Push­ing for more play­ers

Club urges ev­ery­one to ‘have a go’

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

GOLF: The Eidsvold golf course con­tin­ues to bat­tle with dwin­dling mem­ber­ship num­bers.

From three peo­ple to around 15, num­bers are con­stantly chang­ing week to week and the club is try­ing to work out how to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Golf player and worker Rus­sel Rose said it’s a so­cial game that lets play­ers in­ter­act with one an­other in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

He said be­ing com­pet­i­tive was not the point.

“We don’t go for sheep sta­tions, we just play be­cause we like the game and we like to see other peo­ple and chil­dren come and join,” Rose said.

“The younger gen­er­a­tion are the ones who carry it on and they are the ones who keep it alive.”

The prob­lem stems from kids not want­ing to play sports, he said.

“Years ago we had lots of kids play­ing golf and we even had ju­nior teams, but this gen­er­a­tion, some­thing is dif­fer­ent,” Rose said.

“We just have to en­cour­age peo­ple to give the game a go. Ev­ery time I see some­one new I rec­om­mend hav­ing a go. If you don’t like the sport, you don’t have to play.”

A ju­nior team would make a dif­fer­ence.

“It all starts with mem­ber­ship, if we can im­prove that, we may get a ju­nior team.”

All work done at the golf course is vol­un­tary and re­lies on mem­ber­ship.

Sunday com­pe­ti­tion starts at 1pm in Eidsvold.

PHO­TOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

PUTTING IN: Ken Chris­tensen, Matthew Mur­ray, Rus­sel Rose and Marie Mur­ray at the Eidsvold golf course.

Malachi Mur­ray hav­ing a hit at the Eidsvold golf course.

Rus­sel Rose hit­ting off at the Eidsvold golf course.

Wil­liam Mur­ray gives it a go at the Eidsvold golf course.

Matthew Mur­ray, Bob Bram­ley and Rus­sel Rose watch­ing on dur­ing the Easter golf comp in Eidsvold.

Ken Chris­tensen hav­ing a hit at the Eidsvold golf course.

The Eidsvold golf course look­ing a lot bet­ter dur­ing the past few weeks.

Marie Mur­ray about to hit the ball in Eidsvold.

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