Consistency is the Key

With windy conditions to contend with players turned out for the Geoff Barton Memorial Stableford event on Saturday and got a dose of early winter conditions. Hitting the fairway was of high importance as errant tee shots were punished more than usual by a strong south westerly.

Consistent enough to win the day on 39 points was Bradley Sherriff, continuing several weeks of good form and playing long and straight off the tee, hitting 13 of the 18 fairways with long straight drives. Sherriff’s all-round play was reliable at worst and excellent at best, only making a mistake of serious proportions on the 13th fairway when his second shot went into the trees and cost him strokes. Sherriff consistently played long off the tee, his tee shot of the 12th putting him within 100m of the green, and followed these up with aggressive shots at the flag, his lob wedge at the 8th flying in to land behind the hole and spin back next to it for a birdie putt from inches away from the hole. Adding to his successful day, Sherriff also took the Nearest the Pin on the 11th and the nearest in three on the 6th, beating Simon Leeks third shot in the process. In second place for the day and in the A Grade behind Sherriff was Steve Gurr on 38 points, getting some benefit from his high standard of golf when he teamed with Barry Cakebread to win their Wittalocka Cup match against Simon Leek and Don Cook. In third place for the day and also playing the conditions well was Simon Leek on 35 points. Leek, displaying some improved form of late also was in the sharpshooters contest as he lost out to Sherriff for the prize on the 6th, but took it out on the 4th hole, which has been treacherous lately in the windy conditions. Other solid performances for the day included Don Cook, scoring 34 points to be the best in the C Grade, Barry Cakebread with 32 points and Bob Dicker and Tony Richman, who scored 33 points in the B and A Grades respectively.

On Wednesday the Ladies were extremely tested by another strong dose of winter as only five players manage to complete their rounds. Playing their way through the wind and rain, Heather Cook managed to take out Division One with 32 points, winning on a 3 way count back from Michelle Moreton and Mel Johnson. In Division Two, Di Ashby completed the best score of the day, coming in with 35 points.

windy golfOne of the seasons premier events, the Rodney Rowsell Electrical Par round will be played next Saturday. A big turnout is expected from the players for the day, which culminates as always with generous sponsors prizes and a barbecue for players at the completion of play. Handling the mega turnout of players on match committee will be Mark Wachtel and Steve Gurr. On Sunday the Mens Pennants travel to Lucindale to play Padthaway, in the final minor round match. Wednesday golf this week sees the playing of the second qualifying round of the Club Championships, the first Club Medal round, the first round of the Silver Spoon and the International Bowl, all part of the Stroke round sponsored by Gill Brook.

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