Wonderful Wacha!

Wonderful Wacha!

It was the Skipper’s turn to shine on Saturday assmiling Mark Wachtel burned up the course in the Cox Rural Stableford at Keith.

Wachtel’s handicap breaking round was well timed with the Keith Open coming up next weekend, as he found some good form, playing his aggressive game to rattle up 40 Stableford points. At a time of year where 40 points is normally a challenging target, Wachtel almost had to give away the prize as new member Rob Burns also hit some form with 40 points as well, losing out to Wacha on a count back. The C Grade was the grade for the high scorers as Jim Gelten came in third, with a score of 36 points, behind the winners, but defeating Dean Dunsford in another count back. Burns’ day was lifted a little further by his tee shot on the fourth hole, where he landed the ball inside three metres, stealing the Nearest the Pin away from the already impressive tee shot of Graham Jones. It was also the day of the double whammy prizes for the Nearest the Pin winners as Burns also sunk his birdie putt. Getting in on the double whammy act was Jim Gelten, with the double prize on the ninth and Bob Morton with the double on the eleventh, where he sunk a putt five metres.

The A and B Grades were not quite as spectacular as the C Grade, with winning scores of 37 and 35 points respectively. Bradley Sherriff returned the best score in the A Grade with his 37, finishing two clear of Rodney Rowsell on 35 points, Rowsell losing a high standard Hill Trophy match to Dunsford. Steve Gurr finished third with 33 points, knocking Ian Tobin out on a count back. In the B Grade, proceedings were just as tight, with Morton taking out the day on 35 points, to go with the sharpshooter’s prize on the eleventh. Bob Dicker had solid day, finishing on 33 points, and three clear of Jones on 30 points.

The Ladies toughed it out well on Wednesday, when the cold and the wet hit with great potency. As the Keith Newsagency Stroke round got underway several blasts of winter weather hit the course, especially in the latter half of the round. Considering the wintry conditions, the Ladies did well, with some solid Nett scores resulting. Robin Redden returned the best Division One result, shooting a 99, Nett 77, one stroke ahead of Michelle Moreton on Nett 78. Gill Brook also put in a serviceable round when she shot a Nett 79, also hitting the straightest drive on the first and the Nearest the Pin on the fourteenth hole.

Sandy Yates worked hard in Division Two, leading the day with a Nett 85, ahead of Annette Snajdar on Nett 91, also sinking the least putts with 30 for the round. All players did well in the tough conditions, with all the Nearest Pins still being hit. Anthea Brinkworth hit the difficult fourth, while Redden and Moreton added to their days by hit most accurately on the ninth and eleventh holes, while the only ferret for the day was by Ann Milkins on the tenth.

The Open Weekend

It is a big week of golf coming up in Keith, with the first week of the Ruth Wheal Memorial Matchplay on Wednesday. The Open Weekend tees off on Friday June 17th, with the Ladies Open, sponsored by Farmers Centre Keith and L & S Yates Windmills & Solar Pumps. Players need to arrive by 9am for a shot gun start at 9.30am. The Open Men’s Championship sponsored by Goldsmith Plumbing, Riddoch Insurance Services, Keith Mitre 10 and Seed Genetics International is on Saturday, players needing to arrive by 9.30 am for a 10 am tee off. For the Ladies, the golfing experience will continue with the “Moorundie Poll Merino” Golf Classic, also teeing off at 10am. Saturday night at the golf club will also the opportunity to Enjoy a pig on the spit for Dinner for $10 for Adults and prices negotiated for children, all welcome. For those wanting to stretch their golf muscles one more time on Sunday there will be a 9 Hole Stableford Recovery Round, 11am Hit off. For the Ladies Open entries close Friday June 10th 2016, names & golf link no’s please to Ladies Captain, Sandy Yates phone 0409 287 550 or email: lsyates@bigpond.com. For the Men entries appreciated by Tuesday 14th June, but late comers will still be welcome. Entries to Men’s Captain Mark Wachtel phone 0428849563 or Email:  wachteg@bigpond.com.



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