Par-ticularly Good Golf

Players returned to the normal state of affairs on Saturday as competition was joined for the Par round generously sponsored by L & S Yates Windmills and Solar Pumps. There was nothing normal about the standard of golf however as players maintained the form generated by last weeks Keith Open.

Scores were generally above average as the Par scoring system was taken on for some positive scores. In the A Grade Ian Tobin set the high standard with a +1 win, clearing out from Rodney Rowsell by one stroke, Shaun Groth coming in third with a -1, but gaining some consolation by taking out the Nearest the Pin on the 11th hole when his tee shot finished up within 3 metres of the hole. Tobin produced a long hitting game that also was accurate enough to make the wins attainable, as he showed on the 9th, when he sunk a birdie putt. The B Grade was even more competitive as Pete Rivett and Bob Dicker both stroked their way through to +3 scores, Rivett winning the grade on a count back and also taking out the Nearest in Two shots prize on the 13th hole. Once again form on each hole proved important, as Dicker found when he took out the sharp shooters prize on the long par 3, 14th hole. The C Grade also proved a closely fought affair as Barry Cakebread and Daren O’Neill found when they both came in with +3 entered on their cards. Once again the count back was applied and O’Neill continued his previous weeks form to take out the grade. Also showing good form in the C Grade was Mark Wachtel, who finished on +1 after a fade out from +3 after 9 holes, however rewards for good form seemed to be the theme for the day as Wachtel tool out the Nearest the Pin on 4th hole. In the Ladies Robin Redden produced the best form of the day in the stroke event, when she returned a 99, Nett 78 for the round, Redden also claiming the last Nearest the Pin when she hit the closest shot to the hole on the 9th, then doubled her reward by sinking the birdie putt.

The Ladies ventured out on Wednesday for the Par round sponsored by Cox Rural, which was also the third round of the Captains Trophy. In the typically sunny but cold conditions with an annoying shower players had a great walk and were challenged by the golf course, before an afternoon tea with Ladies Patroness Joan Clark and former Patroness Lorna Henstridge. Robin Redden’s recent good form continued as she shot a -1 to win the Division One prize, also taking out the sharp shooters prize for the Nearest the Pin on the 14th hole. In second place in the division was Lesleigh Edwards, shooting a -3, followed by Sandy Yates on -4. Division Two also proved to be a closely fought affair as Di Ashby took out the prize on a count back from Tania Kennett, with Carol Miller coming in third on -4 for the round. The sharp shooters were also in good form, with all greens hit, Merrily Hilton shooting onto the 4th green, visitor Cynthia Draper hitting the 9th green and Lyn Todd firing closest to the pin on the 11th hole. Ingrid Gelton completed a memorable day when she took out the straightest drive on the 6th fairway, to add to the two chip ins on the 3rd and 7th holes, while Michelle Moreton and Lesleigh Edwards both joined the ‘don’t bother with the putter’ band when they chipped in also on the 5th and 6th holes respectively.

The good golf continues over the next few weeks as players hit off for the Elders Rural Stroke round next Saturday, followed by the Keith IGA Stableford and McMillan trophy on July 11th. The Ladies venture out this Wednesday for the Miller Canvas Stroke round, which also includes the fourth qualifying round for the club championships, while the week after it is the Out and About Clothing Par round and the third round of the Captains Trophy. Other events over the next few weeks include the Lucindale Ladies Open on July 2nd, the Tailem Bend Ladies Open on July 3rd, the District Foursomes at Millicent on July 7th and the Lucindale Cavpower Tournament from July 17th to 19thpar score.

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