Hole new system for summer
GOLF: A new system is in place for the beginning of the summer competition at Monto Golf Club.
The club is winding down for the summer, with the last of its sponsored games, the Monto Cattle and Country Annual Golf Day, drawing 54 players the previous weekend.
For the competition period, there will be two separate games - an 18-hole comp beginning at noon every Sunday, and a nine-hole comp starting at 3pm.
Club vice-president Paul Irvine said the idea was to make it easier for older members who weren't up to playing the full 18 holes in summer weather.
"It's exactly the same as a normal competition, it's just now we've got the option for people to start at 12 o'clock and play 18 holes, or turn up later and play nine holes,” Irvine said.
"People like me, I still like to play 18 holes, so I still roll up at 12pm, but when it's gotten cooler by 3pm that's when the rest turn up.”
The system of players choosing to play nine or 18 holes will continue throughout the hot summer months until the competition proper starts again in February.
Summer competition games are played for club trophies, with Leesa Ison taking away the 18-hole competition game with a score of 41, followed by Shane Taylor and Tony Park with 37.
Eddie Anderson won the nine-hole competition with a score of 20, while pin shots went to Ison and Irvine on holes five and nine respectively.
The combination of warm weather and higher than average summer rainfall has been a boon for the club, and the organisers have taken the opportunity to modify the greens.
Taylor has replaced the hole on the top green.