Members of the Golf Central Queensland steering committee (from left) are Nola Taylor, Donna Reynolds, Ron Murphy, Robert Carswell and Elaine Jones.
Members of the Golf Central Queensland steering committee (from left) are Nola Taylor, Donna Reynolds, Ron Murphy, Robert Carswell and Elaine Jones. Supplied

Golfing bodies getting together

AMALGAMATION of the Central Queensland Golf Association and Women’s Golf Central Queensland is a positive step says long-time servant of the sport Gurney Clamp.

Following an initiative from Golf Queensland, which wants to deal with just one administering body in the area, meetings of the two associations have been held to ensure the process runs smoothly.

“We are at the stage now of forming a steering committee,” Clamp said.

The most recent meeting of the two committees, held at Rockhampton Golf Club, elected Rockhampton’s Geoff Murphy as president and Clamp as secretary of the steering committee.

All other committee members from the two organisations will form the remainder of the steering committee.

“We hope it is all in place by May of next year,” Clamp said.

The steering committee is not rushing the process as there are a number of issues requiring discussion and compromise.

Clamp said the committee was currently looking at financial issues, such as banking, and while that might sound a minor item, it was an important one if there was to be a smooth transition.

A future meeting will be held to receive the constitution for the new organisation.

Clamp said the amalgamation is unlikely to be noticed by players who just enjoy hitting a ball around a golf course once a month.

“To the average golfer there will be no change; it is all to do with administration,” he said.

Clamp said the biggest change would be noted by the women’s section.

“Currently they administer a huge area,” he said.

Under the new organisation, which is to be known as Golf Central Queensland, areas of the Central Highlands which had been looked after by

Women’s Golf CQ, will be handed over to the Central Highlands Golf Association.

“The Central Highlands ladies are excited as they will have their own identity,” he said.

He said the move was unlikely to affect existing competitions and points to the men’s Robinson Cup tournament that had thrived since Central Highlands men gained their own identity in 1994.

“I think the move will benefit golf in general,” Clamp said.

“It will standardise the general approach to golf in the region.”

Under Golf Central Queensland the men, women and juniors will each have their separate sub-committees.



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