From Pau-par to Richman!

Tony Richman turned his golf game on it’s head when he produced a par revival for the ages in the Tatiara Tyres Par Round on Saturday at Keith Golf Club.

Four weeks ago Richman self destructed on a par round, finishing on -12 for the day – turn the clock forward to Saturday and he produced a 14 hole change of fortunes as he finished on +2 to win the day. Richman’s round was characterised by his typical high and long tee and fairway shots, but it was his ability to recover that also caught the eye. On the seventh he found himself tucked into the rough with the trees after his second shot, only to take out the long putter and swat the ball from 20 metres out to within a foot of the hole. He followed up this miraculous shot on the eight when he recovered from a tee shot into the nearby trees on the left to still make the green with his third, eventually settling for a halved hole when a loss was on the cards.

Richman won the A Grade, finishing two holes clear of Steve Gurr, who was square with the card, another two shots clear of Simon Leek in third place for the grade. Leek’s solid round of -2 did include some satisfaction with a Nearest the Pin on the fourth and the best third shot on the par 5 first hole, where his attack on the green finished less than a metre from the hole. The B Grade was a little tighter with just the one shot separating the top three players. Tim Hedges produced some good form to win the grade on +1 for the day and taking out another Nearest the Pin (averaging one a week for the past month) when he was the most accurate tee shot on the eleventh hole, landing close enough to sink his birdie putt. Coming in second and winning in a count back from Willy Little was Daniel Rayson, also taking the Nearest the Pin on the long par 3 fourteenth hole with the best tee shot for the day there.

The C Grade was just as tight, Jim Gelten showing some good form to finish on +1, narrowly ahead of Don Cook, who was square with the card ahead of Graham Sellars on a count back. It was a good day for hitting the par 3s, apart from Hedges birdie on the eleventh; the fourteenth was surprisingly vulnerable, as both Pete McAuley and Bob Dicker both sank birdie putts. Of the competing Ladies on Saturday, Barb Little showed the best form, playing in the stroke round, when she shot a Nett 74, finishing ahead of the Nett 79 scored by Merrilyn Hilton. money golf

The Ladies round on Wednesday, competing in the Willow Designs Stableford saw Hilton again come out on top when she won Division One on a count back, scoring 32 points for the day, beating both Lesleigh Edwards and Michelle Moreton on the same score. After last week’s rendition of ‘It’s raining again’ the new tune for the week was ‘Oh what a beautiful morning’ as a good turnout of 20 players ventured out on the sunny, but cool day. Hilton’s round was all the better for it on the fourth and eleventh holes, when she also produced the best tee shots, while Robin Redden was Nearest the Pin on the ninth.

In a day of tight results, Tania Kennett also scored 32 points to win Division Two, ahead of Annette Snajdar’s 26 points in second place. Form shots were the theme for the day in the good weather. Carol Miller joined the party when she hit the straightest drive on the sixteenth fairway, complementing this with a chip in on the eleventh, while Lisa O’Neill did likewise with a successful effort on the sixth.

The lead up to the Keith Open Weekend now starts to gather momentum. The Ladies on Wednesday play in the Keith Newsagency Stroke round, while next Saturday the Men compete in the Cox Rural Stableford event. On June 15th the Ladies play in the first round of the Ruth Wheal Memorial match play event. This is followed two days later with the Keith Ladies Open on June 17th, followed by the Mens Open on June 18th (also including a Ladies event on the Saturday) and the nine hole wrap up event on the Sunday, completing a golfing experience for those who might want to travel.

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