All about teamwork at Hill Top men’s golf

By Tatura Guardian

The two-person Ambrose competition on Saturday was sponsored by Brendan Spittles who provided trophies for winners, place-getters and a range of novelty events. In addition, there was a card draw at presentations with the winners offered a one-night stay-and-play at Corowa Golf Club, accommodation, golf, drinks and meals provided. Of course, you had to be present and two pairs missed the opportunity by leaving early.

The weather was pleasant, conditions benign and teams needed a good score to take advantage of Brendan’s offer of a drink for anyone who could better the score of him and his partner Dom Cricelli. Their score was 66.25 and only eight teams managed to beat that with Ryan Lindsay and Ty Guiney the best with 62.25. Just .25 behind were Scott Carter and Drew Curtis, Ben and James MacGibbon from Mooroopna had 63, Glenn Newton and Daniel Dryden 63.25, Anthony Devine and John Steen 64.75, Tom Phillips and Matt Miller 65, Dale McNair and Alex Bell 66, Dave Cornwall and John Keller 66.25. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the rush to the bar to claim a free drink.

Trophies for NTP and longest drive went to Ryan Lindsay, John Keller, Bruce Gross, Michael Barca and Glenn Newton, but it was John Steen who wore the biggest grin after claiming NTP and the jackpot on the ninth hole with the sponsor doubling the kitty.

Sue Turnbull and Robyn Downs won the women’s competition with 69.75, Debbie Reilly and Heather Long were runners-up with 70.25 and Kim Kennedy from Warburton, playing on her own, won a ball for a valiant effort. NTP trophies went to Bev Roberts on the third, Kim Kennedy on the sixth, Larysa Phillingham on the ninth and Sue Turnbull on the 14th. Kim Kennedy won longest drive and Bev Roberts won nearest-the-line on the 10th. The winners of the card-draw for the golfing stay-and-play at Corowa was won by Heather Long and Debbie Reilly.

Midweek: James Ibbotson won Tuesday’s stroke competition with 88 -17- 71 on a countback from Mick Jeffers and Charlie Murdock. Bryan Miller 72 and Rob Oliver were the other ball-winners.

Ray Coleman won with 37 stableford points on Thursday with Charlie Murdock runner-up one point behind. Bryan Miller won NTP and consolation balls went to Harry Murdock 34 and Trevor Allen 32.

IGA chook-run: Dave Roberts won the Thursday nine-hole competition with net 33 on a countback from John Steen. Geoff Coolahan had 36, Jeff Huddle, Norm Elliot and Patrick Davies had 37s and Dave Roberts won NTP.

Pennant: Hill Top’s pennant season never really got going and, with three further losses on Sunday, it will be a relief that there are no further matches to play with finals being played on Sunday at Numurkah. Well done to all those golfers who made themselves available each week to represent their club.

Coming events: Men play for the Peppermill Privilege Cup on Saturday and GV Veterans play at Nagambie on Monday, July 29.

  — Foozle