A Little Below Par!

The Keith Golf Course continued to provide the demons to the errant shots in both Mens and Ladies golf as Daniel Rayson and Ingrid Gelten held out to win their events this past week.

In Saturdays Par competition, players were punished by mistakes as Rayson proved to be the only competitor to finish in the positive with a score of +1. After the rain during the week the course was firm but tough to play. Rayson’s solid round was one where he limited mistakes and losses as he ground his way to a solid, winning score. His score won the B Grade, which was the grade of action as Pete Rivett came in second overall with a meagre score of square with the card, one stroke better than Andrew Morris on -1 for the day. Other grades did not achieve the same level of success, the A Grade seeing a -1 from Steve Gurr good enough to top the grade, in front of Simon Leek on -2. Leek did have some compensation however, especially on the ninth, where he stroked his tee shot to a metre from the hole, sinking the birdie putt as a further reward.

The C Grade provided a good example of the treatment meted out by the course, with Jim Gelten the only player close to square, on -2, three other players coming in next on -7s. A look at the scoresheet for the day shows how many players had difficulty with the conditions, with almost half the field on scores of -5 or lower. Conditions were not difficult however and the par 3s were a fair chance to hit, Ian Tobin scoring the Nearest the Pin on the fourth hole, where Bradley Sherriff also sunk a birdie putt, to add to his own sharpshooters award on the eleventh.

On Wednesday the Ladies played in the Stabelford round sponsored by Lisa O’Neill “Knit-Wit”. Once again the course was tough but the conditions pleasant with sunny weather predominating, pleasant enough in fact for a Bearded Dragon to venture out golf-parand socialise with the players and pose for photos around the fourteenth fairway. Once the sunning was done, the scores revealed that Ingrid Gelten had posted the best score of the day, on 35points, winning Division Two in the process. Gelten’s round was supported by her accuracy off the tee, where she shared the award for most drives on fairway, fourteen in total, with Merrilyn Hilton. Mel Johnson and Jo White also produced solid scores in Division Two, Johnson finishing second on count back from White and supported by her tee shot on the ninth, where she finished Nearest the Pin.

In Division One Barb Little carded the winning total with 33 points, ahead of Ann Milkins who was two behind on 31 points. Hilton’s accuracy off the tee helped her to get to a third placed score of 30 points. Accuracy off the tee saw some success on the fourth hole when Gill Brook stroked closest to the flag and on the seventh, where another A Grader, Michelle Moreton hit the most accurate third shot onto the green.

Coming up next week the Ladies will be graced by the presence of patronesses Joan Clark and Lorna Henstridge for their special day, the Patroness Trophy, an Aggregate Par round, where players need to choose a partner. This will be followed by the Keith Pharmacy Stroke Round on September 21st. The Men this week play in a club sponsored Stableford event, and coming up on Saturday September 24th is the Pink Pig Day fundraiser, a nine hole Ambrose event, complete with pork meal, an auction and the chance to enjoy the AFL Preliminary Final that night in the clubhouse. All interested participants are encouraged to attend, get your own team or come along and get yourself into one for the day.

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