony Devine won with 38 points off a nine handicap and Phil Panting was runner-up with 36.

Nearest-the-pins on the third and the ninth were won by Phil Panting, Morris Bradley won on the sixth and Col Saunders won on the 14th hole.

Balls down-the-line went to Graham Meneilly and Clive Merrigan 35, Mick Trevaskis 34, Les Nation, Jody Webber and Dave Roberts 33.

Barb Nation won the women’s competition with 35 points off a 32 handicap, Jan Coe was runner-up with 34 and consolation golf balls went to Bev Roberts and Joan Hill.

Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Julie Gregg on the third and the ninth, Bev Roberts on the sixth and Elaine Dunk on the 14th.

The GVDGA Gray Barton Team’s Event was held at Hill Top on Sunday with representatives from most clubs.

One of Hill Top’s teams scored 139 stableford points with Matt Miller providing 39 of those. Rod Madill scored 35, Bryan Miller 33 and Bob Hunter 32 which gave them a win by four over Tallygaroopna.

Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Fred Andrews on the third and the 14th holes while Lincoln Ferrari won on the ninth.

Of those not in a winning team, Paul Newman had the best A-grade score of 41 and Laurie Nicholson was runner-up with 37.

Peter Collison had the best B-grade score of 35 on countback from Jody Webber.

The weekend before, Hill Top’s team of David Roberts, Frank Hill, Bill Ashcroft and Brian Coe travelled to Avoca to participate in the annual Cohuna Shield competition between golf and bowls clubs.

Frank Hill learned his golf on sand scrapes and took to them like a duck to water, scoring 45 stableford points.

Unfortunately his team members were beaten on countback, denying them the chance to repeat their win of two years ago.

As a consolation, Hill Top’s bowls team won their event on a countback (see story on page 15).


Jeff Baker hit his straps on Tuesday and came in with 86-19-67 and high hopes of a win.

John Freudenstein, however, had 97-32-65 and Baker accepted the two golf balls due to runner-up.

Bill Ashcroft won nearest-the-pin on the ninth and consolation balls went to Morris Bradley 71, Matt Miller 72 and Bruce Dowell 73.

Rain on Thursday precluded play and the course soaked up the 73 mm, however conditions were ideal for Saturday’s competition.

bfComing events

John Deere is the Easter tournament sponsor which begins on Saturday with a stableford event.

There is a Mixed Yankee on Sunday and a four-ball v par on Monday for men and women.


In an action-packed week, Ross Thomas started things off by driving his golf cart through one bunker on the third hole and then ending up bogged in the other bunker.

It was at night, there were no lights and Thomas was retrieving a sprinkler, but it could be a sign that he needs lights on Benjamin or a strong torch.

Dave Roberts does a power of work at Hill Top and needs to enjoy his golf when he finally gets out on the course.

What he doesn’t need is a dog running off with his ball. Come on Riley, pick on someone else, will you?

Leave him to enjoy his game.

Matt Miller wins trophies seemingly each time he steps out on the course, however he had a different experience on Tuesday when he became another victim of the hill on the eighth hole.

Miller left his buggy on the side of the green as he prepared to putt but when he turned, the buggy and clubs were disappearing into the depths of the lake.

Bravely, he waded in and retrieved buggy, clubs and cell-phone.

Fortunately home was nearby and he was able to change clothes and, later, dry out his phone.

Of course he parred the eighth hole.

— Foozle

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