WATER HAZARD: The Gympie Pines Golf Course resembles a lake during the height of flooding earlier this week. Months of wet weather, the flood and recent vandalism has golfers desperate for some light relief.
WATER HAZARD: The Gympie Pines Golf Course resembles a lake during the height of flooding earlier this week. Months of wet weather, the flood and recent vandalism has golfers desperate for some light relief. Contributed

Jeff Thomson to visit golf club

AFTER months of wet weather blues, a flood and senseless vandalism, the Gympie Pines Golf Course is looking forward to some light relief.

The very chance for Gympie golfers to forget the hardships of late comes next week when the club hosts Australian cricket legend Jeff Thomson.

Mr Thomson will be guest speaker for the night, while the occasion is also doubling as a chance to raise funds for flood relief.

Gympie Golf Club spokesperson John Towler said the club was also planning on approaching Gympie Cricket to combine forces to spearhead fundraising efforts for flood victims.

The Jeff Thomson night gets underway next Wednesday night at the Gympie Golf Clubhouse from 6pm with a barbecue, and is expected to run until at least 10pm.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets is encouraged to contact the clubhouse on 5481 2795.

Mr Towler said he expected a great night and many stories from one of Australia’s greatest cricketers, helping to take the edge off a couple of difficult months.

“The golf course income has been non-existent since November when we had 27 wet days in December,” he said. “January, of course, has been wetter.”

It is estimated $40,000 in lost income has hit the club hard.

Meanwhile, a third of the golf course went under water at the peak of the flood earlier this week.

The damage bill included washed out bunkers ($10,000), access paths ($5000) and debris removal. Pointless vandalism in the last week has also compounded the club’s troubles.

Gympie Times


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