NAME: Wayne Baxter Club: Mossman Golf Club
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.