Theft of tribute to a lost mate hits golfing friends hard
A GROUP of golfing mates have been left devastated and angry after a memorial bench they built for a dead mate was stolen from the course.
The Pelican Waters Golf Club members poured many hours and dollars into building the seat in memory of long-time club member Scott Shellshear.
Mr Shellshear, died suddenly last year at the age of 56.
Brett Leonard said his death had such an impact on everyone that they organised a memorial golf day, which was attended by more than 100 people.
A small group of club members then decided to build a bench in his honour.
"This really galvanized the club through a tough time and the loss of a friend," Mr Leonard said.
"All the materials had been donated by members and one of the members spent days building the bench."
It had been placed on the green at the sixth tee on Thursday night, ready to be concreted in on Friday morning in preparation for an unveiling ceremony on Saturday. "Scotty used to drink red wine after every game, so we were planning on having a drink on the bench together," Mr Leonard said.
But it did not last the night.
Telltale marks in the grass show someone dragged the bench to a nearby cul de sac and loaded it into a vehicle.
Police were contacted early on Friday morning but have had no luck tracking down the unique bench.
Mr Leonard said he was thankful the plaque, which was to be the most expensive part of the piece, had not yet been attached to the bench.
"We know whoever's done it probably doesn't know the sentiment that bench held," he said. "Even if they dump it outside the golf club or put it back in the middle of the night, we would be happy to get it back."
If you saw anything suspicious at the Pelican Waters Golf Club on Thursday night, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.