Sixty years as a golfer
Keith Murr reflects on his life as a member of the Monto Golf Club
KEITH Murr has been a member of the Monto Golf Club for just over 60 years, making him one of the longest-serving members.
He joined the club at the age of 25 (he’s 85 now, turning 86 in March), after his brother showed him the ropes of the game.
“My brother came up from Coffs Harbour after the war, and he said ‘come on I’ll show you golf clubs’,” Keith said.
“So we came out here, he gets the golf club out and I had about three shots to start and I loved it ever since.”
Keith remembers a very different Monto Golf Club to the one we have now, one he described as being more “up-market”.
“The old players used to play, they were well-dressed, it’s more casual today,” Keith said.
“We had nine sand greens when I started, now we have none, it’s all grass.”
A baker by trade, though retired since 2000, Keith also worked part-time as a greenkeeper at the golf club during the 70s, when the club was transitioning from sand to grass.
“I was greenkeeper here for 14 years, I used to bake at night time then come out in the afternoon and do maintenance on the course,” he said.
“I built two of the grass greens, two and six I think.”
He briefly came back to work on the greens in 2006.
Keith was also a competitive golfer in his day and even made it into a few club championships.
“I think I won maybe half a dozen club championships, two or three matchplay championships, three or four mixed championships and a few men’s championships,” he said.
He even managed to feature in the district zone championships back in the 60s, during a three way competition between Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto.
However, he got beaten by one point in the playoff.
“There was two of us tied, the following week we had the playoff and he beat me by one,” Keith said.
“It was at this club, by the last hole, got a two penalty.”
Still an active player, Keith normally plays nine holes on Thursday and 18 on Sunday.
Though his competition days are largely behind him, he still likes to try and challenge his personal best.
His peers at the club say he’s scored three hole-in-ones throughout his career, although Keith doesn’t fully remember them.
“I had one down the Sunshine Coast, and one here, but you forget these things, you know.”
Looking back over his history as a golfer, Keith said he had done all right considering how different the club was when he joined.
“We had no coaching on those days, we learned everything from the book,” he said.
“My younger brother Bill and I started playing at the same time with three clubs we brought and we taught ourselves how to play.”
Playing golf for 60 years has kept him active and in good fitness.
“I’ve got good health, never had any complaints, I’m not on any prescription medicine,” he said.
Keith hopes he’ll be able to keep on playing for as long as he can.
VETERAN GOLFER: One of the longest serving members of the Monto Golf Club, Keith Murr has played since he was 25.
In addition to playing, Keith was the club’s greenkeeper for roughly 12 years.