Goldy’s Glory at Keith Golf Open

Brenton Goldsmith took out the major prize at the Keith Open weekend to cap off a great long weekend of golf. Starting off on Friday and going through to Sunday for the open players competed in sunny conditions over the three days.

Conditions were chilly on Sunday but the solar effect warmed it up as 49 players took to the course for the open. There were a plethora of quality scores in the A Grade but Goldy came out on top as the 3 Handicapper shot a 74, Nett 71 to win the A Grade championship for 2015, winning out by a stroke from Dujon Richardson from Bordertown, on 75, Nett 73. The standard of golf for the A Grade continued in the Nett competition, with Phil Kroehn from Mannum taking out the top prize on Nett 71 for the day, followed by a Nett 72 from Shaun Groth to take second place. In the end six of the 19 players managed to score Nett 73 or less which is a significant reflection on the playing form on the day.

It was a truly regional golf event for Keith as players from ten golf clubs turned up to compete, travelling from far and wide. This consisted of two players from Bordertown, four from Kingston, six from Lucindale, four from Naracoorte, four from Lameroo, three from Nhill, and one each from Serviceton, Mannum and former member Steve Bennett who made the cross state drive from Roxby Downs to compete. Visiting players are the key to success for club opens and Keith Golf Club thanks all the players who made the trip.

The B Grade also proved to be just as competitive, with Men’s Captain Tony Richman completing a big weekend by taking out the B Grade prize, shooting 88 off the stick to come out one stroke in front of the 89 stroked by Evan Pitt of Lucindale. The Nett scores were similarly close, with Darry Haywood from Lameroo scoring a Nett 73 to finish on top, followed by John ‘Magpie’ Ferme of Lameroo on Nett 73, followed by a Nett 76 and a Nett 78 from Evan Pitt and Steve Bennett respectively. In the C Grade Bill Lively brought some good form to the course to win the prize with 97 off the stick, with Daren O’Neill in second place with an even 100 strokes. Barry Cakebread returned to some form for the Nett prize, tallying up a 74 to win from Myles Hannemann who endured for a Nett 78 which included a failure to make the Ladies tee block on the 12th, and an airy on the 8th hole near the end of the round. Competing hard with Myles in the same group was Dean Dunsford who suffered a double calamity on the sixth hole when his tee shot similarly failed to make the Ladies tee block; retrieving his senses he followed up to hit his ball down the fairway into the rough on the right where he hit his next shot, only to discover down the fairway that he had hit the wrong ball. Trouble on the golf course does get infectious however as O’Neill found out when he took a practice swing in the rough, only to flick a branch on the ground that caused a minor disturbance which moved his ball for a penalty.

Other prizes were monopolised to an extent as Richardson took out the Long Drive and Nearest the Pin prizes for the A Grade and Steve Gurr did the double in the B Grade as well. The C Grade had a more sharing approach as O’Neill drove the longest and Wally Elsden from Kingston claimed the most accurate tee shot. Club President Tim Hedges took the time to thank all sponsors, our major sponsors; Riddoch Insurance Services and Goldsmith Plumbing and minor sponsors Seed Genetics International, Vermeeren Bros. Manufacturing and Keith Mitre 10. Hedges also took the time to thank all the members individually in the club for the time they have put into making the open a success.

On the Saturday the Stableford and Mixed Pinehurst events were up for grabs. The Pinehurst event received good numbers, with Pete Rivett and Carol Miller firing their way to an impressive Nett 71 to win the day, with Graham Jones and Sandy Yates scoring a Nett 72 to finish in second place. In the Stableford event Tony Richman completed the first half of his big weekend as he belted his way to 41 points to win the day and the A Grade, beating Shane Cleggett who came second in the grade with 38 points. Tim Hedges was the stand out in the B Grade with 37 points, while Daren O’Neill stood out in the C Grade with 37 points. Nearest the Pins were awarded in recognition of their skilful shots to Willy Little on the 4th and 14th, Darryl Brook on the 9th and Robin Redden on the 11th. Long Drives went to Tony Richman for his effort on the 16th, Scott Sawyer from Robe on the 18th and Bob Standley on the 10th while Darryl and Gill Brook took out the Pinehurst combined long drive on the 6th hole.

Keith Ladies Open

The big event golf also happened on Friday as Ladies from around the region turned up for the Keith Ladies Open, sponsored by Farmers Centre and L & S Yates Windmills and Solar Pumps. Winner for the day was Lana Barlow who carded an impressive 89 off the stick to take out the A Grade prize. Runner up was Mayette Briggs, who also took out the Handicap event with a Nett 75, followed by Robin Redden on Nett 78. The Stableford format decided the B and C Grades, Lesleigh Edwards showing some good form to score 35 points and win the B Grade from Sandy Yates on 33 points. In the C Grade Di Ashby showed the winning form with 35 points, holding out Carol Miller on 34 points. The Long Drives and Nearest the Pins were shared around with the biggest hits going to Di Traeger for the A Grade on 1st hole, Helen Hales for the B Grade on the 10th and Ann Rowett for the C Grade on the 6th. The straightest tee shots went to Barlow on the 4th, Rosie Legoe on the 9th and Glenys Creek on the 11th, the 14th proving too difficult to hit.

On Wednesday the Ladies warmed up for the open with the Johnos Border Leicester Stud Stroke event. With a bit of rain at the start and finish, conditions were challenging, but Barb Little took up the mantle to card the best score of the day, with a Nett 77, to also win Division One from Michelle Moreton, who finished second ahead of Mel Johnson on a count back, followed by Merrilyn Hilton on Nett 81. In Division Two Di Ashby worked hard for her Nett 82, followed by Carol Miller on Nett 94. Anthea Brinkworth once again produced a big drive on the 18th while the sharpshooters prizes went to Michelle Moreton on the 4th and 14th,  Carol Miller on the 9th and Lesleigh Edwards on the 11th. In the other highlight Sandy Yates produced an impressive chip in on the 9th hole.

Coming up next Saturday the Men venture out for the L & S Yates Windmills and Solar Pumps Par round, followed by the Elders Rural Stroke round on July 4th. On Wednesday the Ladies play in the Cox Rural Par Round, followed by the Miller Canvas Stroke round on July 1st.victory 2

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