A Golden Triumph and a Little Victory!

The Men’s and Ladies Club Championship finals at Keith on Sunday produced wins for the warm favourites, Brenton Goldsmith and Barb Little. Played in good conditions the finals for A, B and C Grades in Men’s and Ladies produced some tight match play golf for the crowds.

The A Grade Final started with a burst of high standard golf from Goldsmith as he shot two over the card on the first nine, winning four of the first five holes in the deal to open up a lead that was to prove impossible for Bradley Sherriff to haul back. From here it was a case of hanging on for Sherriff, but Goldsmith kept the pressure on to be five up after the first 18 holes. Every time Sherriff managed to pull a hole back Goldsmith was right in the match again with his consistent play, stretching the lead to 8 holes by the end of the third nine when he hit his tee shot to two metres from the pin to win the 9th, giving him a huge advantage that was now unassailable. Sherriff once again got one back on the 10th, but at the 11th Goldsmith got himself into a decisive position with his tee shot to the edge of the green before he sunk the putt for par to win the final, 8 up with 7 to play.

The Ladies A Grade Final between Barb Little and Merrily Hilton started off more evenly, but with Little gaining wins at crucial stages. Hilton however stayed in the contest, firing well time tee shots and fairway shots to hang in there by the end of the first 18. The match was decided over the last half of the third nine as Little took four holes, starting with the sixth where both players were on the edge of the green for four, but Little gained the hole via a three putt from Hilton. With a solid lead now, Little played the remaining holes solidly to eventually wear down Hilton for a 7 and 6 victory.

Daniel Rayson continued his excellent form from the Men’s B Grade Semis, when he once again fired away without fear to defeat Bob Dicker, coming out on top by a 7 and 6 margin. In the Ladies B Grade, Lesleigh Edwards played her straight game to perfection, starting off well to build up a lead over Gill Brook, however Brook hit back well as the match progressed, cutting the lead back before Edwards managed to close the final out by a 4 and 3 margin. The two C Grade finals both produced close matches. Jim Gelten dropped a crucial 5 metre putt to halve the seventh and maintain a one hole lead with only two to play against Andrew Morris, this proved to be the match winning moment as Gelten then struck out to win the eighth hole to close out the match. Tania Kennett also produced some good standard golf when she needed it, winning in a tight struggle against Carol Miller, a 3 and 2 margin the final score.

On Saturday the Men turned for the Stableford round sponsored by Spence Dix & Co, in conditions that varied through the whole afternoon. In the heart of winter it was good to see some good scores come in, Bob Moreton producing the best round with 42 points on his card. Daren O’Neill came in second, four points behind on 38, finishing off as the weather closed in for a wet finish. Bradley Sherriff, warming up for the final on the next day, carded 37 points, but lost on a count back to Graham Jones. Conditions, being cool and heavy presented challenges to hitting the green, but 3 of the Par 3s did go off. Bradley Sherriff scored on the difficult fourth green, where the flag was back, Bob Moreton complimented his winning round, hitting within 3 metres of the flag on the ninth hole. Rodney Rowsell meanwhile put a good touch on a 30 point day when he hit closest on the eleventh hole.

The Championships may be over, but players are still competing in all the winter season events that culminate on presentation night. This Wednesday the Ladies turn out for the Jacqueline Logan Hairdressers Par round and 4th round of the Captains trophy. The next Tuesday, the Ladies have the opportunity to line up for the Bordertown Open, with a Stroke round sponsored by Willow Designs following on the 26thvictory of August. The Men play for the ANZ Par round on Saturday, with the Lameroo Open on the same day, followed the next Saturday with the Good County Physiotherapy Stableford event.

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