The sun beats down on golf day contest
GOLF: Monto Golf Club's decision to run short nine-hole games as an alternative to the Sunday 18-hole stablefords was vindicated at the weekend.
It was a small attendance, with many club members taking time away over the Christmas break, leaving about six golfers for the 18-hole game and a further two arriving at 3pm for the nine-hole game.
George Augenstein Sr joined Andrew Milton for the afternoon game, wanting to an enjoy an easy afternoon on the greens.
"The elderly ones or those who don't want to play 18 holes are happy with the nine o'clock games, they hit off at three o'clock and finish the same time as everyone else,” Augenstein said.
For Milton, the 3pm game was more a matter of convenience, as he was tied up throughout most of the day.
"I wasn't going to play 18 holes but then I was at home, the wife was away so I thought I'd come out for a quick game,” Milton said.
Augenstein would go on to win the nine-hole competition with a score of 17 points.
Of the remaining six players, Tony Park came first with 40 points, trailed closely by Leesa Ison on 39 points, while Geoff Nebauer made the pin shot on hole nine.
Park, along with Roy Marbach, went ahead of the other four players in the 18-hole game, on the grounds that with such a small group it would be better to move the game along quickly and cut down on time in the sun.
"I was glad to do as well as I did, especially after I washed out on two holes,” Park said.
Marbach argued in favour of him and Park going first.
"There were only six of us and they thought we should all go together but I was glad to get out of there earlier, it was hot as hell,” he said.