Now They’re Really Swinging!

It has been a case of two rounds with spectacular feats as the Keith Golf season gets underway. Starting with a Stableford score to dream of and followed by a double the next week that is rarely seen, the past two weeks have had it all.

On Saturday March 28th, players turned out for Bill Dunn Painting and Decorating Stableford round, played in warm sunny conditions. With a strong breeze to contend with players had some holes much easier than others. Blowing his handicap away in the wind was Andrew Morris with a whopping 46 points to win the day comfortably and lose 10 strokes off his handicap as well. The rest of the players were bunched together fairly well, with Bob Dicker finishing second on 38points, 8 behind the winner Morris. Best of the others was Don Cook in second place in the C Grade behind Morris on 34 points, and Bradley Sherriff, who topped the A Grade on 34, ahead of Steve Gurr on a countback. Other achievements for the day included Rodney Rowsell hitting closest to the flag on the fast rolling 9th and Sherriff doing the same on the eleventh, while Barb Little played the par 3s in style as well, scoring birdies on the 4th and 11th holes.

Last Saturday’s Par round similarly had some notable achievements. In slightly cooler conditions than the previous weekend, players experienced a near perfect day. With such relaxing conditions Barry Cakebread ambled onto the course to shoot a score of +3 to win the day. Cakebread’s winning round was closely followed by Rodney Rowsell, letting a round winning score of +5 evaporate to a final +2 in the last five holes. Rowsell finished ahead of Ian Tobin in the A Grade, with Tobin (+2 as well) losing out on a countback and Graham Jones taking out the B Grade, also on +2 for the day.

The big achievement of day would go to Bradley Sherriff however with two eagles in the one round, not often seen on a Saturday round of golf. Sherriff took out the driver on the Par 4, hole number 3 and put the ball onto the green and holed the putt from 4 metres for an eagle 2 to start things off. He then went a driver and a 4 iron from 170m to put the ball on the green, before sinking another eagle putt, this time from about 6 metres. Other efforts rewarded on the day, included a Roger Buddle Nearest the Pin on the 9th, where he then sunk the birdie putt from a tricky 4 metres above the hole. New player Michael Wilson, playing for his handicap, got some reward for his early season efforts when he was also the nearest to the flag on the 11th hole. To top proceedings off Rowsell gained some extra recognition for his efforts on the day when his tee shot on the long par 3 14th finished closest to the flag.

swingThe next couple of weeks promise some exciting golf as players turn up next Saturday to emulate the proceedings at Augusta in competing for the Keith Masters Green Jacket, sponsored by Wickham Flower and Co, this will be followed by the Landmark Stableford event on April 18th.

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