Lighting up fairways
30 golfers contest day/night comp at Gayndah
BALLS, white and fluoro, flying across the fairways drew 30 golfers to the Gayndah day/night two-ball ambrose competition.
President Michael Coulson said it was a new concept for the club.
“We spoke about the concept about six months ago and it’s been a development process from there,” Coulson said.
Run in two separate competitions – the first starting at 3pm and the second starting after dark – the happy buzz suggested it was a winner.
Coulson was happy to partner with greenkeeper Jim Myers and take on all comers.
“This is a two-ball ambrose so Jim and I, we hit the ball and we take the best one, and we walk to that ball and put both balls down, and we both hit from that point forward,” Coulson said.
“Steve (Jameson) and Peter (Ulcoq) are probably winning as far as the gross event is concerned; handicap-wise Jim and I are probably pegging them pretty high.”
Coulson, who started playing in 1997, said his key enjoyment was in the camaraderie.
“I got started through friends, who were playing as well, and the company, on a Thursday afternoon having its sporters event – and it’s a very sociable event,” he said.
“It’s competition if you really want to make it competition but the majority of the time it’s about having a bit of fun.”
What keeps Coulson following the little white ball around the golf course is not the competition, but self-development.
“My parents said to me that you need to control your temper before you can start playing team sports.
“So I played tennis as a young person and now I play a lot of sport.
“Golf is a very challenging sport.”
On top of their game, Coulson and Myers followed their fluoro balls around the green to be runners-up in the night competition.
NIGHT GOLF: Luminous golf balls are prepared for a game of night golf at Gayndah.