Life mem­bers rem­i­nisce

Pair looks back on the glory days

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

GOLF: Wal Wilkes and Keith Murr need no in­tro­duc­tion to the Monto golf com­mu­nity.

Murr is a vet­eran player and for­mer grounds­man and Wilkes keeps records as sec­re­tary.

The two life mem­bers of Monto Golf Club held a sta­ble­ford event on Sun­day to mark the half­way point in the golf year.

Many of the usual faces were there.

It gave the pair a chance to re­flect on how the club had done this year.

“I don’t think any of the small coun­try clubs are thriv­ing, but we seem to be hold­ing our own,” Wilkes said.

“Our mem­ber­ship lev­els are fairly rea­son­able.”

Murr said: “We do seem to have a few ex­tra ladies here.”

Last month, the club held a mixed four­some event that was no­tice­ably unat­tended.

With some reg­u­lar ladies away for var­i­ous rea­sons, there were only a hand­ful of teams for what had been planned as a full-day event.

Murr said back in the ’60s, the mixed four­somes drew 60 peo­ple.

“Peo­ple have got dif­fer­ent things to do now,” he said.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though, and on the whole club mem­ber­ship has been sta­ble.

Last week’s open game showed there was still petrol in the tank.

Wide Bay Golf sec­re­tary Howard Smith said num­bers were down all around at th­ese events, but Monto’s turnout of 50 play­ers was de­cent.

Now there are 20 clubs in the zone, and ev­ery club sup­ported a neigh­bour­ing club.

Wilkes said Monto was fairly re­mote for other Wide Bay clubs.

“We’re pretty happy with 50 but I think the days of 100 are gone,” he said.

OLD FRIENDS: Wal Wilkes and Keith Murr have been with the Monto Golf Club for years and still re­mem­ber the glory days. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Ge­orge Au­gen­stein Jr hits off.

Shane Tay­lor puts in some putting.

Tony Park prac­tis­ing his drive.

A long drive from He­len Irvine.

Club pres­i­dent Boyd John­ston gets in some last-minute putting prac­tice.

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