Mun­dub­bera Golf Club brought back from the brink last year

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

ON January 1 2016 the fu­ture of the Mun­dub­bera Golf Club did not look bright.

“Our play­ing num­bers were down at least 50%,” club pres­i­dent Gra­ham Car­lyon said.

“The rea­sons for that I couldn’t tell you.

“We’ve thought about it, but it’s a mat­ter of peo­ple were in a sit­u­a­tion where they were time poor and cash poor.

“We just had to strug­gle through with what we had.”

Car­lyon said it had got­ten very se­ri­ous.

“We even at one stage called a gen­eral meet­ing to see whether we’d close the doors or not, that’s how se­ri­ous it was,” he said.

Fast for­ward to January 1 2017 and the fu­ture is look­ing a lot more pos­i­tive for the club.

“We de­cided to bite the bul­let and it turned out in our favour,” Car­lyon said.

“2016 was most def­i­nitely a turn­around year for the club.

“We weren’t in a good sit­u­a­tion, but we’ve sort of tight­ened the belt, changed a few things and came out of 2016 rather well.”

Car­lyon said de­spite not a large rise in player num­bers, they were able to turn their for­tunes around by rais­ing prices.

“Our bar prices, play­ing fees that sort of thing,” he said.

“It may not have been suc­cess­ful if you put the prices up, be­cause the only peo­ple pay­ing it are the ones continuing to play, but it turned out for the good.

“Ev­ery­body ac­cepted the changes and we went from there.

“Hope­fully this year our mem­ber­ship will get back up, hope­fully it will im­prove.”

Car­lyon said the clo­sure of the club would have af­fected the com­mu­nity.

“No com­mu­nity of any size, par­tic­u­larly the size of ours, can af­ford to lose a sport­ing body,” he said.

“It af­fects the com­mu­nity badly as it’s not just the mat­ter of the peo­ple that play golf, but the things like the busi­ness and that sort of thing that sur­round it.

“The com­mu­nity just can’t af­ford to lose things like that. It’s an in­te­gral part of Mun­dub­bera.”

Car­lyon said ev­ery golf club in the coun­try had suf­fered from a down­turn in mem­ber­ship.

“That’s the thing, we’re not Robin­son Cru­soe in the sit­u­a­tion we were in,” he said.

“We are not some­thing spe­cial, but as far as com­mu­ni­ties are con­cerned you have to hang in there, as much for the com­mu­nity ben­e­fit as your own.

“You are part and par­cel of that com­mu­nity and you have to keep go­ing.

“We’ve seen too many things over the years like banks that have just faded away out of the com­mu­nity, it does dam­age to the com­mu­nity.

“As far as things like golf clubs, bowls clubs and cricket clubs, they are part and par­cel of the his­tory of the com­mu­nity and you can’t let that go.”

He said the fu­ture of the club was safe for now.

“It won’t close, not while there are any of us there that can set foot on that golf course, we aren’t go­ing away,” he said.

Car­lyon said the Im­pe­rial Chal­lenge was the high­light for the club in terms of game play in 2016.

“That is our ma­jor event for the year which was over a three day pe­riod,” he said.

“It cer­tainly was the top of the com­pe­ti­tions for the year.

“We also had our cham­pi­onships which were a ma­jor part of our play­ing year.”

Car­lyon, who only be­came pres­i­dent at the start of 2016 said his own personal high­light was be­ing able to sit back and re­alise the club was get­ting back on track.

“That was the most sat­is­fy­ing thing,” he said.

It will be a big year for the club.

“We’re go­ing to be 80 years old this year,” Car­lyon said.

“For a club to be there for that long it’s got to mean some­thing, it’s part of the com­mu­nity.”

Car­lyon said there weren’t any con­crete cel­e­bra­tion plans yet.

“That’s still in the pipe­line at the mo­ment, but we go back into of­fi­cial busi­ness at the end of next week, so we’ll get some heads to­gether and some ideas,” he said.

“We’ll see where we go from there, we cer­tainly won’t let it go past with­out some sort of cel­e­bra­tion.

“Apart from our 80 year cel­e­bra­tion, it will be the im­pe­rial chal­lenge in Oc­to­ber.”

We are not some­thing spe­cial, but as far as com­mu­ni­ties are con­cerned you have to hang in there, as much for the com­mu­nity ben­e­fit as your own. — Gra­ham Car­lyon

PHOTO: ANASTASSIA PERETS

ABOVE: Gra­ham Car­lyon play­ing golf in 2015.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

WIN­NERS: Romero, Peter and An­thony Zipf (pic­tured right) cel­e­brate their win at the Mun­dub­bera Golf day.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Golfers played in pairs at the Mun­dub­bera Golf Club on Sunday.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Peter Hun­sley at the Mun­dub­bera Golf day.

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