Month: May 2020

Maleny GC solves Coronavirus cart sharing dilemma

By Richard Owen

Maleny Golf Club has fitted its fleet of golf carts with innovative COVIDsafe partitions so golfers can share a ride with another player while complying with social distancing protocols.

Club Manager and PGA professional Wayne Perske said the partitions were made from inexpensive clear PVC plastic sheeting and were used simple low-tech fixings.

“Over the past couple of months we have permitted only one person to use a cart in response to Coronavirus social distancing requirements,” Mr Perske explained.

“Unfortunately, this resulted in a significant loss of potential income and additional wear and tear on the course and every golf club in the country is grappling with the same problem.”

The partitions were designed by one of the club’s members who is an upholsterer and reflect similar, but generally more expensive, approaches being adopted by golf clubs abroad.

Among the first golfers to try out one of Maleny’s “COVIDsafe” golf carts were recent visitors Michael Moore and Steve “Tubby Connors who were keen to promote the idea at their home of club Maroochy River.

Mr Perske said Maleny Golf Club was now sharing its design approach with other clubs looking for a quick,inexpensive solution and could also assist with manufacture if needed.

“Of course players sharing these carts must still adhere to all social distancing protocols while selecting clubs from their bags and use separate sand buckets to fill divots,” Mr Perske said.

Visitor patronage has soared over the past month since the world’s number 6-ranked golfer, Adam Scott used Instagram to live broadcast a 9-hole match-play round from Maleny with Mr Perske – a long-time friend.

Mr Perske said Adam’s generosity and patronage had given Maleny Golf Club a “massive credibility boost” which had put the course on the international golfing map.

Men Monthly Medal Saturday 30th May 2020

Congratulation to our A Grade winner Mick McCombe with a nett score of 66, Garth Bailo in 2nd with a nett score of 67 on a count back from Corey Wallyn.

Congratulation to our B Grade winner Eric Hecht with a nett score of 67, Colin McDonald in 2nd with a nett score of 68, Ben Haycroft in 3rd with a nett score of 71.

Congratulation to our C Grade winner  James Hocking with a nett score of 67, Billy Perske in 2nd with a nett score of 72, Matthew Field in 3rd with a nett score of 73.

Ball run down Mike Hallam, Corey Zammit, Blake Wellington, Greg Childe-Freeman, Peter Gilbert, Paul Dean, Daniel Clementson, Paul Viertel, Gary wright, Neil Archer, Ian Lee, Rod Waldron, James Grinblat, David Killeen and Grant Wilksch.

The Gross winner was Garth Bailo with a 68.

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Mixed Stableford Saturday 23rd May 2020

A Grade winner was Blake Wellington with 37 points, Corey Zammit in 2nd with 36 points on a count back from Garth Bailo.

B Grade winner was Rob Bailo with 32 points on a count back from Ronald Smith and Neil Archer.

C Grade winner was Eric Hecht with 37 points, Narelle Thamm in 2nd with 36 points, Sarah Harding in 3rd with 35 points.

Ball run down Rob Chessell, Scott Heywood, Darren Parker (The SGS GC), Paul Viertel, David Brown (Caboolture GC), Trent Shaw (Caloundra GC), Jon Fairman, Gary Wright, Mark Green, Paul Dean, Chris Pottinger, Billy Perske, John Hay, Neil Gould and Rod Thamm.

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