It’s time to tee off

Mr Golf calls for more mem­bers to help boost Monto club

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

WALWilkes is Monto’s Mr Golf. A club mem­ber from 1975-1980, Wilkes was a mem­ber of Childers Golf Club from 1981-1986 be­fore re­turn­ing to Monto, where he has been a mem­ber since 1987.

Not just con­tent with ne­go­ti­at­ing greens, fair­ways and ev­ery other chal­lenge on course, Wilkes has been heav­ily in­volved in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of his sport.

He has been a Monto com­mit­tee mem­ber for all ex­cept three of his years with the club and at Childers it was only his first year when he did not hold an equiv­a­lent po­si­tion.

He is now the sec­re­tary/trea­surer at Monto and, al­though happy with the level of sup­port from the town’s busi­nesses, he sees club mem­ber- ship as a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

“We are re­ally strug­gling for mem­bers. We need more mem­bers to get more in­come, as there are ex­penses in­volved with run­ning the club,” Mr Wilkes said. “I have seen our mem­ber­ship halved in the last 20 years. It is cur­rently 54.

“We try to keep fees at rea­son­able prices and we rely on vol­un­tary labour to keep the club run­ning.

“Sun­day is our com­pe­ti­tion day while Thurs­day is so­cial and I think peo­ple still suf­fer­ing from the floods has im­pacted on our play­ing num­bers this year.”

Monto Golf Club has been op­er­at­ing since 1933 and Wal feels it will bounce back. Some changes he has seen in­clude an air-con­di­tioned club­house and mo­torised bug­gies, which are now ev­ery­day fea­tures.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

MORE PLEASE: Monto’s golfers en­joy their games but the club needs more mem­bers.

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