Life member bids farewell to golf club
GOLF: Wal and Noela Wilkes were given a sendoff by the Monto Golf Club as they prepare to move to Yeppoon.
Wal has been an active member of the club for 37 years, and has spent much of that time helping out behind the scenes as secretary, captain and even a brief stint as vice president.
"I never wanted to be president, I always preferred to be more of a right-hand man,” he said.
Meanwhile, Noela only started playing last year to have something to do while travelling with Wal.
"It was just something we could go and do while travelling, and I did not plan to start playing (regularly) like this,” Noela said.
Noela played well and even won the farewell game.
Wal's game was down slightly, which he owed to coming off the flu, and age starting to catch up with him.
He still hopes to keep golfing after the move and plans to come back and visit Monto to play more games.
The couple decided to move after feeling they had gotten too old to stay on their farming property out at Kapaldo.
At the farewell presentations, members of the club took turns to thank Wal for his years of tireless service.
Club President Boyd Johnston said it would be difficult to replace the sheer amount of work Wal has dedicated to the club over the years.
"...just from bringing his mower out, to cleaning bins to doing whatever needed to be done, he never got asked but he did it anyway,” Johnston said.
At the end of the presentations, Wal and Noela were presented with an engraved clock as a going away present.
The Wilkes' will likely move within the next week or two, giving them time for a couple more games.
Once they've moved, the plan is to go travelling down to New South Wales for a month in a caravan, then finally get unpacking in their new home.