Low lady turnout does not de­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: Monto Golf Club’s 27-hole Mixed Four­some event proved smaller than ex­pected due to a lower turnout of ladies.

The club, whose mem­ber­ship has been fairly strong through­out the last year, still has a sig­nif­i­cantly low per­cent­age of fe­male golfers.

While the women who do play reg­u­larly are no less ded­i­cated and bring a strong game, the fact re­mains that num­bers are over­whelm­ingly skewed to­wards men.

Golf club pres­i­dent Boyd John­ston said he would love to en­cour­age more ladies to play.

“Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact my­self or Shane Tay­lor, we’d be more than happy to show them the ropes,” John­ston said.

The com­pet­ing play­ers were Boyd and Mau­reen John­ston, Paul and Les­lie Irvine and Brett McI­nally and He­len Irvine.

The sit­u­a­tion is not en­tirely the fault of low num­bers - a few fe­male reg­u­lars such as Leesa Ison and Noela Wilkes were away.

Les­lie Irvine said ev­ery­one should con­sider try­ing out, to en­joy the so­cial as­pect as well as the sport.

“It’s a great amount of fun, just get out here and have a good time,” Mrs Irvine said.

“It’s a bright sunny day out; bet­ter than sit­ting at home.”

Paul Irvine said they wouldn’t let the low turnout hurt their en­joy­ment.

“We’ll just get out there and have a bit of fun,” Mr Irvine said.

“We’ll do a lap of the course, we’ll have hope­fully done the first nine holes by the time the rest show up for left­overs.”

Ten ex­tra play­ers – all men – turned up at noon for the usual 18 hole Sun­day game.

Curtis Reid won that game with a score of 42, also tak­ing the pin­shot at no. 8.

Brett McI­nally and He­len Irvine won the 27 hole nett with a score of 108.75, while Paul and Les­lie Irvine inched be­hind with 107.75.

This Satur­day is a nine-hole three-ball am­brose at the club with hit off at 10.30am spon­sored by Monto One Stop shop.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

MIXED PAIRS: Only three pairs took part in Monto Golf Club's Mixed Pairs 27-hole day on Sun­day.

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