It’s More from Moreton!

Michelle Moreton continued her solid form this season to take out the Retail Therapy Stroke Round at Keith Golf Course on Wednesday.

Displaying the characteristic clean hitting game she has developed Moreton went around the course in a solid Nett 74 to take out the Division One and produce the best round of the day in the process. Despite some distracting showers early on Moreton’s game stood the test, complete with a chip in ferret on the par 3 fourth hole. On a course that is taking on it’s challenging winter characteristics the Ladies producemoretond some solid scores, with Gill Brook coming in second in the first division with a Nett 79 for the day. It was a day of continuing good form for the top players as Ann Milkins came in third with a Nett 81.

Division Two also saw recent form continue, Tania Kennett stroking her way to a Nett 75, topping the grade in the process. Kennett’s round was epitomised by her normal accurate game, emphasised by her drive on the twelfth fairway, the straightest for the day. Second place in the second division went to Di Ashby with a Nett 86. Conditions were hard on the day and this was further borne out by the fact that only one player hit a green for the Nearest the Pin, Lesleigh Edwards producing the most accurate shot on the fourteenth hole.

Par for the course ….or not!

For the Men, Saturday’s round of the ANZ Bank Par also showed up the combination of beauty and challenge that the course presents at the moment, Ian Tobin being the only player to go around in a score better than par, a +3  to win the day.

Competitive golf and impressive shots were produced, but each mistake brought it’s own penalty. Shaun Groth came in second behind Tobin, finishing square with the card, some impressive shots punished at times by slight errors, but rewarded by a successful putt for birdie on the difficult ninth green. To top off the A Graded Shane Cleggett also had a solid round complete with some rasping drives and magnificent escape shots, including retrieval from an erroneous second shot on the twelfth. Having gutted his second shot Cleggett hit an iron from 160 metres to within a metre of the hole, to be rewarded with a successful putt for par. Mixing the good with the bad, Cleggett also struck success on the sixth when he hit the best third shot for the day and sunk a five metre putt for birdie, this coming on the back of another Nearest the Pin on the fourth.

The B Grade was also a tight affair, with Bob Dicker powering his way to a win, -1, on a countback from Tim Hedges. Pete Rivett also played a solid round to finish one hole back on -2. Rivett beat out Willy Little for the place getting, but Little got some compensation, hitting the best approach on the par 3 eleventh hole. Once again the C Graders stood up to be counted in the tough conditions, with Bob Standley returning for a round of golf, scoring a -2 to win the day. Standley’s round was crowned with a great approach to within a couple of metres on the ninth hole where he unfortunately missed the birdie putt. The C Grade was a closely fought contest as well, Dean Dunsford finishing just one stroke behind Standley, taking out second place on a countback from Lachie Hines, fast developing his game as a junior. Hines’ round of -3 was his best so far, with some sweetly hit drives and fairway shots, and was recognised the day’s encouragement award. The remaining winner for the day was Jim Gelten, who despite a -6 off the card also managed a successful birdie putt on the ninth.

The season continues with it’s build up through club championship qualifying over the next month in both the Mens and Ladies competitions. Next Saturday the Keith IGA Stableford and McMillan Trophy event will be played, followed on July 16th with the Keith Meat Shoppe Stroke round and the next Saturday with the Keith Hotel Motel Stroke round. This Wednesday the Ladies compete in the Rodney Rowsell Electrical Contracting Par round, followed by the Willalooka Tavern Stroke round and the Jacqueline Logan Hairdressers Stableford round on July 27th. For the Men also don’t forget the opportunity for nine holes each Wednesday afternoon, starting at 2pm, open to all interested players.

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