Brinkworth Wins a Close One

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With the weather finally warming up on Wednesday the contingent of Ladies chose to do the same, producing a solid day of golf and a congested leaderboard for the Retail Therapy Stroke Round. On lightning fast greens putting was a challenge that added to the stroke score for most players somewhere on the course. In the end it was Anthea Brinkworth played the customary big hits to win the day in Division 1.

Brinkworth’s golf was on the mark as she scored a Nett 80 that was equalled by Merrilyn Hilton and Lesleigh Edwards, with Brinkworth winning the three way countback. The day got better for Brinkworth as her hits from the tee were recognised with the Nearest the Pin award on the 14th hole and the straightest drive of the day on the 5th. In Division 2, Glenys Creek conquered the greens, rolling in just 30 putts for the eighteen holes, to take out the division. Creeks good form also helped her on the 11th hole where she hit the closest to the pin. Tania Kennett came in second in the division, with a Nett 86, while Carol Miller was third with a Nett 87. In the battle of the sharpshooters on the fourth and ninth holes Merrilyn Hilton (4th hole) and Lesleigh Edwards (9th hole) gained some compensation for losing the countback when they fired closest to the pin. Robin Redden, who finished one stroke back on Nett 81 in Division One, further demonstrated her good form, by chipping in on the 10th and sinking a birdie putt on the par 5, 18th hole.

On Saturday the men turned out for the ANZ Bank Par round which was won by Bob Morton, returning now to some good form on +2, Pete Rivett coming in second on -1, Graham Jones third on -2. It was the week of the countback as from here Dean Dunsford squeezed out Jim Gelten and Willy Little on -3 to take out fourth place, with the rest of the field meandering in minus scorecards. Controversy raged on the fourth hole for the Nearest The Pin, as Willy Little hit the green and later in the day Pete Rivett, whose group started on the sixth, hit the green also, only to find out that the NTP marker and record sheet had already gone back to the clubhouse. After some careful match committee discussion, it was decided to award both players with the prize, a historic moment in Keith Golf Club history! Little went on to plant an unbeatable tee shot on the 9th hole, while Rivett had already hit the closest shot of the day on the 14th hole, with Jones mucking up the Little/Rivett party by taking out the 11th hole contest.  It was also a big day for Keith Golfers as the annual contingent went to the Lameroo Open. Over the 27 holes, Shaun Groth in the A Grade, Simon Leek in the B Grade and Daniel Rayson in the C Grade all took out prizes for Nett scores, while other players also turned in good efforts on the challenging course and it’s testing greens.

Next week the Ladies battle it out for Anthea Brinkworth’s Willow Designs Par round, also the 4th round of the Captains Trophy. In the Men’s, players turn out next week for the Good Country Physiotherapy Stableford round.

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