Sherriff Takes the Championship

The eternal rollercoaster of the last few years that amounts to Mens A Grade Club Championship finals continued last Sunday August 14th, when Bradley Sherriff and Brenton Goldsmith lined up for their regular stoush to decide the number one title honours at Keith Golf Club.

Teeing off at 9am both players hit the course in good form, but it was Sherriff who showed he had learnt lessons from previous years where Goldsmith had taken the early holes and then ground out championship wins. The first five holes were extremely tight and filled with bradley-sherriff-tees-off-at-the-a-grade-club-championship-finalgolf-championsgood stroke play, as both players fired in the birdies, a total of five in the first six holes. As the players turned for the second nine, the high level of play was still evident, with Sherriff holding a slender one hole lead. The second nine saw both players compete to get the upper hand, Sherriff scoring another birdie on the par 3 eleventh hole, before Goldy hit back with two wins on the next two, including his own birdie on the par 4, thirteenth to tie up the match all square.

In a crucial phase of the match over the remaining five holes, Sherriff managed to win three, the birdie trend continuing when he scored a four on the par 5 sixteenth hole. Three up going into the second eighteen of the final Sherriff got out the blocks well after the break, winning the first hole with a birdie again, before gaining two more wins on the sixth and ninth holes. But Goldsmith was not about to give in as he struck back early in the final nine holes, scoring a birdie four on the long par 5 tenth hole, as well as a win on the par 4 twelfth hole, the hardest on the course, where he shot his par, while Sherriff sunk his putt on his fifth stroke. With everything to gain from still being positive, Sherriff hit back with a birdie of his own on the thirteenth to put victory within his grasp. With the margin now at it’s maximum, Sherriff held out on the par 3 fourteenth, where both players scored bogies, but allowing Sherriff the victory but virtue of being five up with four holes to play.

On Saturday players turned out for the South East Car Brokers Ambrose day, with current and ex players turning on a show of spectacular low scores. Winning the day was Brenton Goldsmith’s ‘A Team’  with team mates, Ryan Llewellyn, Darren Small, Andrew Willis and Jamie Harper bonding with Goldy for a Nett 50! Second place aptly went to ‘The B Team’, skippered by Shaun Groth and finishing on Nett 53, normally enough to take out the prize on a day such as this.  Teaming up with Groth was Will Dawes, John O’Loughlin and Shane Cleggett. Blasting their way into third place was Mark Wachtel, Daniel Rayson Tim Rayson and Ben Eriksen on Nett 55.

Next Saturday’s competition is the Good Country Physiotherapy Stableford event, with a club sponsored Stroke event to follow on September 3rd. Players also will be turning out for the Lameroo Open next Saturday and need to be quick about giving names to Skipper Wachtel, with late entries only getting in if the draw permits. The Ladies this week turn out for a Stableford competition sponsored by Gill Brook, followed the next Wednesday by the Out and About Clothing Stroke round.


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