Dicker Blows in for a Win

It was a case of he who hits straightest on Saturday as Bob Dicker did in gale force winds in Saturday’s Stroke round, generously sponsored by Good Country Physiotherapy.

After a sunny start to the day, players arrived at the course only to have the weather close in as tees started, players hitting straight into a powerful wind off the first tee. The challenging conditions tested players skill off the tee and fairway and the result was below average scoring with no player breaking par. Nevertheless; Dickers win was well earned on a day where inaccurate shots were turned into difficult recoveries by the windy and at times wet conditions, with the term “four seasons in a day” counting twice over during the round itself. His Nett 75, three strokes above par included a birdie on the 11th, where from the back of the green he sunk a massive putt for a crucial bonus stroke. The importance of the putt was borne out at the end of the day when Dicker beat out Jim Gelten, also on Nett 75, in a count back, the putt contributing to Dickers better score on the back nine and a very generous prize from the sponsors.

In third place on Nett 76 was Simon Leek, beating out Daniel Rayson also in a count back. Leek performed the rare feat on the day when he was the only player to win a Nearest the Pin when he hit the 11th green from the tee. Rayson however balanced the ledger as he beat Leek in a round of the Hill trophy, when in absolutely atrocious conditions he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on the first playoff hole after scores were level on the 18th. Other players fought hard on the day to post scores in the Nett 70s, with Steve Gurr on Nett 77, Barry Cakebread – Nett 78 and Bob Standley on Nett 79 the only players to do so.

The Ladies turned out on Wednesday, in similar, if not quite as diabolical conditions for the Stroke round sponsored by Gill Brook. Despite this there was some improvement on the scores of previous weeks, with Barb Little leading the way with a Nett 75 on her scorecard. The winds were challenging but Anthea Brinkworth also stood up to be counted with a Nett 76, which included a Nearest the Pin on the 14th hole. Finishing off the place getters in Division One was the sponsor with a respectable Nett, especially in the view of this writer who has averaged over that lately! Division Two had a harder time of it, but Louise Hannemann returned to the winners circle with a Nett 79, Ingrid Gelten after her in second place with Nett 83 at the end of the round.

The sharp shooters were a little more successful than the men, with Robin Redden hitting the 4th green and Ann Milkins striking the 9th. The 11th proved difficult once again and apart from Brinkworth’s effort on the 14th, Merrilyn Hilton produced the straightest drive of the day on the par four, 3rd fairway.

Plenty of action still to come before the season is out. The Men this Saturday have a Par round, followed by a Stableford the week after. Mark down the Pink Pig Fundraiser 9 hole Ambrose, which will be held on September 24th, complete with golf, a barbecue followed by auction and preliminary final viewing for those that hang around. The Ladies this Wednesday play a Stableford, followed by the Patroness Trophy event, sponsored by Lorna Henstridge on September 14th, with the Keith Pharmacy Stroke round next on September 21stwindy-golf-dicker-onewindy-golf-dicker-two.

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