The late Shaun Kelly, far right, with some of his golf mates on one of their annual golfing tours, this one to Hope Island.
The late Shaun Kelly, far right, with some of his golf mates on one of their annual golfing tours, this one to Hope Island. Contributed

Mates farewell Shaun

IT WAS a mates' tribute to the late Shaun Kelly, when several of his closest friends gathered to share a yarn and a beer to celebrate his life on Saturday night.

A perfectionist on the golf course who was blessed with a dry wit and loved a laugh, Mr Kelly's life was cut tragically short in a car crash last week, prompting messages of tribute to his family, friends and co-workers.

Two of his best mates, Steve "Keno" Allwood, and Steve "Dozer" Anderson were among a small group of friends who got together on Saturday to remember him.

They said they were considering starting a memorial golf day in Shaun's honour.

Mr Allwood said the group of between eight and 12 mates would spend most weekends on the course, sharing a laugh and friendly competition.

He said on the first golf trip, when Shaun had recently taken a job at Queensland Rugby League, he organised tickets for the group to watch the grand final.

He said: "He'd organised everything, and booked flights and a hotel for us all so it was all sorted.

"We all thought with the new job that the tickets were complementary, until a couple of weeks before we were meant to leave he told us that we each owed him $190 for the tickets."

Mr Anderson said: "On these trips, when a few mates who are around 40 or 50 get together - the average age of all the blokes drops to about a 12-year-old.

"Shaun was always the guy who still acted like an adult - he was the voice of reason."

"We had a jacket that said on the back 'Tick, Tock, I won the Clock', that whoever did the worst on the day before, he had to wear it - all in good fun.

"Of course, the first day we started the jacket, Shaun won it.

"But all jokes aside, he will truly never be forgotten."



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