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NAME: Wayne Bax­ter Club: Moss­man Golf Club

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Why do you love golf?

I just en­joy get­ting out there on the week­ends be­cause work­ing as a plas­terer, I’m pretty much stuck inside. I stopped play­ing footy back in 2005 with the Crocs when I was 45 and I just wanted to have some­thing else to do, I’m too old to be do­ing any other contact stuff.

What grade/hand­i­cap are you?

I’m in B- Grade, I’ve been there now for a cou­ple of years and my hand­i­cap is slowly com­ing down, at the mo­ment it’s gone back out to 14.

Have you ever had a hole in one?

No I haven’t un­for­tu­nately, I’ve come close a cou­ple of times but the thing just won’t go in the hole. A few peo­ple get one then they get two or three so I’m just wait­ing for my first.

What’s the most mem­o­rable mo­ment on the green?

A cou­ple of weeks ago down in Cairns I was play­ing against Paradise Palms in the first round of pen­nants and a bloke I played against ran me over from be­hind in a golf cart. I got stuck un­der­neath it and then pinned up against a tree and I couldn’t walk prop­erly. I con­tin­ued to play on one leg and had to fin­ish and he ended up beat­ing me pretty well, I wasn’t happy about that. He should have been dis­qual­i­fied I reckon, that messed me around and I couldn’t go to work be­cause I couldn’t get a boot on.

Who is the worst golfer you know?

Geez, I don’t know. Johnny Long­socks, he’d be our worst chipper in the club I reckon and Matty Smith the Sergeant at Moss­man, he’s come along steady but when he first started he had the worst slice go­ing but he’s started to get that un­der con­trol. Ev­ery­one has their mo­ments.

Who do you most en­joy flog­ging on the course?

All of them. In gen­eral we’re all out there hav­ing fun and it is al­ways good to get a win, gen­er­ally you play two peo­ple against two peo­ple for a cou­ple of tick­ets on the board. If you beat the other group it’s all good, it doesn’t mat­ter about the score as long as yours is bet­ter than theirs.

How many balls have you lost on the course?

I’m not play­ing the 10th very well. It’s got a lot of trees on the left hand side and for some rea­son I keep hook­ing the ball into the haz­ard and can’t find them.

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