Settled into Gayndah life
Jim Meyer is dedicated to keeping the Gayndah golf course up to par
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.”
GREENSKEEPER: Jim Myers works hard to keep the Gayndah Golf Club greens and bunkers in tip-top shape.
Jim Myers is an active member of the golf club.