How to Blow Away the Competition

Players turned out on Saturday for the Elders Rural Stroke round and performed the normal range of positive scores that would be a chance to take away the prizes, and this would happen in the everyday golf scheme of things…..but someone forgot to tell Mark Wachtel this as he blew away the field in Keith on Saturday. Playing off a 23 handicap for the last time for a while, Wachtel played aggressive, hard hitting golf to score a 42 and 46 off the stick for his opening and closing nine holes to finish with an 88, Nett 65 to card the best score of the day and take out the C Grade.

Wachtel brought his A Game to the course as he drove big off the tee and fairway to conquer the odd hiccup with the putter. Already having started off well, Wachtel’s best score for the day came at the seventh hole, where he drove to the left of the green with his second shot and then putted onto the green within range of the hole to sink a par putt which earned him the bonus fourth point for the hole. Winning the A Grade with a Nett 73, was Rodney Rowsell in a countback from Darryl Brook, with three players tied on 75 after this, Brenton Goldsmith, Steve Gurr and Shane Cleggett. The B Grade proved to be more clear cut as Pete Rivett closed out with a Nett 72, defeating Bob Dicker who finished on Nett 76, while Wachtel destroyed the C Grade opposition with his Nett 65. In the Sharpshooters competition, the 14th was not conquered, but players hit effectively on the remaining holes, Bob Dicker taking out the prize on the 4th, Simon Leek on the 9th (where he sunk a curling birdie putt as well) and Barb Little on the 11th hole, while Steve Gurr took out the Nearest in Two Shots on the 3rd hole.

In chilly conditions, the Miller Canvas Stroke round produced a competitive day for the Ladies at Keith on Wednesday. Barb Little warmed up the most in Division One, with a Nett 76, grounded on the highlight of only 27 putts for the round and also included a Nearest the Pin on the 14th hole. Little beat out Michelle Moreton, who finished second on a Nett 77, followed by Lyn Todd, finishing third on a countback from Gill Brook. Carol Miller was too consistent for the competition in Division Two, scoring a Nett 72, to clear away by seven strokes from Ingrid Gelton on Nett 79. Third place went to Tania Kennett on a Nett 83, winning on a countback from Louise Hannemann. Todd produced the other highlight for the sharpshooters, when she hit closest to the flag on the 11th green and then sunk the birdie putt to top it all off. Gill Brook took out the consolation of hitting the straightest drive on the 18th, while Sandy Yates produced a chip on the 13th hole. In the third round of the Rewa Densley Laurel Wreath match play, Lyn Todd and Merrilyn Hilton finished four holes up on the 14th to win their match, while Gill Brook and Sandy Yates finished one up on the 18th.

Next Saturday the Keith IGA Stableford round is played in conjunction with the McMillan Trophy, with the Hedges Clay Spreading Stroke round the following Saturday. The Ladies meanwhile compete for the Out and About Clothing Par round on Wednesday July 8th, following this up with the Keith Hotel Motel Stableford round on July 15thblowing.

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