Who Cares About Handicaps Anyway!

What a week in golf for the players at Keith. Two rounds of golf and no players running on a profit for their effort. Warm conditions greeted competitors for both rounds, but the added element of ‘wind’ seemed to play a role on both days.

On Wednesday the Ladies turned out for the Fit for Life Stroke round and in the warm conditions players struck their highlights but struggled to stroke their way to handicap busting scores. With the windy day excuse players battled their way to some victories still in the conditions. Winning the day in Division One on a score of Nett 75 was Lesleigh Edwards, which included a birdie on the ninth, courtesy of a chip in from the edge of the green. With scores still tight Brooke Rowsell snuck into second place with a Nett 76, via a count back from Gill Brook, a Nearest the Pin on the ninth giving her a crucial advantage at the end of the day.

Division two was just as close, Di Ashby coming out on top with a Nett 81, including a birdie on the fourth, which also included the Nearest the Pin after a spectacular tee shot to less than a metre from the hole. Ashby won on a count back from Annette Snajdar, who was compensated through her effort on the fourteenth hole, where she hit the best second shot for the day. In the day’s other highlights Mel Johnson chipped in on the Par 5 sixth hole, and Sandy Yates hit the straightest drive on the 10th, virtually cutting the fairway in half with her accuracy.

Saturday’s play was similar with players once again turning out in warm, but windy conditions for the Riddoch Insurance Services Stroke Round. Scores were once again tight, with only one player, Andrew Morris bettering his handicap with a Nett 69, to win the day. Morris put in a consistent day, that included a Nearest the Pin on the fourth, a hole which he had problems on recently, but crucially conquered to add to a winning score. Having taken out the C Grade, sponsor for the day, Bob Standley finished on a solid Nett 74 to take out second place, one ahead of Miles Hanneman on Nett 75.

In the other grades, players worked hard to yield high scores, with Brenton Goldsmith returning a Nett 76 to take out the A Grade, including a Nearest in Two shots on the Par 4, third hole. Second place was sorted out by another count back, where Tyler Bleasby finished in front of Simon Leek, both players on Nett 77, but Leek rewarded by a Nearest the Pin on the fourteenth hole. The B Grade produced similar scorecards, Gary Jones finishing with the best score here, a Nett 77, two shots clear of Bob Dicker, second on a countback from Pete Rivett. Shaun Groth and N Cane were the other achievers of the day, taking out the Nearest the Pins on the ninth and eleventh holes.

The prestigious golfer of the month award hat was also awarded, Morris being recognized for his form this last month, with Goldsmith a close second. In first round Hill trophy action Leek defeated Tony Richman 2 up in a close contest, while in the Wittalocka Hanneman and Don Cook cleared away from Ian Tobin and Bradley Sherriff by a 5 hole margin.

The action continues at the Keith Golf club this week, with a Par round and the first round of the Captains Trophy next Wednesday, while the Keith IGA Stroke round and second round of the Club Championship will be played on May 11th. Next Saturday sees the playing of the L & S Yates Windmills and Solar Pumps Stableford and the popular Rodney Rowsell Electrical Par round on May 14th. Don’t forget also for those considering a season commitment our  season membership for first time players is $265, with a Restricted Membership of $120 for those who just want a walk and hit without the competition, while there are also special deals for Juniors are available – $25 for school based juniors and $50 for players under 18 who have left school. angry golfer 2

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