A captain’s dedication
Steve Gallagher has embraced the world of golf
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.
CAPTAIN’S CALL: Steve Gallagher pointing out a fine shot.