Putting a twist on the clas­sic game

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

IT WAS Gayn­dah Golf Club cap­tain Steve Gal­lagher’s an­nual fam­ily week­ends that formed the orig­i­nal idea of the Gayn­dah Golf Cap­tains Tour­na­ment.

The in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment took place at the week­end, with the main theme be­ing some light-hearted fun.

“I in­vented the idea my­self, we have a Gal­lagher fam­ily golf clas­sic ev­ery Aus­tralia Day long week­end where our fam­ily get to­gether and we al­ways do some­thing like this,” Gal­lagher said.

“We will change the rules up a bit to add some more fun to the game, so I thought I’d start a cap­tain’s tour­na­ment up here and see what hap­pens.”

The event was bro­ken up into three sets of nine holes with a change on rules af­ter ev­ery nine holes.

“The in­ter­est­ing one will be on hole five be­cause if you’re a right handed player you have to hit with the left handed club pro­vided and vice versa for the left han­ders,” Gal­lagher said.

“So that makes it in­ter­est­ing, and hit­ting the ball off the fair­way is an out of bounds shot.”

Some other changes in­cluded au­to­matic out of bounds when off the fair­way and chang­ing who can tee off and from where.

Gal­lagher took on the role of Gayn­dah Golf Club cap­tain in Fe­bru­ary of this year and was look­ing at ways he could help im­prove an al­ready en­joy­able game.

“I wanted to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, as cap­tain I or­gan­ise Satur­days as well as or­gan­ise the cal­en­dar, so I thought it would be good,” Gal­lagher said.

“We play golf ev­ery Satur­day and if we al­ways did the same type of event ev­ery week­end, you would get sick of it pretty fast.

“Hav­ing a fun day like this re­ally adds to the joy of be­ing part of the club.”

The day had no im­pact on of­fi­cial club re­sults which took the stress of per­for­mance.

“I also think fun days re­in­force the best parts about be­ing part of the golf club,” Gal­lagher said.

“We will look to do this again next year and will use any of the feed­back we get to make any changes we think could im­prove the day even more.”

Long time Gayn­dah Golf Club mem­ber Bev Em­mer­ton said Gal­lagher had done a great job as club cap­tain since he took over the role ear­lier this year.

“Steve has re­ally been do­ing such a great job and has made a big dif­fer­ent to the club and in a pos­i­tive way,” Em­mer­ton said.

“No­body wanted to take on the role so when Steve did it was great, he is so en­thu­si­as­tic which is con­ta­gious around the club.

“It’s the best thing for the club in a long time.”

Em­mer­ton wanted to show her ap­pre­ci­a­tion of all the hard work Gal­lagher did putting on the day.

“I just wanted to come down to­day and show sup­port for Steve’s day and his idea,” Em­mer­ton said.

“He has done a lot for this club in his time as cap­tain so I wanted to con­tinue to sup­port that.

“I usu­ally play ev­ery week­end com­pe­ti­tion but I've been away a few weeks and missed some games so I came down here to get back into it.”

Em­mer­ton cred­its Gal­lagher’s pos­i­tive at­ti­tude as one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the day com­ing to­gether.

“It is a great idea and one that Steve has put to­gether for us,” Em­mer­ton said.

The next big event is the monthly medal which will take place on Mon­day, Novem­ber 14 from 7.30am.

PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

LONG PUTT: Brad Schif­fke eye­ing a long range putt.

SHORT GAME: Sally Ed­wards chip­ping onto the green.

TEE OFF: Robert Kirk at the Gayn­dah Cap­tain’s Tour­na­ment.

CHIP­PING: Club cap­tain Steve Gal­lagher on the Gayn­dah course.

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