Club’s swing­ing into sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: Mem­bers of the Monto Golf Club have been get­ting the chance to re­fine their skills and get ready for the start of the sea­son through reg­u­lar sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion games.

The club has held nine-hole sta­ble­fords ev­ery week­end dur­ing the hol­i­days, at 3pm Satur­day and 12pm Sun­day.

Leesa Ison, last year’s Wide Bay Dis­trict cham­pion and mem­ber of the Monto Golf Club, said this year she hoped to im­prove her hand­i­cap and pos­si­bly com­pete for the ti­tle again.

“If I could get bet­ter and go back to back on (the cham­pi­onship), that would be good,” Ison said.

An­other rea­son for the sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion pe­riod was the chance to phase in the new golf club com­mit­tee.

On Novem­ber 28, the club held its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing to de­cide on the new com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Club sec­re­tary Wal Wilkes said they had phased the new com­mit­tee into man­age­ment of the club dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod.

“When the sea­son starts up again, most of the com­mit­tee mem­bers will have got­ten ready do­ing the sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion days,” Wilkes said.

While most of the com­mit­tee po­si­tions were un­changed from the pre­vi­ous year, there were some changes.

Cur­tis Reid, pre­vi­ously the vice-cap­tain, was re­placed by He­len Irvine in the po­si­tion.

Mr Reid said his fo­cus this year was on the sport.

“I’m look­ing at fo­cus­ing on my play­ing,” Mr Reid said.

“We’ve got a beau­ti­ful golf course here, a nine-hole course with some lovely greens, and we’re still look­ing at get­ting more peo­ple in­volved, es­pe­cially the kids.

“But for me per­son­ally, I’m just here to en­joy the game.”

Dates for most up­com­ing events have not been set in stone.

It is likely the first ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion will be on Fe­bru­ary 1.

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

TRAN­SI­TION: Monto Golf Club has been eas­ing into the new sea­son through weekly sum­mer sta­ble­fords.

Paul Irvine tees off in clear con­di­tions.

Leesa Ison hopes to have an­other suc­cess­ful year of golf ahead of her.

Brett McI­nally takes a prac­tice swing.

A solid long dis­tance drive by Mark Myles.

Roy Mar­bach com­pletes a tricky putt.

Club pres­i­dent Boyd John­ston gets in some put­ting prac­tice.

George Au­gen­stein Jr with a suc­cess­ful sink.

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