MIXED PAIRS: Only three pairs took part in Monto Golf Club's Mixed Pairs 27-hole day on Sunday.
MIXED PAIRS: Only three pairs took part in Monto Golf Club's Mixed Pairs 27-hole day on Sunday. Jack Lawrie

Low lady turnout does not deter

GOLF: Monto Golf Club's 27-hole Mixed Foursome event proved smaller than expected due to a lower turnout of ladies.

The club, whose membership has been fairly strong throughout the last year, still has a significantly low percentage of female golfers.

While the women who do play regularly are no less dedicated and bring a strong game, the fact remains that numbers are overwhelmingly skewed towards men.

Golf club president Boyd Johnston said he would love to encourage more ladies to play.

"Anyone interested can contact myself or Shane Taylor, we'd be more than happy to show them the ropes,” Johnston said.

The competing players were Boyd and Maureen Johnston, Paul and Leslie Irvine and Brett McInally and Helen Irvine.

The situation is not entirely the fault of low numbers - a few female regulars such as Leesa Ison and Noela Wilkes were away.

Leslie Irvine said everyone should consider trying out, to enjoy the social aspect as well as the sport.

"It's a great amount of fun, just get out here and have a good time,” Mrs Irvine said.

"It's a bright sunny day out; better than sitting at home.”

Paul Irvine said they wouldn't let the low turnout hurt their enjoyment.

"We'll just get out there and have a bit of fun,” Mr Irvine said.

"We'll do a lap of the course, we'll have hopefully done the first nine holes by the time the rest show up for leftovers.”

Ten extra players - all men - turned up at noon for the usual 18 hole Sunday game.

Curtis Reid won that game with a score of 42, also taking the pinshot at no. 8.

Brett McInally and Helen Irvine won the 27 hole nett with a score of 108.75, while Paul and Leslie Irvine inched behind with 107.75.

This Saturday is a nine-hole three-ball ambrose at the club with hit off at 10.30am sponsored by Monto One Stop shop.


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