Remembering a top bloke
GOLF: Anzac Day coincided with the birthday of one of Monto Golf Club’s most beloved players, the late Alan Stewart.
Since his passing in 2015, the Club has held an annual event on “Stewys” birthday to raise money for the Heart Foundation.
The event was organised by his daughters, Renee Keitley and Jocelyn Miller.
“It was only a couple of weeks after he passed away and we decided to have a golf day on his birthday,” Keitley said.
“Paul (Irvine) and I won it the first year around and my sister and her partner won the second year, but it doesn’t really matter who wins it this year.”
“It’s not a real serious golf day today, everyone comes out even if you can’t play golf,” Miller said.
The Heart Foundation was chosen because Stewart died of heart complication, which males over 50 are highly susceptible to.
It was $4 for steak burgers, $2 for a sausage on bread, with Heart Foundation sponsored t-shirts and pins on offer as pin-shot and raffle prizes to raise awareness.
Scooter Dowling, who normally does the Anzac Day event coinciding wasn’t able to make it, but sent a meat tray as one of the prizes.
Plenty of people came to the event, many of whom were not serious golfers but wanted to show support and have a casual game.
Stewart was one of the club’s longest-serving members, from 1991-2015.
In that time, he was president from 2001-2002, vice president in 2000, 2003 and 2006-2008, vice captain in 1995 and 2010, and Captain from 2011 until 2015.
Members of the golf club had nothing but praise for him.
“He was a marvellous man and I took over from him as vice captain,” Curtis Reid said.
“He was a bit of everything, Stewy: top bloke, you wouldn’t get a better bloke,” David Hampson said.
In the end, the event raised $275 for the Heart Foundation.
This year’s Alan Stewart Memorial Cup winners were Cherie Kummerfield and Shane Taylor.
Tasha Howlett and Leesa Ison took second place, while Boyd Johnston and Jocelyn Miller won the men and ladies’ long drive.
❝ It was only a couple of weeks after he passed away and we decided to have a golf day on his birthday. — Renee Keitley
FAMILY: Renee Keitley, Sue Stewart, Helen Irvine and Jocelyn Miller at Alan Stewart Memorial Day. PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE
Gerald Shultz drives off.
Leslie Irvine takes a solid putt.
Boyd Johnston chips onto the green.
Warren Drahm shows off his new shirt.
Groups gather to celebrate the memory of Alan Stewart.
Renee Keitley and Paul Irvine sizzling up a party.
Andrew Freemantle and Jeff Nabauer off to the next tee.