Re­mem­ber­ing a top bloke

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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.

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