Golf club pushes for mem­ber di­ver­sity

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

MONTO Golf Club is look­ing to di­ver­sify its mem­ber­ship in the new year.

The club had an al­to­gether suc­cess­ful year in 2016, man­ag­ing to turn a profit thanks to spon­sor­ship and com­mu­nity sup­port.

There are still con­cerns around the lack of club mem­bers, but pres­i­dent Boyd John­ston has sug­gested two pos­si­ble reme­dies to this; more re­turn­ing mem­bers, and more women.

“We’ve got a few more ladies play­ing and if we can get a few more in­ter­ested as a re­sult of the Come and Try days, we’re hop­ing to pick a few more of them up as mem­bers,” Mr John­ston said.

“We’re also tar­get­ing those who have been past mem­bers of the club, we’d love to see them come back and be­come a part of our ac­tive golf com­mu­nity in Monto.”

Gen­der is be­com­ing less of a bar­rier to en­try in golf; last year, Leesa Ison, a reg­u­lar of Monto Golf Club, was named Dis­trict Cham­pion of Wide Bay Golf.

Club sec­re­tary Wal Wilkes said the club’s over­all mem­ber­ship had lost and gained in roughly equal amounts last year.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

TEE OFF: Leesa Ison, Wide Bay Dis­trict cham­pion.

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