Electrifying Tobin Wins At Last

Lightning bolts


On the previous Saturday Ian Tobin put the spark back into his golf game to short circuit a large field in the Rodney Rowsell Electrical Par round. With players lining up for the grand array of prizes Tobin didn’t just get the greens monkey off his back, it received some high voltage and won’t be back for a while. The big hitting Tobin, who has endured the trial that former scrapes players have to suffer finally let the shackles lose and zapped his golf game into gear with an impressive +6 round to hold off Daniel Rayson on a countback. Playing a consistent game and benefitting from a disciplined approach, Tobin kept himself out of trouble, the basic formula for par successes and steadily built up his wins over the 18 holes.

Finishing second for the day, but generously rewarded was Rayson, with Darryl Brook coming in third in the A Grade on +3. Rayson was also content with the Nearest the Pin prize on the 4th, holding off the other A Grade players with an accurate shot from the tee. Also performing well was Gordon Whittaker, a visitor from Mt Barker, playing a solid round for a +1, typically damaged by the unlucky situations that can bring a par round undone, including a his effort on the sixteenth fairway. After a big hit that put him in a good position, Whittaker crunched his second shot which faded off the fairway, leaving him only 50 metres from the green for his third shot, but stuck uncomfortably in front of a stump, which was severely limiting his swing. In the extremely tight situation, Whittaker had an airy, costing him the chance of a win on the hole, which he went on to lose as a result.

The B Grade was a tight competition, with Bob Dicker coming out on top with a +2 score, in front of Tim Hedges on +1, who at least went away with the B Grade Nearest the Pin prize on the 9th hole. Dean Dunsford turned his recent tough experiences around, playing consistent golf to finish on +2 and win the C Grade, one in front of Don Cook. A good day turned out even better for Dunsford as he took out the Nearest the Pin for the C Grade with the straightest shot on the 11th hole. Brenton Goldsmith rounded out the sharp shooting prize winners, taking out the Nearest the Pin for all players on the long par 3, 14th hole, and the Nearest the Pin in two shots on the 8th. Of the Ladies, Carol Miller took out the Par prize for the day, scoring a -3 card, followed by Ingrid Gelton on -4. The day produced the typically frustrating moments that the pressure of a par round can bring, as players mixed in wins on some holes with frustrating losses on others. But the shot of the day in a pressure situation goes to Shane Cleggett who from the barking rough well off the edge of the fifth hole hit over the top of the tall pine guarding entrance and onto the fifth green, not a great day overall but a fine shot.

A captains effort…

Meanwhile in more warm conditions the Ladies turned out for the Henry and Rose Par round on May 14 and the first round of the Captains Trophy. The sunny and at times windy conditions did not make the tough Par format easy, but Ladies Captain Mel Johnson managed to rise above the conditions with an excellent +5 result for the day that also included the most accurate shot at the Par 3 11th hole. In the Division 1 stakes this score left the field well behind, with Heather Cook in second place on -2 and Gill Brook third on a score of -3. In a day where a few trees got a close up from errant shots, Di Ashby proved to be reliable enough to win Division 2 on +2, followed closely by Glenys Creek on +1 and Margaret Groth and Ingrid Gelton on -2 and -3 respectively. In the accuracy stakes, Andy Hunt shot closest on the 4th and Glenys Creek on the 14th. Highlight amongst the straight tee stakes was Di Ashby’s effort on her favourite 9th hole, where the result was so close to a hole in one that the playing group were getting ready for celebratory drinks! Lisa O’Neill capped off a solid round with the straightest drive for the day, on the 10th hole, hitting her drive to within a metre of the centre of the fairway. With 3 new players getting their handicaps the numbers for Ladies golf are very promising.

The good golf continues this week with the Beachport Open on May 27th, then the third round of qualifying for the Club Championships, sponsored by Twigs, this will be followed by the Blue Lake Open on June 3rd and the Fit for Life Stableford round on June 4th. The Men will play the Canadian Foursomes, Patrons Pewters event on Saturday and the Tatiara Tyres Par round the following week on June 7th.

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