I Beat The Sheriff…

With a bumper field and excellent conditions, players turned on a high scoring round for the L & S Yates Windmills and Solar Pumps Stableford round at Keith on Saturday. It was a case of lots of players in form as high scores dotted all the grade cards. At the conclusion of the day it took a countback for Willie Little to defeat Bradley Sherriff and take away the generous winners prizes that were handed out by the sponsors. Both players scored a spectacular 40 points on the afternoon, but Little’s big finish on the day where he scored 24 points on the last nine proved the difference as he outscored Sherriff, who was too consistent for his own good, scoring a 20 pointer on the front and back nine.

It was an entertaining afternoon of golf as seven players all played better than their handicaps, and a further ten players all bettered 30 points however Little’s accurate game proved to be the difference on the day. Sherriff for his part had some big hits off the tee and scored the Nearest the Pin on the 9th, where he caressed the ball to within a metre of the hole, beating an unlucky Bob Standley, and again on the 11th with another straight shot that finished within 3 metres of the hole.

With Little and Sherriff taking out the honours, Steve Gurr was left with the consolation of another great round in a high standard season so far. The smooth swinging Gurr played another powerful round to top of the A Grade hits chart with 38 points. The B Grade produced some solid scores as well, with Daren O’Neill and Pete McAuley both having good rounds with a hint of the disaster hole that removes the spectacular end result. O’Neill finished off as the winner of the B Grade, with 38 points, a round which included a zero on the tricky par 3 fourth hole and a repeat performance on the par 5 16th, where not much fairway was seen. Mc Auley took on the forest on the 10th and was lucky to find his way out, with a no score, but made up for it with some typically bit hits on other holes, including a birdie on the par 4, 8th hole where he hit the green a metre from the flag. The C Grade in keeping with the day also had its big scores, Don Cook taking out the prize with 38 points, one in front of Barry Cakebread, on 37 points.

On Wednesday the Ladies competed in the Stroke round sponsored by Gill Brook, as well as the 2nd round of qualifying for the Club Championships, the Secretary’s Cup, Silver Spoon and the International Bowl. With the course in excellent condition and the greens rolling fast, the Ladies turned out in good numbers and produced some very good golf. Winner for the day in on a countback was Andy Hunt on Nett 72, from Ladies Captain Mel Johnson on Nett 72. Other solid scores in Division One after Johnson were Lesleigh Edwards on Nett 77 and Heather Cook in third place on Nett 78. Division Two also produced some good scores with Di Ashby and Annette Snajdar following closely behind Hunt with scores of Nett 73.

It was a good day for the sharp shooters with Snajdar, playing her best round for the year, scoring the Nearest the Pin on the 4th hole, Lyn Todd producing the straight shot on the 9th, Andy Hunt backing up her form on the 11th and Lesleigh Edwards scoring the closest shot on the 14th hole. Ingrid Gelton produced the straightest drive for the day and complemented this feat with a chip in from the edge of the difficult 12th hole. Merrily Hilton also minimised on the putts, but for the whole round, coming out with the least putts for the day. The shot of the day however goes to Barb Little, who when stuck on the practice fairway adjacent to the second hole, took out her 8 iron and hit over the pine trees and onto the green, no mean shot for any player!

The high quality of play was also evident on the par 3 holes, where apart from Sherriff’s monopoly on the 9th (where he also sunk his birdie putt) and 11th, sharp shots were also in vogue on the other holes. Mc Auley landed his tee shot on the fourth to less than 2 metres from the hole, but missed the tricky downhill putt for birdie, which slid two metres past the hole before he successfully sunk the next putt for par. Ian Tobin also stroked well on the 14th, hitting to within 3 metres on the big par 3 hole, Tobin also following up on the 17th, where he was closest in two, finishing 3 metres from the hole. DJ Appelkamp also continued to settle into the Keith Golf scene with a birdie on the 9th hole.

Next week is another big sponsors weekend with the Rodney Rowsell Electrical Par round. It will be interesting to see whether players can keep their form within the treacherous Par scoring system! Play continues on Sunday next week with a Handicap Pennants round for Keith at Padthaway, playing against Bordertown. Meanwhile the Ladies have the 1st round of the Captains Trophy and Par round sponsored by Henry and Rose. This will be followed on Wednesday May 21st by the 1st Round of the Rewa Densley Trophy and 36+ Match play, with the sponsor being Willalooka Tavern. In a big week for Ladies Golf, on Thursday May 22nd the Ladies will also have the chance to play in the Penola Open.

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