Set­tled into Gayn­dah life

Jim Meyer is ded­i­cated to keep­ing the Gayn­dah golf course up to par

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

GOLF: Jim My­ers never ex­pected to find him­self in a small town on the other side of the world from the United States.

“I was liv­ing in Wis­con­sin be­fore I moved over here, right next to Lake Michi­gan in Mil­wau­kee, ” My­ers said.

“I spent 20 years in the Air Force mov­ing around and stuff and I came to en­joy the Pa­cific much more than the At­lantic, so even though I didn’t think about mov­ing here I knew it was my type of place.

“I’ve lived all over and was ac­tu­ally liv­ing in Guam when I met my wife.”

My­ers met and mar­ried an Aus­tralian woman and soon af­ter he was in the coun­try and em­brac­ing the Gayn­dah life­style.

“We’ve been mar­ried al­most 14 years now and I had never been to Aus­tralia prior to mov­ing here,” My­ers said. My­ers and his wife moved to Coal­stoun Lakes from Her­vey Bay and it was the job va­cancy for a green­keeper in Gayn­dah that ul­ti­mately led them to the town he still calls home.

It just so hap­pened that My­ers was uniquely qual­i­fied to ap­ply as he had done part-time work in green­keep­ing in the past.

“While I was in the Air Force I ac­tu­ally did some greenskeep­ing work in different places so I had that ex­pe­ri­ence,” My­ers said.

He ap­plied for the po­si­tion and was of­fered the job.

“When I got the job we moved over to Gayn­dah in a small place near the hospi­tal,” he said.

“I worked that job for prob­a­bly three years and the Tues­day vet­er­ans had a bring a friend day.”

It was long-time club mem­ber Di Baker who in­tro­duced My­ers to the golf­ing side of things.

“My neigh­bour had a spare set of clubs that her hus­band used to own and she gave them to me and that’s pretty much how I started out play­ing golf,” he said.

“I had only played once be­fore that in my life but now I play when­ever I can.”

While My­ers had lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence on Amer­i­can cour­ses, he was still able to see some cru­cial dif­fer­ences in the course lay­out.

“The Amer­i­can cour­ses don’t have as many trees on them and when they do they are usu­ally in more of a gar­den set­ting,” he said.

“They don’t de­fine the fair­way like they tend to do here.”

As the green­keeper, My­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude look­ing af­ter the greens, bunkers and around the green.

“The fair­ways are mowed and taken care of by vol­un­teers who all do a great job for the club,” My­ers said.

“Un­for­tu­nately work­ing on the greens doesn’t give me any ad­van­tage, it still doesn’t help my put­ting to know the green that well.”

My­ers is ac­tively in­volved with com­pe­ti­tion and so­cial golf at the Gayn­dah Golf Club.

He even won the last Thurs­day sports round of 2016.

“As green­keeper I work three days a week which al­lows me to still play in the so­cial and com­pe­ti­tion games,” My­ers said.

“I work Tues­days be­fore the vets play, Thurs­day be­fore the sporters round and then week­ends I ready the greens for com­pe­ti­tions.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

GREENSKEEPER: Jim My­ers works hard to keep the Gayn­dah Golf Club greens and bunkers in tip-top shape.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

Jim My­ers is an ac­tive mem­ber of the golf club.

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