District golf

March 08, 2017

The GMCU four-ball honour board qualifier event will be played Saturday.


The GMCU four-ball honour board qualifier event will be played Saturday, so get your team together to be part of this time-honoured event.

The format has changed this year and will be played over three Sundays: March 19 will see the top 32 teams play, March 26 will be the second round and quarter-finals and Sunday, April 2, will be the semi-final followed by the final.

Club pro Darren Rodgers is running ‘learn to hit’ programs for adults in March, women only on Friday and women and men on Monday. Visit or phone Rodgers in the pro shop on 58212531.

The stroke event on Tuesday, February 28, saw George Wall (13) return to the winners’ list in A-grade with +3 on a countback from Gary Windsor (14). B-grade winner was Jim Mitropoulos (18) win with +4 on countback from Leon West (24).

Nearest the pin: Kev Taylor 559cm.

Women’s president’s day on Wednesday, March 1, saw 54 women play a three-ball aggregate stableford event. Winners were Rose Priestly, Judy Holland and Jen Tomkins on 98 points from Viv Harding, Lynley Eadie and Di Ingram close behind on 97 points.

Wednesday men’s Chicken Run winner was the nine-hole specialist Peter Rathjen for the third week in a row with 23 points from Mark Barbary on 22 points.

Thursday, March 2, A-grade was won by Alan Schmedje (10) with the day’s best score of 42 points from runner-up Jim Georgiou (13) on 41 points. B-grade winner was Norm McLeod (24) with 39 points from Bob Denison (28) with 38 points on a countback from PJ Rooney.

Nearest the pins: 12th Paul Lott 150cm, 17th Jimmy Pattison 632cm.

Friday’s women’s Chicken Run winner was Robyn (the Champ) Woodhouse with a fine 22 points from Lyn Cogger on 20 points.

Saturday Monthly Medallist for March and A-grade winner was Jim Georgiou (12) with an impressive 66 nett, from runner-up Chris Brewer (10) with 68 nett. B-grade winner was Bryan Wilson (13) on a countback from Steve Smyth (13) with 68 nett. C-grade winner was Matt Cullen (19) with 70 nett from Ryan Butler (27) from Hilltop with 71 nett.

The women’s winners were Adele Baensch with 34 points from Pauline Doonan 32 points.

Nearest the pins: second Jerry Kop 224cm, fifth Greg Birks 328cm, 12th Simon Michel 188cm and 17th Brendan Ryan 302cm.

Best scratch score was Lincoln Ferrari’s 76.

Sunday’s medley event winner was Mark Georgiou (7) 41 points from Jason Sharples (4) from Bendigo with 40.

Sunday’s medley competition is $10 for members and $20 for visitors, and everyone is welcome.


On Thursday, February 23, the men played a stableford event where the winner was Brian Reiners with 39 points on a countback to Ross Grenfell.

The ball competitions winners were Neil Blackney, Jim Mallis, Gary Mott and Leo Hartup and nearest-the-pin fourth was Gary Mott and second shot eighth Leo Hartup.

The men played a par event on February 25 where the A-grade winner was Lyndon Bicknell with square on a countback to Jim Mallis. John Mahoney with +6 was the B-grade winner from Geoff Dohrman +3 on a countback to Neil Blackney and the C-grade winner was Dom Perri with +4 from Zinni Meka +3 on a countback to Noel Bartlett.

The women played a stableford event where the winner was Val Gale with 36 points from Anne Rowe with 32.

The ball competition winners were Neil Blackney, Noel Bartlett, Tom Martin, Ray Winnell, Frank Rachelle, Andrew Christie, Elizabeth Clarke and Julianne Ward.

Nearest the pin: fourth David Ward, second shot eighth John Mahoney, 11th Tim Gubbins, 14th Matt Kerr and second shot 17th was Jim Mallis.

On Wednesday the women played a 12-hole stableford event where the winner was Gwen Prince with 24 points from Julie Papallo with 23.

The ball competition winners were Mary Larfield and Janice Thorpe and the nearest-the-pin winner on the 11th was Julie Papallo and second shot 14th was Sue Maynard.

Jim Mallis with -1 was the winner of Thursday’s par event from Geoff Dohrman -2 on a countback to John Clarke.

The ball competition winners were John Clarke, Graeme Carnegie, Neil Blackney and Mike Prater and nearest-the-pin fourth and second shot eighth was Jim Mallis and 11th was Gary Mott.

On Saturday a stableford event was played where the A-grade winner was Duncan Berryman with 41 points from Steve Roberts 38 points and the B-grade winner was Glen Kiker with 39 points from Ray Winnell’s 38.

The ball competition winners were Dick Hutchinson and Les Brown and nearest-the-pin fourth was Duncan Berryman, second shot eighth Steve Roberts, 11th Dick Hutchinson, 14th Steve Roberts and second shot 17th Jordan Meloury-Mason.

Events — today: women’s opening day, Chicken Run, start from 4pm onwards back nine; tomorrow: stableford; Saturday: par; Monday: Labour Day three-ball ambrose, 18 holes, assemble 11.30am for noon shotgun start; Wednesday: women’s 18-hole event, Chicken Run, start 4pm onwards front nine.

Labour Day three-ball ambrose, 18 holes assemble 11.30am for noon shotgun start. Cost is $10 which includes 18 holes of golf and a hotdog prior to the game. Non-members and non-handicap players are welcome (only one non-handicap player per team).

Entries are now being taken for the Bicknell’s Freight open four-ball best-ball for men and women on Saturday, March 25. Assemble 11.30am for noon shotgun start. Phone entries to Andrew Christie on 0428271217 or Ross Campbell on 0411131251. Barbecue available for purchase from 11am.


Greg Whiteman tamed the Nagambie golf course with a personal best closing nine-hole score of 36.

It was a day of two halves for Whiteman after he turned with 46 shots, most likely thinking his chances of taking out the Monthly Medal were all but gone, but the unexplained and unexpected closing nine allowed Whiteman to claim a runaway win with six shots between himself and runner-up Lindsay Hall.

Whiteman was 82-16-66 with Hall signing for a 82-12-70. Next best went to Shaun Bryant with his best return for quite some time, 84-13-71.

All four nearest-the-pins went off, with S. Spicer slamming it onto the third, J Lodding dribbling it onto the eighth, D Brown caressing it up to the 13th and G Bow claiming another nearest-the-pin on the 16th.

This week will be a stableford event with B. Norris on office duty and J. Mills in the bar.


Wednesday saw 12 players for a par round and the winner of A-grade was Sue Verge with square; B-grade and C-grade was won by Irene Keogh with +3.

The nine-hole winner was Keogh with +2.

The 18-hole balls went to Keogh, Maureen King and Verge, and the nine-hole balls were won by Keogh, Mozzie Fowler and Val Labas.

Nearest the pin on the third was Jo Goodacre and on the 16th was Labas.

Today is a par round and Wednesday, March 15 is a stroke round for the Monthly Medal.

The Bendigo Bank four-ball best-ball tournament is on tomorrow and entries are still open, please phone Ronda Richards on 0408349505 or Helen Gilbert on 57942059 or 0413480638.

The Chicken Run on March 2 with a field of 32 players was won by Joe Labas with 22 points and there was no nearest the pin.

Tomorrow will be a stroke round on the back nine. Play to start after 2pm.

Melanie Bryden (PGA member) will be at Nagambie for lessons on April 1; please phone Melanie on 0481311981 or Ronda on 0408349505 to arrange a time with Melanie.


Entertainment for the 110 golfers who played in the stableford event on Saturday was supplied by the Dirty Dozen.

Winner of division three was the in-form Dylan Moncur, who amassed 45 points and also won the Middlin Mug.

Moncur also won Tuesday’s round with 42 points and followed up winning a voucher on Thursday. Division three runner-up on Saturday was John Webster with 41 points.

Phil Foyster won division one with 41 points from captain David Young, who had 40 points.

In division two, John Beaver scored 41 points to win from Con Bellos, who made 40 points.

Club balls were won by Gavin Madill, Peter Muma, Craig Marshall, Michael Barca, Craig Durston, Tristan Gledhill, Alan McAuliffe, Mick Nardella, Lloyd Freer, Phil Blair, Jason Kittlety, Michael Meehan, Kevin Cameron and David Woodhams.

John Smith won nearest-the-pin on the seventh, John Beaver was nearest on the 10th and also won the pro pin, and Peter Muma won nearest-the-pin on the 17th.

Dean McDonald hit the closest second shot on the 12th and Adrian Richards hit the closest second shot on the 13th. Craig Marshall again hit the longest drive on the first.

Pro balls went to Dylan Moncur, John Webster, John Beaver, Lloyd Freer, Con Bellos, David Young, Phil Blair, Jason Kittlety, Michael Meehan, Craig Durston, Gavin Madill, Kevin Cameron and Tristan Gledhill.

Saturday is a stroke medal round.

The summer four-ball was won by Neville Musgrove and Steve Hosking on countback from David Woodhams; both pairs scored 95 points.

On Tuesday Moncur won with 42 points from Leo Jakobs who scored 41 points.

Vouchers were won by Roger Burrows, Phil Blair, Greg Austin, Lionel McGee, Joseph Vlaming, Royce Gilbert, David Young, George Heneghan, Peter Demay, Ben Robinson, Col Tucker and Peter Giorchino. Ben Robinson won nearest-the-pin and pro pin.

Paul Cox won Wednesday’s twilight with +3, runner up with +2 was Bryce Johnson.

Thursday’s round was won by Matt Gibson with 42 points from Ted Davis who had 40 points.

Voucher winners were Phil Sandland, Ben Robinson, John Bartlett, Andrew Garner, Ray Nioa, Lionel McGee, Dylan Moncur, Roger Burrows, Bruce Whebell, Jack Forster, Matt Tamburro, John Taylor, Peter Rikys, Steve Haigh, Rolf Weber, John Webster, Kayne Atkinson and Michael Handley. David Young won nearest-the-pin and pro pin.


On Monday 112 veteran golfers enjoyed perfect weather, excellent conditions and the renowned hospitality of Kialla Golf Club, as they competed for the Kensington Gardens trophies.

A-grade winner was Lionel McGee (Mooroopna) with a score of 35 points on countback from John Boruch (Seymour).

B-grade was won by Bob Oliver (Hill Top) with 38 points, from Phil Steers (Euroa).

In C-grade, the winner and best score of the day was Ray Giourlay (Kialla) on 39 points. Runner-up was Jeff Carnie (Lockington) on 35 points.

Nearest-the-pin winners: Alan Dalton (A-grade), David Shiells (B-grade) and Don Ducksbury (C-grade).

Down-the-line golf ball winners: Ron Smith, Bob Dixon, Jack Hepworth, John Keller, Wayne Ferguson, Graham Scott, Kevin Humbert, Ken Harris, John McHale, John Bray, Bill Green, Glen Evans, John Mortimor, Peter Rikys, Lindsay Simms, Leo Hartup, Fred McMahon, David Shiells, Rolf Weber, John Baeurle, Dennis Koik, Geoff Squires, Dennis Beck, Barry Graham, John Inglis, Brian Johnson, Jeff Baker, Stan Sewart, John Bunn, Terry Allen, Bill Chilcott, Brian Reiners, Roden Brady, Lindsay Tatterson, Bill Waite, George Heneghan, Doug Barber, Don Ducksbury and Ian Scurrah.

The next event is at Mooroopna on March 27; assemble at 9.30am for a 10am shotgun start.


Hill Top hosted a Mazda Victorian four-ball championship qualifying round on Sunday with 102 golfers from across the state trying to grab a spot in the finals at Sorrento later this month.

As usual, playing on your own course proved an advantage with locals winning two of the three sections.

Dan Miller continued on his winning way when he and partner Brad Deane brought in 51 stableford points to win the men’s section by five points.

Hill Top also filled out the next five placings with Tim Balfour-Glenn Newton 46, Fred Andrews-Dale Clarke 46, Bruce and Dean Robertson 45, John Keller-John Fanning 44, Scott Carter-Brendan Ryan 42.

Jan Coe and Debbie Reilly from Hill Top won the women’s section with 45 points, Sonya Hill and Julie Harris from Shepparton had 42 while Kathy Bell and Mary Trimby from Ky-Parkland were third with 41.

Megan Carr (Kialla) and Geoff Coad (Ky-Parkland) won the mixed section with 46 points, Leah and Lance Boyd from Shepparton had 45 while Yvonne Kartner and Steve Zolich from Hill Top were third with 42 on a countback.

The whole day was perfectly run by Golf Victoria and Hill Top saw that the catering was equal to that, while McPherson Mazda provided sponsorship and had its quality vehicles on display.

Players could hardly have asked for a better-presented course, better weather or a better-run event.

Saturday: Paul Mulcahy made his mark at Hill Top as a promising junior who went on to win many club titles including a club championship. Although he no longer lives in Tatura, he has re-joined here to be able to play when he returns to see his parents.

On Saturday, playing off a five handicap, he shot 66 nett 61 to win the GMCU Monthly Medal, five shots clear of the field.

Col Saunders was runner-up in A-grade with 83-15-68 but the upside was that he won the star medallist from Steve Zolich (71) and the other medal winners from the past 12 months.

Fred McMahon won B-grade with 88-22-66 on a countback from Tim Dickinson who looks threatening on his handicap of 28.

In the ball run-down, Peter Heathman and Bryan Miller had 68, Matt Miller 70, Steve Zolich, Anthony Devine, Michael Smith (Belvoir GC) and Michael Mulcahy 71, Brad Deane and Rocco Barca 72 and Barry Dennis 73 on countback.

Fred McMahon won the nearest-the-pin on the third hole, Paul Mulcahy won on the sixth, and the 14th while Matt Miller again won jackpot and nearest on the ninth.

Miller is becoming a ninth-hole specialist, leaving his ball a mere 30cm from the pin on Sunday.

Midweek: Terry White showed excellent judgement on Tuesday when, in the par competition, he had -1 on the front nine and a +4 on the back, giving him the perfect countback situation.

Bob Hunter also had +3 but could not match White’s back nine holes and was relegated to runner-up.

Jeff Baker and new member Paul Franke each had +1, Joe De Ieso won a ball with square on a countback and Barry Dennis narrowly beat Baker for the nearest-the-pin ball on the ninth green.

Frank Hill made a return to competition after a few weeks’ absence, but there were still a few regulars indisposed to return and swell the fields.

John Keller played superb golf on Thursday with 42 stableford points off a six handicap, but it was not good enough to beat in-form golfer Dan Miller, fresh from his win on Saturday, who had 43 points. Miller, playing off an 18 handicap, had seven pars on the front nine and a further two on the back to show that he does not need an 18 handicap anymore.

Simon Russell was unlucky to be beaten for runner-up on a third countback, while Sam De Ieso (41), Joe De Ieso (40) and Trevor Allen (38) also won consolation balls.

John Keller was disappointed with his tee-shot on the ninth but, happily for him and unhappily for Lou Villani, his ball finished nearest the pin.

Twilight: In a field off 33, Thursday’s competition was won by John Bunn with 46-14-31 and Shirley Curran won nearest-the-pin.

In the ball run-down, Tom Miller and Mark Jenkins had 32, Alex Howson 32, Jan Coe 33, Mark Peacoulakis 34, Ryan Butler 35, Bones Ryan and Brian Coe 35, Sheryl Curran, Darren Carter and Les Nation 36.

Events: There are three days of golf on the weekend with the Labour Day weekend tournament, sponsored by Rubicon, attracting visitors from around the state.

There is a stableford competition on Saturday, a two-person medley ambrose on Sunday and a four-ball on Monday.

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