The fourball stableford competition on Saturday was won by Graham McIntosh and Terry O’Brien with 46 points on a countback from two other pairs who also had an early hit-off.January 14, 2014 2:00pm
Missed it by that much: Brian Miller and Jeff Baker thought they may have done enough to win on Saturday.
McIntosh and O’Brien, both playing off a seven handicap, had 22 points on the front nine holes and 24 on the back, which is the countback nine. McIntosh had birdies on the fourth, 13th and 15th holes, was on the card 12 times and is likely to attract the handicappers’ attention.
Brian Miller and Jeff Baker were runners-up, while Ron Popple and Clive Merrigan qualified only for the ball run-down, despite their 46 points.
Rod Madill and Geoff Kerr had 45, Dale Clarke and Anthony Devine 45, Fred Andrews and Alex Howson 45, which qualified them for a consolation ball.
Nearest-the-pin trophies went to Barry Dennis on the third hole (Baird and Devine), Ron Popple won on the sixth (Bob Jane T Marts), Geoff Coolahan won nearest-the-pin and the jackpot on the ninth (Planright) and Terry O’Brien won on the 14th, which is sponsored by Hunter Rural.
Pat Serra had 42 stableford points to win the women’s competition, Gail Wootton was runner-up with 38 and Jan Coe won nearest-the-pin on the 14th hole.
On the previous Saturday, David Roberts won A-grade with nett 71 on countback from Colin Barlow, but Paul Berg won B-grade and the GMCU Monthly Medal with 69 on a countback from Matt Miller.
Summer fourball knockout
In semi-final matches, Bruce Gross and Bob Oliver defeated Paul Berg and Peter Collison 2-up, while Morris and Mark Bradley defeated Graham McIntosh and Terry O’Brien 1-up. The winners will play-off for the title on or before February 9.
Bruce Durston defeated Glen Pearce 3-2 in a quarter-final, David Pinnock defeated Peter Baird 3-2, John Fanning beat Fred Andrews 2-1 and David Roberts beat Peter Collison 3-2. Semi-finals must be played by February 2.
Summer Fourball pennant
After a loss by the narrowest of margins last week, the Hill Top boys travelled to Kialla to take on last year’s premiers Mooroopna and came home with a 3½ to 1½ victory.
Bryan and Matt Miller, in their first ever game of match play golf, led the team away and after being five down at the halfway point, fought their way back to lose four down with two to play.
Ray Nicholson and Alex Howson stormed home with a 5-3 win, followed by Ross Kelly and David Roberts, who in a neck and neck game posted a 2-1 win.
Laurie Nicholson and Peter Heathman squared their match after a close tussle all day and final pair of Tim Nicholson and Les Nation played strategic golf for a one-up win on the last hole.
The challenge next week is to take on Parkland at their home par-three course.
Matt Miller (pictured) is only 13, but he has dominated midweek golf in the past fortnight.
On New Year’s Eve, he had 42 stableford points, but lost to Barry Dennis on a countback. On January 2, he had a nett 64, which included an eight on the par-three 14th hole, on Tuesday January 7 he had a nett 70, but only won a ball and on Thursday he had another 42 stableford points to complete a run where he had his best eight rounds ever from his past nine outings.
From a 35 handicap last September, he has tumbled down to a 23 handicap and who can say where it will end?
Miller has an uncomplicated swing and an easygoing personality that will hold him in good stead as he attempts to emulate the success of Hill Top’s other star junior, Joseph Thomas.
Bill Ashcroft won Tuesday’s stroke competition with 67 on countback from Graham Meneilly, Clive Merrigan won nearest-the-pin and balls went to Hank Popplestone, Matt Miller, Bruce Dowell and Gary Hopcraft.
Matt Miller won on Thursday, Barry Dennis was runner-up with 39, Clive Merrigan had 38, Ron Popple 37, John Keller 36, Jeff Baker and Noel Stokes 35, while Jeff Baker also won nearest-the-pin.
Bob Hunter shot 43-11-32 and was the winner on January 2, which was a rather late Christmas twilight, postponed because of unhelpful weather.
Consolation balls went to 35 ½ and there were many novelty awards featuring Christmas trees and Santas.
Dale Clarke won last Thursday with 46-13 ½ -32 ½, Bruce Gross won nearest-the-pin, Marlene Stokes had 32 ½, Glen Pearce 33 ½, Bruce Gross and Noel Gorrill 34, Sandy Harvey, Les Nation and Eric Sessions 34 ½.
Fred Andrews was playing John Fanning in their Summer Cup match and it was an even contest as they came to the 11th hole, rated number-one in difficulty.
Both hit good drives and Andrews was feeling confident as his second shot hit the green giving him a chance for a birdie.
However, Fanning was equal to the task, with his shot into the green from 150 m slam-dunking the hole and staying in there for an eagle. Loss of hole Andrews — move on to the 12th.
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