Guid­ing Tues­day golfers

Bourke re­cently took on the vets pres­i­dent role

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH Golf Club vets pres­i­dent Jan Bourke has hit the ground run­ning as the new vets cap­tain for the club, af­ter tak­ing over from long time cap­tain Gene Hav­lik.

“It reached the stage where it was time for some­one else to do it,” Bourke said. “I’m a newer per­son here, I’ve only been here for about eight years and I’ve just sort of been un­der­study to Gene for some years. Gene is 84 now and has done a won­der­ful job as the cap­tain but de­cided it was time to step down.”

Bourke took on the role when it be­came ev­i­dent few peo­ple were in­ter­ested in tak­ing on the ex­tra work­load.

“As a club we need some­one to do all of the cap­tain stuff, like now for ex­am­ple I am do­ing the hand­i­caps,” Bourke said.

He had al­ready taken on some tasks around the club house as an un­der­study to Hav­lik.

“Tak­ing on the role of cap­tain was some­thing that just sort of hap­pened nat­u­rally,” Bourke said.

“Bev Em­mer­ton has been the vice cap­tain for a while and she has been help­ing out and I have been here do­ing bits and pieces so it was a nat­u­ral sort of thing to go on to be the cap­tain.

“It’s been fine so far, when we have car­ni­vals here we have peo­ple come in from all over and it’s a bit of a chal­lenge to have 60 peo­ple here whose hand­i­caps you need to work out and then to come up with who should play with who.”

As well as record­ing the daily hand­i­caps for the play­ers, Bourke also gives out the score cards.

“Each week you get an­other stroke on your hand­i­cap so ev­ery­one gets a chance, it’s the same thing that hap­pens for the sporters,” Bourke said.

“To get your hand­i­cap you first need a cer­tain amount of score cards recorded and then you work out your hand­i­cap from that. Steve does a lot of the hand­i­caps for the club too and puts it all on to the golf link web­site.

“Hand­i­caps change week by week, so if you win you need to know your daily hand­i­cap.”

The cap­tain’s role in­cludes keep­ing all scor­ing and record­ing of hand­i­caps ac­cu­rate and of­fi­cial for a na­tion­wide data base.

“You have a hand­i­cap for Golf Aus­tralia and then you also have a hand­i­cap for your course. All cour­ses are rated dif­fer­ently,” Bourke said. “A cal­cu­la­tion works out the rat­ing at cour­ses which means if we go away to an­other course we tend to get more strokes on our hand­i­cap be­cause most of the other cour­ses are a bit more chal­leng­ing.”

The trav­el­ling as­pect is some­thing Bourke has come to en­joy in her eight years as an avid golfer.

“We go away to other clubs for the en­joy­ment of it and the friend­ship,” Bourke said.

“We will go to their cour­ses for an 18-hole vets comp; we have a cal­en­dar that comes out ev­ery year and shows which cour­ses are hav­ing vets car­ni­vals and when. Ours is usu­ally around March.

“For ex­am­ple this year we might go across to the Isis course and play their vets comp.”

Bourke only took up golf shortly be­fore mov­ing to Gayn­dah eight years ago.

“I joined the Gayn­dah club about 12 months af­ter mov­ing here but I hadn’t played a great deal of golf at all be­fore that,” Bourke said.

“My hus­band was play­ing and I de­cided that as you get older it’s some­thing you can play to­gether so that’s sort of how I started.”

The ru­ral at­mos­phere only proved to re­in­force Bourke’s choice to take up golf.

“It’s the peo­ple you meet and the places you go to and the peo­ple you meet at those places that is great,” Bourke said.

We go away to other clubs for the en­joy­ment of it and the friend­ship — -Jan Bourke

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

AVID GOLFER: Gayn­dah Golf Club Vets pres­i­dent Jan Bourke.

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