What a Purl of a round!


The weather finally started presenting it’s challenges this week at Keith, but that didn’t stop Heather Cook and Marg Groth from playing the wet weather game to perfection and taking out the divisional prizes in the Stroke round sponsored by Lucy Purls. It was a case of the summer to winter transition all in one day as the ladies were confronted by rain and then steamy conditions as the sun came out for the rest of the afternoon. Cook and Groth, both on Nett 73s won Division 1 and 2 respectively and placed themselves in good positions in the qualifying for the Club Championships.

Coming in behind in Division 1 was Merrilyn Hilton in second place on Nett 79, followed by Lyn Todd on Nett 83 and Barb Little on Nett 85, highlighting the impact of the weather and the form that Cook and Groth were in. Similarly in Division 2 Carol Miller took out second place with a Nett 79, with Anthea Brinkworth and Di Ashby in third and fourth on Nett 80 and 84 respectively. In the Nearest the Pin competition Todd gained some reward for her effort with the prize on the fourth hole, while recent new member Tanya Kennett scored on the 9th hole and Anthea Brinkworth took the Nearest in Two shots on the 14th hole. In the rest of the accuracy stakes, Carol Miller caressed the greens with just 28 putts and Louise Hannemann took out the straightest tee shot on the 16th fairway.

Barry takes the Cake!

On Saturday the good turnouts continued for the men as players played out the coveted Canadian Foursomes, with the famous two pewter cups the sought after prize. The foursomes game involves both players teeing off and from here hitting alternately starting from the position of the best tee shot. The weather once again played a strong role with players putting up with light rain for 16 of the 18 holes. In the wet conditions that required a consistent game and few errors there were some excellent scores. The final result hinged on a countback and it was left to Barry Cakebread and Shaun Groth to take the pewters for the second year in a row, on Nett 65 in a countback from Rodney Rowsell and Tim Hedges.

The quality scores did not stop there with Jim Gelton and Allan Sanderson coming in with a Nett 65 1/2, and coming in on Nett 68 there were the pairs of Don Cook and Bob Dicker and Graham Sellars and Tyler Bleasby. Sellars and Bleasby were especially unfortunate, charging through the day with some great team golf, only for it to unravel on the 17th and 18th holes, where six strokes were conceded. Bleasby and Sellars had some reward however, with Bleasby winning the Nearest the Pins on the 4th and 9th holes and the combination taking out the Nearest in Two on the 15th hole, and then sinking the birdie putt! Shaun Groth was the only other sharpshooter on the day with his effort to take the Nearest the Pin on the 11th hole.

Next Wednesday the Ladies turn out for the Stableford round sponsored by Fit for Life and the first round of the Ruth Wheal Memorial event. The Pinnaroo Open is played on Friday June 6th, the Cudmore Salver at Lucindale (June 12th) and the Lameroo Open on June 13th. However the marquee event of the season will be on June 11th, when the club celebrates the 100th birthday for Lorna Henstridge with a 9 hole Stableford round and pooled lunch afterward. This will be a big event and we are looking for plenty of members to join in the celebrations. The Men on Saturday play the Tatiara Tyres Par round on June 7th, and this will be followed by the Open Day on June 14th, sponsored by Cox Rural. Don’t forget also the Open Weekend coming up from Friday June 20th to Sunday June 22nd, culminating with the Keith Open sponsored by Seed Genetics International.

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