Gary Hopcraft scored a hole-in-one at Hill Top in Tatura last week.January 11, 2013 4:22am
Not content with winning a ball and nearest the pin at Tuesday’s mid-week competition, Gary Hopcraft went two better on Thursday with the mercury closing in on 40°C.
His tee-shot on the ninth on Tuesday just ran past the pin, but on Thursday the ball bounced twice and dropped in for Hoppy’s first ace.
He went on to win the day with nett 66 from Bruce Gross (68), Ross Kelly and John Keller (69) and Morris Bradley (71).
Gary is certainly on a winning streak, as it was only a week before that he and Ross Kelly won the final of the Olympic Cup and Gary hasn’t stopped winning since. He pointed out that the date of his hole-in-one, 3-1-13, is a palindrome and will always be easy to remember. And for the purists and the curious he got his ace with a five-iron.
Despite temperatures in the 40s, a good field contested the GMCU Monthly Medal on Saturday.
John Keller shot 75 for the best scratch score and Steve Allison had a nett 68, which was an excellent score given the weather and the course configuration, but it was Ray Flett who scored 87-22-65 to win the day and the medal.
Ray birdied the second to raise his hopes, but his eight on the par four fifth brought him back to reality. Two pars and three bogeys saw him turn on 42 and two further pars on the back nine were enough for a 45 and a win by three shots.
Peter Collison won nearest the pin on the third hole (sponsored by Baird and Devine), Ray Flett won on the sixth (Bob Jane T Marts), Terry O’Brien won on the ninth (Planright) and the Hunter Rural 14th was won by John Fanning.
Consolation golf balls went to Trevor Wootton, John Fanning and John Keller with 71 and to Clive Merrigan and Phil Panting for 72.
Playing at home in the first round, Hill Top had a 5-0 win over Merrigum. John Keller and Glen Pearce won 3-1, Les Nation and Col Saunders 3-2, Dave Roberts and Bill Ashcroft 3-2, Les Nicholson and Peter Baird 4-3 and Tim Nicholson and Arthur Gledhill 4-3. Mooroopna had a win over Rushworth and next week they play Hill Top at Merrigum.
SUMMER FOURBALL KNOCKOUT
In a semi-final, Col Saunders and Les Nation defeated Jody Webber and Les Walsh 3-2 and they will play Graham Meneilly and Shane Thurston in the final, which is to be played by January 27.
Tuesday’s stableford competition was won by Shane Thurston with a whopping 42 points. Bob Hunter was runner-up with 40, Gary Hopcraft won nearest the pins and balls down-the-line went to Jeff Baker and Barry Dennis (39), David Walduck, Darryl Phillips, Jody Webber and Gary Hopcraft (37).
Les Nation won on Thursday with a 33 on countback from John Bathman and Andrew Irvine. Tee Lim had 33 ½, John Gledhill and Paul Newman 34 and Jeff Huddle 34 ½. There were 36 golfers in the field despite the heat.
The fourball v par on Saturday will be sponsored by Ross and Lyn Kelly and we can only hope that the temperatures are more conducive to playing golf and we have a field worthy of the event.
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