Keeping it a Secret!



The Ladies had to ‘Chill Out’ and then warm up their game on Wednesday as players competed in the Secret Nine Stroke round sponsored by the Keith Hotel Motel. The weather was a wee bit chilly as players teed off but then some welcome sunlight helped players to loosen up. The result was some good scores and some clever shots with a three way countback in Division One between Barb Little, Gill Brook and Lesleigh Edwards. After the maths was done, it was Little who took the prize on Nett 77, with Brook and Edwards on the same score. In Division Two Tania Kennett played a high standard of golf, scoring a Nett 75, the best result in that division, with Anthea Brinkworth in second on Nett 79 and Di Ashby a Nett 80.
After play the code breaker card was overlaid on the cards for the day to work out the winner of the Secret Nine event. Tania Kennett’s good day turned to excellent as it emerged that she had won the secret nine with a score of 23 points over the selected nine holes, this being complemented also by a ‘Ferret’ on the difficult 4th green as Tania chipped in and saved on the putt. The good news did not stop here for Kennett as she hit the straightest tee shot on the first fairway. Not to be outdone Lyn Todd also decided to economise on her putting when she chipped in on the narrow 17th green. Good putting and short play was a feature of the round for some, Lesleigh Edwards demonstrating this with a round that only included 31 putts. In the rest of the accuracy stakes, Robin Redden brought her ‘A Game’ for her tee shots, shooting Nearest the Pins on the 9th and 11th greens, while Barb Little achieved the same feat on the 14th, with a Nearest in Two shots.

A Sleek Game wins the Prize

The Men and Ladies came out in good numbers on Saturday for the Stroke round also sponsored by the Keith Hotel Motel. In the sunny conditions on a challenging course a variety of scores resulted, the A Grade leading the way with five players scoring Nett scores of 75 or less. With less carry and roll on the course the A Grade players now brought their game to the fore with Simon Leek producing a highs standard round of big hits off the tee and a consistent game on the fairways to shoot 81 off the stick, Nett 67 to win the day. Leek’s good form also showed on the green when on the 11th he sunk a birdie putt after a well placed tee shot. The best scores for the day all came from A Grade players, as Brenton Goldsmith came in second with 72, Nett 70 to take second place on a countback from Rodney Rowsell on 79, Nett 70. Goldsmith almost played a perfect round, highlighted by a 300m drive on the 16th, twice taking Nearest the Pins from Leek on the 9th and 11th holes (putting in for birdie from little more that a metre), the Nearest in Two on the 8th and a chip in for birdie on the 14th hole.
Pete Rivett led the way in the B Grade, returning to some form with a Nett 72 and a Nearest the Pin on the long par 3, 14th hole. Also building some form for the Club Championship finals was Willy Little, stroking his way to a Nett 73, with Pete McAuley coming in with an erratic Nett 79 that imploded on two holes. On the sixth McAuley played his way down to the edge of the green, before realising that the nightmare all golfers face, ‘the wrong ball’ had afflicted him. Retracing his shots McAuley played his to finally sink his putts after 11 shots including penalties. However over the rest of his round McAuley once again proved he will be one of the favourites for the B Grade, hitting big and gradually getting his short game together to chip in on the 16th for a birdie after teeing off into the trees on the left. In the C Grade Jim Gelten played some solid golf to come in with a much deserved Nett 76, winning the grade and carrying off extra golf balls through a Nearest the Pin and successful birdie putt on the 4th hole. Rodney Rowsell also showed form on the green when he sunk a birdie putt on the 9th green. The Ladies also enjoyed the afternoon conditions and the best score for the day came from Merrilyn Hilton, shooting a solid 93, Nett 74, which included two ferrets.
It is a busy week for local players coming up. On Wednesday the Ladies compete in the Final Club Medal round, the Silver Spoon, the 4th round of the Secretary’s, the International Bowl and South East Medallion, with the Stroke round to be sponsored by Out and About Clothing. On Thursday, for the committed players the Naracoorte Open will be played. The Retail Therapy Stableford Multiplication round comes up on Wednesday August 13th. This Saturday sees the Mens Club Championship Quarter and Semi Finals tee off, with quarter final competitors ‘chilling out’ on Saturday morning and the winners playing the semi finals in the afternoon, when the Par round sponsored by Henriks Rural Agencies will be played. On Sunday there is the opportunity to play in the Kingston Open, this will be followed the next Saturday, August 9th, with the finals of the Mens Club Championships in A, B and C Grades which will be run in conjunction with the Elders Rural Stableford round.

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