A cap­tain’s ded­i­ca­tion

Steve Gal­lagher has em­braced the world of golf

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYNDAH Golf Club cap­tain Steve Gal­lagher only took up golf in his mid 50s, but his ea­ger­ness for the game would be­tray that fact as Gal­lagher is one of the most ded­i­cated mem­bers at the club.

“It just seemed like a re­ally good game and I wish I had started sooner,” Gal­lagher said.

“I haven’t played any­where else, I took it up at 54 and I just love it.”

Gal­lagher took on the role of Gayndah Golf Club cap­tain last year and since then has at­tracted pos­i­tive feed­back from club mem­bers about his ded­i­ca­tion to the role.

Gal­lagher took over as cap­tain to help fill a void and since has taken to the role.

“The mem­bers asked me to take over the cap­tain’s role and I didn’t know what to do at first but I am al­ways one for getting in­volved 100% so I was just say­ing to ev­ery­one, ‘right lets do this and lets do that’,” Gal­lagher said.

“It’s not the most glam­orous role but with things like this, some­one needs to step to those roles to keep things go­ing.

“It is fun some­times, but is also a bit of an un­re­ward­ing job like a lot of those roles, but some­body has got to help keep things go­ing and I have the time to do that so why not?”

Since be­com­ing cap­tain of the club, Gal­lagher has re-in­tro­duced the cap­tain’s day which was held ear­lier this year and cre­ated the rules to go along with it.

“It was to add a lit­tle fun to the day,” Gal­lagher said.

And mak­ing the game days more en­joy­able is some­thing Gal­lagher puts great em­pha­sis on.

“Peo­ple love to come down here and play and I love be­ing able to come down here and play so tak­ing on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the cap­tain is some­thing I’m glad to do,” Gal­lagher said.

The cap­tain of a golf club must be elected by the mem­bers of that club and is usu­ally for a sin­gle term.

The main role of the pres­i­dent is to act as a fig­ure­head for all mat­ters

❝ It just seemed like a re­ally good game and I wish I had started sooner. — Steve Gal­lagher

that re­late to both the golf­ing and so­cial as­pects of the club, Gal­lagher said.

Cap­tains can also be re­quired to chair the so­ci­ety or golf club’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) which for Gayndah was held on Mon­day, March 6 where mem­bers spoke about the fu­ture of the club.

Gal­lagher has also re­cently launched a new idea at the gold club, the so­cial golf day, held ev­ery sec­ond Sun­day.

“We orig­i­nally had a 7am start but we have now pushed that back to 8am to hope­fully al­low more peo­ple to join in,” Gal­lagher said.

The so­cial day was Gal­lagher’s brain child to add an­other el­e­ment of fun to the weekly golf rounds.

It in­cludes break­fast burg­ers to en­sure all play­ers have en­ergy in re­serve.

Days like these are cru­cial to the survival of small re­gional golf clubs and are the lifeblood for keep­ing funds com­ing in, Gal­lagher said.

“I re­ally try to fo­cus on these days be­cause they are re­ally im­por­tant,” he said.

Golf is a sport that of­fers fun to play­ers of all ages and all skill lev­els and Gal­lagher said he him­self was tes­ta­ment to that.

“Peo­ple can take the game up at any time and play at any age which is just great,” Gal­lagher said.

“While it’s not an easy game and you have some tough days, that makes it ful­fill­ing.”

Gayndah Golf Club of­fers some­thing for all ages and skill lev­els, and hosts mul­ti­ple rounds ev­ery week, in­clud­ing the veter­ans on Tues­day, sporters on Thurs­day and reg­u­lar week­end rounds.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

CAP­TAIN’S CALL: Steve Gal­lagher point­ing out a fine shot.

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