A chilling golf story

Ice Golf


It was a case of the winter chills finally hitting over the last two weekends as the Keith Open Weekend was played with some good fields attending. The Open Weekend teed off on Friday June 22nd with 53 players hitting off in cool conditions. The course was in excellent condition with fast greens challenging, but also giving players confidence with their putting. After a good days golf the Keith Open Ladies champion was decided in a thriller with Kirsty Bailey hitting 90 off the stick to win on a countback from Jane Allen. In the testing conditions J Baker won A Grade Nett event with a Nett 75, three ahead of Lois Jaensch on Nett 78, Lois having a good day as she took out the Veterans trophy for the day. The B Grade was played to a Stableford format with M Sanderland scoring 34 points to win by two from local player Sandy Yates, who kept out Heather Cook on a countback. The C Grade Stableford was taken out by Carol Miller on 35 points, 2 clear of S Lewis on 33 points, with Marg Groth in third place on 30 points. In the battle of the big hitters Chris Fidock hit the longest A Grade drive on the 6th fairway, Gill Brook blasted down the 10th and B Pascoe took out the C Grade on the 16th.

The Saturday Stableford sponsored by Goldsmith Plumbing, Riddoch Insurance Services and Mitre 10 gave all players the opportunity to either have an extra or a gentle warm up for the Sunday Open, with a 4 Ball Aggregate Stableford or Mixed Pinehurst to choose from. The 4 Ball Aggregate Stableford was a high standard affair that went down to the last few holes. The pairing of Simon Leek and Tim Hedges proved the superior team in the end, shooting a combined 76 Stableford points, Leek with 39 points and Hedges with 37, to set a score that couldn’t be beaten. Coming in second was Steve Gurr and Naracoorte Pro Michael Justin, shooting a total of 70 points, an even 35 each; this was on a countback from Daren O’Neill and Steve Bennett, on 33 and 37 points respectively, paying the price for a weak back nine holes where O’Neill could only get 13 points. The Mixed Pinehurst, which involves players both teeing off and then hitting alternately from here, was a close event. The pairing of Willie Little and Lesleigh Edwards won the event with a score of Nett 80 1/2, playing straight golf off the tee to put them in a winning position on the fairway. Little and Edwards had to keep up the good standard as Jim and Irene Gelten came in close behind, on Nett 79 to be just off the mark. Another 1 1/2 strokes back was Graham Jones and Sandy Yates, on Nett 77 1/2 strokes.

The Keith Mens Open, sponsored by Seed Genetics International, also attracted in excess of 50 players for the 18 hole stroke event. Winning the Open on 80 off the stick was Brenton Goldsmith, beating off D Rasheed from Kingston and Lucindale player W Sanderson, both on 82. Scores were tight in the cool conditions, with both A Robinson from Kingston and B Whitehead from Serviceton on 83 and another 2 players on 84s. In the Handicap event Ian Tobin continued his recent good form, with a Nett 73 to take out first prize from Robinson and Sanderson. In the B Grade ex local Damien Little used his knowledge to perfection to charge away with the stroke prize, hitting an 83 to win by three strokes from another local player in Simon Leek. Darryl Brook played a solid round to take out third place with his score of 87 strokes. Leek had some consolation on the day, taking out the Handicap event with his Nett 71, Pete McAuley coming in second on a countback. In the C Grade J Ferme from Lameroo played easily the standout round of the day, taking out the prize with a 91 off the stick, five strokes clear of Bob Standley in second place, on Nett 96. Barry Cakebread played some of his best golf of the season to take out the C Grade Handicap event, shooting a Nett 71, finishing 3 clear of Standley to take out the prize.

On Wednesday the Ladies turned out for the Stroke Round, which double up as the 3rd round of the Secretary’s International Bowl and SE Medallion, sponsored by Johno’s. Conditions were windy and only got windier as the round progressed with buggies rolling away and hats and umbrellas taking off in the face of wind power. After 5 or 6 holes this was compounded by a chillingly refreshing downpour, but fortunately the players got through the rest of the round without too much inconvenience. In the heavy conditions Robyn Redden took out Division One with a Nett 79, followed by Merrilyn Hilton on Nett 80 and Sandy Yates (profiting from only 29 putts for the day) and Lesleigh Edwards on 71. Division Two set the standard for the day, with Tanya Kennett scoring a Nett 67, followed by Marg Groth on Nett 78, assisted by a Ferret on the 15th hole, Anthea Brinkworth following up with a Nett 80. Players took on the wind and won on the par 3’s, with Hilton scoring on the 4th, Lesleigh Edwards on the 11th and Michelle Moreton placing the best in two shots on the 14th hole. The Wool Mitt Straight Drive competition was a real challenge in the blowy conditions, but Jane Ricker rose to the challenge to take out the prize.

With reports of record snow falls in the east, players on Saturday could have been forgiven for thinking the same could happen here, but despite this a good field of players turned out for the Goldsmith Plumbing Par round, considering the temperature. On the first nine hopes were high as players adjusted to the temperature and wind. However about 5 holes in the weather took a turn and players were confronted by icy winds and icy rain. With casual water on the greens, the competition was called off. This however did not stop four courageous individuals from venturing out for a torturous second nine holes!

In similar conditions the Ladies came out on Sunday for the finals of the Ladies Club Championships. In the A Grade 36 hole Final, Lesleigh Edwards charged out off the first tee to take an early lead, winning the 2nd hole, before Barb Little hit back. The first nine holes were close as both players regularly came in with low scores on each hole, the long 6th hole a good example as both players scored bogey 6s. Coming in at square after the first nine, Little continued to play a consistently high standard, scoring three straight 5s on the tough 15th, 16th and 17th holes and built up a lead of five holes at the turn. Little kept the pressure on, including a birdie on the 20th hole (the 3rd) and took out the final on the 29th, by seven up. The B Grade final between Heather Cook and Michelle Moreton was the closest match of the day. Moreton hit out to a three hole lead after nine holes, but Cook hit back strongly, winning four of the next five holes, to square up the match. From here scores remained tight, before Moreton won on the 21st and 24th holes to take a three hole lead once again. This time however there was not enough time for the gallant Cook to hit back and Moreton maintained the lead to win by two up with one hole to play. The C Grade final similarly started off tightly between “two old vixens” as one member put it, Marg Groth and Jane Ricker all square at the fifth hole. Groth however pulled off seven straight holes of quality golf, including fives on the seventh and the big tenth hole, then a great four on the 12th to build up an unassailable lead. From here Groth played a solid 13th hole to take out the title. By the end of a cold Sunday players were well and truly spent, having played some great golf in the conditions.

Ladies golf continues this week a Stableford round sponsored by Miller Canvas, with the Lucindale Open on Friday June 3rd, Tailem Bend on the 4th and the District Foursomes at Penola on June 7th. On June 9th play returns to Keith with the Par round and second round of the Captains Trophy, sponsored by IGA Keith. The South East Car Brokers Two Ball Ambrose will be played on Saturday in Keith, followed by the McMillan Trophy Stableford, sponsored by Keith IGA on June 12th.

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