Monto Golf Club finds sil­ver lin­ing to Covid-19 cri­sis

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - SAM TURNER

GOLF: There has been a resur­gence at Monto Golf Club as more and more so­cial play­ers take to the green to keep ac­tive dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic.

Up to 24 peo­ple have been head­ing to the course each Satur­day, in­clud­ing new mem­bers and those who nor­mally play other sports which have been shut down dur­ing the virus cri­sis.

Monto Golf Club cap­tain Les­lie Irvine said the week­end hit-outs had been suc­cess­ful due to all play­ers ad­her­ing to the strict guide­lines set out by the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

“There’s only two peo­ple play­ing at a time, and only one in a buggy un­less you’re in the same house­hold,” Irvine said.

“Peo­ple are also hit­ting off 15 min­utes apart, so that’s been help­ing ev­ery­one sep­a­rate ac­cord­ingly.”

Irvine said the in­crease in new play­ers at the club was one of the pos­i­tive things to come out of the pan­demic.

“We’ve seen some new younger mem­bers join up,” she said.

“We also have a few footy play­ers that have been com­ing back since there’s noth­ing on.

“Hope­fully we can keep the course open as long as we can while all other sport­ing clubs have shut.”

Pic­ture: File

IN THE SWING OF THINGS: More and more peo­ple are tak­ing to the green at the Monto Golf Club as they try to keep ac­tive while other sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and clubs re­main in lock­down due to coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions.

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