The day of the long shot

Bubba Watson


The day of the Long Shot

A good field of players turned out for the Cox Rural Stableford on Saturday and enjoyed a spectacular day of golf, for many different reasons. With the course in good condition and the greens firm the morning drizzle had little effect on the quality of play and it showed in the scores that resulted as players hit competitive form in the run up to club championship qualifying. In all almost half the field had scores of 36 points or better, a high level of performance on any competition round. Best score for the day and winner of the A Grade was Shaun Groth who played consistent golf all day to shoot 40 points, including a magnificent tee shot on the A Grade Nearest the Pin where he shot to just over a metre from the hole and got the double prize by sinking his birdie putt.

Winner of the B Grade was Tim Hedges who played solidly for 39 points, his victory resting on a spectacular shot on the 14th hole. Having sprayed his drive, and played a poor second shot, Hedges lined up for his third, with a 5 shots for 1 point looking like the best possibility. His playing partners looked on in astonishment however as his third shot lobbed onto the green and into the hole for a 3 point bonus! In the C Grade Don Cook continued the flavour of the day, winning the day with 37 points and having another 3 point story to tell. Coming up the fourth Cook was faced with a fifth shot from around 100 metres and saved some energy for the next tee by hitting it in! Two long shots in the one day! A standard has been set that will be hard to follow! The rest of the day’s results belonged to other high scores, with Pete McAuley who finished on 36 points winning the B Grade Nearest the Pin on the 4th hole, Mark Wachtel, also on 36 points taking out the C Grade prize on the 9th hole and Darryl Brook (35 points) taking out the open Nearest the Pin on the 11th hole. In fact Brook had the last spectacular story for the day when on the second hole and caught in the scrub he lined up a shot with his 8 iron and collected a branch to snap his stick in half. Unperturbed Brook played the rest of the round with more than one opportunity to lament his broken shaft!

Happy Birthday Lorna!

On Wednesday the Ladies came out with more than one reason to have a good walk. The day consisted of nine holes of Stableford golf and a pooled lunch to celebrate Lorna Henstridge’s 100th Birthday! With a smattering of visiting players to help the celebrations, the golf was played in good spirits, with a visiting golfer Angela Davidson winning the day with 24 points, followed by Lesleigh Edwards in second place. Davidson had a second win on the day when she also hit the straightest drive, while Nearest the Pins were won by Robin Redden on the 4th and Carol Miller on the 9th hole. Ferrets were also the flavour of the day as Louise Hannemann scored with chip ins on the 1st and 5th holes and Lesleigh Edwards did the same on 6th and 8th.

It was true day of celebration as players then relaxed with the pooled lunch put on the Keith golfers. The day was shared with the many past players who turned up to wish Lorna all the best, as well as some retired players who came just for the celebration. Highlight of the afternoon was the impressive 100th Birthday Cake, cooked up by Michelle Moreton.

Oh what I’d give for a decent Putt!

The good and the bad of golf presented themselves as players experienced the highs and the lows of the sporting contest at Keith on Saturday. It was all the experiences that a golfer could want, and not want, all rolled up into the one round. Par rounds are typically challenging if the little white ball does not roll your way, but that did not bother the top end of the field as the three grade winners for the Tatiara Tyres Par round could attest. Don Cook produced the best round of the day to win the C Grade with a +6, while Rodney Rowsell on +4 and Tim Hedges on +3 won the A and B Grades respectively.

Some good golf to be sure was had by the winners, and a large group of the remaining players all battled to a range of scores between -3 and +1, to finish with ‘commendable efforts’ and also take away some of the straight hitting prizes. Jim Gelton won the C Grade nearest the Pin on the 4th hole with a tee shot 5 metres from the hole, Rodney Rowsell added to his selection of prizes for the day by beating all comers on the 9th hole, finishing a couple of metres from the pin, while Brenton Goldsmith was the straightest A Grade tee shot on the 11th hole. Gelton went on to sink a birdie putt to follow up his tee shot, while Shaun Groth and Tyler Bleasby also scored birdies on the 11th and 14th holes. The 17th was the hole for the Nearest in Two shots contest and the big hitting Groth again produced the goods with a close in second shot.

Club captain Tony Richman played a masterful round complete with consistently accurate putts with his broom stick putter. Playing a contest against Daren O’Neill who finished on -10 for the day, Richman had the match won by the 12th hole played with a consistent game of long tee shots and putts as far as 5 – 6 metres from the edge of the green, many of which were rolling close to the hole. On the first nine Richman in particular had a purple patch with the putter where every putt from just off the edge of the green finished no more than a foot from the pin for an easy tap in. Then there was the fourth hole……. where Richman hit his tee to just 3 metres from the edge of the green but with a bunker one metre from his ball. Richman lined up his chip carefully and hit all air as the club went over the top of the ball, oh for a decent putt! Having played his round Richman was still good enough for a +1 scoreline and second place in the A Grade, along with Bob Standley and Graham Sellars, both on +1 in the B and C Grades.

Dancing in the Rain

On Wednesday June 4th the first round of the Ruth Wheal memorial, a paired event, was combined with a Stableford competition. Nineteen Ladies came out to play in the sunshine and some were caught dancing in the rain as the weather changed later in the day. Heather Cook found the fairways most often and won the day with 37 points while Michelle Morton found some good form to come second with 35points from Andy Hunt who also played well and topped the day off with a ferrett on the 6th. Robin Redden hit form on the par 3s took home 2 nearest the pins on the 4th and 9th. Lesleigh Edwards took the prize on the long 14th and Merilyn Hilton took out the straight drive on the 18th.

Next weekend is the marquee weekend for the year at Keith Golf club. The Ladies start their quest for form next Wednesday with the Club Championship semi finals and Par round. This is followed on Friday June 20th with the Keith Ladies Golf Open. Saturday June 21st sees Mixed and Men’s competitions sponsored by Goldsmith Plumbing, Riddoch Insurance Services and Keith Mitre 10. This is followed on Sunday with the Keith Men’s Open, which attracts players from all around the region including Adelaide. It’s a big weekend ahead!

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