A Particularly Tough Day at the Course

It was a case of rewards hard earned on Saturday when players turned out for the Elders Par round in Keith.

In cool, breezy conditions the course proved to be the master of destiny again as only three players managed to better their handicaps. Topping the list of the selected few was Adam Howell with a round of +4, definitely a contribution to his best eight and a downward progression on his handicap. Howell’s effort continued the recent trend of players from the C Grade producing good scores and this week was no exception. Coming in second in the C Grade on -1 was Dean Dunsford, with Jim Gelten taking third on -3 for the day. Tyler Bleasby also continued his recent form with a +2 to win the A Grade, which included a Nearest the Pin on the ninth hole. Shaun Groth came in second in the grade, a further five strokes back on -3 with the sharpshooters prize on the 14th, with Ian Tobin finishing third on a score of -5. Bob Dicker performed a similar feat in the B Grade, winning with a +2, just two ahead of Tim Hedges, who was square with the card, but was compensated by a Nearest the Pin on the 11th hole. Pete Rivett completed the podium for the B Grade when he finished with a score of -5, one ahead of Mark Wachtel on -6, with Rivett having played the best tee shot to the fourth hole.

Next Saturday is a big one at the golf club with the quarter finals to be played, with the winners going on to play in the semi finals in the afternoon. The quarter final action starts at 7.50 am, with the following B Grade matches: Tim Hedges v Graham Jones, Daren O’Neill v Mark Wachtel, Pete Rivett v Pete McAuley with Daniel Rayson having the quarter final bye. Following on from this the A Grade Quarter finals with be played: starting with Tyler Bleasby v Steve Gurr, Rodney Rowsell v T Richman, Bradley Sherriff v Shaun Groth and finally Brenton Goldsmith v Shane Cleggett. The C Grade goes straight to semi finals with the matches here starting at around 11.30am with Bob Standley vs DJ Appelkamp and Jim Gelten v Dean Dunsford. As a follow up the club is serving up Fish and Chips for dinner, starting around 6 – 6.30pm.

Wednesday’s play saw continued combat of player versus the course, which the course has been mostly wining lately. Tania Kennett broke the pattern however to win the Jacqueline Logan Hairdressers Stabelford round with a good score of 36 points. With a welcome dry day to enjoy, the course still served up punishment to those who made mistakes. Kennett’s score, the best for the day, also won her the Division Two, where Marg Groth came in second on 26 points. In the A Grade similar scores were experienced, Robin Redden producing the best score of the round, 32 points, including the Nearest the Pin on the fourth hole. Redden’s score, while winning Division One, was not sufficient to win her Rewa Densley match where she went down to the other form player in Kennett. Second place in the grade was not too far away, on 30 points where Ann Milkins took the place, ahead of Anthea Brinkworth on count back.

In other feats from the day, Lisa O’Neill produced the best second shot on the 14th hole, while Mandy Crawford hit the straightest drive on the par 5 sixth hole. Finally the other match for the day was in the Ruth Wheal pairs event where Ingrid Gelten and Louise Hannemann came out on top to progress to the next round.

The action in the Mens and Ladies competitions moves now towards the club championships, with the quarter finals this Saturday morning followed by the semi finals for the winners in the afternoon. In conjunction with this the rest of the field turns out for the Landmark Stableford. The next weekend sees the playing of the Spence Dix and Co Stroke round. The Ladies play in a club Stableford event this Wednesday, followed by the Wagenfeller Honey Stroke round on August 10th. All rounds lead to the finals of the club championships for Mens and Ladies on Sunday August 14th, when the champions of the A, B and C grades are decided.

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