When Two is Better than One

Closing Day for the winter golf season brought another taste of spring as temperatures went into the 20s at Keith on Saturday. With a Two Ball Ambrose to be played players turned out in reasonable numbers considering the involvement of most of Keith in Grand Final football and netball. With the course taking on more colour as the greens responded to the warmth of September, Bradley Sherriff and Ian Tobin proved to be too big and too straight for most of the competition in winning the day.

The warm weather brought some good scores, but nothing lined up against the Nett 63 ¼ that the big hitting A Graders produced after having their 3 ¾ strokes removed from their 67 off the stick. By a long way the best round of the day, but the rest of the field produced close finishes between them, with just 2 ½ strokes separating second place from fifth. Pete Rivett, maintaining his good form from last week, teamed up with Barry Cakebread for the fourth time in five weeks to take second place on Nett 67 ¼, followed by Don Cook and Men’s Captain Tony Richman on Nett 68 ½. In fourth place, just a half stroke back came Roger Buddle and Willy Little on Nett 68 ¾, entering the clubhouse with a few strokes spent near the end. Coming through the first nine with 37 off the stick, Little and Buddle were in good form for the back nine, until losing a few strokes on homeward stretch, including a critical double bogey 6 on the 18th hole. This form was highlighted by their performance on the Par 3s as Buddle scored Nearest the Pins on the 9th , hitting to within 3 metres and the 11th, where he went even closer for a successful birdie putt from under 2 metres from the hole. Not to be outdone, Little also got in the act on the long par 3 14th hole when he hit to within 4 metres of the hole, while Graham Jones gained the last prize when he hit the green on the 4th hole.

Good numbers turned out again for the Ladies on Wednesday as players vied for the Par Aggregate Patroness Trophy, sponsored by Ladies Patron Joan Clark. In amongst the solid scores, the best combination to win the day was from Robin Redden and Merrilyn Hilton, who combined for a -5 result, Redden on -1 and Hilton finishing on -4. The weather warmed up the golf swings as Brooke Rowsell produced a +1 to win Division One, with birdies on the 1st and 18th holes. Lesleigh Edwards finished on -3, behind Redden, while Hilton took out fourth place with her -4 round. In Division Two Glenys Creek played a solid round, to get the other positive score for the day, on +1, followed by Ingrid Gelten who finished square and Lisa O’Neill in third place on -3. Gelten’s round included a unique succession of chip ins on successive holes, the 14th and 15th, while Robin Redden also chipped in on the 14th, gaining a birdie in the process. Other prizes for the sharpshooters went to Mel Johnson, for her Nearest the Pin on the 9th hole, Lyn Todd on the 11th and Robin Redden on the 14th, while Michelle Moreton’s drive on the 17th was the straightest for the day.

This next week sees the Ladies play the Final Club Medal round, a stroke round sponsored by Salon 15, with the Mt Gambier Ladies Open on the 29th and the Mount Osmond / Bordertown / Keith event on September 30th. For the Men Spring golf tees into action next Saturday as players have a Stroke round, followed by a Par round on October 3rdlaugh 2.

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