Light­ing up fair­ways

30 golfers contest day/night comp at Gayn­dah

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way

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.

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