IF YOU'RE thinking of getting yourself or your children involved in golf, now may be the perfect time, with Gladstone Golf Club welcoming new director of golf and head golf pro Alison Munt last week.
Munt brings not only an infectious enthusiasm for the game she has played since she was a child, she also carries with her 20 years of life as a professional touring golfer.
She has played in six US Opens, 12 British Opens and won the German, Moroccan and Portuguese Opens during her playing career, which ended in 2006.
After completing a PGA traineeship in the UK upon retirement, Munt embarked on stints with Golf Australia and was also head pro at Mansfield, Victoria, for three years, before accepting the job at Gladstone and said she was excited about the chance to develop local golfers.
"It's going great, I've been here about a week and am starting to understand Gladstone's way and I'm keen to get heavily into the development side," Munt said.
"I'm very passionate about getting people to play golf."
The 48-year-old was impressed with the numbers at last Sunday's membership sign-up and expected the junior program, starting on February 19 and 20, to be a raging success.
"Our junior program will start up on Wednesday and Thursday for seven weeks and it's open to little ones up to 14-year-olds and there's no experience needed, the more beginners the better," she said.
For more information on junior programs or to get involved, contact Alison at the Gladstone Golf Club Pro Shop on 4978 2649.
- First Queenslander to get a US touring card
- Played in six US Opens and 12 British Opens
- Played in the US for 10 years, also played in Europe, Japan and Asia
- Turned pro in her early 20s, after claiming numerous Qld State amateur titles
- 20 years as an international touring professional
- Won German Open in 2000, Portuguese Open in 2000 and the Moroccan Open in 2003