Small Victories


Players who came out for the ANZ Bank Par round on Saturday soon discovered that it was going to be a day of small victories. With the greens running fast and hard and a strong wind blowing over the first half of the round, players were challenged to just get halves on most holes. With the balls bending backward on some greens especially the fourth and ninth holes, players found the idea of a two putt to be a real victory.

Having said all this the winner for the day Barry Cakebread shot a +4 round, the only positive score for the day. With some straight hitting from the tee and an accurate knowledge of pin placement, Barry played some solid golf to take the prize. Coming in second on a three way countback was Bradley Sherriff on -2 – that’s correct, a round filled with the best of both the worlds of golf. Sherriff’s round included three birdies but also setbacks that cost him crucial shots on other holes. Third and fourth for the day were Pete Rivett and Jim Gelton respectively. To highlight the difficulties of the day only one player hit a green to be eligible for a Nearest the Pin, Sherriff on the ninth, where his three foot downhill putt missed below the hole and turned into an eight foot uphill putt, which he thankfully sank for a halved hole. The day was marred by setbacks for Barb Little and Michelle Moreton who lost their cards in the calm conditions at the end of the day as a freak gust of wind blew them away.

On Wednesday the Ladies played out the Bendigo Bank Par round. With a good field turning up in pleasant conditions and confronting the new Keith Golf course following the comprehensive clean up of Pine trees on Monday and Tuesday. As the smoke from the fires continued to drift over the course players settled in for some good scores. Lesleigh Edwards returned to some first-class form with her reliable game backed by precise tee shots and good fairway play to record a +2 score and win the day. Michelle Moreton came in second in Division One with a +1 scoreline which included a Nearest the Pin and birdie on the 11th hole, with Barb Little and Heather Cook coming in third and fourth respectively, also scoring Nearest the Pins on the 4th and 14th holes. Glenys Creek topped the Division Two scoreboard with a -1 card, followed by Di Ashby and Jo White on -2.

The Nearest the Pins were shared around generously on the day, with the ninth won by Tania Kennett, four different players taking out the prizes. Chips ins were the flavour of the day as well, with Carol Miller scoring a ferret on the 11th hole, with Di Ashby and Lesleigh Edwards both chipping in on the 12th hole, while Lynn Todd hit the straightest drive on 18th fairway. To top off the day Ingrid Gelton and Lesleigh Edwards hit the fairways 14 times to take away the Drives on Fairway prize.

This coming Wednesday the Brinkworth’s Secret Nine Stroke round will be played, followed on September 3rd the Stroke round sponsored by Annette’s Home Beauty. Next Saturday the Men compete for the Good Country Physiotherapy Stableford round, with a Stroke round on the following Saturday, September 6th.

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