George Augenstein Snr enjoyed the chance to play a round of nine holes.
George Augenstein Snr enjoyed the chance to play a round of nine holes. Jack Lawrie

Few players leads to men versus women

GOLF: A low turnout on a sweltering weekend led to a rare occurrence at Monto Golf Club: equal represent- ation of women and men at a country golf club.

The club has continued to hold its summer comp games over the holiday period.

With many members away on holidays, and the summer heat ramping up, the games are casual, with only a few dedicated members turning up.

On Sunday, there were six players attending for the noon hit-off; Eddie Anderson, Shane Taylor, Brett McInally, Helen Irvine, Leslie Irvine and Leesa Ison.

With three men and three women, they decided to hold a "battle of the sexes”, with the men competing against the women.

In the end, the men won 3/2.

The women, led by their fearless leader Leesa Ison, did excel at sledging and balls out of bounds.

The overall Stableford winner was Eddie Anderson, who scored 39 points, followed by Leslie Irvine at 38 and her mother Helen Irvine at 36.

George Augenstein Snr arrived at the 3pm hit-off to play his own round of nine holes, and did not take part in the battle of the sexes.

With all quiet at the club, many members are waiting for the sponsorship games to being in February.

Anderson, who took over recently as club secretary, said it would be a big year once the season got going.

"It all gets under way in February, Leslie and Helen (Irvine) are getting the sponsors organised for that,” he said.

"It's still quiet. Last week we only had eight players, this week six, but there's always a game on.”

This year, there will be five come-and-try days at the club, free days for members and non-members to learn from the experts.

Anderson hoped to see more young players joining.

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