by Mackenzie Colahan
GOLF: Mel Howe has served as president of the Port Curtis chapter of the Queensland Veteran Golfers Union for 4 years, but as an avid golfer he's been coming to the Monto Veterans Open for the past 15.
The over-55's association is responsible for holding annual tournaments at each of its affiliated clubs, with punters travelling from across the region to compete in Friday's event.
"Every club holds a Veterans Open once a year and this is my 15th year playing at Monto, it's a nice course,” Mr Howe said.
"The third hole is probably my favourite here, it's a par four and you can drive the green if you're good enough.
"Or if you're not, you can put it out of bounds.”
This year's Open attracted players from far and wide, with Boyne-Tannum, Calliope, Gracemere, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Moura, Emu Park, Injune and Biloela golf clubs all represented on the day.
Mr Howe said the 70-strong field would be pushing the limits of what the Monto course can handle.
"The size of these events depends the club - on a nine-hole course like today we couldn't fit any more or else play would get too slow.”
The event is open to handicapped members of a registered club and includes both men and ladies competitions, with the field split in to three divisions based on proficiency.
Monto's own Paul and Helen Irvine took top prize in the mens and ladies competitions respectively.