Goldy’s Glory at Keith Open

It was Brenton Goldsmith’s turn to again shine as he took out the Keith Men’s Open with a peerless performance on Saturday.

On a day where scores were good on a tough but well-presented course Goldsmith’s round was well ahead of the rest in winning the A Grade title for the day. Goldsmith’s winning round of 74 off the stick was only one over par for the course, putting him eight shots clear of Bradley Sherriff, in second place on Nett 82. Goldy’s round was one where he was forced into some hard work at times, with his effort on the eighteenth being a good example of this. Having hit his approach shot to close to the sixteenth green, his next shot to retrieve himself from trouble was a perfectly struck chip, lobbing onto the edge of the green and rolling up close to the hole. Sherriff also turned it on for the second nine holes on the day, after returning a 43 for the first nine. With a determination to improve his score Sherriff birdie the first two holes, the par five tenth hole and the eleventh, where he landed his tee shot a few meter’s from the hole and sunk his birdie putt, this being followed by near miss on the twelfth hole where his birdie putt from just off the edge of the green did a ‘horseshoe’ by rolling all the way around the hole for a missed birdie.

Handicap title on the day was a closer contest with Tyler Bleasby displaying solid from to take out the title with a Nett 72, one stroke clear of Shaun Groth on a 73 Nett, with Rodney Rowsell coming in third on Nett 74. The B Grade was a much closer contest, coming down to a count back as Tony Richman continued his recent good form with an 86 off the stick to defeat Ian Tobin, via a better finish on the day. The Handicap title was similarly close as Lameroo’s D Hayward came through with a Nett 73, defeating local player Tim Hedges on a count back. DJ Appelkamp also continued recent good play to take out the C Grade with an 86 off the stick, with Jim Gelten coming in second when he beat out local Rob Burns on another countback. In the handicap stakes Dean Dunsford put in a solid round of Nett 78, three strokes in front of Burns.

Nearest the Pins were tough going with pin positions set to challenge players. The torturous fourth hole “Barry’s Pride” was taken by Daniel Rayson, when his tee shot to the flag at the front end of the green landed just in front of the bunker and rolled onto the green. The eleventh which was probably the friendliest of hole placements, still could not be hit by the C Graders. The fourteenth hole, which would be one of the more challenging par 3’s around had the flag placed at the back of the green. Of the A Graders, Simon Leek was the best tee shot here, finishing a good six meters from the hole. The Long Drives were all claimed, Shane Cleggett hitting a big drive onto the bow shaped second fairway, staying on the fairway and a good 250 meters in length. Tony Richman produced the best B Grade tee shot when he squeaked out Tim Hedges against the cross wind on the tenth fairway, while Rob Burns hit the biggest tee shot of the C Grade players on the sixteenth fairway.

The Ladies Open, players turned out in for a 9.30am tee off and after initial fog and a light spray of rain experienced some really good weather, along with a light lunch on a verandah at half time. After the scores were tallied visiting player K Dinning had taken out the A Grade title with a 91 off the stick, in front of another visiting player K Bailey on a count back, Bailey however taking the prize for her powerful  long drive on the sixth fairway. The Handicap title was also shared between visiting players when K Higgins took this out with a Nett 73, in front of D Frank on Nett 78.

The B and C Grade events were both Stableford events and local player Lesleigh Edwards scored the most points in the B Grade when she stroked her way around for 33 points, one in front of Gill Brook on 32 points. Finishing in third place was another local player Anne Milkins on 29 points with another visitor, J Tresize on 28 points in fourth place. In the C Grade Marg Groth showed some good form to score 34 points and win the day, with Annette Snajdar in second place, squeezing out visitor G Brockliss on a count back, with W Hollick in fourth place on 28 points. Groth completed a successful day when she also took out the veterans trophy, while the teams award went to S Menz, R Legoe and K Higgins.

Apart from Bailey’s long drive, Anne Milkins good form also included a long drive in the B Grade on the tenth fairway, while Tania Kennett also produced a similar effort with her tee shot on the 16th in the C Grade. The sharpshooters were also in good form, with J Menz hitting the tricky ninth green with her tee shot and Anne Milkins most accurate in the B Grade on the fourth hole.

In a great weekend of golf Keith was graced by the presence of players from many clubs over the two open days, with players from Naracoorte, Penola, Millicent, Lucindale, Lameroo, Kingston, Bordertown, Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge attending the Ladies day on Friday. On Saturday the Men had visitors from Tailem Bend, Kooyonga, Lameroo, Robe, Lake Albert and Port Broughton, with a Ladies competitor also from Kimba!

A good weekend was had by all and players can now look forward to club championships in the coming weeks. trophy

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