Golf club at­tracts vis­i­tors

Hol­i­day brings out the best

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie

GOLF: Easter week­end proved to be a pop­u­lar time for golf, aided by blue skies and sunny con­di­tions.

The Monto Golf Club's Sunday stable­ford event was mostly a fun game, with a few vis­i­tors to the club liven­ing up the usual band of ded­i­cated play­ers.

With a lot of places closed on Easter, an af­ter­noon game of golf was just what the doc­tor or­dered.

“When the weather’s like this, peo­ple take ad­van­tage of go­ing to the coast or some­thing,” sec­re­tary Wal Wilkes said.

“But this is re­ally the best sort of weather you could get for play­ing, now it’s a bit cooler.”

One such player was Scott War­ren, a leg­end among the Wide Bay area golf­ing scene, who has won nu­mer­ous dis­trict championships and was Wide Bay cham­pion seven years in a row.

War­ren vis­its the golf club an­nu­ally for the men’s and ladies’ open day, but his trip up on Easter was more of a ca­sual drop-in for the break.

“Good weather for a drink and a game of golf with mates,” War­ren said.

“I’ve been com­ing here since I was pretty much a kid.”

War­ren en­joyed a fairly ca­sual game of golf and got to share some prac­tice with Monto reg­u­lar Leesa Ison, who won the Wide Bay women’s cham­pi­onship last year.

He came third in the com­pe­ti­tion, beaten out by Monto reg­u­lar Paul Irvine at num­ber one and Tony Dil­lon at num­ber two.

An­other vis­i­tor, com­ing up from Kin­garoy, was Matt Hams, a rel­a­tive golf new­comer who was stay­ing over with cap­tain Glenn Evans and de­cided to check out the club on his hol­i­day in the re­gion.

“I play a lit­tle bit at home but noth­ing se­ri­ous, not like these oth­ers,” Hams said.

“I’ve never played here, so it’s early days yet.”

MEET­ING OF TI­TANS: Club pres­i­dent Boyd John­ston with Wide Bay Open champions Leesa Ison and Scott War­ren. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Matt Hams, from Kin­garoy, new to the sport, came up to visit Monto Golf Club.

Cur­tis Reid prac­tises his drive.

Scott War­ren and Leesa Ison putting on the top green.

Rodger Ost­wald about to hit onto the green.

Good drive by Paul Irvine.

He­len Irvine hit­ting off from the ladies' tee.

Scott War­ren gets in some putting prac­tice.

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