Rowsell Has His Day

Rodney Rowsell came to the party in more ways than one when he took out the A Grade in the appropriately sponsored Rodney Rowsell Electrical Contracting Par round on Saturday.

With good conditions and a little breeze the course was made for some positive scores, however players on the whole struggled to meet their handicaps. Rowsell started off his round and was facing the same scenario when 3 down, part way through his round, but a solid recovery saw him finish the day on +1, beating Tyler Bleasby and Steve Gurr on a count back for A Grade boasting rights. Rowsell’s second nine saw him consolidate his recovery when he shot a Nearest the Pin on the 11th and followed this up with a Nearest the Pin in three shots on the Par 5, 16th hole. Beyond this many A Grade players struggled to cope with the conditions, with Bradley Sherriff on -1 and Shane Cleggett on -2 the only players to come near their handicap on the day.

The B Grade produced the most consistent high performers on the day, with more than half the players meeting their handicaps or better and a others getting close to it. Daniel Rayson topped the list with a +2, taking out Darryl Brook on a count back, Brook getting himself into contention via winning four holes in a row on the front nine and coming within a centimetre of another on the 7th hole. Rayson’s round was an impressive combination of his normal power hitting and attack on the greens, and a better finish than Brook on the back nine. Third place went to Andrew Morris who finished square with the card, squeaking out Bob Dicker on the same score, while Daren O’Neill on -2 also came within stroking distance of a positive score, some errant putts costing him including a missed one foot putt on the 5th, which slid five feet further past the hole! Players in the C Grade also had a tough time of it, with no one playing to their normal form. Bob Standley was the best of the lot, with a -3, ahead of Graham Sellars, J Judd and Miles Hanneman on -6 results.

The sharpshooters were all successful for the day, apart from Rowsell’s efforts on the 11th and 16th holes; Judd hit the closest on the 4th, while Simon Leek and Gary Jones struck success on the 9th and 14th holes respectively. Bradley Sherriff was the last ball winner when he repeated the feat of Rodney Rowsell last week, sinking a birdie putt on the long par 3 14th hole. The Ladies ranks were also present for the day, with Gill Brook and Merrilyn Hilton producing solid scores in the conditions. Hilton managed the course the best in the end when she struck a -2 to take the prize. The unexpected challenges of the course were accentuated by the fact that there were seven players in the final scores who returned scores ranging from -6 through to -12.

On Wednesday the Ladies round was heavily influenced by the challenging conditions of strong winds and some rain just to chill the golf form in the South East Blinds and Awnings Stroke round. Michelle Moreton stroked her way to a victory in Division One, with a Nett 79, complete with Nearest the Pins at the 9th and 14th holes. Moreton finished three strokes clear of Gill Brook, with a Nett 82, Heather Cook finishing third on a count bacelectric golfk from Mel Johnson. Division Two players managed to shine also in the conditions, Sandy Yates showing some form with a Nett 77, which included the closest shot on the 4th hole, one stroke clear of Di Ashby on Nett 78. Annette Snajdar came in third with a Nett 80, Tanya Kennett two strokes behind on Nett 82.

Despite the conditions all the par 3 greens were hit with Yates and Moreton’s efforts accounting for three of the days prizes. Robin Redden took out the remaining sharpshooter award for the round when her tee shot on the windy 11th settled closest to the pin. Of the rest of the players, Cook also produced the best drive when her effort on the 8th covered the greatest distance, with Lesleigh Edwards showing that she still hits a pretty straight ball with the most accurate drive on the 1st.

Next Wednesday sees the playing of the Rewa Densley Memorial, a Match Play round, for the Ladies, this being followed the week after with the Stroke Club Foursomes sponsored by ANZ Bank. On Saturday the Men contest the Geoff Barton Memorial Stroke round followed by the Patron’s Pewters Canadian Foursomes on May 28th.

Comments are closed.