A qualifying round for the 2018 Victorian Fourball Championship was held at Hill Top on Sunday with clubs from many parts of Victoria represented.
The organisation was excellent and Golf Victoria representatives were delighted with Hill Top’s course and amenities.
With the home-course advantage, Hill Top teams won all three sections — men, women and mixed — and also claimed runner-up in the women’s and third in the men’s and the mixed.
With first and second to travel to Sorrento and The National in a fortnight for the final, Hill Top could nearly hire a bus for players and supporters.
Bruce Gross and Joe De Ieso won the men’s four-ball with 47 stableford points, while Jeff Baker and Frank Hill were third with 43.
Judy Baker and Lyn Flett won with 44 points while Debbie Reilly and Jan Coe were runners-up with 43.
Steve Zolich and Yvonne Kartner won the mixed with 46 points and Mike and Sharon Jeffers came third with 45, beaten on a count back.
At the completion of play, golfers enjoyed a wonderful roast pork meal prepared by Hill Top’s new caterers.
The good weather ensured the pleasant day was enjoyed by all.
Jack Risstrom is a junior golfer who has been threatening to break out for some time and Saturday was the day. Playing in the GMCU monthly medal off a 22 handicap, Jack went around the front nine holes in 38, just three over par.
Four more pars on the back nine helped him to a 43 for a winning score of 81-22-59 and 11 shots ahead of Peter Collison, who was runner-up in B-grade.
Dave Cornwall won A-grade with 83-15-68 and Mick Mulcahy was runner-up with 80-10-70 on a count back.
In the ball run-down, Peter Baird had 70, Paul Mulcahy and Paul Berg 71, Matt Miller, Ian Elders, John Keller and Barry Dennis 72, Col Barlow, Dennis Hardie and Peter Caldow 73 and Jeff Huddle 74.
Ian Elders won nearest-the-pin on the third hole, sponsored by Lewis Homes, Joe De Ieso won on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), John Keller won the jackpot and nearest-the-pin on the ninth (Tatura Engineering), while Glenn Newton won on the 14th, of which he is the sponsor (A-1 Freight).
Hill Top played Rich River at Rich River in the final of the summer four-ball pennant competition and with two wins apiece, the deciding match went to the 23rd hole with Rich River finally getting over the line.
John Keller and Rocco Barca lost 6-4 and Michael Mulcahy and Jarrod Taylor lost 4-2, but Bob Hunter and Paul Cornelius won 4-2 and Matt Miller and Jack Risstrom also won 4-2. Dave Roberts and Daniel Dryden took their match to five extra holes before finally going down.
It was a wonderful performance to take on Rich River on its own course and the whole team should be proud of its efforts.