The Tradition Continues



The Quarter and Semi Finals of the Mens Club Championships were played at Keith on Saturday with some upsets and a continuing of tradition at the top. In the morning A Grade Quarter Finals Bradley Sherriff, Brenton Goldsmith, Shane Cleggett and Steve Gurr won through against Tyler Bleasby, Simon Leek, Rodney Rowsell and Shaun Groth respectively to set up semi finals of Sherriff v Cleggett and Goldsmith v Gurr.

In the first semi final Goldsmith got away to an early lead before Gurr fought back, firing in a great approach at the fifth which spun back and almost fell into the hole. However Goldsmiths consistency in all aspects of his game allowed him to grind away at Gurr, eventually closing out the match for a 8 hole margin with 7 holes to play. Cleggett took the game right up to Sherriff in the other semi, with players trading holes all the way through the match. With Sherriff one hole up on the 18th, Cleggett produced a great approach shot over the trees from the left to hit the green and put pressure on Sherriff, who had also erred in sending his third shot across the 16th green. Sherriff however responded with a shot onto the 18th which spun to a stop two metres from the hole. Sherriff missed the putt to halve the hole and win the match, lipping around the edge to send the match to a playoff, where the drama continued. After Cleggett hit the flag with his fourth shot and rolled two metres from the hole, Sherriff lined up a putt from five metres and sunk it to win through to next Saturday’s final, where once again Goldsmith and Sherriff will play off the Club Championship A Grade title.

The B Grade saw Willy Little and Pete Rivett seeded through to the semi finals. The remaining two lead up finals saw Pete Mc Auley up against Daren O’Neill and Bob Dicker playing Tim Hedges. O’Neill versus McAuley proved to be an up and down match as McAuley got away to a two hole lead, striking an impressive 180m 3 wood onto the second green to build some confidence. O’Neill however struck back to lead by one hole at the ninth where he hit the green for a two metre birdie putt chance. McAuley replied with a positive start to the back nine, sinking a 10 metre birdie putt on the tenth, and then winning the first three holes to get a two hole lead. Despite a comeback by O’Neill, McAuley maintained the lead to close out with a 3 hole win with 2 holes to play. Hedges a Dicker also played a tight match, Hedges producing a miracle chip down the hill on the ninth which hit the flag and dropped in for a win. Dicker led for most of the round, before Hedges hit the front with a win on the 17th, and held his nerve with a difficult chip on the 18th hole to win. The semi finals, both played out a little quicker than the morning matches, Rivett being too consistent for McAuley who was wayward off the tee, and Hedges producing an upset over Little, both matches being 4 and 3 results.

The C Grade went straight to semi finals, with Jim Gelton sparring with Dean Dunsford and Mark Wachtel and DJ Appelkamp engaging in the battle of the big hits. Gelton started off well to have a one hole lead at the ninth and maintained the lead to be victorious over Dunsford. In the other semi, Wachtel and Appelkamp shared the lead generously. Appelkamp broke out to a three hole lead early on, before Wachtel produced the shot of the day on the ninth, hitting a putt from the bottom edge of the rough on the ninth. The ball rolled past the bunker and then just missed the hole, rolling another 4 metres up the green to near the top edge, before gravity took over and the ball rolled back to a mere six inches from the hole, Wachtel tapping in for a par and win. Wachtel built up a lead of two holes by the start of the 17th, but Appelkamp then hit back rolling in testing putts on the last two holes for wins, taking the match to a playoff. Playing the first a second time both players hit into trouble and out again, including a 150 metre putt from Appelkamp which ran through the fairway bunker and rolled to a position near the green! An accurate chip and a short putt saw Appelkamp win out.

On Wednesday the Ladies came out for the Jacqueline Logan Hairdressing Salon Par round and the 3rd round of the Captains trophy. Brisk southerly winds made the golf hard work, with the wind a factor in players accuracy at the green. The result was all players struggling to make a plus score, which is a regular story with pars in winter. Winner for the day with a -1 score was Barb Little, also shooting the Nearest the Pin on the 14th hole. Second in Division One for the day was Robin Redden, also managing a chip in ferret on the 13th hole. Division Two also emphasised further the challenging conditions, with Tania Kennett winning the day with -5, followed by Anthea Brinkworth on -6. At the end of the day the players got in just as the rain came down for a large soup, supplied by Lisa O’Neill.

Players were not completely defeated by the conditions however. Ingrid Gelton joined Robin Redden with the glory of a chip in on the 13th hole, while captain Mel Johnson hit the straightest drive on the 10th fairway. Michelle Moreton teed off accurately as well to win the Nearest the Pin on the 9th, while Carol Miller performed the same feat on the 11th.

This Saturday the club will host the Club Championship Finals with matches teeing off from 9am onward, the C Grade hitting off first. Other players will compete in the Elders Rural Stableford round, play starting at 10am so that members can then cheer the finals matches home. On Sunday July 10th the 27 hole Tintinara Open will be played, and the next Saturday there will be a Stroke round sponsored by Spence Dix and Co. The Ladies compete in the Out and About Clothing Stroke round this Wednesday, which combines with the Final Club Medal round, the Silver Spoon, the 4th round of the Secretary’s, the International Bowl and South East Medallion. Players can compete in the Naracoorte Open on July 7th, and the Stableford Multiplication round, sponsored by Retail Therapy on July 13th. Come out and see the golf action next Saturday as Goldy and Sherriff continue the tradition and put the course to the test.

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