Play to conditions
Golfers work with what they have after heavy rainfall
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.