Down­pour scares off only a few as men con­test open

And bags a bot­tle of rum for his ef­fort

Central and North Burnett Times - - CENTRAL & NORTH BURNETT TIMES -

‘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.”



EYEONTHE BALL: Paul Irvine is all about prepa­ra­tion at the­week­end’s Monto Golf Club men’s open.

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