Dicker’s Day as the Field Dissipates

With Keith golf course starting to take on it’s customary winter challenges, players worked hard in Saturday’s Geoff Barton Memorial Stroke round to get a winning score, but it was Bob Dicker who stood tallest to win the day.

A warm windy start to the round presented a few challenges at the start, but it was the course itself that is now starting to test the quality of stroke play and the strategy that goes with it. Dicker brought his best form to the course, courtesy of his power punching drives and clean hits off the fairway to shoot a Nett 70 for the round, clearly ahead of any challengers. In second place, also second in the B Grade, was Andrew Morris who continues to improve with each week. With his disciplined style Morris crafted his way around the course to a Nett 72, which included a Nearest the Pin on the fourth hole, fast becoming one of his favourites in recent weeks, where he hit to four metres from the hole. The B Grade was once again a high performing grade, Roger Buddle taking third place on a Nett 74 and Daren O’Neill fourth on Nett 75, ahead of Willie Little on a count back.

The A Graders had a relatively tough time of it, Steve Gurr producing the best result with a Nett 73, reinforced by the best second shot on the par four third hole, where his second shot finished within a couple of metres of the hole. Ian Tobin produced his best score for a while when he shot a Nett 74 and from here Tony Richman returned to some form, compared to the previous week, shooting a Nett 78. Bill Dunn shot a Nett 81 but in typical A Grade fashion took out Nearest the Pins on the ninth and fourteenth holes, ironically sinking a five metre putt for birdie on the fourteenth but missing a one metre putt on the ninth. The C Graders battled hard on the day, with Alan Sanderson taking out the prize for the day with a Nett 80, including a tee shot on the ninth to within four metres of the cup, unfortunately missing the resultant putt. Other achievers for the day were Pete Rivett, teeing off to the Nearest the Pin on the 11th hole and Darryl Brook’s successful birdie on the ninth.

The game of golf almost invented again……

The Ladies came out in good numbers on Wednesday, playing in cool but sunny conditions, a welcome change from previous weeks. A variety of competitions were being played for, including a club Stableford event, which was won by Merrilyn Hilton, with 37 points, a quality effort as the course starts to tighten up. One of the most notable efforts occurred on the long par 3 fourteenth hole, where Tania Kennett almost replicated the efforts of Bilbo Baggins distant relative when she just missed a spectacular hole in one, settling for a very short putt for birdie (read the start of The Hobbit for further clarification!). Other successful sharp shooters included Brooke Rowsell on the ninth, Lesleigh Edwards with the best tee shot on the eleventh hole, Robin Redden for a chip in on the seventh and Lyn Todd with the straightest drive for the day on the 12th fairway. On a busy day for the Ladies six matches were played in the Rewa Densley Memorial Matchplay event, making good ground in a busy competition.

The good golf continues in Keith this week with the Patron’s Pewters Canadian foursomes being played next Saturday, so gentlemen find your partners! After this are the Tatiara Tyres Par round on June 4th and the Cox Rural Stableford on June 11th, leading into the Mens and Ladies Open weekend on June 17th to 19th. The Ladies similarly play for the Shylie Rymill foursomes, sponsored by the ANZ Bank, this followed by the Willow Designs Stableford on June 1st.windy golf

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