It’s a Happy Easter for the Jones Boy

It was excellent conditions to keep the Easter Eggs cool as players turned out for the Easter Stableford sponsored by Landmark. There was plenty to write home about concerning a course in fantastic condition and the response by players was the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ approach as some players turned on the spectacular and some self destructed. Most spectacular on the day was Graham Jones, who started this week with a hard earned 25 handicap and proceeded to start knocking it down with an awesome 45 Stableford points. With barely a mistake Jones powered round the course to win the day, with Pete Rivett in second place on 40 points, taking it out on a countback from Bob Moreton.

Rivett was one to do the Jekyll and Hyde impersonation on his own. Starting on the back nine, Rivett couldn’t put a shot wrong, amassing 25 points and on track to get a rare half century, (which happens about every half century!) playing big drives off the tee, with a consistent draw and following up with fairway shots that peppered the greens. On the 12th, Rivett looked like he had recovered nicely with a third shot that hit the middle of the green, but rolled past the flag for a difficult fourth shot from 2 metres off the back edge. Taking out his wedge which was hot all day, Rivett calmly chipped into the hole with a perfect shot! After the half time break however Rivett’s tee shots started to go wayward and put pressure on his short game, leading to a blow out of only 15 points for the nine holes. Although missing out on second place Moreton did not go home empty handed, sinking a putt for birdie on the 9th, and taking out the Nearest the Pin in two shots on the Par 4 3rd hole.

The A Grade players formed a Hyde pack in forcing a count back after all three players finished on an impressive 28 points. Bradley Sherriff ended up with the ball, from Steve Gurr and Rodney Rowsell, Sherriff also hitting a great shot to the Nearest the Pin on the 9th, which was in a difficult placement at the back of the green. Rowsell himself also managed a profit for the day, winning the Nearest the Pins on 4th and 14th holes, providing a bizarre contrast to his points score! Brooke Rowsell made a welcome return to the game, and completed the Nearest the Pin winners with a sharp shot on the 11th green. Steve Gurr completed the prize winners for the day with a birdie on the 11th hole. DJ Appelkamp played his first round at Keith, having been recruited from Meningie, and scored a solid 35 points.

The rest of the players mostly completed the Hyde side of the scores for the day, with 6 players scoring 28 points or less. Daren O’Neill played a ‘Return to Fangorn’ round where the sound of ball on wood was common and Treebeard was psyched up, hitting 3 trees in 3 shots on the 15th, and 2 trees on the second, including one which knocked his ball 40 feet into the scrub, playing partner Pete Rivett helping him locate six other lost balls before his own was found! By the end of the round O’Neill had seen more of the woods at Keith than the fairways. Dean Dunsford played an entertaining round, blessed with his 33 handicap, coming out with 35 points. Hitting some big shots, Dunsford combined this with classic C Grade hitting, including the shot of the day off the 10th tee. Carefully lining up his driver off the tee, Dunsford demonstrated to the playing gallery how to execute a fine cut, sending his ball off the edge of the stick to a metre above the edge of the 9th green! Resisting the temptation to take out his putter and sink a birdie putt, Dunsford chose a wood and blasted his way out of trouble, to finish with a point, a great effort considering he was further away from the green for his second shot than he was for his first! Sticking with it for his round, Dunsford conquered the setbacks with some great strokeplay to come out with a solid score.

The Ladies on ventured out on Wednesday in good conditions for the 1st Round of the President’s trophy, a Stableford round sponsored by the ANZ Bank. In warm weather and little wind, players put up some good scores to win the day. In Division 1 Barb Little returned to some form, shooting a round of 35 points that included a Nearest the Pin on the 14th hole. It was a return form also for Heather Cook, who recovered from her previous round, scoring 34 points and being the sharpshooter on the Par 3 fourth hole, winning the Nearest the Pin and also producing a chip in from the edge of the 17th green, always a tricky proposition. Other scores in the first division included Lyn Todd on 31 points, and Sandy Yates, Robin Redden and Lesleigh Edwards, all on 30 points.

Division 2 also produced a close contest for first place, Annette Snajdar swinging well to take out the prize with 35 points, from Louise Hannemann on 33 points. Jo White came in with 28 points, but also stroked in a chip on the big 7th green, a great effort. The first hole was the site of the contest for the straightest drive and this week Sandy Yates performed the feat getting closest to the middle of the fairway. Finishing up the prize winners, Bob Dicker came out with the Nearest the Pin on the 9th hole, while Tanya Kennett who with Di Ashby is one round from getting a handicap demonstrated her developing golf skills by hitting nearest to the hole on the 11th green.

The golf continues next week with the Shylie Rymill Club Foursomes (players need to select their own partner) on Wednesday April 23rd, followed by the 1st Qualifying Round for the Club Championships on April 30th, a stroke round sponsored by Elders. Next Saturday the Irish 4 Ball Stableford will be played, sponsored by Hedges Clay Spreading, followed by the Riddoch Insurance Services Stroke Round on May 3rd. On ANZAC day, the Naracoorte Golf club will also hold the Legacy Day golf event.

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