Off the stick at cham­pi­ons

John­ston, McI­nally take lead

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

GOLF: The Monto Golf Club Closed Cham­pi­onship is in full swing after the first 18 holes played on Sun­day.

Boyd John­ston and Brett McI­nally led the A-grade at the end of the first day, re­turn­ing a gross score of two over par 72.

Mathew Dahtler is lead­ing B-grade with a five-stroke lead on a score of 86, while War­ren Drahm re­turned 89 to lead the C-grade by four.

It’s the 45-hole cham­pi­onship stroke, the big­gest comp of the year ex­clu­sively for mem­bers.

The games are run­ning “off the stick”, mean­ing hand­i­caps aren’t taken off the stroke.

Club trea­surer Shane Tay­lor said this means a cham­pion could come from any of the three hand­i­cap grades.

“The C-grades are still in with a shot if they have a re­ally good three days,” Tay­lor said.

He­len and Les­lie Irvine share the ladies’ lead as the only two women play­ing with 89.

As there were only two, the ladies were play­ing in amongst the men for the game.

For He­len, it was her first cham­pi­onship as cap­tain since tak­ing over from Glenn Evans a cou­ple of months ago.

“I’ve only been chucked in the deep end,” He­len said.

“We used to play it 27 holes, but we’ve bumped it up to 45.”

It was a sig­nif­i­cant cham­pi­onship for a few peo­ple be­sides He­len.

For club sec­re­tary Wal Wilkes, it will be his last be­fore mov­ing to Rock­hamp­ton.

John­ston also won the Monto Ru­ral Traders spon­sored game run­ning con­cur­rently with the first round, with a nett score of 66.

The com­pe­ti­tion will con­tinue into next week­end with games fin­ish­ing on Sun­day, and tro­phies at the end of the year.

FIRST SALVO: An early favourite, Boyd John­ston took the lead in the first day of the cham­pi­onship. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

This will be He­len Irvine's first cham­pi­onship as cap­tain since tak­ing over from the pre­vi­ous cap­tain.

Wal Wilkes hopes to end his last cham­pi­onship on a high note.

Shane Tay­lor gets in prac­tice be­fore hit-off.

Long drive down the far end from Steve McGre­gor.

Monto Golf Club mem­bers re­lax­ing be­fore the start.

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