Every Shot Counts

The inaugural Vice Captains Cup, played on ANZAC day in Keith, turned out to be a challenging round for golfers as they took on the cool windy conditions with enthusiasm. Some great golf was the result, as Daren O’Neill took out the cup with a Nett 68,/ in a countback from Rodney Rowsell.

Playing in the same group O’Neill and Rowsell were in good form as the greens were targeted repeatedly, Rowsell launching with great accuracy and power off the tee and O’Neill producing some escape shots to salvage holes. Rowsell produced a commanding tee shot and fairway iron to claim the Nearest the Pin in two on the 13th, leaving his putt just short of a birdie from four metres. He reproduced this repeatedly during the round, hitting greens in regulation for opportunities at birdie putts; when unable to do this Rowsells short game consistently produced chips to within a few feet. O’Neill also played some form shots, a chip from the rough on the 6th and approaches to the green on the 12th and 18th producing opportunities for significant putts. The 18th proved that all shots count as he lined up a putt from five metres which dropped to give him a win for the day on a countback from Rowsell.

Other performances on the day included Shaun Groth, winning the A Grade with a Nett 70, including a birdie on the 11th hole, while Bradley Sherriff was third in the A Grade behind Rowsell and Groth on a Nett 71, including a Nearest the Pin on the 11th and a magnificent approach shot from 150 metres out on the second, which landed a metre from the hole. Steve Gurr played a solid round of Nett 71 to win the B Grade and also took out the Nearest the Pin on the 9th, where he followed up with a successful birdie putt. Dean Dunsford came in second in the C Grade behind O’Neill, on a Nett 70, with other C Graders  also producing special shots. Don Cook scored the Nearest the Pin on the 4th, while Mark Wachtel produced a successful birdie putt on the 11th. In the final bit of action from the day, Shane Cleggett hit the best tee shot on the 14th, to back up his Nett 74 in the A Grade.

With the action rolling on now next Saturday sees the playing of the Tatiara Tyres Stroke round, followed the next week by the Goldsmith Plumbing Stableford on May 9thcounting. A series of pennant matches are also coming up, interested players should contact Mens Captain Tony Richman or Vice Captain Mark Wachtel.

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