Downpour scares off only a few as men contest open
And bags a bottle of rum for his effort
‘We had corned meat, vegies, apple crumble and custard’ – Eddie Anderson, on the food at the Monto golf club men’s open.
SCOTTWarren surprised absolutely no-one when he took out the Monto Golf Club’s men’s open on Sunday.
Playing off a handicap of four, the Gin Gin resident blitzed the field, and won the A-grade gross competition with a four under 66.
The accomplished golfer set the record for the Monto course a couple of years back, and although he said he’s not as competitive these days he managed to claim arguably the best prize on offer, a bottle of rum, after also hitting the closest captain’s pin shot.
“I used to play every morning and every night. I lived and breathed the sport, but I’m not as fussed with results these days,” he said.
“I suppose I notice some of the finer aspects of my game have dropped off, but I just try and remember good shots I’ve done before and do them again.”
The relaxed approach even saw him finish second in a field of 158 at the Queensland Country Championships this year.
“I prefer these smaller nine-hole events though; afterwards everyone has a good-catch up at the bar and you don’t get that at the big city competitions,” he said.
Monto’s Reg Kerle took out the B-grade gross competition with 78, which won him his second pair of golf shoes in two years.
“If I keep going at this rate my whole wardrobe is going to be full,” he said, with a laugh.
Monto Golf Club champion Leesa Ison was in her usual winning form, and took out the first division ladies competition with a gross score of 78, as well as the long drive and the pin shot events.
Boyd Johnson’s power shot saw him crowned champion of the A-grade long drive competition, while Tim Franzmann claimed the title in the B-grade and Brenton Mitchell in the C-grade.
Up and comer 16-year-old Braydon McInally dominated the C-grade division, and carried his winning streak through to the clubhouse, securing a $20 cash prize in the raffle.
The event brought players from Biloela, Gayndah, Mundubbera and Mt Perry, and despite the hearty competition, Eddie Anderson said one of the best things was the food.
“We had corned meat, vegies, apple crumble and custard; we are known for always having excellent food here in Monto,” he said.
While 53 had originally signed up for the event, a few were scared off by the downpour on Saturday.
“After Saturday the dams were absolutely full,” Laurie Barnett said.
“We have two on our course, and a few of the unsuspecting visitors visited them a few times.”
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