Oh what I’d give for a decent putt…

Golf Ball Sitting on Edge of Hole

The good and the bad of golf presented themselves as players experienced the highs and the lows of the sporting contest at Keith on Saturday. It was all the experiences that a golfer could want, and not want, all rolled up into the one round. Par rounds are typically challenging if the little white ball does not roll your way, but that did not bother the top end of the field as the three grade winners for the Tatiara Tyres Par round could attest. Don Cook produced the best round of the day to win the C Grade with a +6, while Rodney Rowsell on +4 and Tim Hedges on +3 won the A and B Grades respectively.

Some good golf to be sure was had by the winners, and a large group of the remaining players all battled to a range of scores between -3 and +1, to finish with ‘commendable efforts’ and also take away some of the straight hitting prizes. Jim Gelton won the C Grade nearest the Pin on the 4th hole with a tee shot 5 metres from the hole, Rodney Rowsell added to his selection of prizes for the day by beating all comers on the 9th hole, finishing a couple of metres from the pin, while Brenton Goldsmith was the straightest A Grade tee shot on the 11th hole. Gelton went on to sink a birdie putt to follow up his tee shot, while Shaun Groth and Tyler Bleasby also scored birdies on the 11th and 14th holes. The 17th was the hole for the Nearest in Two shots contest and the big hitting Groth again produced the goods with a close in second shot.

Club captain Tony Richman played a masterful round complete with consistently accurate putts with his broom stick putter. Playing a contest against Daren O’Neill who finished on -10 for the day, Richman had the match won by the 12th hole played with a consistent game of long tee shots and putts as far as 5 – 6 metres from the edge of the green, many of which were rolling close to the hole. On the first nine Richman in particular had a purple patch with the putter where every putt from just off the edge of the green finished no more than a foot from the pin for an easy tap in. Then there was the fourth hole……. where Richman hit his tee to just 3 metres from the edge of the green but with a bunker one metre from his ball. Richman lined up his chip carefully and hit all air as the club went over the top of the ball, oh for a decent putt! Having played his round Richman was still good enough for a +1 scoreline and second place in the A Grade, along with Bob Standley and Graham Sellars, both on +1 in the B and C Grades.

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