And Then There Were Two

The club championship phase of the golf season at Keith has come to an end with quarter and semi final victories deciding the final make up of club championship finals for the Mens with the Ladies to follow on Wednesday.

The Men did battle on ‘Super Saturday’ in Keith, with the action starting at 7.50am and finishing at around 4.30pm, deciding the makeup of all the finalists. In the evolution of the A Grade positions, Brenton Goldsmith defeated Shane Cleggett in a tight contest 3 and 2, and then followed up with another challenge, defeating Tyler Bleasby by the same margin. Earlier in the day Bleasby had a win over Steve Gurr to advance to the semi final. In the other half of the draw, Bradley Sherriff defeated Shaun Groth and Tony Richman outlasted Rodney Rowsell in the quarters. With a repeat of the marathon semi final of two years ago on the cards, it was a case of anyone’s final at the start. Sherriff however put in the third quarter effort to power through the semi and gain an early passage to the final by a margin of 5 and 4.

Pete McAuley was the biggest news in the B Grade as he moved from a non qtwo-golfersualifier through to a position in the B Grade Final on Saturday. Starting the day with a quarter against Daren O’Neill, McAuley found himself behind all day in a close contest, only to come from the death. With a poor drive on the 16th threatening to almost end his day with the prospect of being two down with two to play, McAuley blasted two massive shots to within 50 metres of the green, to then chip on and win the hole. Winning the 17th put him in front for the first time, eventually downing a shattered O’Neill with another win on the 18th. McAuley’s day of victory did not end there, as he grinded out another win against Pete Rivett in the semi final, going all the way to the 19th hole, finishing in the final after a massive day of 37 holes of golf. The other semi saw Daniel Rayson up against Tim Hedges, who had defeated Mark Wachtel in a dramatic come from behind quarter final as well. With Hedges carrying an injury though, Rayson burst out of the blocks for an early lead, extending this to six holes at the half way mark. Hedges was not to go down without a fight however as he bounced back to win the 11th and 12th holes, challenging Rayson to close out the match, which he eventually did with a 5 and 4 victory. The C Grade semi finals were also close contests, with DJ Appelkamp defeating Bob Standley one up after a close match and Jim Gelten finishing on top of Dean Dunsford. Gelten gained an early lead over Dunsford, but had to hold him off as he launched a comeback before Gelten held steady for another semi final win.

The rest of the players on Saturday took part in the Landmark Stableford event with a close set of scores deciding the winners. Winter has assisted in producing a beautiful but tough course for players to compete on and Saturday was no exception. Shaun Groth was the winner for the day as he grinded out 35 points in the conditions, with one of his highlights being an impressive drive on the first, followed by an iron for his second which almost put him on the green. Finishing in second and third place were Ian Tobin and Andrew Morris, both on 34 points, Morris also impressed with his tee shot to the fourth, rolling up to two metres from the hole.

The Ladies played out the quarter finals on Wednesday, in conjunction with the Stableford event sponsored by Michelle and Alan Cotton. In the quarter final events played, Ann Milkins defeated Ingrid Gelten, Tania Kennett defeated Mel Johnson and Anthea Brinkworth defeated Sandy Yates. The Stableford produced some close scores, with Merrilyn Hilton winning in Division One, taking out the day with 32 points, Michelle Moreton coming in second on 30 points, which included a Nearest the Pin on the 11th. Division Two also produced some tight scores, Margaret Groth finishing in first place with 29 points, Jo White coming in second on 27.

Impressive shots were also fired by Barb Little on the 14th, for a Nearest the Pin, while Ingrid Gelten hit the straightest drive. Lisa O’Neill continued her recent good form from off the green when on the 14th she sunk an impressive ferret. It has been a good week for the Ladies, with 3 players competing in the Bronze Shield at Nuriootpa and Ardrossan. Sandy Yates and Annette Snajdar made their journey worthwhile by taking out the pairs event at Nuriootpa on Thursday. Lesleigh Edwards was the third Bronze competitor, travelling to Ardrossan, winning the Veterans Aggregate Bronze Shield and was runner up in the Handicap event on Tuesday.

The season reaches another climax this week on Sunday with the Mens and Ladies club championship finals. The Mens finals will start on Sunday morning with the A and B Grade finals starting early, with the 27 hole C Grade final starting later in the morning, with the Ladies finals starting soon after. Saturday golf also continues in earnest this week with players turning up for the Spence Dix and Co Stroke round, followed the next Saturday by the SE Car Brokers 4 Ball Ambrose event. The Ladies meanwhile play the club championship semi finals this week, in conjunction with the Wagenfeller Honey Stroke round with the Salon 15 Par round on August 17th.

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