Pewters Paradise

The Patron’s Pewters at Keith turned into a one horse race as Bob Dicker and DJ Appelkamp turned on the strokes to shoot an unassailable score on Saturday. The format for the Pewters was to pair up players, with both players teeing off before hitting alternately down the fairway, making it essential for pairs to have at least one player teeing off well consistently.

Dicker and Appelkamp, after a shaky couple of holes early adapted well to the day, consistently drove well to set up second shots that were in good position to attack the flag, leading to a winning score of Nett 63 on the day. After some wayward tee shots early Appelkamp reverted to his hybrids off the tee, gaining greater accuracy overall and still hitting an enormous distance. Dicker similarly gained form as the day progressed, booming some drives down the fairways on the last nine holes. The result of all this was only a couple of holes where the pair were under pressure, but in most instances an escape with a par score was crafted out, thanks especially to some accurate long putts from Appelkamp.

The rest of the field feel behind by more than a handful of shots, Don Cook and Daren O’Neill finishing second, five strokes behind the winners on Nett 68, with a solid finishing stretch getting the pair across the line by half a stroke from Pete Rivett and Willy Little who score Nett 68 ½ . It was a hard working day for Cook and O’Neill with tee shots sometimes presenting a challenging second shot option, O’Neill especially erratic off the tee, including a ‘square cut’ off the 17th  tee, which left him next to the 13th  green but saved by Cooks good postion up the fairway. Other awards for the day were shared out evenly, with the Nearest the Pins won by Graham Jones on the 4th, Bradley Sherriff on the 9th and Rodney Rowsell on the 11th, all players failing to hit the 14th green. The final prize for the most accurate in two on the 17th hole, was won by Shaun Groth and Barry Cakebread, hitting the green most accurately into a strong headwind.

The Ladies turned out on Wednesday for the par round sponsored by Lucy Purls and enjoyed a warm sunny day and a good walk for some as the golf didn’t always happen. Winner for the day was Robin Redden on a score of +1, also winning Division One. In second place was Ladies Captain Mel Johnson, finishing square with the card, especially benefitting from a chip in on the 10th hole. Michelle Moreton finished of the podium players in the first division, coming in on -2 and ahead of Lyn Todd on a count back, also finishing off a solid day by being the most accurate in two on the 14th  hole. It was a tough day on the course for the Division Two players, with all players finishing on negative scores. Di Ashby fired off the best round with a +3 score, followed by Annette Snajdar on -6, taking out the Nearest the Pin on the 9th hole and also chipping in on the second hole. The longest drive on the 5th was hit by Lesleigh Edwards, who maintained the form also with chip ins on the second and tenth holes.

Next week the Riddoch Insurance Services Par round is played on Saturday, followed by the Cox Rural Stableford the following week. In Wednesday play, the Ladies come out for the Club Foursomes, the winners to go on to play in the SE event, and this will be played in conjunction with the Shylie Rymill. The next Wednesday the Double A Diner Stableford will be played, with a pooled afternoon tea for club legend Lorna Henstridge who turns 101. Also coming up for all players is the Keith Open Golf Weekend, starting with the Ladies Open on Friday 19th June, playing A Grade Stroke and B & C Grade Stableford events and sponsored by Farmers Centre Keith and LS Yates Windmill & Solar Pumps. Play starts with a shotgun start at 10am. The Saturday round consists of the Mixed  Pinehurst  Foursomes & Mens Stableford round, with the Keith 18 Hole Mens Open on the Sunday sponsored by Riddoch Insurance Services and Goldsmith Plumbing.




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