O’Neill Leaves the Field Behind

Saturday’s stroke round at Keith Golf Club proved to be a one horse race as Daren O’Neill blasted his way to a nine shot victory.

With the warmth of spring building up O’Neill loosened up the swing and took command in a confident display, blasting his way to a handicap redefining 85, Nett 64. A birdie on the 3rd, the result of high pitch in for a short putt, set the tone for the round as O’Neill hit greens continuously for par breaking scores and very few blemishes, poor putts on the 15th and 18th holes doing the most damage. Coming in second for the day was Willy Little on 88, Nett 73, with Roger Buddle in third place on 92, Nett 74 for his round.

Nearest the Pins were all claimed in the good conditions, O’Neill hitting the 4th to just over a metre, only to drain the putt down past the hole and miss coming back for a three putt. Rodney Rowsell performed the same feat on the 9th where an excellent tee shot to within a metre resulted in a two putt par; Barry Cakebread hitting to within two metres on the 14th for a missed putt before Tim Hedges lined up the long 14th with the best tee shot of the day, to within half a metre and a successful birdie putt.

The club was also treated to a visit by Sunday Mail reporter Ben Hook and Royal Adelaide Teaching Professional Daniel Blackwell, who are touring golf courses, country and city and compiling an article on the state’s best nine city and best nine country holes. The pair played our 3rd, 4th and 5th holes and were particularly impressed with the 4th hole. Edition 1 of their tour is available on the Golf SA website at http://www.golfsa.com.au/news-display/best-of-golf-in-sa-with-hook-and-blackwell/87015, along with many other reports on other courses. Interested players can visit the website and vote for their best hole, hopefully Keith will be on the list!

The Ladies ventured out on Wednesday for the Stroke round sponsored by Salon 15, Anthea Brinkworth once again powering her way to a Nett 73 to win the day. Other good scores in Division One included Lyn Todd and Gill Brook with Nett 76s, followed by Mel Johnson on Nett 77. Glenys Creek took out Division Two with a Nett 80, followed by Marg Groth on Nett 82 and Lisa O’Neill on Nett 88. Robin Redden produced the most accurate tee shot on the 4th hole, with the only other par 3 hit being the 14th, where Anthea Brinkworth took the prize while Merrilyn Hilton produced the straightest drive on the 12th hole. There was some good form on the putting front, with Gill Brook completing her round with just 27 putts, followed by Michelle Moreton, who took 28 for the round. Two ferrets also were scored, Lisa O’Neill chipping in on the 8th hole and Gill Brook on the 5th. The Rewa Densley Memorial event also came to a conclusion, Lyn Todd taking out the accolade with Gill Brook runner up.

eagle 2Next Wednesday the Ladies host the Mt Osmond / Keith / Bordertown golf day, with members of each club venturing to Keith for the annual triangular event. For AFL Grand Final Saturday the Men will tee off early at 10am for a Par round followed by the traditional viewing of the match.

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