Cakebread puts on the Spice!

After a series of second place finishes Barry Cakebread broke through for a win in the Stroke round generously sponsored by Hedges Clay Spreading on Saturday at Keith.

After weeks as the ‘Luckless Loser’ since the Keith Open weekend, Cakebread put on another form round in his pairing with Steve Gurr, Daniel Rayson and Mark Wachtel, where he failed to be intimidated by advantage off the tee that his playing partners presented. Reaching tee shots of his partners by the second or third shot, Cakebread kept his form and accuracy to close out the round with a 98, Nett 71 to win the day by one shot from Bradley Sherriff, on Nett 72 and Rayson who finished with a Nett 74. Sherriff’s round was sabotaged by a faulty GPS when on one hole he played through from 20 metres out, to finish up 20 metres out the other side. Sherriff however was the standout performer in the A Grade, finishing four shots clear of Gurr, on Nett 76, followed by Simon Leek on Nett 78, with a three way count back deciding fourth spot as Tony Richman edged out Shaun Groth and Rodney Rowsell, all finishing on Nett 80 totals.

The B Grade proved to be a little closer, signified by seven players scoring between Nett 74 and Nett 78 at rounds end. After Rayson’s effort, Mark Wachtel shot a Nett 75 for his B Grade debut, followed by Bob Dicker on Nett 76 and Daren O’Neill and Pete Rivett on Nett 77, Willy Little and Pete McAuley one stroke further back. Cakebread’s score made him the clear winner in C Grade, followed by DJ Applekamp on Nett 76 and Jim Gelten and Andrew Morris carding Nett 80s to boost their handicaps. Barb Little was the best of the Ladies, taking out the day with a 32 point Stableford score. Shots were also coming in straight on the par 3 holes, Richman hitting the tricky 4th hole, Groth firing to 4 metres on the 9th, Wachtel hitting the 11th (Groth and Wachtel sinking their birdie putts) and Applekamp firing it close on the long 14th hole to take the prizes, while Rayson also built up his profits for the day by blasting in the best second shot on the par four 7th hole.

Wednesday’s scores for the Keith Hotel Stableford round were a little more dispersed, Little once again performing solidly with her recent acquisition of sticks, shooting 36 points to take out the Division One prize, with Michelle Moreton coming in a distant second on 28 points. Division Two also reflected the slower nature of the course after the previous weekend’s downfall, Irene Gelten stroking her way to 31 points, followed by Carol Miller on 27 points for the day. Little and Moreton also monopolised the sharp shooters prizes, Moreton shooting closest to the flag on the 4th and 14th holes, while Little produced the best tee shot on the 9th hole.

The next few weeks see competition warming up once again as qualification for the club championships comes into the calculations of players. On Wednesday the Ladies play for the Keith IGA Secret Nine Stableford, followed by the Mig Brookman Memorial round on July 29th. In amongst these rounds is nestled the SA Golf Country Week events from July 22nd to the 24thspices. On Saturday the Men play for the Keith Hotel Motel Stroke round, followed by the Quarter and Semi Finals of the Club Championships on the first Saturday in August, in conjunction with a Par round sponsored by Henriks Rural Agencies.

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