Play to con­di­tions

Golfers work with what they have af­ter heavy rain­fall

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

WHACK: Good drive from Glenn Evans.

GOLF: It was a good day for a spon­sor­ship game at Monto Golf Club, given the re­cent weather.

Brett McI­nally pro­vided tro­phies for the day’s event to sup­port the club he’s played at his en­tire golf­ing ca­reer.

“I’ve been golf­ing since I was 15; 35 years ago I got my start here,” McI­nally said.

“It’s only got bet­ter since I started, it’s got bet­ter greens, it’s had good rain so we’re happy to sup­port it.”

McI­nally spon­sors a game through his busi­ness, Monto Home De­sign, ev­ery year.

In this case, it mainly meant pro­vid­ing tro­phies, but also in­cluded balls and drinks for the play­ers.

The spon­sor ended up win­ning the game, with McI­nally getting the high­est score of 66 nett and one over par.

The top prize went to club pres­i­dent Boyd John­ston.

John­ston at­tended the game with a group of friends, one of whom, John Atkin­son, was hav­ing his birth­day at the club.

It’s a good time to sup­port the club, as the heavy rain two weeks ago has both helped and hurt the course.

While the greens are look­ing great, the bot­tom of the hill on Golf Links Rd, where hole three is lo­cated, was washed out and cov­ered with mud.

Where last week the mud forced golfers to ig­nore the hole, this week it had dried up into a makeshift sand trap.

Play­ers played the hole with sand trap rules, shift­ing any ball that landed there onto the near­est point of re­lief, no closer to the hole.

Club cap­tain Glenn Evans said the club had done most of the work to clear the course, but was look­ing at other flood re­lief mea­sures.

“It’s just for where the sand washes off the pad­docks and fills up at the bot­tom, but we’ve done most of that,” Evans said.

SHIFT­ING CON­DI­TIONS: Golfers ne­go­ti­ate a sand trap on hole 3 caused by mud from the floods. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Spon­sor Brett McI­nally fo­cuses on a shot.

Good drive from Glenn Evans.

Wal Wilkes tees off.

Boyd John­ston smashes it.

Steve McGre­gor takes a swing.

John Atkin­son cel­e­brated his birth­day at the golf club.

Steve McGre­gor, Lau­rie Bar­nett and Glenn Evans ready to go.

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