Laidley jockeys ride their luck
LAIDLEY Golf Club’s Matthew Bradford was the odd man out in his team at the Holden Scramble.
His three amateur teammates Ron Goltz, Adam Best, Kenji Yoshida are Toowoomba-based jockeys.
Goltz, a seven-time premiership winning jockey, and his fellow riders copped plenty of stick from Bradford after the team finished runnersup in the championship.
The quartet are members at City, Toowoomba but qualified for the final at Laidley.
They admit it wasn’t easy reading the Twin Waters greens.
We were lucky we had a pro (club pro Ian Esson) who could read the greens because we had a bit of trouble,” Goltz said. “They were talking about the speed into the grain and down grain. I didn’t know what they were talking about.” Bradford said he was just as confused. “When they were talking about the grain of the greens I thought they were talking about a breakfast cereal,” he joked.
“But you know what the worst thing was? The jockeys kept waking up at 2.30 in the morning because they thought they had to go and ride track work.
“So they’d wake you up at 2.30 every morning and wander around the room. If you got to 4am it was a sleep in.”