Golf sea­son starts in Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: It was a some­what ca­sual start to the golf sea­son at Monto Golf Course on Sun­day.

Mem­bers of the club com­peted for tro­phies do­nated by John Lynn: three bot­tles of home-made rum.

John him­self didn’t have big am­bi­tions for the day, pre­fer­ring to sim­ply get out in the fresh air and have a few swings.

“All I want to do is just turn up, that’s all I do nowa­days,” Mr Lynn said.

“If you play well on the day, that’s a bonus”.

John said he might start at­tend­ing more big games once it cools down.

A few play­ers were thought to have missed out due to the heat, while oth­ers went to at­tend the Men’s and Ladies Open at Biggen­den.

Club sec­re­tary Wal Wilkes, who won first place in the Sun­day comp with a stroke of 66, said it was likely they would lose a few play­ers this year.

“We’re try­ing to keep our mem­ber­ship up, but it’s go­ing to drop a bit,” Mr Wilkes said.

“We have the Satur­day com­pe­ti­tions with the 3 o’clock start for peo­ple who don’t want to spend their whole day on a Sun­day.”

“Sun­days are the se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion days.”

At least one golfer de­cided to re­turn to the field for Sun­day’s game; Rodger Ost­wald had his first game at the club in seven months.

“Some parts of it were good, some parts of it wasn’t very good, but that’s to be ex­pected,” Mr Ost­wald said.

“It was hot as well, the last three or four holes nearly de­stroyed me.”

De­spite the dif­fi­cult first day, Mr Ost­wald looks for­ward to com­ing back to play in fu­ture games.

“I’ll be here ev­ery Thurs­day, and ev­ery Sun­day,” he said.

This Sun­day from 9am to noon, Craig Swift from Bund­aberg will hold a coach­ing clinic at the club.

From noon there will be a Stable­ford for Kew­pie Ru­ral tro­phies, names in by 11.45am.

PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE

GAME OF FUN: John Lynn do­nated the tro­phies and home-made bot­tle of rum for the first day of the sea­son.

Rodger Ost­wald had his first game af­ter seven months.

A good show­ing from Mark Cur­tis.

Cur­tis Reid had a good day of play­ing.

Keith Murr hitting off on hole 3.

Brett McI­nally didn't let the heat get him down.

He­len Irvine af­ter a suc­cess­ful drive.

Leesa Ison showed com­mit­ment de­spite a dif­fi­cult day's play­ing.

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