Rivetting Stuff!

The club sponsored Par round on Saturday produced some high standard golf as players warmed to the spring conditions. With the warm weather loosening up the muscles Pete Rivett returned to some good form as he fired a +5 for the round to win the day.

As the weather dried up the greens got a good watering and the result was a course where attacking shots could be rewarded. Rivett took up the task with great gusto as he played a round of almost fault free drives off the tee and solid woods and irons off the fairway, bursting out of the blocks to come in after 9 holes at +4 on the card. How do you have a good round? Don’t get into trouble in the first place! This was exactly the Rivett mantra for the day, with Rivett only getting into trouble on one or two holes, in all the others good tee shots were followed up with great shots into the green. The best example of this came near the end of the round as Rivett drove solidly to 120m out and followed up with an easy iron to hit the green, no birdie but a solid two putts for a win on the Par scoring format. Coming in a close second was Daren O’Neill with +4, playing some attacking golf but also getting himself into trouble on a couple of holes each nine. O’Neill’s ability to escape a few tight situations helped his scorecard well, in particular on the 13th, where a short tee shot forced an elevated pitch over the corner, followed by a chip from 60m onto the green for a one putt and a win on the hole.

Many players turned in good scores for the day, third place going to Barry Cakebread, returning a score of +2 to be the best C Grade score on the day. Closely following Cakebread, both on +1 were Jim Gelten and Tim Hedges. The sharpshooters were not out in force however, but that did not perturb Willy Little, who fired in his tee shot on the ninth to a few centimetres from a hole in one, sinking the birdie putt to claim the double prize. None of the other greens were hit, but Tim Hedges did manage to fire in a birdie from off the green at the 14th hole.

Meanwhile on Wednesday the Ladies played in cooler conditions for the Wagenfeller Honey Stableford. Numbers were on the improve as some players were returning from their winter sojourns, but the course was still challenging with a few drizzly showers to test the techniques. Scores were close on the day, Mel Johnson producing enough good golf to claim the prize with a score of 32 Stableford points, winning on a count back from Merrilyn Hilton. Third in Divison One was Lesleigh Edwards on 31 points. Division Two was similarly close, Tania Kennett taking the glory with 31 points, two ahead of Irene Gelten who finished in front of Louise Hannemann on a count back.

The Par 3s were more vulnerable that on Saturday as three holes were hit. Robin Redden fired in to the 4th; Carol Miller hit the 9th, while Barb Little connected with the 14th hole. Anthea Brinkworth also got her driver out to claim the Long Drive on the 7th fairway. Brinkworth also did well when she combined her score with Tania Kennett’s to win the Stableford Multiplication event.

that was close 3The golf continues this week with the Ladies playing in the Patroness Trophy Aggregate Par event this week, with the Final Club Medal Stroke round the following week. The Mens competition next Saturday will be the final winter event for the season, a Stableford with the following week a Stroke round.

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