Life members reminisce
Pair looks back on the glory days
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.