First fours of the year in Gayn­dah

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: Vet­er­ans and a few new learn­ers braved the heat on Sun­day to re­ceive some free lessons from a golf­ing pro.

Monto Golf Club held a coach­ing clinic the morn­ing be­fore its 18-hole Stable­ford event for peo­ple look­ing to get some point­ers.

Again, Mick Mur­nane from Bund­aberg Golf Club held the lessons.

“It’s mainly a skill ses­sion; we’ve got some ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple, for ev­ery­one here this is at least their sec­ond or third time, which is per­fect to see,” Mr Mur­nane said.

“We’re try­ing to en­cour­age more golfers from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to come out and it seems to be work­ing.”

Mr Mur­nane con­tracts for Bund­aberg golf pro Craig Swift, who held a num­ber of classes at the golf club over the past year, which saw a size­able turnout in newer mem­bers.

Though many peo­ple were un­able to make it due to the ex­treme heat, there were a few new­com­ers to join the old hands.

John Evans was one such golfer, who re­turned to the club this year af­ter an ex­tended leave.

“I played here 40 years ago and left when I got mar­ried,” he said.

“First time I played here, I used to use a six-iron and could get out to the green, when I came back I only got it half way.”

Jimmy Hut­ton came with his chil­dren, Marci and Kolter, to check out the course.

“It could be pretty good fun, learn some­thing new,” Mr Hut­ton said.

Mr Mur­nane said the turnout from new golfers young and old was en­cour­ag­ing.

“The fu­ture of golf doesn’t start with five or six year olds, it starts any time in your life,” he said.

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

NEXT GEN: Mick Mur­nane guides Kolter Hut­ton on club tech­nique.

Beryl Sales af­ter some hands-on prac­tice.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

John Evans re­turned to the club this year.

Jimmy Hut­ton helps Marci Hut­ton with her swings.

Ed­die An­der­son was one of the many vets to at­tend in the morn­ing.

Noela WIlkes has been im­prov­ing greatly.

It was a small turnout at first due to the heat wave.

Mau­reen John­stone driv­ing down the range.

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