Goldsmith Takes the Title

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 02: A Masters logo is seen on a patch worn on a green jacket by a member of Augusta National Golf Club during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


Brenton Goldsmith added to his list of A Grade Club Championships at Keith Golf Club when he defeated Bradley Sherriff in Saturday’s final. The promised close final failed to eventuate as Goldsmith got away to an early lead and did not let Sherriff back into the game despite the high standard of play from both players.

By early in the second lot of 18 holes Goldsmith had built up a seven hole lead, but Sherriff played hard to hang on for the final nine holes as he won the 8th when Goldsmith shot long with his second and took three shots coming back to the hole. The ninth provided some interesting drama as Sherriff teed to below the hole in the sandy rough and Goldsmith found himself above the green with a difficult angled chip to play. Delicately playing the chip, Goldsmiths ball rolled onto the edge of the green and with the fast green assisting finished adjacent to the hole for a simple par putt. This left Sherriff who had chipped to the front quarter of the green with an uphill 3 metre putt, which went past the hole before gravity took over and the ball fell in for an adventurous half. From here it was a shut out as Goldsmith fended off Sherriffs attempts to eat into the lead before taking out the final on the 13th hole by a 6 and 5 margin.

In the B Grade final Tim Hedges got away to a 4 hole lead before Pete Rivett played his way back in with some consistent golf. Early in the final 18 holes Hedges still held a one hole lead and after some drama on the ninth where Hedges rolled a putt past the hole and back down the hill, Rivett sunk a long putt to halve the hole and take a one hole lead into the final nine. Both players went bush on the tenth and played out a half before Rivett started to build a lead. By the 16th Rivett was three up with three to play, both players having hit big drives down the par 5 fairway. Hedges with nothing to lose played a one wood out from under a small tree, blasting it successfully down the fairway to leave both players with a 60 – 70m chip onto the green. Rivett landed on the front half and Hedges, playing positively hit through and had a difficult downhill roll which went a couple of metres past. The tension was on and Rivett muscled his putt uncomfortably past the hole, leaving Hedges with one last chance to keep the match going, missing the putt however to go three down with two to play. The C Grade Final pitted DJ Appelkamp, conqueror of Mark Wachtel the previous week, against Jim Gelton. With Gelton playing straight and Appelkamp struggling with his putts, the former took a lead in the 27 hole final. With a solid lead at the start of the last nine, Gelton’s wife Ingrid came to the rescue when his drive on buggy ran out of power, retrieving a push buggy and caddying for Jim over the last holes before he took out the match, 4up with 3 holes to play.

The Elders Stableford round was also played with members getting off to an early start to allow spectator privileges in the afternoon. Shaun Groth, vanquished in the quarters the week before, took out the day with a round of 39 pts, including the prize for the Nearest the Pin in three shots on the 16th hole. In an A Grade dominated round Simon Leek played an up and down round to finish on 36 pts for second place, with Willy Little coming up in third on 35pts. The best of the rest came from Pete McAuley in the B grade who was compensated for his 30 pts with a golf ball, as was Graham Sellars in the C Grade.

Di Ashby returned to form on Wednesday with a Nett 70 to take out the Stroke round sponsored by Out and About Clothing. With the frost and wind abating the players were left to appreciate the calm, sunny conditions and some good winter scores resulted. Coming in after Ashby’s impressive score was fellow Division Two player Anthea Brinkworth on a Nett 76, which also included Nearest the Pins on the 9th and 11th holes, with third place in the division going to Jo White on Nett 84 and the Straight Drive prize on the second hole. Division One players had to work hard as well, and it was Merrily Hilton who profited most here with a Nett 78, to take top place, second place going to Gill Brook on Nett 79 and Mel Johnson taking third on Nett 80, shooting the straightest shot at the Par 3 fourth hole in the process. There were also three welcome visitors on the day, with one visitor, Jeanette Masters stroking the NTP on the 14th hole. On top of all this the final of the 36+ Match Play was held, Di Ashby completing a good day by defeating Lisa O’Neill by a 4 and 2 margin.

Next Wednesday the Ladies play in the Stableford Multiplication round sponsored by Retail Therapy, with Gill Brook Hosting and Michelle Moreton on match committee. This will be followed the next Wednesday by the Par round sponsored by the Bendigo Bank, including the fourth round of the Captains Trophy. The Spence Dix and Co Stroke round will be played on Saturday, followed the next Saturday with the ANZ Banking Group Par round.

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