Gurr takes glory and the Jacket!

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Steve Gurr turned on the form again to deny Daren O’Neill for the second time in three weeks, to take away the green jacket in the Keith Masters, sponsored by Wickham Flower & Co on Saturday. With a prestigious event being run to commemorate the Augusta event played by their inferior golf playing cousins players turned out in their droves to contest the much vaunted prize.

The competition was hot from the start in the perfect golf weather as O’Neill birdied the par 5 sixth to gain an early advantage. However Gurr played a consistent round, apart from a disastrous 9 strokes on the 10th, to finish on of 83 strokes, Nett 68 to take the prize. O’Neill finished on 90 strokes, Nett 68, but with the awkward breakdown of 42 strokes on the first nine and a 48 on the back, to allow Gurr to rip the green jacket off his back! With the greens playing fast no one managed a birdie on the par 3s, but Gurr played a high standard game off the fairways to take the Nearest the Pin on the 11th and also take out the Nearest in two shots on the 17th hole. Other strong performers included Shane Cleggett who won the A Grade with 81, Nett 69 and Shaun Groth, finishing second in the top grade with 82, Nett 71 on the day. Don Cook played a solid round to take out the C Grade prize with 105, Nett 73, which included a Nearest the Pin on the 4th hole to within a couple of metres, while visitor from Bordertown, Tini Christie, demonstrated his style with a Nearest the Pin on the ninth to a similar distance. The last of the sharp shooters was Bob Dicker who took the prize on the 14th when he shot to 3 metres from the pin.

In the Ladies competition on the day, Heather Cook returned to Saturday golf with 104, Nett 79 to win from Barb Little who scored 91, Nett 80. The A Grade produced some other solid scores, including Tony Richman with a Nett 72, Bradley Sherriff on Nett 73 and Simon Leek on Nett 75. Big hitters in the B Grade were Pete McAuley on Nett 75, Bob Moreton on Nett 78, while Bob Standley was the best of the rest with a Nett 81. Pursuing Don Cook in the C Grade were Barry Cakebread, one stroke behind on Nett 74, Mark Wachtel on Nett 78, while Dean Dunsford and Graham Sellars sauntered in on Nett 85 and 86 respectively. In the perfect golfing conditions however and on a great course, it was a noteworthy feature of the day that over 50% of the field could not play to below their handicaps, testimony also to how hard it can be to do this.

On Wednesday more warm, humid weather greeted the Ladies as they played the Stroke round sponsored by Keith Pharmacy, with also a bunch of magnificent Proteas for the Division winners donated by Heather Cook. As the players ‘poured’ in at the end of the day, one player commented “it was a miracle we made it around!” In the end the most heat resistant player was new captain Mel Johnson, on Nett 75 with a Nearest the Pin on the 9th to complement her stroke play. In a close day for Division 1, Michelle Moreton was second on Nett 76, followed by Sandy Yates and Lyn Todd on Nett 79 and Robin Redden with a Nett 82 and Heather Cook on Nett 89. In Division 2 Carol Miller took the flowers with a Nett 89, followed by Lisa O’Neill on Nett 90.

Some skilled golf shots were played around the course, apart from Johnsons shot on the 9th. Di Ashby continued her form return to golf with a Nearest in two on the 14th hole, while ‘Ferrets’ (chip ins) were scored by Robin Redden on the 18th and Lisa O’Neill twice did the trick on the 1st and 16th holes. Other great feats were achieved by Heather Cook with the best straight drive on the 6th fairway, but the most impressive result came in the least putts contest, with Sandy Yates and Lyn Todd both needing only 29 putts, with four other players hitting the flat stick only 30 times. A reminder to all players that with the new handicap system in place, players need to check their handicaps on computer, or also via a Smartphone before they come out to play.

In rounds coming up the Ladies play for the first round of the Presidents Trophy this Wednesday, while on the 23rd, the Shylie Rymill club foursomes commence. The Men play out the Easter Saturday Stableford, sponsored by Landmark, with the Irish 4 Ball Stableford, sponsored by Hedges Clay Spreading on April 19th.

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