Healthy greens key to hap­pi­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

MONTO Bowl­ing Club green­keeper Herb Kirk­wood has been do­ing the job since Jan­uary and loves it.

A mem­ber of the club since 1991 Kirk­wood took the po­si­tion as he is re­tired and needed some­thing to oc­cupy his time as well as con­trib­ute to the club.

He av­er­ages 2.5 hours per day and much of it is vol­un­tary.

“The work changes ev­ery day but the main aim is to keep a good play­ing sur­face par­tic­u­larly as I en­joy play­ing my­self,” Kirk­wood said.

“The club can’t af­ford a full­time keeper so I am part paid and that’s fine be­cause I just want to keep the club go­ing.

“I’m only new to the job so there is a lot to learn but re­ally it is not much dif­fer­ent from farm­ing.

“There is some main­te­nance in­volved with the ma­chin­ery but the main aim is keep­ing the greens healthy par­tic­u­larly in win­ter.”

Herb Kirk­wood has some early morn­ings around 4–6am to ir­ri­gate be­fore a breeze ar­rives.

The greens need to be weeded and guarded against grubs and fun­gus, they are mowed three to four days a week and rolled be­fore play.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

SMOOTH ROLL: Herb Kirk­wood en­joys keep­ing Monto Bowl­ing Club’s greens in good shape.

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